Heather’s Blog

Oprah Left Us Hanging

Recently, at The Golden Globes, Oprah got a standing ovation for her rousing speech. These are the words that brought the audience to their feet. “Which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by […]

Win With Words™ – What’s Your Communication Style?

“The jury has a verdict.” Everything tingles like your nerves are on fire. Two years of pleadings, interrogatories, depositions, and trial have come to this. Your client stands by your side, waiting to hear the jury’s decree. Win, or lose? It seems to take forever for the courtroom to be ready to take the verdict. […]

We Need to Talk-3 Keys to Talking Yourself into Your Best Life

“We need to talk.” “You don’t listen to me.” “I don’t feel like we communicate at all. You only talk to me when you need something, and even then you don’t speak to me nicely.” “I’m not happy.” If it’s true (and it is undeniably true) that our most important relationship is the one we […]

The Key to Weight Loss? Try Listening

I know a little bit about weight loss. I lost 100 pounds over twenty years ago. I did it with a LOT of hard work, healthy eating (or I thought so at the time–low fat and lots of carbs!), regular exercise and ridiculous amounts of water. It was hard, and it was worth it. What […]

“What’s Your Story?” The Answer Might Make You Better

“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in heart forever.” – Native American Proverb A teenage boy, Cody, and a teenage girl, Madison, both get concussions heading soccer balls. Cody’s parents rush him to the pediatrician immediately, concerned because […]

Give Me Brutal Honesty – Communication With Patients

“There was porn in the call room the first night I slept there.”  The call room is the room where doctors sleep, if they have minutes to catch some sleep, when they are on call. When you’re the first female doctor to ever be on the service, apparently you might find porn in that room. […]

Suffering Superheroes

What I remember most about Mr J is his smile. He smiled through his deposition, through the trial, and even when he lost his case. It was more than a smile, really. It was a mischievous grin, especially fitting on a man who looked a bit like a leprechaun.  He was small in stature, big […]

Vulnerability Could Be the Key to Better Health

Long ago, I represented a doctor who was….difficult. He was a phenomenal surgeon, world famous in his field, but he was not warm and fuzzy.  Not even close. Cold and hard were more his speed. We spent two weeks together, on trial in city hall.  It takes about 2 years from the time a case […]

The Rubber Band Secret and What Could Be

As a medical malpractice trial lawyer, I’ve become obsessed with the power of potential.  Every time I face the jury, I could be a winner, and I could be a loser. It’s both exhilarating and terrifying, and both outcomes are staring me in the face, obvious as can be, every day of the trial. Sometimes what […]

Your Good Health May Rest on This One Thing

Good Health Depends on a Good Healthcare Team I was a chubby kid, but my parents still introduced me to lots of sports. Soccer, swimming, tennis, basketball–so many sports, when all I wanted to do was read and eat Doritos.  I wasn’t particularly good at any of them, but some of my teams were better […]

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