How to Choose –  SHOW NOTES

Season 2, Episode 2 : The Paramedic

Tessa Mudge & Ken Smith


In this episode we interview paramedic Jonno Holmes to understand more about how emergency workers make decisions under pressure.


When trying to decide on a profession or change of career, it can be very valuable to consider what we want from a job – and this in turn requires good ‘self-knowledge’. To build this self-awareness, pay attention to the things you enjoy. Do you prefer to work alone, or would you rather work with a team? Do you like to be outdoors, doing physical work, or are you more of a cerebral person who likes to read and think? Do you do your best work when your day is predictable, or do you thrive in unpredictable situations? As Socrates said – ‘To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom’.

When working in a team, poor communication can result in very poor decision making and can lead to critical errors. If you’re part of a team and your work uses protocols or ‘standard operating procedures’, don’t forget to communicate clearly so everyone understands what is happening at all times.


If you’re enjoying the show and finding it useful, share something you’ve learned with a friend. You’ll reinforce that learning for yourself, your friend will learn something, and we’ll benefit by new people finding our show. It’s win, win, win!


Tune in for our next episode as we chat with entrepreneur Alex Leech who explains how he took his passion for coffee and turned it into the thriving business ‘Bellerophon Coffee’. And learn about how Alex’s ability to reflect and think carefully helped him navigate some tough decisions along the way.

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