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November 8, 2019

What is a mentor?

Is it the same as a coach?

Or, is it something different?

The words mentor and coach are often used interchangeably. Most people would agree that the roles have much in common. Mentors and coaches help us grow and achieve our goals.

When should someone...

November 1, 2019

How often do you see the phrase “season to taste” in a recipe?

That phrase will forever have a deeper meaning after experiencing the Monell Flavor Quiz at the Monell Chemical Sciences Center in Philadelphia.

Our Purdue University Nutrition Science Alumni Network arrang...

Would you agree we live in an increasingly polarized culture? Specifically, in the field of nutrition, polarization and controversy are commonplace. As RDNs, we spend much of our careers waiting for the next misinformed food fad to go viral. We fight to defend the fact...

October 18, 2019

Are you going to FNCE?

…otherwise known as the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo – the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s conference begins on October 26th in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.

A year ago, before the 201...

October 11, 2019

If you want to learn something, what do you do?

Do you…

Look it up online? Watch a YouTube video? Go to the library and check out a book? Sign up for a class?

In most cases, adult learning is on-your-own, self-directed learning. Much of it occurs through experience, of...

October 4, 2019

Miscommunication is the failure to communicate adequately. It occurs in a multitude of ways, including communication that is confusing, unclear, uses words or examples receivers don’t understand, or contains mistakes. Miscommunication can result in frustration, broken...

September 27, 2019

When you are facing a big project or task, are you more inclined to get started right away, or put it off?

If you are in the 20% of the population who are considered chronic procrastinators, your answer will be “put it off.”

If you are among the remaining 80% of us who...

September 20, 2019

Who needs something else to complicate their lives? No one.

Who needs something else to enrich their lives? Everyone.

That “something” can be eating with others.

Although most people agree on the benefits of eating together, a common belief is that getting people toget...

September 13, 2019

Do you consider yourself a good multi-tasker? How many things can you juggle successfully at the same time without dropping one or more? Do you thrive at reading the headlines, packing lunches, listening to music, and talking with your spouse or roommate all at the sam...

September 6, 2019

Have you ever been in an audience and got the feeling the speaker was in the wrong room? You felt like they had no clue who was sitting in the chairs or what they needed or wanted to hear. I hope you haven’t been that speaker. Knowing your audience is fundamental to co...

August 30, 2019

After work today, our oldest son, Joey, along with seven other adventurers (at last count), are driving more than 20 hours from Indiana to Leadville, Colorado. When they arrive on Saturday they will check out the trailhead, have dinner, and sleep for a few hours.

On Su...

August 23, 2019

Meet Miss Perception, also known as “did I hear or read that correctly?”

Miss Perception is another contestant in my “Mis-Communication” Competition. You can meet all of the contestants in this post:

Think back to the last product you purchased. For me, it was a new planner from someone on social media. Did I truly need another fancy planner? Absolutely not! The woman shared how she once missed a client meeting due to having her schedule written in multiple places,...

August 9, 2019

What does it take to be compelling? To compel means to bring about something forcefully, but to be compelling has a much more desirable connotation.

Synonyms include being persuasive, convincing, and irresistible. These are qualities that bring about a desired result w...

August 2, 2019

Were you ever instructed in how to be a “professional”? In our nutrition communications course at Purdue I included a class period on this topic at the start of the semester. Students were assigned a reading describing the results of an annual survey conducted by the C...

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