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Denise Griffitts Interviews Jan Carpman

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This week I welcome to Your Partner In Success Radio Janet R. Carpman, Ph.D., and author of Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around.

If you are as directionally impaired as I am, there actually is help! And when I say that I am directionally impaired, I mean it so bad that my dentist leads me back through the labyrinth (as I see it) of his building back to the receptionist desk because they know that I will wander around helplessly until somebody takes pity on me!


Jan Carpman has been thinking about wayfinding ever since she became lost on a Jersey Shore boardwalk as a wandering 3-year-old. Many years later, while directing a unique applied research project at the University of 
Michigan Medical Center, she found that disorientation accounted for a significant amount of stress experienced by hospital patients and visitors.

As I told her during the pre-interview, not even my onboard nav system in my vehicle is of any real assistance because I invariably pick a fight with the voice that is telling me to "turn left here", because she is not the boss of me. But that is a whole 'nother topic.

Jan holds a PhD in Architecture and Sociology (University of Michigan), a Master of City Planning (Harvard University), and a BA in Sociology (University of Rochester) and is a skilled speaker, writer, and coach.  She is going to tell us why she wrote this book and share some very important tips and tricks to help us to learn how to navigate.