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017: Storytelling As A Communication Tool with Lisa Evans

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017: Storytelling As A Communication Tool with Lisa Evans

Stories and storytelling have been around for centuries since the birth of human language. Yet we can sometimes forget how powerful storytelling is as a communication tool. You can learn…
August 24, 2020

017: Storytelling As A Communication Tool with Lisa Evans

Stories and storytelling have been around for centuries since the birth of human language. Yet we can sometimes forget how powerful storytelling is as a communication tool. You can learn the most valuable lessons when you listen to others through storytelling. 
In this episode, we delve into how good storytelling can be used as an effective communication tool for healthcare professionals and a way to build rapport with your patients. Therapeutic storytelling serves a powerful purpose. Nurses are in a great position to encourage patients to share their stories which is an effective way to break down barriers in communication. 
To be a better storyteller you have to be a better listener. To be a better communicator, one must listen to learn, and not listen to reply. 
TOPICS WE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:
Sleep deprivation as a form of torture (4:58)
Restful sleep (5:28)
Diet as a form of self-care (6:18)
Good communication as nurses (12:45)
Storytelling as a nurse (13:18)
Storytelling as a way of making meaning from the situation (14:00)
Speaking about your experiences (15:36)
Sharing your stories (16:00)
Stories as a way to break down communication barriers (16:32)
Getting older people to share their stories (16:55)
Capturing stories while you can (17:45)
Encouraging people to share their rich stories (17:48)
Storytelling as a way to build rapport (17:55)
To be a better storyteller you have to be a better listener (18:36)
Holding space for others as a story listener (18:49)
Listen to learn. Don’t listen to reply. (19:22)
Advice to newly graduating nurses to communicating with patients (20:11)
Never stop learning (21:00)
Always ask for help (21:11)
Having the courage to be vulnerable (21:34)
Fear stops us from asking for help (22:43)
Speaking clearly. Keeping communication simple. (23:49)
Articulating your words and allowing for pauses. (24:40)

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