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Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
June, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 06
The Difference Between Sales and Marketing
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
Many of my students don't like marketing because they immediately equate it with sales. For some reason, the word sales has a bad reputation. Perhaps it's because of a prior career and you swore you would never have anything to do with sales again.Maybe you had a bad experience with a salesperson and vowed to never be like them. Perhaps you think sales is pushy and you have chosen to escape the consumerism of America and are determined not to sell anything, ever. A psychological block about sales could be stopping you from feeling comfortable talking about what you do for a living. Whatever your reasoning is for not liking sales, you must get over it if you want to be successful. Like it or not, the business of massage is about selling yourself and your services. This article will attempt to re-educate you about what sales really is and hopefully your perspective will change.
So, for the sake of keeping your attention, let's start using the word marketing instead of sales. They really are the same thing, but one tends to have a better connotation. And before I launch into my sales pitch (no pun intended) about marketing, let me highlight the three components for true success in the massage therapy industry. I call it the One-Third Rule. Success in the massage industry is one-third hands-on skill, one-third business skills and one-third marketing techniques, all in equal proportions. Most therapists put all their emphasis in hands-on training, both during their initial schooling and post-graduate and I believe that is why so many practitioners fail in business. With the other two areas comprising two-thirds of success, why are more therapists not giving equal time to business skills ... including, you guessed it, marketing? Beats me. I believe if equal time was given to hands-on skills, business skills and marketing skills, every practitioner would be wildly successful. It's my dream for all therapists to treat the business part of their practice with as much enthusiasm as they approach hands-on classes.
I want to paraphrase a lesson I read that sums up a point ... no one notices good hair color. Everyone notices bad hair color. Come on, you know it's true. When you see someone with a bad dye job, don't you think to yourself (or say to your friend), "what were they thinking? Do they know how bad that looks?" Perhaps, like me, you have vowed never to change your hair color because you have equated hair color with bad hair color. Well, the same is true for sales. Everyone notices bad sales; the pushy used car salesman or the telemarketer. No one notices good sales. If someone is good at sales, it's easy, effortless and you don't even know it's happening. The trick is to be the good sales -person. Before I tell you how, let's define this sales concept more.
So, what is marketing, also known as sales? I believe it is sharing information and helping people make decisions. Have you ever noticed how hard it is for people to make decisions? Why not make it easier for them? Offer them a solution. If you are only trying to book a massage appointment, you are selling. If you are offering the solution of massage therapy to someone's back pain, you are providing information and helping someone make a decision. See the difference?
Part of the skill of marketing is being able to ask questions and recognize the information they need so that you can educate them and they can make the best decision for themselves. Remember when you learned how to conduct an intake interview for a client. You asked the right questions to find out if massage was the right thing for this person. The same is true here. Go back to basics and remember how to ask the right questions so you can offer your solution. They will appreciate you for it and it won't look or feel like sales.
Sales is caring enough about someone to help them get what they need versus how they can help you. Instead of being "me focused," it is "them focused." If you are only focused on how others perceive you, you are being selfish. If you really believe you have something that can help someone else, but are more concerned in how you are viewed, you are self-absorbed. Get out of your own way, help people, and it won't feel like sales.
Sales is about customer service. If you know you have something that someone needs and can benefit from, you are serving your customer. Can you imagine if doctors didn't offer solutions because they were afraid their patients would think they were pushy? Give the information and the clients decide what to do from there. Sales is the opportunity to serve and support a clientele. Whether it is rescheduling appointments or sending newsletters, you are supporting people with what they need.
If you are genuine, it won't feel like sales. If you are selfless about it, people won't feel pressured or hassled. When the interaction is that natural, it will feel effortless and you won't even know or feel like you are selling.
Click here for previous articles by Jenn Sommermann, LCMT.
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