AAMI News February 2018

Speaker on a Mission to Stop 'Global Whining' and Find Fun

Christine Cashen
Christine Cashen

We're all being asked to do more with less, which is sending stress levels skyrocketing and job satisfaction plummeting, according to professional speaker Christine Cashen, one of the featured presenters at the AAMI 2018 Conference & Expo in Long Beach, CA, taking place June 1–4.

"Everybody is under the gun," she said.  "They're completely stressed.  Humor is lost."

But that doesn’t have to be the case, according to Cashen, who previewed what she plans to discuss during the conference’s opening keynote session on June 2, saying she will focus on what everyone can do to reclaim control over their lives and reignite passion for their jobs. This will include tips on how to handle conflict like a pro, create a better day with more energy, and use humor to increase job satisfaction, improve morale, and reduce stress.

“I hope people can find not just one thing, but two things—or even five things—right away that they can do differently to have more energy in their day, to be aware of how they are communicating—both verbally and nonverbally, and what they can do to reclaim their passion for their job,” Cashen said.

The Complaining Stops Here

According to Cashen, the first step is being a problem-solver rather than a complainer. “It’s easy to whine, and I’m on a mission to stop global whining,” Cashen said. “Just because you can complain about something doesn’t mean you really need to.”

For Cashen, this means finding solutions instead of wallowing in thoughts such as: “I’m tired.” “I’m bored.” “It gets dark too early.”

“There are a lot of things you can’t control,” Cashen said. “But there are a lot you can.”

For example, she said: “A lot of times people wake up and the first thing they do is check their email, which is one of the worst things you can do because email is someone else’s to-do list for you. Then you’re already under the gun, and your feet haven’t even hit the floor yet. And you’re wondering why you start your day in a really bad place?”

Cashen challenges people to go 24 hours without complaining, whether the subject is bad drivers, the person who didn’t replace the paper in the copier, or the colleague who is always calling out sick.

“Take 24 hours to really see what comes out of your mouth and how it affects everybody,” Cashen said. “I think we don’t realize how our energy transfers to each other. It’s very easy to catch ‘mood poisoning.’”

On the other hand, positivity can be contagious as well.

“Sometimes, even the smallest shifting of your perspective can make you feel like you’re in a better mood and can impact the people around you,” Cashen said. “There’s a trickle-down effect.”

Finding the Fun

While Cashen doesn’t promise miracles, she does guarantee her presentation will be “100% entertainment, 100% content, and 0% slides.” “Buckle up. It’s gonna be fun,” she said.

Register for the AAMI 2018 Conference & Expo by March 16 and save $100. Learn more at www.aami.org/AC.