Wall charts and posters can be powerful educational tools--if you use them. If you feel self-conscious saddling up to a wall poster with a patient out of the blue and making a point, annotating your posters makes it easy!
Annotation is merely writing or drawing on your posters. With your Patient Media posters protected behind glass, use a dry erasable marker to handwrite a comment or question on the glass. Or attach Post-it® notes to your posters. Or tape newspaper clippings or magazine articles to your posters. Or attach aspirin or some other 3-dimensional object to your poster. And then watch the fun begin! This can produce wonderful effects with your patients because...
It's a pattern interruption. After a couple of visits, most patients stop noticing your office walls. Annotating your posters serves as a "pattern interruption" causing patients to notice your wall graphics.
It amplifies the message. By attaching your own comments to a poster, it can serve to highlight your philosophy or unique way of looking at the world. In the process, you can profoundly change a patient's perception without saying a word. Hear more patients say, "Gee, I never thought about it like that before."
It stimulates questions. Interested patients make comments and ask questions. Their interest is an invitation and an opening to share and explore the implications of the message. If patients don't comment, no problem. (Still, you'll be surprised what they pick up!)
It's fun. Frankly, annotating your posters can be a lot of fun. It's a way to reveal your philosophy without confrontation or lecturing. (If this sounds like fun be sure to add a white board to your practice or our BackScratchers for even more possibilities!)