I see the confused look on the faces of my non dental friends when I tell them I’m going to the Voices of Dentistry, a dental podcast summit, next week. There’s a quick furrow of the eyebrows followed by a polite smile and nod.
They don’t “get it.”
But that’s ok. I do.
I listen to a variety of dental podcasts: some are informative, some are thought provoking, and some are funny. I’ve even been on some podcasts although I’m not sure I’m informative, thought provoking, or funny. But I digress.
I like dental podcasts for one reason: connection. I feel a connection with certain podcast content, hosts, and shows. The connection is there because we have dentistry and all of its ups and downs in common. It’s refreshing to get unfiltered information straight from real dentists devoid of any corporate influence. We all have similar struggles and successes and it’s nice to know that there are people out there who “get it”. I know that if I’ve had a bad day, that ‘Working Interferences’ can make me laugh. If I want down to earth, unbiased opinions on a wide variety of topics, I’ll start an episode of ‘Dental Hacks.’ If I want to listen to a friend talking in depth with another friend, I’ll go straight to the ‘Alan Mead Experience.’ If I want to make some changes in my practice, I’ll play ’T-Bone Speaks’. If I want to know what the young whippersnappers are up to, “The Millennial Dentist’ is where I’m at. If I want to kick back and knock one back, I’ll find ‘Dentists, Implants, and Worms.”
Although all of those podcasts are different, I feel a connection to each one of them. Their voices have been in my home, in my car, and in my bed….as I’m drifting off to sleep (you pervs!)
To me, this is more than just an industry conference. It’s a chance to meet the people who “get it”, people who have given up a part of their lives to make ours better.
I am really looking forward to going to VOD so that I can meet these guys and thank them for sharing their lives with us and for allowing us to connect with them.