women who all get "it" in regards to the severity of food allergies...somebody pinch me. And no, I wasn't dreaming.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive EpiPen Summit at The Strand in New York City, thanks to Mylan Specialty L.P. There are so many things that I'm very excited to share with you about this fantastic meeting but for today I'd like to focus on one thing in particular. Confident Communication.
Sloane Miller of Allergic Girl Resources, Inc gave a speech that really hit home within myself and my beliefs about food allergies. I found myself nodding my head at so many topics that she addressed that I'm afraid I may have whiplash. No really, kidding aside, this woman not only gets "it" she's redefining "it".
|Sloane Miller - Allergic Girl|
at Mylan EpiPen Summit
Photo by Noel Malcolm
Sloane discussed how to effectively communicate to others about food allergies. Her advice?
- Be clear
- Be factual
- Be firm
- Use few sentences
- Use neutral facial expressions
- State your needs and change the subject
- Do NOT apologize
- There is no room for negotiation
And the last two are my favorites...
- Your health is NOT a conversation piece
- You have nothing to prove
Is it possible that by using these simple rules that we could change how food allergies are viewed? If we give clear facts, state our needs, and then change the conversation is it possible that people will actually hear what we have to say and take us seriously? I think so.
In my opinion, I feel that many of us allow our emotions to control the conversation. We get upset, we start telling reaction stories, we get defensive, we attempt to force people to get "it" by talking too much. Let's stop giving people reasons to tune us out, reasons to think we're overreacting, and reasons to not take us seriously. It's time to start communicating with confidence.
Easy Breezy Life
AKA EBL Food Allergies