Clark Gaither is a writer, speaker, podcast producer and a personal coach for physicians and other professionals who suffer from burnout. He has enjoyed a career in medicine for the past 22 years as part of an office-based family practice in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Also known as Dr. Burnout, Clark is author of the book Powerful Words: Discover Your Secret Language for Personal Success and Maximizing Impact Through Emotional Connections.
How he became Dr. Burnout
Physicians are one of the professions who get burnout the most. In some branches of medicine it approaches to 70%. Clark experienced burnout himself five years ago. Then he researched the topic and started giving talks about it to other colleagues. That led to the start of his speaking career.
Words of Power
All people have had some emotionally strong event, either good or bad. There are always emotions on it, and words connected to those emotions. They are your own stories. When you share these stories you will connect with the audience in an emotional level. These are your words of power.
When Clark was a student, he completely froze in a speech. That was his bad experience which led him to one day become an award-winning speaker. Everybody has similar stories.
How to find your own words of power
Several exercises in Clark’s book lead the readers to find their own words of power. It’s especially important that everyone writes his/her core values inventory (PDF available for free in Clark’s website). Then begin using your top 5 core values in your words, stories, personal mission statement. The most powerful words are simple words but convey honest emotion, and people will feel that.
Related: Stutter to Speaker
“We don’t see things the way they are. We see things the way we are.”— Anais Nin
Secrets of Dynamic Communications by Ken Davis
Routine to Shine
Begin to tell stories from your own experience. Even the painful ones, because that is where your greatest influence resides. You can start writing your own thoughts, in a journal.
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