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Dr. Ricardo Mitrani has lectured all over the world on all kinds of dental topics. He takes engaging with his audience VERY seriously. Alan spoke with Ricardo at the Spear Summit in 2022 about the challenges that an educator faces when his medium (face to face seminars and workshops) changes drastically. As always, Ricardo and Alan have an extended and wide ranging conversation covering a bunch of topics:

  • The challenges of the "one way" remote presentation 
  • Why is real time audience feedback so important
  • Ricardo's "Masterclass" experience and how he brought it to the hybrid education model at Spear
  • How storytelling helps in education
  • Creating an interaction with patients that is all your own
  • Using silence to allow patients to process
  • "What are we doing today, doc?" Oof.
  • Are you able to take the time to talk with patients?
  • All the data that you can collect from the patient might allow you to detach from actual patient care.
  • "I didn't feel listened to"
  • Authentic connection vs. "academic" connection
  • Al on perfectionism (spoiler: it's not a good thing)
  • Ricardo on the craftmanship of presentation (does a multimedia show have real value in education?)
  • Asking question is POWERFUL. Patients struggle to ask the questions, so why not have your assistant ask them of you while the patient is there?

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