The exceptional Mai Ling Chan takes us through the personal and professional evolutionary process of her career in this episode.
A connector of people, Mai reflects on the importance of connecting and building relationships with people both inside and outside of the field of SLP. As an author, Mai speaks about how her response to criticism and critical feedback has changed over time and with experience.
An advocate for working as a whole person, Mai encourages us all to bring to the profession other things that we love and are good at, and to explore, explore, explore!
Discussion & Reﬂection Questions
- Have you ever considered the strengths and experience you have outside of SLP that you could also bring to your role?
- Do you actively seek out fresh new thoughts and ideas in the field or your other interests?
- How do you respond to rejection and/or criticism?
- Has how you respond to feedback and/or criticism changed over time?
- Have you joined any professional networking sites such as Linkedin? If so, have you followed any thought leaders and found their posted content helpful or valuable
“We need to stay with the people who are leading the industry. So, professionally, we use the words like thought leaders, and it’s essential because these are people who are plugging into all other industries and saying, “Hey, could that work here?” And we need that because our field has become a little stale, a little archaic.”
– Mai Ling Chan
About Mai Ling Chan, MS, CCC-SLP
Mai Ling is a speech-language pathologist, industry historian, global connector, and technology entrepreneur. Building on 16 years of clinical experience, she focuses on supporting disability-focused thought leaders and creating digital products that make a difference in the special education ecosystem.
In her role as co-founder and Chief of Partnerships of Xceptional Learning, she facilitates national and international partnerships with disability experts to support the creation of professional development courses, digital services, and virtual therapy. In addition, after publishing 3 Amazon best-selling books in 18 months, Mai Ling continues to spotlight industry leaders on her Xceptional Leaders podcast, now in its 4th year reaching over 25K global listeners.
Mai Ling is passionate about helping parents, educators, therapists, and people with disabilities to expand on their creative ideas and achieve success in their disability-focused offerings.
Mattie Murrey Tegel, MA, CCC-SLP, L, CPC, CLSC
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Founder of Fresh SLP
Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast. She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years. She is thrilled to be adding this dream of a podcast because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about. If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her job! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands. She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family.
The Missing Link for SLPs podcast and Fresh SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.
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