If you have read my blogs, you know that I take a lot of continuing education classes. I like to stay on top of new products, techniques and ways to make my practice better. I am required to take an average of 20 hours a year to keep my license. Since I average 50 hours a year, it is obvious I don’t just do it because I have to. But even I get tired of it occasionally.
So last year, when the invitation came to attend “The Total Practice Revolution” for two days in Fort Worth, I decided I really didn’t want to go. I didn’t need the class hours. I had been to Fort Worth several times. It would require travel during spring break and I had heard three of the speakers before.
However, the event was being put together by Jameson Management. These people are my coaches and my friends. It was their first effort at an event of this nature. I started getting pressure to attend. I finally justified the trip by deciding to go to the seminar and then fly to Florida to see my Dad and my daughter before coming home the next week.
So, a month ago I flew to Fort Worth figuring I would have some social time with my friends and colleagues and maybe pick up a couple new ideas at the seminars. What happened was I had the best two day dental education experience I’ve ever had.
“The Total Practice Revolution” was spectacular! The program was perfectly designed. Each day included breakfast and lunch which provided time to talk with old friends, meet and talk with other professionals and interact with the speakers and presenters. We heard four top of the industry speakers. Chuck Blakeman. Lois Banta, Mark Hyman and Cathy Jameson all had fresh material that was captivating and relevant. I took more notes for each speaker than I usually do for a whole weekend at other seminars. Both days included a panel discussion featuring dental experts talking on about a variety of questions we had submitted. We even had selected vendors available during the breaks to help us in various aspects of our practices.
Throw in a social hour one night and two dinners spent with good friends and it all added up to a perfect weekend. I feel bad for having such low expectations. I should have known that the Jameson Management Team would present nothing less than a spectacular event. This team is filled with outstanding individuals who know their stuff. I am privileged to be able to work with them. The dozen years I have been coached by them have been the most rewarding of my 32 year career. They provide guidance, counseling, education leadership and friendship. A great team needs great coaches and I think we have the best there is.
Thanks for an incredible event John and Cathy Jameson, Jess and Carrie Webber, all the presenters, the vendors and everyone on Team Jameson for doing such a fantastic job. A special thank you to my current coaches Beverly Hill, Nancy Miller and Susanne Kimball as well as my former coaches Ryan Webber and Misty Clark. You have helped me learn and grow beyond my expectations. Finally, a special shout out to Amy Parrish. She is the straw that keeps the Jameson drink stirred to perfection!
While I’m at it, I might as well pat myself on the back for attaching myself to such a great group!
Thanks for reading,