Dietetic Spotlight on McKenzie Hall, RD, Webinars and Cooking Classes
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on NOVEMBER 12, 2013
Conducting webinars and cooking classes are just two of the many jobs McKenzie Hall excels at. Her private practice and consulting company use social media to find new jobs, make new connections, and help tons of people. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
It may sound cliché, but I wanted to become a dietitian because I truly love working with people, and I wanted to help others. In our culture, I feel as though we have such a love/hate relationship with food, and I wanted to help people develop a greater appreciation for all that food can do for us. I’ve always thought that food has that incredibly ability to help you feel amazing or it can make you feel just the opposite. After all, food is meant to help fight off disease, not cause it; and it’s meant to help us feel energetic, strong, and vibrant. I love sharing nutrition messages to help others feel empowered about their food choices.
Your Job Title?
Co-Founder Nourish RD
Other Social Media links you would like to include:
Nourish RDs blog: www.nourishRDs.blogspot.com
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
My work days are always slightly varied, but most days involve writing and organizing nutrition content for websites, researching and writing nutrition articles, developing presentations, and engaging in social media for my various contracts. And some days, I’m presenting cooking classes or workshops, giving webinars, or even providing one-on-one nutritional counseling through corporate wellness and my private practice.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Each opportunity with Nourish RDs the nutrition communications and consulting business I started with Lisa has often come from a previous connection, so I really think there is great value in networking, hard work, and persistence.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I’ve always been self-motivated and have been a big dreamer. Since I love working as a team so much, I also seem to be happiest and most effective when I’m working with others. I’m learning (and am still very much a work in progress!), to not be so hard on myself and to not be such a perfectionist.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Say “yes” whenever you can! It’s truly an incredible way to network and you never know what opportunities may come your way by being willing to take on an extra project, go to another event, or help a colleague when possible. Going the extra step even if it’s a small step to help your colleagues or to become involved can make a big difference. I also apply the golden rule to work as with everything else in life but treat others the way you would want to be treated.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
Oh, this is fun question! Probably endless trips to different places around the world. It would be so fun to explore the world with my friends and family. And all those trips would make for some pretty fun food blogs.