Several speaking topics that Jim feels would be of
interest and benefit to a variety of healthcare professionals as well as the
general public are:
1. Why don't they
just quit? The smoking conundrum.
A thought provoking look at why in
this day and age people continue to smoke. Using power point and his guitar the Quit
Coach does his best to answer this perplexing question.
2. Carbon Monoxide - the Silent
Killer in Cigarette Smoke.
Using a power point
presentation, which includes case studies and demonstrations, the Quit
Coach illustrates why lung cancer is not the only health concern smokers should
3. Risk Factors for Heart Disease -
Risk Factors by the Number.
The Quit Coach uses a power
point presentation to discuss the non-modifiable and the modifiable risk factors
for heart disease. The audience participates with a lifestyle test and
discussion. He concludes by summarizing with his guitar and the song he has
"Heart Disease by the Number - Risk Factors by the
4. Motivational Interviewing - The Quit
Jim illustrates how he has adapted MI to his practice with smokers. By
simplifying this counseling method for smokers the Quit Coach encourages smokers
to take ownership of their smoking behavior. He "motivates" his patients/clients
to practice being non-smokers - one-day-at-a-time. The presentation includes
role playing and audience participation.
5. Pregnancy and Smoking
This is the most
difficult part of the Coach's practice - young pregnant women who continue to
smoke in spite of knowing the dangers. Lots of ideas and