Vickie Milazzo's Thoughts for Success

Thoughts for Success: To Be a Good Teacher You Have to First Be a Good Student

I’ve always thought of myself as a good teacher. I hope that having trained thousands of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants is proof that I’m good at what I do (Did I mention I’m modest too? LOL). To become a good teacher I had to first become a good student.

Thoughts for Success: To Be a Good Teacher You Have to First Be a Good Student

One of the 5 Promises I commit to daily is to be a lifetime student. That means not only do I strive to learn, but I also pay attention and listen to opposing viewpoints. A plaintiff trial attorney I’ve worked with highlights this lesson for me. The attorney is widely considered to be the best in the field of medical malpractice. One day a group of young defense attorneys came into a trial to observe him in action. After the plaintiff attorney completed cross-examination of an MD expert the young attorneys left the courtroom. I happened to be in the hallway and overheard them laughing and remarking how unimpressed they were with this legendary attorney. What was all the hoopla?

That trial resulted in a multi-million dollar plaintiff verdict. I like to think they were impressed then, but am still not sure whether they understood what made this attorney so good and revered by his colleagues.

Those young attorneys had a unique opportunity to listen and learn, but chose to have closed, non-observant minds instead. “To be a good teacher you have to first be a good student.” As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant you have to be a good teacher to your attorney-clients. Are you willing to be a good student first?

Success Is Yours,

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*The opinions and statements made by Vickie Milazzo, the founder of Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. are based on her experiences and expertise, should not be applied beyond the specific context provided, and do not guaranty or project actual results. Vickie Milazzo is no longer involved in the operations or management of the business, but is involved as an independent education consultant.

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