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Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Three Keys to Connecting to Your Clients
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
In the bodywork business, marketing to obtain new clients truly is the first step in building clientele. This holds true for any service business. However, unless your focus shifts from obtaining to retaining new prospects, you'll find yourself continually looking for new ways to market your business.Learning how to build rapport with your new clients is a must if you intend to turn them into loyal clients. In order to retain them, you must first connect to them.
Here are three basic keys for connecting with your new clients:
1. Sell Solutions Instead of Selling Your Services
Marketing is all about selling solutions. That's why it's essential to describe your business in terms of benefits, not features. When you market your services, your intention is not to "sell" people something they don't need. It's to show them how you can solve their problem with your services.
When prospective clients seek out service providers, they look for the best solution for solving their problem. Keep this in mind when marketing your services by placing yourself in the prospective client's shoes. When you personally seek out services, you become sold on the benefits, not the list of services that are available. Ask yourself why you would hire a massage therapist. Maybe it's so you can manage your migraine headaches, or maybe you need to reduce stress and feel better about yourself. Perhaps you'd like to prevent injuries while training for your first marathon.
Your marketing should reflect the benefits your services offer. This is what consumers can relate to and will buy.
2. Focus on the Client
What is everyone's favorite word to hear? Their own name, of course! We are human and we love to focus on ourselves. But, as a service provider, your goal is to learn how to focus on your client's needs, while setting yours aside. This means learning how to practice "active listening." If your clients feel like you are really hearing them, they will feel you care about them, and a connection will be made.
By asking questions and repeating what you've heard your client say, you assure the client their needs are being heard and understood.
It's equally important to hold off on offering advice until your client has finished explaining their story. If you jump too quickly to offer a solution to their problems, you'll lose that important connection.
A perfect way to focus on your client is to take personal notes while documenting your SOAP notes. For example, when your client tells you her daughter began applying for colleges, write that information in her file, and make sure to ask her how the college search is going on her next visit. Your client will be impressed you remembered the last conversation, and a connection will be made.
3. Relate to the Client
Sometimes the best way to relate to a client is to let them know you've heard of their problem before. By sharing a story of another client who suffered from similar problems that you've helped, you assure the client you can help them, too.
Be careful, however, not to trivialize their problem as being no big deal, as people tend to be attached to their problems, and you don't want to turn anyone off. Your goal is to reassure your clients they are not alone, others have experienced their problems and experienced success at solving them through your great work.
If you can sell solutions instead of services, you will more easily obtain clients. If you can learn to focus on your clients and their needs, you will build rapport and keep them loyal. And, if you can assure your clients you've seen their problems before, and that you've treated them with success, you'll master the art of connecting with your clients. This will not only build your clientele, but it also will save you time and money spent on marketing efforts. Connect with your clients and build your business.
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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