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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
April, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 04
Let “Show and Tell” Boost Your Massage Business
By Cary Bayer
"Show and Tell" was one of the earliest games you played in kindergarten. You loved it so much you still remember it half a lifetime later. Your teacher had you play it so you could learn how to share with others, and how to speak in public, essential skills that still serve you today.So, as they used to say on "The Lone Ranger," go back with me now "to those thrilling days of yesteryear" when you were about 5 years old. See if you can recall standing up in class with what you brought to school to talk about - a doll, a new coloring book, maybe your very first baseball glove.
Can you feel the excitement you had for this item, how your heart raced just looking at it? When you loved something, you loved it with all your heart. You were passionate about life, enthusiastic for what each day could bring. That particular day, you had brought one of your very favorite things to school to show the other boys and girls.
Let's say it was your favorite teddy bear. There you were, with your "Cubby" or whatever you called it, telling your classmates about the softness of his fur. You talked about the delicious squeak that he made when you pressed his belly. You squeaked him and your classmates "oohed" and "aahed." You described how cool to the touch his little nose was, the nose you cuddled up against at night when you went to bed. You described his beautiful eyes; to you they were jewels in the midnight sky.
By the time you finished describing your stuffed animal, virtually everyone in class wanted his or her very own cubby. You "sold" them on your adorable pal, even though you weren't trying to sell anything. You were 5 years old - what did you know about selling? Nothing ... and that's just the point. You inspired them to buy - or more precisely, to have their mom or dad buy this wonderful item. You weren't trying to; you simply were telling them from your own heart about something you loved with all your heart.
Now, fast forward 40 or however many years, to the present day. You don't own Cubby anymore. There still are things in your life, however, that you do love, that you're passionate about and have gained great value from. If you are wise and fortunate, whatever that thing is has been transformed into your career. (Hopefully, it's massage, and if so, your livelihood is a "lovelihood.")
If you're a self-employed entrepreneur, it's your task to share massage work with others. The act of telling them about your craft is what we call sales. Now, you might be wondering what sales has to do with "Show and Tell." Actually, quite a lot. In "Show and Tell," you told others about something you love. When you own a massage business, you also can tell people about something you love. Instead of it being a furry stuffed animal, it might be your shiatsu-healing touch, or your hot stone massage.
If you're like most adults, you might worry about bills you have to pay (and, therefore, how much money you need to make) and strive hard to sell. You focus on each prospective client or customer as a ticket to getting your bills handled or your debt reduced. Or, you might be too shy to "sell" yourself. Last I looked, selling yourself is another word for slavery, and that's been illegal for a good century and a half. Even prostitutes don't sell themselves, though they might rent for the hour. You can sell your services, you can sell your expertise, but you can't sell yourself.
If you're wise, you'll do something foolish. You will incorporate your inner child into your business, and let that 5-year-old kindergartener enthusiastically describe the healing effects of the massages you give. When you do that, you won't be selling. You will be telling - just like you did when you were small. The person to whom you're speaking is no longer a "prospect" in an adult's mind, but a "person" to your inner child, and will catch your enthusiasm and be wowed by it. They already need what you do, so there's a good chance they will ask you for it. That's the time to let your adult come out, and let them know what it costs to have it. This actually does them a favor.
When you played "Show and Tell" in kindergarten, you inspired many people to have want what you had; but then you sat down without giving them the chance to have it. You teased them; in effect, you were selfish because you inspired desire, but gave them no way to fulfill it. You were 5 years old and so were they; there was no harm, no foul.
But now that you're 45 years old, for example, when you inspire desire, you can give each person a way to fulfill it. Talking about price in this context won't feel uncomfortable - if it ever did for you - because price (or the money that it costs for your service) is what enables a potential buyer to have the very thing that you're so passionate about. You're actually doing them a favor.
The difference between "Show and Tell" and "Show and Sell" is very little. "Show and Tell" is for children; the presentation of something that arouses passion in the presenter and the listener. Since it takes place between 5-year-olds, no goods or services are transacted. "Show and Sell" is for 45- and 55-year-olds, even though it involves your inner child and your listener's inner child. The presentation also arouses passion in the presenter and the listener - and the listener is given the opportunity to have what you offer. That opportunity is what we, as adults, call sales.
Bring out your inner child in your massage business and enthusiastically sell what you love to do. You'll live longer, make more money, and enjoy your life so much more than you do now.
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