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What I Have Learned in 2017 From All of You.

As you look back at 2017, what is one thing you have learned?

As I look back this past year and think of what all I have learned from you during motivational interviewing training sessions, coaching calls and conversations, the list is impactful.

I have learned:

  1. You want the best for others. When you see individuals making life choices that are unhealthy and potentially life altering you want so badly to let them know and tell them what to do and why they should make the change. You care!

    • You have learned that words matter and how we have conversations makes a difference. You are asking them their why and how they could see the benefits of this change. Pull rather than push.

  2. You are pulled in so many different directions and the requirements, policies, guidelines and mandates of your organization are constantly changing. Healthcare is in transition and you feel it.

    • You have learned that flexibility is key to survival. You know that collaboration and working together as a team with warm handoffs is important. You also realize that requirements and guidelines will change so when the change happens you are not surprised, frustrated or overwhelmed.

  3. You are open to learning. You participated in sessions on motivational interviewing and strategies for engagement. You took notes and provided key learning “take aways” from our precious jewels list.

    • You have learned how to be a curious learner. How to listen to new ways of having engaging conversations with others. You see how this shift in conversation can be more impactful for sustained change.

  4. You are busy taking care of others. Because you want the best for others and are employed in an organization that is full, busy, and demanding, taking care of you is often at the bottom of the list.

    • You know that your well-being and taking care of you is important. You just are not sure how to do this in the demanding life you are leading. Information does not necessarily change behavior. Strategies for taking care of you and how that works in your life is something many of you are still sorting out or wanting to restart.

    • What is one area you can begin to focus on and perhaps commit to in 2018? Your physical health? Eating for energy? Fitness for stamina Sleep for refreshment? Stress release for calm? What are you ready to do in 2018?

The good news is that this area is something I will be focusing on in 2018. Helping people make a “lifestyle shift” to enhanced well-being. Establishing or re-establishing the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. This will be done through blog posts, web-based informational sessions and one on one coaching sessions.

Questions for you as we begin 2018:

  1. What are the topics on wellness, lifestyle and self-care you are most interested in learning about?
  2. What format are you most interested in: blog posts, web-based informational sessions, membership community group of with others, or one on one coaching sessions with me
  3. What are the topics around patient centered care and motivational interviewing you are most interested in learning about?

I want to hear from you. Please send me a note in this blog post or send to beckylang@icloud.com. I look forward to serving you and finding out what would be most beneficial to you in 2018. I also have a Facebook group that you join join.

If you know of others, perhaps your leadership team or a friend, who would be interested in learning more or receiving this and other blog posts, please feel free to forward to those individuals.

I look forward to working with you in 2018.

Tranform Conversations. Transform Lives.
Dr. Becky Lang

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“Dr. Lang’s training provided me with a better understanding of the motivational interviewing process. The skills I learned from her training have helped me feel more engaged and thoughtful when listening and talking with those around me. Dr. Lang is energetic, knowledgeable, passionate and provides a great learning environment.”

Nancy AdrianseBSDH, Oral Health Manager, Iowa Primary Care Association

“The training I received in Becky’s motivational interviewing class was invaluable. It laid a wonderful foundation for me to effectively empower my patients to develop and implement positive changes for their health. Becky created such a nurturing, nonthreatening environment that allowed me to freely learn and practice. This is certainly a class I can recommend to anyone wanting to learn to assist others with behavior changes.”

Robin GeorgeRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“At the YMCA, we have worked with Dr. Becky Lang for over a decade now to help us shift and shape our culture. As an organization committed to strengthening our community, the coaching and training skills that Dr. Lang has provided have helped us immensely. With her education and guidance she has helped us establish a culture that focuses on building meaningful relationships with our members, focusing on their needs, and coaching them towards success in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Lang has trained all levels of our staff from our front line Wellness Coaches to our Executive Directors and Leadership Teams. Her on-going support has allowed the coaching-culture to come alive in our organization.”

Kim Stewart Kim Stewart Director of Operations, YMCA of Greater Des Moines

“The training Becky provided has been one of the most rewarding nursing experience I have had in 30 years. The style of interviewing and teaching patients is rewarding and positive. Her techniques drive the sessions to be more personal and patient-centered. Through Becky’s teaching, I was comfortable to practice and get familiar with the motivational interviewing process. Becky is an exceptional trainer and I recommend her training to all health coaches and educators.”

Sandy LovelessRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“The motivational interviewing techniques Becky teaches allow patients to set goals and work toward changes that are important to them. Patients feel in control of their own health and allow me to be in a more supportive roll. Becky has a positive and uplifting spirit that makes her classes extremely enjoyable.”

Tyra CarltonRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“Rebecca Lang was a respected colleague who diligently served as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students over her long career at Grand View University. I had the distinct pleasure to work with Becky and regularly witness her vocation to Wellness education. She motivates those around her by a strong and genuine commitment to a lifestyle which promotes health and well-being.”

Katharina TumpekPhD, Professor and former Chair, Dept. of Health Promotions, Grand View University

“It has been a pleasure to work with Becky Lang over the last 25 years. Within a variety of contexts in the wellness arena, I have witnessed Dr. Lang’s mastery as a wellness educator, a health coach, a professor, and, most recently, as a health coaching trainer. I could go on at length about Dr. Lang’s passion, enthusiasm, high energy, wisdom, and deep knowledge in health promotion and behavior change. One of the attributes that impresses me most, though, is her ability to create a relaxed, fun, interactive, and content-rich training environment. Her refreshingly supportive, inviting, and empathic style of training and coaching allows learners to take risks, experiment, try on new skills, and participate authentically in role play exercises without feeling awkward and intimidated. Through Dr. Lang’s coaching and training, people learn–often more than they imagined.”

Jill NorrisRN, MPH, PCMH-CCE, Director, Care Management, University of Iowa Health Alliance