I do realise why I have to learn communication skills, but really, pulling teeth would be less painful.
You see, while I'm a gobby cow for the most part, I can talk to patients. I really can, I have done and it doesn't actually worry me.
Make me analyse the way I speak to a patient and role play it in front of a crowd and I will fall apart. I stammer, lisp and go into full screensaver mode. It's depressing and makes me feel a right twat with people in my group.
If I could just talk to a patient rather than analysing all the various TLAs* I need to remember, I'd do so much better!
*TLA = three letter acronym - vastly dominant in the medical profession sadly!