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Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Step 10: Presentation
By John Fanuzzi
Welcome to the physical sector of opening a successful spa. After visiting the first nine steps, our doors are now open. From this point on, your success or failure may depend on one element: Presentation.
Presentation with respect to your spa includes everything from the physical appearance of the front desk to the appearance and personality of each employee.Your retail display; artwork; décor; printed receipts; collateral printed materials; menu; website; and customer service are all part of the presentation. Presentation is going to affect the image of your business, and public image is the backbone of repeat business, word of mouth, your reputation, and ultimate success.
Lets take a look at image. I remember going to a trade show a few years ago in Chicago, and instead of one booth, we took four booths with lots of inventory and a new look. One customer came by and made the remark, " Wow you guys really got big." In truth, we were no bigger than the previous year, but we looked like we were. Remember, people talk, especially in a local community. That's exactly what you want if there is something good to talk about. Perception is reality. As I mentioned in a previous article, the goal is to keep the marketing dollars in your pocket. Good word of mouth means good publicity. People talk, and positive talk about your spa is the least expensive way to advertise.
In last month's article, we discussed the hiring and training of your therapists and staff. Now that the spa is open, you must make a daily effort to keep your staff happy, alert, and tuned in to the needs of the customers. Always keep in mind how important that first impression is. It should be a goal to make each person who comes through your door a long-term customer.
Work toward this goal as soon as each person walks through the door. Welcome clients and offer a cup of tea or a snack when they sit down, just as you would do with guests in your home. Offer a tour of your facility if possible, and introduce them to your key staff. If clients come in specifically for a massage, don't have the therapists just put them face down and start rubbing. It is a time of first impression and relationship building. Spend that extra time and offer a gift product or gift treatment. I like to have new clients sit face-up on a backrest table and get a foot scrub and rub, so a conversation can happen before the silence of a massage -- even if it takes more time. An extra-personal presentation, especially on the first visit, leaves a lasting impression. It is also a good habit to have every treatment as warm and special as the first. Think of it as keeping the romance alive after the marriage.
Another simple-but-effective presentation is uniforms. I like logo shirts, with each employee's name on his or her shirt. Some people, myself included, have a hard time remembering names, and it's also a bit awkward if the customer forgets your name. The same logo also should be on the robes and towels. Uniforms also make it easy for all employees -- they all know what to wear, and there is no room for individual fashion shows that could tarnish your presentation. If you design a particularly catchy or attractive image, your logo shirts may even become a popular retail item. Again, this is great advertising for free.
Do you want repeat customers? Serve food -- sandwiches, cookies, tea and juice drinks. I would cost it in with your treatments. They serve free drinks in Las Vegas when people are gambling. I don't drink alcohol, but I know I would be touched if I could get free juice drinks or food while at the spa. When I took a few days at the Miraval Resort in Tuscon, all the food, juices and snacks were included. The high room cost did not matter -- the service was worth it. Free food encourages customers to relax, socialize and spend more money. They become loyal friends instead of revolving-door customers, and they become your extended marketing family. Just think of their circles of friends they will bring back over the years if you foster good relationships with them.
One extremely important detail not to be forgotten is cleanliness. Think of how unpleasant is it to find one hair in the bathroom of a fine hotel you just paid top dollars to stay in. It just takes one hair to give you a bad image. Consider your spa as you would a fine hotel. Clean your spa every night, and make sure each therapist keeps his or her appearance and work space immaculate at all times. Cleanliness is Godliness! Once gain, it's all about presentation: if it's clean enough for angels, it's clean enough for your customers.
That leads us to my favorite subject, to be discussed next month: Golden Rules.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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