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Sept. 2, 2022

Episode 86. Dying Child Teaches Hospital Clown an Important Lesson

Episode 86. Dying Child Teaches Hospital Clown an Important Lesson

Our guest today is Eddy Smits, a former professional clown, who hails from Belgium. He says authentic communication with children would heal society's woes and enable children to grow into adults who could face any challenge and be effective world lead...


Our guest today is Eddy Smits, a former professional clown, who hails from Belgium. He says authentic communication with children would heal society’s woes and enable children to grow into adults who could face any challenge and be effective world leaders. That statement reminded me of advice I received when my oldest child, Craig, was a toddler. A very wise person told me the qualities we admire in adults are not qualities we admire when children exhibit those same behaviors. That statement stopped me cold and helped shape my philosophy of raising children. Please join me as Eddy and I discuss how his volunteer work as a hospital clown shaped his philosophy of communicating with children.

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Patch Adams, M.D. — Gesundheit! Institute Home – Gesundheit! Institute (patchadams.org)

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Eddy Smits

Public speaker/coach

Bio

Eddy Smits is a TEDx speaker, an author a licensed NLP practitioner, a certified Management Drives trainer and has a bachelor's in Pedagogy.
He was a professional artist for 25 years.
He and his team developed and produced several educational programs, 25 theatre plays for children between 3 and 12 years old and a short movie.
As a hospital clown, he visited more than 10.000 sick and palliative children. This led him to transfer into an expert in authentic communication and develop an innovative approach to connecting with children.

As he speaker, he talks about connecting with children authentically and how you can equip them to grow into adults who can face any challenge.