Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Being a speech pathologist again

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I have a training session to do tomorrow with a group of trainers on Voice Care. It was arranged some time ago and, me being me, I failed to slot it in my diary. There was a long pause on the phone today when the Organiser called to check what I needed for my presentation. Hmmmm... I thought. I need a presentation! Eek!

I can talk the talk with my brain in low gear (thankfully, after 10 years of working in the field the information is embedded in my cortex) but I just don't have access to all the materials anymore to be able to 'throw together' a workshop in a moment. Images of larynxes. Statistics on vocal problems in teachers/trainers. The latest warm-up techniques. That sort of thing. That stuff has gone from my hard drive.

I got off the phone, screamed a little, rearranged my diary and contacted some of my old speech pathology mates. They shared some PowerPoint slides they had used in recent times. I was so grateful. I had a starting point and not the dreaded blank page. That teasing cursor that blinks at you when you don't know what to write.

I spent a lovely hour this afternoon putting together my presentation. Reminiscing about the days I spent working with voice clients and running workshops for teachers like the one I was putting together. I had a little pang as I thought about how long ago it is now (4 years) since I did this kind of work. I loved it. I loved it every day I did it. Until I didn't anymore. And then I stopped.

A little piece of me will always be a speech pathologist. Let's hope I can channel her tomorrow and produce an awesome presentation for my group.

Have your changed professions? How do you feel about your 'old' role? And tell me, what do you know about looking after your voice? Mums are another high-risk group you know.


12 comments:

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I assume shrieking like a banshee at my children is not helping...

Good luck tomorrow. I'm doing a presentation too! At a lunch. No larynx diagrams required.

Mama of 2 boys said...

Sounds like you've done very well to pull it all together on such short notice(!) Must have been nice to reminisce like that. I have no doubt you'll smash it, good luck xo

InkPaperPen said...

Sounds exciting. Though a tad scary too! I have just returned to my "old" role and I am loving it. I had forgotten how much I love working with kids, which sounds ridiculous when you consider I am with my own children every day - teaching and parenting is so different though.

Maybe one day I'll get to do one of your training sessions! Good luck tomorrow, hope you enjoy it.

Melissa Jane said...

When I finished working in pharmacy, it took a while to go into a chemist and not pull the stock forward and into a straight line. lol

Diminishing Lucy said...

I struggle to eat out in restaurants. I yearn, really yearn, for the high I got from running them.

Call cenres do not make me yearn though.

I'd love to hear your speechy pres! Good luck!

Kelly Exeter said...

Love this post - you make me laugh Chris :)

I used to work in health and fitness before becoming a graphic designer and every so often I return to the Sports Centre at Uni and have a vague pang remembering the various roles I filled in that building (everything from reception to gym instructor to programs co-ordinator to amateur physio & dietitian!). But then I remember why I got out of the industry and the pangs disappear pretty quickly!

pam said...

I have just changed profession from Educational Consultant to Postwoman. I am loving it and there's no homework! In a weird twist of fate, I deliver to lots of the schools that I used to work with. They stare at me for a while in my hi-vis jacket and you can see their internal struggle. Then they say something like 'Something's not right....!' It's so lovely to be around the schools and I feel so at home. Like you, a little bit of me will always be an emotional well-being consultant.

Tricia said...

I was revisiting a past profession yesterday too. I haven’t worked in research in over a decade, but yesterday found myself finalising a funding application for a research project. I loved feeling the sense of enthusiasm I used to have for my work all the time. But then in the early hours of this morning, when I was still trying to finish the application, I started to wonder whether I really wanted to do the project. What if we were successful? Could I really handle doing another research project? Do I still havethe enthusiasm? Could I remember how to do stats?

I hope the presentation went well and that you had fun xx

paleink said...

I've just gone back to work after 18 months maternity leave. Yes, you read that correctly. So same profession and same job, but organisation quite a bit different now and takes a bit of getting used to. I'm enjoying it though. Still a novelty to be with adults all day. Good luck Chris with the presso.

Madam Bongani said...

besides not talking, I had no idea one could even rest their voice! Perhaps a post with pointers?
Good luck with presentation x

Lisa H said...

Oh I hope the presentation went well!

I've been doing the same job for nearly 13 years, just changed companies. But I'm thinking I might be almost ready for a career change. what to do??

Cate said...

Hmmm, what do I do to look after my voice? well, after 9 months with very little voice I see a speech pathologist - weekly at the moment, I use a small protable megaphone at work, and I practice my deep belly breathing and my /ee/ /ah/ /oo/ /mm/ sounds daily. Fun :-)
xxxCate

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