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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01
Grow Your Massage Business Through Networking
By Daniel Ruscigno
As a massage therapist, networking is an extremely effective way to grow your business. Not only is it an affordable marketing strategy, it also allows you to build lasting relationships with people in your community.Unfortunately, many massage therapists do not put enough emphasis on networking, which can hurt long-term growth.
Why Networking Works
Every small business owner knows how important word of mouth can be. Networking gives you the opportunity to spread the word about your business directly to a targeted audience. While you can attend networking events for the general public and slowly introduce your business to people in your community, your time can be more effectively used to attend networking events aimed at specific professions, such as:
Instead of networking with the general public and relying on referrals solely from friends, you can network with members of your community who have access to invaluable resources and clients who will be interested in your services through referrals. Each connection you make within a certain profession has the potential of leading to dozens of new clients each year.
Additionally, don't forget to network with fellow massage therapists – while you may consider the therapist down the street your competition, you may actually specialize in different modalities and can be a source of new clients for each other. Although building an effective network does take time and effort, it definitely pays off in the long run.
How to Network Successfully
There are several networking paths you can take to effectively grow your business as a massage therapist. The first path is to give before you get. Often considered the golden rule of networking, you have to give something before you expect anything in return. Become a contributing member by sending referrals to people in your network and they may return the favor by sending clients your way. This give and take is what makes networking such an effective tool for small businesses.
The second is to know your market. Not having the right people in their network is a common mistake made by small business owners. Make sure you know your market and reach out to people who are connected to the massage industry in someway, directly or indirectly. When you attend a networking event tailor your "elevator pitch" to the audience since what people are interested in will change depending on their profession. (Your "elevator pitch" is your short summary of what you do and how a relationship with you could benefit the other person).
One of the most important paths is to be prepared. When meeting new people, it's crucial to make a good first impression. Know what you are going to say when introducing yourself and make sure you let everybody know exactly what you do. If you specialize in treating a specific type of client, include this information in your introductions at events. And remember to always carry your business card!
Next, make sure you are making goals. Avoid aimlessly wandering around networking events or talking to one person for too long by setting goals every time you go. Know exactly what you want to accomplish at every event - like meeting someone specific or introducing yourself to ten new people.
And don't forget to use social media. Thanks to social media, networking is easier than ever. Social platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter can be really helpful in expanding your network as a massage professional. Use these tools to connect with massage therapists and other healthcare providers. Specifically, LinkedIn and Facebook Groups offer a quick and easy way to join the conversation with your community. Keep in mind that these digital tools can never replace meeting people face-to-face. So, it's important to stay active online as well as in-person.
And finally, stay active. Building connections with people takes time and consistent effort. Make sure to follow-up with people you meet and stay in touch with them on a regular basis. Luckily, you can easily send emails, make a phone call, or post to social media to stay in contact with people.
Growing Your Business
Networking can be the foundation of your success in the massage industry. Stay ahead of the crowd by attending local networking events, then using social media, coffee dates, and phone calls to stay connected with everyone you have met along the way. These tried and true techniques are the most effective and affordable way to ensure your success as a massage therapist.
Daniel Ruscigno is the co-founder of ClinicSense (previously PatientCal). ClinicSense offers practice management software that helps with scheduling, soap notes, billing, electronic insurance claims and more. For more information, visit www.ClinicSense.com.
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