Tip of the Month
Welcome to the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Tip of the Month
Bite into a healthy lifestyle during this National Nutrition Month! Take this month to not only promote tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle with your clients, but use it for your own goals too! This is a perfect time to reevaluate your 2015 goals, celebrate progress and set new goals for the next 3 months. Don’t forget to celebrate National RD Day, our day, on March 11.
Jackie H Sharp, MS, RD, LD, ACSM-HFS
Director of Membership Services, Nutrition Entrepreneurs
Work only for your worth. That’s it – the tip that is important to you and to all of your fellow dietitians. For so many reasons, dietitians, especially female dietitians are often eager to undervalue their services. If you have ever agreed to do a wellness fair, a presentation, a family nutrition consultation for free or for reduced cost, or taken an offered position for less than the national or local acceptable fee, have you stopped to think about the impact?
I often hear new dietitians and sometimes experienced dietitians willing to take a position that offers a low reimbursement with the justification that they need the experience or that is the amount offered and negotiation didn’t seem appropriate. Unfortunately, this undervalues your training and it also sets a precedent that impacts other dietitians in your area and potentially across the country.
Remember that you have 4 years of undergraduate training plus an internship specifically designed to meet the demands of our profession or a master’s degree. You were required to take a national test that most individuals have to study countless hours in order to pass. We are trained by professors in nationally credited universities at a price tag of 5 to 6 digits.
Remember all of this with professional pride and represent all of us with negotiation skills that demand the price you are worth!
Tip of the Month: February 2015
Barb Andresen, RDN, LDN
As entrepreneurs hungry to get our names out to the public, many of us want to break into media, but have no idea where to start or how to get practice speaking in front of a camera or on radio. While hiring a media coach or taking classes is a great investment, many of us are working on a shoestring budget.
Contact your local university and get on camera, interview experience by lending your services to students! There are tons of highly skilled media students desperate to interview credible nutrition authorities for their multi-media projects! Contact the Communications, Film/Television, Journalism/Broadcasting departments and give them your name. Many universities have state of the art television and radio stations producing high quality product. Not only do you receive valuable media practice, but you can also share the online link of the interview on your website!
You never know who these students may become one day! YOU could be interviewing with the next Diane Sawyer or Ryan Seacrest!
Tip of the Month: December 2014
Lindsey Pine MS, RDN, CSSD
Everyone gets fired up after FNCE. And even if you didn't attend FNCE this year, you've likely just finished an amazing business book, attended one of our webinars or had a mastermind meeting where you were PUMPED UP! The problem comes when that energy and inspiration fizzles out and nothing gets done at all. Here are three ways you can use that excitement to make things happen and create an exciting change:
- Find a theme word: If you take a close look at your jumbled notes from the event that inspired your fire, you can find a theme. It may be "organization" or "writing" or "re-branding". Finding the one big idea will help streamline your 'to-do' list and focus your energy.
- Create a task list: Don't leave your ideas without actionable tasks! This is where good ideas go to die. Use an app like Wunderlist or ToDoist to keep tasks on your phone and organized, or just pull out a big piece of paper and markers. Organize your tasks by group (technology, errands, research) and then by priority status.
- Pick a task each week: Let's get real: this is not happening over the weekend. Pick one task each week to focus on and complete. It's tempting to start and stop multiple tasks at once, but seeing each step through to completion gives you a final product.
How do you use your passion to make things happen?
Tip of the Month: November 2014
Carlene Thomas RDN