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What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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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