Hi everyone, and welcome to another episode
of Dietitian Life.
As you can see, or as you will hear, Peta
is not here today.
So she is in Tasmania, she’s been there since
Tuesday having a leisurely time.
No, she is seeing a practitioner down there.
She’s been really cool.
So I’m doing this solo.
I was meant to bring in my to do list that
I use every week to cross things off, write
things down, plan, organise, and do it methodically.
But I forgot.
I forgot I had a doctor’s appointment this
Just a checkup.
And as a result, I didn’t have my to do list,
but I’ll try and remember it for you anyway.
A lot of my week this week, because last week
I was in Melbourne, and then I go to Sydney,
and then Melbourne this weekend until next
Friday, I have been catching up on stuff I
wasn’t able to do in Melbourne, as well as
planning for the next week.
I’ve also seen a couple of clients, so I did
some skin folds on someone that I hadn’t seen
in a while that just comes in just to do skin
folds, which is cool.
I always like doing skin folds.
And I saw a couple other clients.
I also interviewed a potential new admin person
for Fuel Your Life.
We’ve probably got a day, day and a half,
where we could probably get someone else in
to do some hours to help with the workload.
There’s just so much to do.
So I had that conversation with the current
Identified what kind of space we had.
One of them said they had a friend that would
be good for it who’s also studying dietetics
in their third year.
And I met her, she’s awesome.
So I’ll send her a contract.
We’ll hopefully tie that up over the next
couple of days.
And I also had a meeting with someone about
So there was a government department that
sent us a letter saying, “Hey, are you aware
of all the grants that are available to you?”.
I’m like, “No.
Please come in”.
I was aware of a few, but it’s always helpful
to learn additional information and see if
there’s any shortcuts or tricks of the trade
that I can get off the people that I talk
So we talked about other business grants,
vocational education, like extra stuff.
So diplomas of business administration, bookkeeping,
to allied health assisting, and all that.
So I’m not sure how much use that would be.
That’s the government giving subsidies towards
[inaudible 00:02:41] accreditation diplomas
and that type of thing.
But it’s still something extra.
Outside of that, other business grants.
Stuff that we’re already looking to apply
for in terms of…
Just lost my train of thought.
In terms of getting additional equipment,
or doing a digital marketing strategy, there
are some grants around that.
So in your local area, check that out.
There’s probably something that is available
It’s often quite hard to find, though.
Google searching doesn’t work that well.
Sometimes it does, but yeah, oftentimes you
get led down a few rabbit holes.
What else did I do?
Yesterday, I saw Cath.
So I drove to North Bris, dropped her off
a bunch of stuff.
So a lot of business cards, far as posters,
Yeah, just to kind of fill up her car because
I’ve got a full room in my house that has-
it’s just full of business-related stuff because
as well as my car boot is full.
We’d opened it up and stuff fell out.
That is the Dietitian Life.
And Cath’s booth was already full, because
she’s a Diabetes Educator as well, was full
of glucometers and other samples, as well
as my Health for Life stuff.
Queensland Dietitians would know about that.
If not, you should probably get on it.
I won’t go into it here.
And yeah, we had a good chat about relationships
with people that we work with and organisations
that we work with, trying to optimise that.
We’ve been getting quite a lot of referrals
from a couple of particular people.
So I let her know that I really want her to
reach out to that person, set up a personal
meeting, and say face-to-face the thank you,
and whether or not there’s anything that we
can do to support them better.
And they’re not anyone special.
Everyone’s special, but they’re not anyone
that special like a higher up that we’re like,
“Oh yeah, let’s do that to exploit that”.
Just do that literally just to say thank you.
And I think doing that is actually a great
way, obviously, to build a relationship.
And I know a lot of dietitians and other business
owners just don’t take the time to foster
those relationships, and as a result, they
kind of come in big peaks and troughs.
So you’ll see them for a little bit, and then
they drop off.
So having that conversation, even though it’s
a huge effort a lot of the time to get up
a schedule that works.
And maybe you have to drop off a couple of
clients just to do that meeting, but that
meeting could lead to many other things, but
ultimately a great relationship.
What else did I do?
Got an interview with someone after this,
after doing this video, here in Maroochydore.
So they just, from Sunday to Tuesday, it’s
Friday today, I had eight, eight, applications
for jobs that are non-existent.
So that were just eight different people that
said “I wanna work for you.
I wanna work with Fuel your life”.
Which is pretty awesome.
That was one of our goals or part of the vision
for this year about becoming the biggest and
best dietetic company in Australia.
But part of it was wanting people to work
So wanting people to be a part of our company,
to work with us, and, yeah, ultimately it’s
starting to happen now.
We were getting one or two every week, or
couple of weeks, but it’s starting to become
more regular and it’s really cool.
Yeah, so I’m interviewing someone because-
I asked a lot of people some questions before
I get to an interview type of thing a lot
of the time.
I know there’s a few others that we’ll hit
up for interviews next week.
Peta’s been getting quite a few as well.
But one of the things that I asked her about
herself, what she thought she brought to the
table, different challenges she’s experienced,
that type of thing.
And it was so refreshing, her answers.
You could tell that she was just being so
open and honest.
And that is something that not enough of you
I get it.
When a potential employer asks you a question,
you kind of wanna give them the answer that
you think they want because that will get
you that job.
To a point, yeah, sure.
But if you’re pretending to be someone, if
you’re lying, pretty much, lying to someone
or just not being truthful, then what’s gonna
happen when you start?
Are you gonna continue to pretend to be that
Or are you gonna change and then the employer’s
like what the hell?
This isn’t the person I hired.
It’s just not a good strategy.
And, for me, when I’m hiring, I value the
honesty and self-awareness so much that even
if you said “I’m terrible at ten things and
I’m only good at one”, I’m more likely to
hire you than if you said “Oh no, I’m good
Because it’s unlikely that you are.
So the moment she replied with that, I was
like yeah, I need to meet this girl.
And after the interview, hopefully it goes
well, then I’ll decide around alright, so
where can I create a role for you?
And that’s the ting that a lot of you guys
don’t realise and a lot of people are kind
of under-utilising, is that you’re not hitting
YOu’re waiting, you’re being reactive to applications.
And I get that.
That’s 90 per cent of the population.
If 90 per cent of the population doing it,
why don’t you become part of the ten per cent
who then hit up and who seek work experience,
who seek work shadowing, who will actually
put in the work to get the job.
That’ll set you apart.
So why wouldn’t you want that?
Yeah, it’s harder.
Yeah you’ve got to do some work for free half
But to get a job out of it rather than sitting
down and working the coffee club.
The other thing was a big thing this week,
was I was struggling a little bit, and I’ve
posted on my LinkedIn about it, this video
will come out a week after, but I posted on
my LinkedIn about leading performance.
So if you go to my profile, look at my past
posts, leading performance.
And basically, I was struggling a little bit,
and I talked to Peta about it, about my role
and, I guess, communication with the team.
It reminds me very much of like a sitcom where
you have the mum that whinges to the dad all
the time about how he’s always the fun parent,
she’s the disciplinarian or the one that tells
them no, or tells them to do something, and
X and Y and Z.
And I was starting to feel like that parent.
That every time that I would do a group-based
or company-wide e-mail, it wasn’t necessarily
about, alright, you’re doing a great job.
It was you’re doing well, but let’s go here,
let’s go to the next, let’s keep improving.
And I think that is my role.
And after discussion with Peta, that is my
If we want to achieve the vision, someone’s
gotta do it, and I’m happy to be that person.
But sometimes you do wish that you had more
opportunity to celebrate the wins.
I think we do it well, anyway.
We do celebrate it.
We’ve got the quarterly awards and that only
So we were pumping up the team a lot and some
of the people are making great inroads with
so many clients are getting great results.
And the practitioners are improving, improving,
improving, which is awesome.
But then, there’s some stuff, and the average
across the board has started to drop a little
And it’s something that we’ve noticed over
probably the last six weeks.
And it comes down to people not attending
the free PD that we give, people not utilising
the Education in Nutrition subscriptions that
we are providing for everyone.
And that’s really doing a disservice to themselves,
but also their clients.
So it was me kind of pumping everyone up a
bit, telling them to put in the work if they
wanna be better.
Because every single one of them has had the
conversation in person with me about wanting
to be the best practitioner that they can,
wanting to have an impact with clients, wanting
to make a difference.
And even though we are making a difference
across the board, and I think our average
is still above what the average of the dietetic
industry would be, but we don’t wanna be average
and we don’t want mediocrity.
That’s not something that I’ve ever wanted
for myself, nor the company.
So we wanna keep pushing.
So that was what my email was about.
A couple of people have said it was pretty
good, which is appreciated.
But yeah, ultimately, I was struggling with
that a little bit.
But I’m keen and I did like the result in
some of the replies I’m getting and it seemed
to be taken the right way.
So I really, yeah.
[inaudible 00:12:33] about it.
This week coming, so tomorrow, I’m flying
to Sydney at 7:00 a.m.
Got an awards night there, so that’s a Young
Entrepreneur of the Year award.
I’m a finalist for that, for the Australian
Small Business Champion Awards.
It’s Australian, which is cool.
Not a local one.
As well as Fuel Your Life is being nominated
as a finalist, or has achieved finalist status,
on Health Improvement Services Category award.
Don’t know who I’m up against.
Don’t know who the business is up against.
Looks like I have to wear a suit, which I’m
really not happy about.
This is how much i love wearing a suit.
I called up and just said- On the invitation,
it just says “Evening wear” as the dress code.
I’m like I don’t even know what that is because
it didn’t say black tie or formal, it just
said “Evening wear”.
I’m like my evening wear is a t- shirt.
Is that cool?
Yes, they were like “No, it’s going to be
I was like, “Ugh”.
But I’ll probably try and find my way around
it, probably try and find my way around it.
But yeah, I’ll probably stick out like a sore
thumb regardless, so whatever.
And then, yeah, then Melbourne.
I fly from Sydney to Melbourne on the Sunday,
come back next Friday.
Ends that day next week, so it’s gonna screw
things up a bit, but I’ve got a couple of
meetings planned, few work showing efforts.
And although I might not get an opportunity
to see everyone, everyone might not wanna
see me because they only saw me last week.
I think me being there is important and being
available, whether or not they use me or not,
just being available to them I think is the
And if you are managing staff, if you are
someone that owns a business and you have
staff, I think just having the access there
if they need it can be just as good as if
you were actually there.
So a lot of the time, dietitians feel that
they’re self-reliant, don’t want to ask questions
because they don’t wanna feel stupid or that
they’re inadequate instead of thinking, “Hey,
I can utilise this to my advantage”.
A lot of them don’t.
But I think in terms of support, having it
available, knowing that they can, if they
want to, reach you, or to get that support
from you is important.
And we do that remotely and electronically
always and I am available at any time of day
or night for any practitioner to call me or
email me or whatever.
But it’s just about, yeah, they don’t because
they just wanna know it’s there.
And I think that makes them comfortable.
Now I’m getting around a whole lot ranting,
going around in circles, and it’s making no
So I apologise for that.
But when there’s Peta not here, not here to
slap me and tell me to shut up or to get back
on track, then this is what happens.
But yeah, ultimately, I think that gives a
good wrap-up of what my week was.
So meetings, e-mails constantly.
Oh, that’s what I had to do.
I’ve stayed up ’till frickin’ 2:00 a.m. to
write a business plan.
I don’t have a business plan.
Don’t have one.
I wrote a business plan in uni.
I did a Bachelor of Business initially.
I wrote a business plan then.
These days, the plan in business changes so
rapidly that a business plan becomes just
a document for the sake of having a document.
So, yes we’ve got a plan.
100 per cent we’ve got a plan.
But putting it into a structured thing, doing
a SWOT analysis, and all of that, I can do
that on the fly.
Formalising it in a business document is not
something I enjoy and no one else is gonna
really read it or understand it half the time.
It’s much better, I think, to be able to communicate
that and get people on board, and do a lot
of that background work so no one else has
No one has to worry about that because not
a lot of dietitians like business, let’s be
So I’ll handle that shit.
But yeah, had to do that for an award that
we’re applying for, which, yeah, that hurt
me a little bit.
And it wasn’t the best because my heart wasn’t
in it in terms of actually doing it.
But I think it’s at least above average.
It wasn’t the best of work, but pretty decent.
But yeah, that was a big night because we
were timed for it so I had to do it.
That’s it, that’s my week.
If you do have any questions about anything
I’ve said, or you wanna apply for a job.
Or you’re interested in learning more about
that, hit me up, hit us up, and yeah, Peta
will be back next we.
She might actually do her week thing in a
couple of days, so you might see two releases.
Otherwise see you next week.