For years I’ve shared my morning tea time ritual with you and I can attest those calming minutes spent taking care of me have helped in many tough situations. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant you’re guaranteed to experience moments when you don’t know the answer or an attorney catches you in a mistake.
This is exactly NOT the time to sweat. It’s the time to call up the vast reservoirs of peace and calm you’ve painstakingly created through a morning ritual of centering yourself before an action-packed day. It’s not always easy to cloak yourself in calm, but we know the alternative – panicking in front of an attorney-client – doesn’t work.
30 years ago an attorney-client challenged something I said about a medical malpractice case. He was right and I was wrong. My fight-or-flight reflex wanted to kick in, but those calming cups of tea saved the day and the attorney never saw a bead of sweat. I responded with apologetic accountability, grace and confidence. I learned years later that the way I handled this potential disaster actually endeared me to him.
Attorneys should never see you frustrated, frazzled or sweat. Such demeanor never engenders confidence, and in fact, unnecessarily increases the stress levels of all involved. If you want to be a successful legal nurse consultant, start your day with a calming ritual and leave the sweating to your next CrossFit® session.
I’m Just Sayin’
P.S. Comment and share your best practice to avoid letting attorneys see you sweat.