How gratitude can help build your network

thank-youThank You. Danke. Merci. Gracias. Simple words, powerful words and a powerful concept. It is amazing how far a simple thing like saying thanks will get you. Have you ever found that you feel better when someone tells you thank you or expresses their gratitude for your work? I certainly have. It is an uplifting experience. Showing gratitude in any interaction leaves a positive impression on those with whom you have associated. As you participate and serve others you may not do so for recognition or reward, but you still feel a swell of good emotions when someone reaches out and notices you’re work and effort…

DIY your own business cards

business card 2 First impressions are everything. Your business card is the small token of you that someone will carry with them. Whether attending a lobby day, ASDA conference or simply an appointment with a new patient, a business card is a simple way to market yourself.

Advice from our very own ASDA Vice-President Jason Watts: “Business cards are extensions of the person you are. A good card will leave a lasting impression.” Let’s leave a lasting impression and figure out just how to create a great business card.

You might be thinking… What should be on my business card? Read on to find out!

Your [online] reputation as a future dentist

online reputationLast summer, I read an article on Forbes.com titled “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get.” While the title may make you bristle, it’s a good read with some great advice. Here’s one point that stood out and reminded me of my work with dental students: “Your reputation is priceless, don’t damage it – over time, your reputation is the most valuable currency you have in business. It’s the invisible key that either opens or closes doors of professional opportunity. Especially in an age where everything is forever recorded and accessible, your reputation has to be guarded like the most sacred treasure. It’s the one item that, once lost, you can never get back.”

What to do when two clinic professors have differing opinions

Screen shot 2014-02-28 at 9.32.36 AMWith each new patient comes a complex set of systemic illnesses and oral conditions. Similarly, with each new professor comes slightly differing opinions and a subtle subjectivity in clinical judgment. So what do you do when these differences in opinions affect both you and your patient?With each new patient comes a new complex set of systemic illnesses and oral conditions. Similarly, with each new professor comes slightly differing opinions and a subtle subjectivity in clinical judgment. So what do you do when these differences in opinions affect both you and your patient?