Blooming Leadership

“Worms” he exclaimed – tons of them!” My husband loves to garden, mulch, plant, prune, chop wood.  Like me, he enjoys just about anything to do with nature.  On a beautiful day he just can’t stay inside. So it came as no surprise when he returned from prepping his garden for spring planting and triumphantly declared “worms – tons of … Read More

Foundations for Future

Last week I had the privilege of speaking to dentists and dental teams at the 2nd District Dental Hygiene Society in Knoxville, TN.  On the way, I listened to a CD by a well known dental personality speak about foundational values.  I speak about this myself, and I’m always re-assured that others see the value in establishing a core foundation … Read More

Chocolate and Cactus

This month, speaking about Selling Dentistry at AADGP in Las Vegas, I took advantage of some extra time to follow a goal I had promised myself this year.  It’s no secret that I love everything about plants, flowers and nature, and this year I pledged to myself to visit a botanical garden (large or small) in every city where I … Read More

Plan your Bloom and Bloom Your Plan

Cold winter weather makes for armchair gardening – perusing flower catalogs, identifying the optimum veggies for our planting zone, sketching lay outs, scheduling the planting dates for various species, and meeting with the other gardeners of our communal garden to get their perspectives and strategize together, for another successful garden next spring through fall. As I work through this process, … Read More

Autumn Leaves – The Beauty of Change

I love autumn splendor!  One of the best places for fall “leaf peeping” is Gibbs Gardens in north Georgia.  This spectacular 220 acre world class destination garden is a favorite retreat of mine.  With an annual pass, I visit regularly to observe each blooming season. Right now over 2,000 maple trees (over 100 varieties) are putting on a spectacular display.  … Read More

Light their Fire

“Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.”                                                                                  William Butler Yeats I love this … Read More

Blooming Fun Dentistry

The Georgia Aquarium is one of Georgia’s sensational highlights – for locals and tourists alike.  Conceived of, and mostly financed by, Bernie Marcus (c0-founder of Home Depot), it was the world’s largest aquarium when it opened in 2005.  The aquarium houses more than 100,000 animals, representing 500 species, including beluga whales, hammerhead and whale sharks, huge manta rays, penguins, Leafy … Read More

Blooming In the Flow

I am living on a river – well, just for the time being – nestled in a rustic cabin, in the mountains, under tall pine and hemlock trees, on a dirt road, along a river.  I’m fortunate and grateful for the use of my sister’s family cabin, as a writer retreat – my inspirational space, my “room to bloom”.    This … Read More

Go Fly a Kite – Communication Skills Learned from a Kite

Power Communication Strategies by Dental Business Speaker Janet Hagerman, RDH, BSDH The beach was perfect for our kite flying –great wind gusting in from the ocean, and the beach a wide expanse of soft sand. We hadn’t flown our kite in years. I wasn’t even sure we would remember how to rig it, launch it, and keep it airborne. This … Read More

Treatment Triad

Triple your Treatment Acceptance by Dental Business Speaker Janet Hagerman, RDH, BSDH How do you communicate treatment information to your patient in a manner that implies a sense of urgency without overwhelming the patient? Prepare the foundation for quicker case acceptance with the Treatment Triad. During the exam process, particularly the initial exam, prioritize treatment into these three categories: Urgent, … Read More