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3 Key Ways to Drive Patients to your Practice in the New Normal

 

Thank you once again, to the American Acupuncture Council for having me host, the Look to the Point series.

Now my name’s Lorne Brown and I’m a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. And I’m also a CPA and that’s how come, I guess I get to wear two hats and, um, be your practice management, uh, support.

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I’ve written a book missing the point why acupuncturists fail and what they need to know to succeed. And, um, today I have, I’m very fortunate today because rather than you get to listen to me, you get to listen to somebody who’s really a force in the field of success. Her name is Tanya Chernova. She is an international speaker. Um, she is the author of undermine an excellent book. I’m removing those subconscious limiting beliefs to your success. The world wellness weekend, Canadian ambassador of the UN to their initiative of creating sustainability. And she is a visionary.

She offers coaching workshops, lectures like today, and she helps companies, practitioners, teams break through their limiting beliefs so they can reach their peak, potential great success, not only help healing their own minds and the minds of their teams, but the minds of the planet. And today I have Tanya in very short notice, would you be willing to come on and share this with my colleagues, my group, and she’s put together a presentation today called three ways to grow your practice in the new normal Tanya, welcome to the, to the point series. And I’m really looking forward to hearing what you have to share with my group.

Thanks so much, Lorne. It’s a pleasure to be here and thanks so much for everyone for tuning in this is such an important time in our lives, not just personally, but of course, professionally, and especially the people that are in the wellness industry. All of us in the wellness industry right now have an opportunity to really redefine who we are for others. So this is the time to really grow your business more than ever. Your business is the one that has to thrive. So if you want, I can just get to the point, right, and start the presentation. So I’ve put together a little bit of information for you. Now, normally we could talk about overcoming your limiting beliefs and things like that, but I do believe in being really practical. So my goal is for everyone to take away at least one significant action item that they’re going to put into practice as soon as they get off this call and see the results rather dramatically.

Okay, it’s really important. Kind of like an acupuncture session. I intend that off the tee, once you get off the table or off the zoom call, you’ll get something that’s really practical and important to the lifeblood of your business. Okay. So three ways to grow revenue in the new normal. The first thing I want to do of course is take a deep breath together so that we can harmonize and get into a place where you’re really receptive and not that subconscious place of resisting because you think, Oh, I just want to do the treatment and not worry about the business, but the business allows you to, it’s really the stage that you perform on. So let’s take a nice deep breath in through your nose and like hello to vibrate your Vegas nerve and release some of that oxytocin. Let’s take another deep breath in through your nose was like, we’re starting summer and there’s no allergies and you’re moving into a fresh field of breath, a great breath of fresh air.

Okay. So now that you’re going to take a deep breath. What I’m going to do is have you continue to do the deep breathing as you cross through the threshold of your comfort zone. Now I, what I love about this time that we’re in and I mean, I don’t have to tell you that with crisis brings opportunity. That’s such a big Maxim that people are talking about right now, but I’ve had the luxury quite frankly, to be in positions of, you know, crisis management consulting. So in 2008, it was my first crisis management, you know, mission that I went to Romania to Russia, to the Ukraine. And L’Oreal actually sent me on that big expedition for their, you know, hair and skin salons out, you know, in the area of beauty and wellness. And what was so dramatic at the time is that we were going through the oil and gas crisis and we saw the wave coming to Eastern Europe.

Who’d already been really thriving in the area of beauty and wellness because that’s such a European based core value. Is that above all else? Health is wealth out there. And what was really important to understand is that that’s when people’s spending and their income just plummeted. And yet still the people that went through my crisis management training out there didn’t only come out, but they came out as market leaders in their industry. And then in 2011, when we had that big real estate crisis in the U S that was so huge. Again, I went out as crisis management consulting all the way through the United States for four straight years, helping them rebuild and reinvent in preparation, not just for what the crisis brought, but for the wave of growth that comes thereafter. And that’s the thing I really want everyone to take away from today.

It’s like, yeah, we are really seeing a change in the way that people are spending. And we’re going to look at that a little bit more, but we have to understand that for every wave that goes through us, there is another aspect of the undertow that can actually take you higher if you can ride it. Okay. So I’m going to show you some ways to do that. Now. I just want to let you know that I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum as a practitioner in the area of wellness, and also having created my own brand of products. There was 11 different products that I created with my mother actually, who is a dermatologist from Russia. She used to create, um, creams that healed gangrene without amputation back then, I mean, she’s just an amazing human being. And, you know, she was the one that really taught me when we were working in the clinic, that it is your absolute obligation and solemn duty to give people what she called home Borg, you know, the things that you’re supposed to do at home once you leave the treatment and the treatment for her was really just the beginning of what was ultimately going to become their better self.

So you’ll look at this thing she’s wrapped in this big face bra and believe it or not, I actually went on the shopping channels around the world. And I grew my business to a million dollars in revenue my very first year. So it’s, it’s important for you to know that I’m, I’m not just speaking literally because I’m passionate about this subject and because I’m so excited for you to grow and succeed and that, because I believe that wellness is the most important thing that we can invest in, but I too have been where you are, and it’s not an easy place when you’re on the inside. And as Lorne mentioned, you know, I’m really passionate about neuroscience and specifically about overcoming self sabotage, having battled it in myself every single day as an entrepreneur. I know exactly what it feels like when you’re just, you know, ladened with procrastination, for the things that you don’t want to do.

And that’s usually because there’s some mindset behind it or a belief that’s driving it. You know, when we look at our business today and what COVID has given us, I mean, I don’t know about you Lorne, but for us, it’s, it’s really a gift. I think for everyone, if you can be in a place where you can receive everything that happens in life as sort of this gift that you unwrap and discover, you know, crisis doesn’t have to break a business, but it does reveal the cracks. That’s really what I’ve learned over all of this crisis management. And, you know, to understand like what those cracks are. It ultimately is in three specific categories that we need to innovate. Okay. And you know, even before I just explained this, I will say one thing. When, when we look back at this whole crisis, doesn’t have to break a business.

And I wanted to show you this, you know, my tank of guppies, I have this tank of guppies that’s here. My son is six years old and we bought this tank of guppies and I had to change the water. And as I started fishing out, all of these guppies, I know this is ridiculous, but, you know, I had to like go from one thing to the other from one tank to the other, cause we were transferring them. And by the morning, two guppies had died. Now, I don’t know if you have children, but that is not a good thing for me. I’m not like mom of the year for killing guppies. And when I looked at this Guppy in small detail, I’m going to tell you honestly, that the most profound quote that I truly live my life on, whether it’s business or personal came straight to the forefront, and I want to share it with you out of all the places I’ve traveled around the world.

And there’s been, you know, humbly over 60 countries where I’ve worked with businesses to help them grow and succeed, as well as these guppies. It’s taught me this, that when Darwin published his work in the origin of species, that it’s his bottom line was this is that in the survival, right? In the survival. It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent that survive, but the ones most adaptive to change. Now, I really want you to take that home because to be honest with you, I’m going to share some things with you. And you’re probably going to be like, Oh yeah, these are great ideas, but you really need to try to embody at least one of them, because I don’t want to see you floating to the top of the tank, like the guppies, right? You people that are on this call right now want to succeed, you’re investing in yourself.

So the least you can do is do the thing that, you know, you need to do, and it will call you forward as I present this information. Okay. So B happy, just keep swimming as Dory says it, right? So the three aspects of business success are mindset. First of all, how do we adapt? So what do we have to adapt inside of the mindset in order for us to grow and succeed? What new skills do we have to embody and what new systems do we need to bring in in order to automate a lot of what is necessary and what’s going to be necessary from us moving forward. Now, one thing I want to share with you is that, you know, we are a human touch business and I’m writing a new book actually now called, um, high touch in a touchless world. So it really examines all of the different businesses that are, that require a high trust, physical touch in a touchless world, because what happens again, if we have this whole people have to, you know, quarantine, et cetera, but not only that people are used to now staying home.

So we have to figure out how to inspire them out of their homes and get back on the table, get back into treatment and get back into life, full living. So it’s really important for us to understand that we can’t just go back to business as usual because the client consumption journey has changed now, just so that I, for sure, don’t forget to give this to you and I’m sure I’ll email it out or post it somewhere. But if you go to Tanya genova.com forward slash COVID-19, I’ve got like a rise and reinvent kit. So it’s for beauty and wellness businesses. And it’s a resource guide that talks about a lot of the tools that you’re going to need, like digital tools and other types of tools in order to make this sort of leap forward. Okay. So this makes things a little bit easier for you.

And I’ll bring this up again at the end. So as we jump into the actual specific points, I want to cover, I’d like you to take a minute and write down and Lorne you to write down a revenue number that you wish to achieve. However, you measure revenue for you and your business, whether it’s per day, per week, per month, per hour, whatever that is. I mean, per month is easier. So I’d like to, I’d like you to write down a, whether it’s top line or bottom line, that’s completely up to you. And even if you could divide it up into new business or new patients and existing patients, okay. New patients and existing patients. Now, if for any reason you ever get to a point where you say, I can’t take on any more patients, because I’m, I’m up to here. That’s when you know, you’re absolutely in a state of flood where you’re like spilling over. And if you don’t actually force the doors to grow, that’s when your business starts to recede and you’re gonna, you know, move into that place. Like they say, you’re not, you’re either growing or kind of shrinking. So we definitely want to continue growing. If you feel like you have no more room for your practice, you can email me and I’ll give you a different set of information, but write down a revenue number that you wish to achieve.

Okay, good circle that number three times. Okay. And then just add a zero to that number. And now you’ll know what I, you know, at least minimum what I want for you. Okay. That’s just like the minimum that I’m challenging you to grow, you know, this year, because you can take advantage of this opportunity now in order to understand where you are coming from. Okay. Where are we coming from when I’m, when I’m looking at someone as a wellness practitioner, as an acupuncturist like you are, first of all, we have to understand that today client spend is, I mean, it has been all of our lives. It’s driven by social values. What do we deem important? And up until now, we deemed important our kids’ education, which we still do. But look at how things have changed. We deemed a lot of, most people will tell you that they will put premium gas in their car, but for some reason, they won’t put premium food on their table.

Right? Most people will tell you that they’re willing to renovate their home, but they’re certainly not willing to renovate their body. Right. It’s up until now. We’ve really taken our health for granted in the North American landscape. Wellness has definitely been on the rise, but where, you know, status at one point was coveted as the most important thing that, you know, status. It’s like, Oh, what’s your job or the car you drive now nobody’s driving. It doesn’t matter. Take Uber. You know what I mean? So now everything’s really changed, but we used to believe that status and status symbols defined our success. Then eventually we moved into a new frame of reference, which was happiness. Like how happy are you? You know, five, seven years ago, an explosion of happiness books went on the market. And even the book that I wrote now, measures success in your JPM or your joy per minute.

But now we’re moving into a new quadrant of status, which is like, what is the definition of what do people envy? What do people look for? What do people say, wow, good for you. I wish I had that. And the number one answer to that is vitality. They are looking at people who are vital. They are vibrant, they are living life. They have the energy to get up, to get out, to cycle, to golf, to whatever it is that they’re doing. And they’re not just having that vitality today. They’re literally banking that vitality into the future and the younger generations, like the, you know, the younger generations now, whether it’s millennials or gen Zed, gen Zed, is even pushing their parents to make better decisions, to take better care of themselves. So now that we even see that vitality is what’s envied, when somebody looks good, like, wow, you are like radiant that I’m telling you, you cannot buy that.

You need to earn that. And that is where we come in. We are the people that are here to help people understand what the journey is for their personal wellness. And one of the things I’ll show you in a minute is something that I talk about called patient leadership or client leadership, depending on what quadrant you’re in. So I just want to talk to you a little bit about what prevents us from moving forward. This is before COVID. Now this isn’t every wellness industry. It doesn’t matter. It’s like, it’s like, we’re born with healer DNA. If you’re a person that wants to go out and help people, sometimes you might fall into this trap or your professionals that work with you. So one of the problems that we have when it comes to helping people make better choices, which means not just seeing them on the table, when they’re reactive to reacting to a pain like, Oh my gosh, my neck hurts.

I need to go see my acupuncturist. I go to see an acupuncturist for my pain too. Right. But it’s like, I wait till I don’t feel well. And then I go to fix it. But in the world of wellness, one of the mind shifts I want you to consider is that we are now moving into a much more proactive society society. And I’m letting you know this. Now. I want you to go out there and look for proof that’s. So I want you to start telling people, people are going to say, so what have you noticed? What have you noticed in your business? I want you to say to them, you know what? I’m noticing that people are taking a much more proactive approach to their health and wellness and they’re coming in well before anything bad happens so that they can align their body and be ready for their best life.

Now, like you need to be the person out there sharing that good news. Okay. So what prevents us from doing that is number one, often professionals in the healing industry, fear being seen as salespeople. It’s like, but I don’t want to sell you anything. You know, come in, you know, what’s good for you. I’ve got all these wonderful things and all these extra things. And if you don’t have extra things to sell them, this is a really important time for you to start thinking about what are the things that you personally rely on to make yourself well every day and what new revenue mix do you need to have on your shelves. But if you fear being seen as a sales person, that is a natural obstacle because you, what sales really is. And Lorne and I talked about this before, is that sales, what’s the active with the act of a purchase, the activist sale and a purchase together is the transfer of trust and enthusiasm.

Yeah. Like the act of I’m buying it, it’s trust and enthusiasm. And you need to know that if they’re already naked on your table, letting needles go into their neck, they trust you. And all you need to do though, is you need to be enthusiastic. But the problem is that whenever you have fear, you just choke right up because it literally just closes your throat. So we were doing that Oxy breathing before, ah, like really relaxing your vocal chords so that you get that oxytocin so that you, it doesn’t even really matter what you’re producing in there. You just have to realize something unless you’re enthusiastic and passionate, don’t wait for them to catch it. It’s gotta be contagious. Right? So spread that. But professionals in our industry often fierce, you know, being seen as salespeople because they don’t want to be untrustworthy, know that everything you’re recommending is for their best interest, not just today, not just to solve a current problem, but so that they can build their body of tomorrow.

And it can house the spirit that will last forever. Okay. So leading the sale is what’s necessary. That’s the next sort of thing. But that’s one of the obstacles we face. Another one is many clinics, especially now offering the same services and brands that are now also sold online, right? With all of these different services available. And it sounds the same, even though you’re very unique and I know you’re unique, the problem is that it, you know, it doesn’t really, people don’t really understand what the actual languages or how to differentiate you. So how to differentiate yourself. That’s a really big obstacle I feel, and that’s easier for you to do because if the first antidote, if the antidote to the first thing was understanding that all sales is, is a transfer of trust and enthusiasm. Once you’ve gained trust, you simply transfer enthusiasm and give them a new value to embody.

Number two is that it’s harder to differentiate your brand and your clinic as a destination. So you need to really dig into what is my wellness philosophy. You know, what is it that I believe in that’s so unique to us as a holistic way of living and offer holistic way of living and a path to vitality and not just services. Okay. And number three, with clinics, offering discounts, that’s, you know, you can’t control it. It becomes harder to attract and retain new patients without falling into that same discount trap. And let’s face it when somebody is in pain in front of you, they’re usually off of work. They’re usually a whole bunch of other stuff is happening at the same time. So it’s definitely very easy to say, look, why don’t you just take everything for free and I’ll help you. And then karma will bless me.

I wish I wish that was abs I’m listen. I’m sure you have a really full karma bank, but really it’s really important that you know, that when a person is struggling, that’s when they need to make that commitment to themselves, quite frankly, and invest the time and the money necessary to make themselves a priority. And if they don’t, their life will continue to speak louder into their life because we know more than anyone, that pain is a messenger. It’s not just a happening. It’s not just an accident. If you’re already connected to the higher source of everything, that’s guiding you in the world. If that’s you then you’ll know that these are, you know, we listen with love to our body’s messages. So it’s really important that we become people who are willing to share that passion and help other people understand and help our patients understand what it really means to listen with love to their body’s messages and prioritize their health now. So what do you think so far, Lorne, do you want to give me a thumbs up? If we’re in a good place,

We’re, we’re in a good place we have about, I think, five minutes, um, before we, we can wrap up and I can chat with you, but I want to reiterate again for everybody listening here is this idea of sales that, you know, you’re not really selling. You’re, you’re transferring trust and enthusiasm. It’s a form of education. And just to remind my colleagues, cause that slide about the fear around looking salesy. Um, this is, you know, you’re not selling them on toxic chemicals, um, things that you don’t have swamp land, you’re selling them, you’re providing them something that’s going to benefit them. There is value there. And now your job is to educate them about the value rather than like you said, premium gas versus premium food is changing the priority. Um, they can have that vitality now. So, uh, I really appreciate what you’re sharing here and please continue on.

Awesome. Thank you so much for sharing that. Okay. So the mindset shift is thinking, okay, I’m not just a service provider, but I’m also a wellness advisor and that’s really necessary because you’re going to start doing more things online as well as on site. And one of the things that, you know, I talk about a lot is embracing client or patient leadership, where you take them by the hand and guide them through, guide them through their path to vitality, to health, wellness, and vitality. So since we’ve got a few minutes left, I’m really excited to say that now that you’re not so worried about sales, I want to give you some psychology behind how sales happens for your consumer, your future patients and your current means. Okay. So there’s three different types of sales that I want you to consider. And then take one thing that you’re going to do away from just this next section.

Okay. So the simplest form of sales is transactional sales. Okay. That’s when your patient or your future, like your basically your future patient knows their need, right? They have a problem. They have a pain, they have poor circulation. They want to get pregnant. They know, they know that they have a need and they’re like, you know what? Acupuncture is where I want to go. The question you have to answer now in terms of your actions is how do you make yourself visible? How do you make yourself accessible? And top of mind, so is your, like how can you make your social media super targeted to the, whatever it is that you are very, very, very good at offering, especially when they know their need. How can you be top of mind? What can you do to be like absolutely there when they need you so that they think of you right away as if it’s like a law of attraction.

And then even if it’s on Instagram or Facebook, the ability to book an appointment, like honestly, the companies right now that have a human being, picking up the phone to say hello, instead of a giant recording, because we’re unlimited staffer COVID um, you will pick up 100% of the patients that hang up the phone on other people. Like you have got to make sure that you are 100% right there when they’re willing to spend the money. The second sale is a little bit longer process. It’s called solution sale. That’s when your patient knows their problem, but they don’t know what they need. Right. They can’t say, Oh, you know what? I love, I need acupuncture. I’ve said that before, because I know what I need. But now somebody might say, Oh, my hips are really sore. My back is really hurting me. My liver I’ve had way too much, you know, wine over the summer break.

I don’t know how to detox. Like they have a problem. Something hurts. Something’s bothering them, but they don’t know that you’re the solution. So now this is all about how well can you articulate the problem that they’re facing? Like, how good are you at saying, you know, are you feeling these pains and aches? You know, and that type of thing, or like that are related to detox. Are you finding yourself with headaches, et cetera. So the more they can go, wow, this person, this professional, this business understands me. And you can share the solution in a very concise way with a clear offer. Then they’ll want to buy it from you. Don’t be mistaking yourself by actually considering helping them consider an offer. But not saying, and from me, it’s like, yeah, you guys, can you take this vitamin? Or you guys can go and do this, or you guys can do it.

No, like from me, you need to take responsibility and get them on the journey and embrace those people yours. Okay. And then consultation of sales. Now that’s the third one. That’s a little bit longer, but this is when your patient doesn’t know their need. They don’t know their problem, but they know their goal. I love these kinds of people there say, you know what? I don’t really know what’s going on with me right now. But what I know is I want to be 65 and you know, touch my toes, climb, Mount Kilimanjaro, whatever the goal is. And that’s why I really always encourage your social media and your marketing and your website to have aspirational photos of people doing great things, because it’s not about just solving a problem. It’s about the aspirational goal of what health gives you. So your ability to uncover this is the key now with your questioning, their most pressing goals.

So it’s not about, where’s your problem. Where’s your pain. It’s about, where’s your goal. At what age do you want to look like, feel like X and let’s put together a treatment plan, a strategy to achieve it, which is why I’m going to recommend that you take at least one half day of your week and start booking consultations or product routine reviews with your patients over Skype or zoom and be goal oriented. Start to transition some of your reactive patients. The ones that have been loyal from reactive. Only when I need to basis into a proactive, I’m going to make a treatment plan. I’m going to prioritize myself because everybody I talked to this year and into the future will say, I want to take better care of myself, but they don’t know where to start. Even that offer to say, let’s get on a zoom call, get your consultation process nailed and have it done.

And the final thing, which you don’t have to necessarily remember, but this is when you’re able to inspire your clients with all of it. Like it’s insight selling. And you have, what’s called an ecosystem, which is what I envisioned for. You. Don’t go, don’t freak out. But normally we have like an onsite visit where they come in and they check in and they go to the treatment. They go to the amenity, they go to the washroom. But I want you to think about the fact that there’s an online journey. So when you think about having a clue, like that’s why it’s, like I said to Lorne, what are they called? They’re called patients, but they’re not going to be patients forever because you’re going to also see them when they’re healthy. So why don’t we give them something else? Why don’t we reinvent the name just a little bit so that we can see that we have a, basically a person that we’re going to take care of from, you know, in a, in an infinite loyalty loop. So from cradle to grave, as we say, right from fertility all the way through, and we really, you know, we really hope that you understand that who you are is so deeply important and that all the work that you do just fuels humanity to be its best because a person who’s in alignment and who’s feeling in harmony with themselves is a person who adds just the most beautiful music to the world. So I want to thank you so much

And yeah, thank you very much. And for those that want to go deeper, um, I have been chatting with Tanya and we’ve had her create a course. So if you want to go and do deeper, um, checkout for her course to release on healthy seminars.com, check out, um, Tonya terranova.com, her website as well for her coaching and speaking, um, her book. And, um, you can also check out, I offer workshops on a regular basis, Lorne brown.com. So lots of resources for you guys. Um, and the take home message here. There’s so many that you shared with us, Tanya, and, and just to remind everybody is there’s a change happening and there’s always change. We can always give it a name, but there’s always something going on in the world that seems, and at a more rapid pace that we’re having these times of uncertainty and the key here is to pivot.

If you want everything to stay the same, then I don’t know. I don’t have great advice for you. It’s kind of like, if you remember blockbusters, we don’t exist anymore. So if you see the environment changing, it does require you to pivot. So there is an opportunity keyword here’s opportunity when things are changing, they may look difficult. We do that deep breath, and then she talked about getting some skills. So there may be things you’re going to add to your repertoire as an acupuncturist that you can do. And there are so many things outside the box that you can do that you can continue to be of service and a value to your community, and therefore you can get paid well to make other people’s lives better for it. And so it can become an enjoyable process. And that was the idea of introducing, introducing new Tanja to the group is to let them know there’s ways to do this.

Um, yes, we’re in change, but guess what? We’re now always in change teams. And it’s our opportunity to pivot, take that deep breath, and this can be a playful, enjoyable process. And it’s really, that’s why I love your book. I’m about changing how you’re going to perceive, interpret what’s happening. And it’s an opportunity. And I see it, many people in our profession are stepping up and doing things for their community and for their colleagues, um, to improve their lives. And so we’re hoping you will step up and do this as well. You the listeners. So I wanted to thank you Tanya again for, for putting this together. And I look forward to your comprehensive course again on healthy seminars.com. If you’re looking for my manifestation workshop, that’s on Lorne brown.com. That’s also where you can access my book, missing the point. Here’s a great book to read. And, um, if you have any last words, I will wrap it up. But do you have any, anything, any last words you want to share with the group?

I mean, I do, first of all, thank you so much for everything that you do and what you’ve contributed to the entire industry. You’re exceptional

And I’m always in awe, the next steps that you’re taking in your life. But I want to share also with everyone, you know what we can call it, change. We can call it disruption. We can call it a lot of things. What it really is, is evolution. This is what the world looks like when it’s working. We are moving forward folks. And the most important thing is to get out of isolation, to get into conversation, to, you know, understand that this is the time where you poke your head out and start listening to all the different tools that are around you, you know, and really think to yourself. What’s the one thing I can do and start with the first small step and then the next small step. And it is like, you mentioned the evolution. It can be uncomfortable. It can be scary. It can be anxiety driven and yet the tools, and then you get to breathe and do these things to make the shifts. All right. I want to thank again, the American Acupuncture Council on for having me host to the point. And I want to remind you to tune in next week because we got your host Virginia drawn back on the AAC to the point. Thank you very much. [].

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AAC To The Point - Lorne Brown

Re-opening and Bringing Patients in the Door Now

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Thank you again to the AAC for inviting me to present on these informative webinars. My name is Lorne Brown. I’m a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. I am the Clinical Director of AcuBalance Wellness Center, I’m the founder of healthyseminars.com, and also the author of Missing the Point, Why Acupuncturists Fail and What You Need to Know to Succeed.

Today’s webinar, I have a special guest, Chen Yen. Many of you may know of he. For those that do not, a pharmacist by trade. Entrepreneur is her gig now. And she’s been helping health professionals for years be successful and build their practices so they can be of service to their community. Because as you know in my book, Missing the Point, when the yin and yang are out of balance, when it’s all clinical, you don’t have the business skills, even though you have the potential to help so many people, if you don’t have a running clinic, if you don’t have patients coming in, you’re not able to help them. And she’s created a business around helping people like ourselves so we could thrive and see the people that we want to serve.

And so, I asked Chen Yen to come in because she’s been sharing a lot about reopening your practice. We’ve been in isolation for a while because of COVID-19. And now as we reopen, the question is how do we invite and bring back patients into our practice, how do we build our practice. And so, what I plan to do now is I’m going to cue up a video in a moment of an interview that I did with Chen Yen. And the reason she’s not alive is right now she’s in Taiwan,. and it would have been in the middle of the night for her, for her. But again, her being and having that entrepreneurial spirit.

Just the other day, we got on the Zoom, we did this recording’s about 13 minutes. And she’s going to share with you marketing strategies that are working in this climate, some of the strategic planning that you could do now in the coming months, and then just some of the critical keys to bringing your patients back into your practice. And then after the video, I’m going to share with you what I’ve been doing in my practice at AcuBalance in Vancouver. And so I’m also going to share how we reopened and some of the things that we’re noticing and that we’re doing so we can be of service to our communities. So, let’s start that video now, and please stay tuned because I’m going to give you about five minutes after this some more pearls to support you in your reopening.

… how helpful acupuncture. You talk about how helpful acupuncture is. So, those are …

So, what are some of the marketing strategies that you’ve been sharing in your mentorship that you can share with our audience to help them, again, get their practice going and attractive again to patients that are, well, now that their practice is open. So, I’d love to hear some of your marketing tips, because I know that you got some gems.

Yeah, so I would say at first looking at low hanging fruit, and then looking for new areas of opportunity to reach potential new patients. So low hanging fruit, a couple of key things. One is how can you keep your existing patient base in understanding of how just overall even outside of these COVID-19 times the different health issues that could be beneficial to where acupuncture can help with. And then reminding people to book appointments if they want to come in. So, for example, in our opening email templates. So, you can send out emails, you could send out texts. You could also be educating or encouraging people to come in on Facebook or social media posts if it’s kosher with the laws of your state and profession to be doing things like that. And then in terms of emails, for example, it could be book your appointments.

And so, what I was going to say about emails is, first, a piece about something that educates about the issue, and then something with a call to action with a reason to come in. So, for example, it might be book your appointment now and get in for first line … I mean get yourself first in line for your choice of appointments as we’re reopening here, or it might be something like take care of yourself by putting yourself first and book an appointment, especially still as important now to take care of your health as it has ever been, or it might be that book your appointment space because of the health issue that you’ve been having that you haven’t been able to get checked out or get help with until now because we’ve been closed. So, there’s just kind of a reason why to be rebooking that that is brought up, and that can be helpful.

You could also look at collaborating with other practitioners. So, our clients who’ve been doing really well in getting referrals from other providers, whether it’s medical doctors or other kinds of practitioners, holistic practitioners, other kinds of practitioners is as they reopen, many times they had a good relationship with them even prior to opening. So, if those of you who have relationships with providers who’ve been referring you before, reaching out to those providers and reminding them that you’re there and how you could be of benefit to their patients is one way to go.

If you haven’t had a relationship with other providers before, for example, maybe you would like to be getting referrals more from MDs because medical doctors could be a great source of referrals for you. They have many patients who could benefit from what you have to offer, but many times their patients don’t really know about you or the doctor doesn’t really think about referring people to.

So, what can you do in those situations to build new relationships? So, something that I was working with one of my clients on was to create a short video. Because the thing is, doctors are really busy. Right? And so, if you’re able to create a very short couple minute video that starts to explain something about your area of expertise and some research tied into why this could be beneficial for those kinds of health issues or with helping support immunity, then that can also be sent off to a physician. And that way it’s just you’re more on the top of their awareness. So, really, the key is concise, short, and really to the point of how you can help their patients get better outcomes.

Another thing is to look at … you can look at interviewing other practitioners, too. So, in times where people are getting back into reopening, there’s a lot of opportunity for you to collaborate with other practitioners, because people still need help with their health issues, whether it’s during these times or not during these times of COVID. And so, it’s a matter of how can you continue to educate the public about different kinds of issues and what your services can really help with and your modality. And so, then being able to collaboratively interview other practitioners about, perhaps in particular, health topics.

So, looking at whether it’s interviewing medical doctors or nurses, nurse practitioners, tied into the different of health issues that you treat can also bring in more visibility for your practice. And it can automatically be an opportunity where if you’re interviewing another practitioner, you can encourage them to share that interview with their patient base, too. So, you’re ending up being able to reach more people with your message collaboratively there. So, that’s more of, I would say, lower hanging kind of fruit, because it doesn’t take up a lot of your energy and time to really set up.

And then other kinds of things that you can look into beyond that initial low hanging fruit could be writing Facebook ads. So, I’ve had clients, acupuncturists, who are running a combination of Facebook ads that are bringing them … It’s amazing the kind of return on investment that they’re getting for it right now. And it’s a combination, as far as what’s working right now, combination of Facebook Live video with using some of the strategies that I work with our clients on, being really strategic about what’s said in the video, plus Facebook posts alternating with that. And then, again, getting people educated, getting people to build that relationship with your practice. Yes, and then also having people be interested in booking.

Another thing is anything tied to speaking. So, we talked a little bit about interviewing. And whether it’s during these times or beyond these times, one thing that you’ll always have is your mouth. And one thing you will always have is what’s in between your years, which has been all the knowledge and training that you’ve garnered all over the years and the expertise that you have which could still be helping people, even if your practice was to be closed down in the fall, because we really don’t know if that might happen. And so, when you are able to continue to educate just as it were pre COVID-19 times as well, the more you’re able to educate people and reach more people. There’s still people who have a need and can benefit from your services. So, anything tied to speaking, for example, webinars, doing interviews, doing podcasts can be good online. And then as we get back into reopening, even doing small kinds of things even with just a handful of people can still be helpful to … to be helping others and your practice.

And then one thing I would say in terms of marketing wise. Whatever you do, there’s an education process involved. And a couple of quick tips in terms of as you think about … Because have you ever, whether it’s written an article or you have spoken about something, you’ve educated people about something, or you’ve done whatever, think about all the kinds of different marketing that you’ve done in the past. Have you ever felt like you have been so good with teaching people about things, but then they don’t necessarily book? So, here are a couple of questions that you can think about working into what you educate people about so that they end up getting more interested in booking and coming in.

Let me actually just show this to you also briefly, to pull this up here for you to see as well, which is … Let’s see here. So, this is the five stages of the buying process. And so, people need to first have awareness about that they actually do have a problem. And then they might be considering it and looking into different options at the next stage, but they’re still gathering information here. And then then they might be evaluating, for example, in terms of, okay, maybe this option and this option, what are the details of that and which provider am I going to be seeing. Then finally, more of the decision making and then the post-purchase evaluation.

But what sometimes we don’t think about as much is that there might be people in different parts of the spectrum, whether from problem awareness, who don’t even realize they have a problem, right, or they are further along in the process, but they don’t really understand what to look for between different providers and that kind of thing. So, whenever you’re making educational kinds of things available to people, think about what different stages that they might be, and how can you provide content or educational things that can help educate in those areas.

And one thing, also, a couple of quick questions to think about would be like, what do they need to believe about their health, or what do they need to believe about themselves? What do they need to believe about you? Because if these questions aren’t answered in a way that they feel comfortable with, they’re not going to come in, no matter how helpful you talk about how helpful acupuncture is. So, there’s just a few quick tips about as we look at marketing and reopening that are working well for our clients right now.

Chen, I want to thank you very much for those tips and points. And I think we’re going to have to get you on healthyseminars.com so we can spend more time with you, because we just got a little bit and this was quite valuable. What’s the best way for people to reach you? Because I’m familiar you have like the Introverted Visionary website and your Fill Your Holistic Practice. Can you share the best website so people can get more information and learn how to contact you, please?

Sure. You can go to introvertedvisionary.com/AAC. And so, introvertdivisionary.com/AAC. And then you can … I’m going to make available some templates that are going to be helpful for you, for example, reopening email templates that you could use for email or texts. And also, we brought up a couple of situations of what people might be concerned about with coming in. And there are other ones that I’m going to share with you as well that acupuncturists clients of ours have been experiencing. And then also like a cheat sheet for that, right? Like how do you address these kinds of common objections that people might be having about coming in as well. So, I’ll include that.

Excellent. So, to be continued, she’s going to provide us with more value. So, you just go to introvertedvisionary.com/AAC, and she’s going to have some more handouts for you to help you prepare yourself as you build up your practice again, it’s great news for most of us just to remind everybody that you’re not starting your practice over again. You just kind of took a holiday that you didn’t choose to take, and now people are getting ready to come back. And these are just great tips that you can use any time of your practice, not just after a pandemic. So, Chen, I really appreciate you making the time to tune in and share this with our audience today. Thank you very much.

Yeah, it was great to be here today. Thanks for having me here.

Great. And we’ll get you on Healthy Seminars so we can get you to expand on a lot of this and more, because you’ve got really good marketing tips. And for the introverted, because a lot of people don’t want to do public speaking or they say, “I can’t, I’m not outgoing. I can’t do this.” And I know you’re introverted and you have techniques and tools for people that want to educate, but feel I’m too shy to do that. And the takeaways here from earlier on, you talked about outreach. So, email contact, like start contacting your patients on a regular basis again. You talked about education, so keep educating them on the benefits and what you can do to support them during these times. And you talked about collaboration as well. So, collaboration is great. And some of the way you even outreach is through webinars, Facebook, emails, talks, so that’s great. So, thanks for sharing those tips with us today.

All right. So, again, thank you to Chen. And as I promised, I want to add a few more pearls for you guys as you open up your practices. Some of you are getting ready to open and some of you have. So, in my clinic at AcuBalance, and just to prepare some of those that are just getting ready to, I will let you know that it was more stressful in the preparation of getting all the PPE, all the safety equipment and policies in place than it actually was implementing it, so that’s great news. If you’re really overwhelmed about what’s going to happen, it’s nothing like … it’s much worse preparing for it and anticipating than it actually was doing it.

Now, what we did at our clinic when we started, we opened up on May 19, so after being closed for two months, and we decided … So, I’m going to share with you the attitude because it will make a difference for how you experience your reopening, and then I’m going to share with you some tips on rebuilding your practice. So, first of all, our attitude was safe, soft reopening, emphasis on safe. So, we got all of our equipment, we set up our policies, and what we did is we chose to open up our clinic at 25% capacity only. And we did this so we could be calm as we cleaned rooms and figured out how long it took getting our masks, getting the patients to sign their consent and wash their hands, all that stuff, we didn’t want to feel rushed or tense about it.

So, we really set up that first week with very little expectation for profit. We did not care, actually. Our goal was, let’s be safe and can we be of service to others? So, that’s what I invite you to have that mindset. You’re not going to have when you reopen, most people are not going to have what they had pre COVID. And so, just to have that expectation, to be kind to yourself so you can enjoy this reopening. And so, we were a soft, safe launch.

And so, that first week at 25% capacity only, it allowed us to work through our policies and see where we could streamline things. And then the second week we were open, we went to 50% capacity because we saw now how quickly we could clean the rooms properly and put patients in and out of the rooms. And a big part of the process for us was for the physical distancing. Everybody has their own room, so they’re distanced. And we’ve timed it so we don’t have a bunch of people in the waiting room. However, the key was in the clinic how the doctors are all situated so we had physical distancing. That was what the main criteria was, how is it that we’re in a clinic all day that we’re properly physical distancing as much as possible.

And I will let you know because our energy was calm, the patients that came to us … I was going to compare it to a colleague that had a different experience. We came in with the attitude of service to others. My colleague came in needy, like, “I need to be busy now,” pretty stressed. Our patients came with their own mask. We asked them to, and almost everybody came with their own mask. Now what we did is we bought cloth masks and we had surgical mass. The doctors all wear the surgical masks, our patients can choose surgical or cloth, but they must wear a mask in our clinic, that was one of the recommendations policies we have. And if a patient did not have a mask, they had two options. One is they could get a surgical mask which they take with them, $2 fee, or they could get a cloth mask. And if they leave the cloth mask for us to laundry, that it’s free. If they don’t leave it and they want their own, because some wanted their own, it’s a $5 charge. So, we just passed the cost onto our patients. We had zero complaints.

And our patients were great coming in. They were so happy to see us. The energy was great. They signed the consent. And it’s been a very positive experience for my team and my patients. And we didn’t come in like needy, “We need to see our patients.” We came in, “Let’s be of service to others. Let’s see who’s ready to come back out of isolation here in British Columbia.” Where my colleague really tried to pressure their patients to come back and was coming from neediness and they were quite stressed and stressing out their patients, their patients were fighting about the mask. It was just a totally different experience. And I believe the reason is the attitude, the vibration energy that you’re putting out, for one.

Now, when patients contact us and they’re a little stressed about what’s going on, we educate them. So, we let them know all the things we’re doing, all the cleaning, et cetera, how we’re doing the physical distancing, what we’re doing to minimize the risk. But what we’re not doing is telling them, “Oh, come, don’t worry. You’re going to be safe.” Actually, we do the opposite. If any patient comes across on the phone or email as concerned, worried, or stressed about COVID and coming to our clinic, we encourage them not to come because we know we can’t guarantee your safety. All we can do is minimize the risk as best we can, and that does not mean that COVID will be prevented. We can’t guarantee that, we cannot do that, nobody can do that.

And so, we realized half the population … I’m making up the number … but half the population will be comfortable coming into our clinic and half the population will not, but they all pretty much want to know what we were doing for safe measures. So, rather than trying to over impress them, like “You need to come in and this is what we’re doing,” we let them know all the safety measures we’ve put in place, all the systems we have in place. And they get to even see it on the back of one of the doors where they’re in the room, the door that holds the needles, there’s a checklist to show that the practitioner’s checking off all the cleaning things we do so it’s not forgotten, we have a system, and they get to see that.

But we don’t pressure our patients to come back. If their worried, we say, stay home. If you’re worried about COVID, then do not leave your house. As soon as you leave your house, you’re put at risk. And because we’re not pressuring them to come in, a lot of those patients, once they hear what we’re doing, still choose to come back. And those that are really worried, we don’t want them in the office. We don’t want that energy, that tension in the office anyhow. And so, we realized some people are going to be ready early on to come back and some people not.

The other thing I want to remind you is, it’s still the same education marketing practices you always do. People are going to come and seek you out if you are a benefit to them, if you are a value to them. So, it still goes back to the same model of just good education. Now what I think is important is to work on the stress response that your patients are going through. Because of the change in the loss of control and some loss of liberty in a very short period of time, some people consciously are aware of their anxiety and stress and some people are not. So, if you ask them first to educate them about stress and how it impacts the immune system, how stress impacts sleep. So, check in with your patients via email or phone calls, “How’s your sleep, your digestion, muscle tension or headaches? We know how it can lead to inflammation which can cause other health issues.”

So, maybe your patients, like Chen said, that first thing, maybe they’re not even aware they have a problem. So check in. Are your patient’s having sleep issues? Are they having digestive issues? Are they having muscle tension, headaches? See if they’re having these and let them know, this could be related to stress and how you can support them in reducing the stress, because we know stress, exasperates many diseases and leads to many symptoms. And so, your goal is to help them with their quality of life and to show them that you have value and you have tools.

Right now, conventional Orthodox medicine does not have a solution for COVID except for isolate as much as you can, right? Physical distancing as much as you can. And so, you can educate them on the lifestyle and things that they can do to help give their body the best chance of being healthy, radical well being. We’re great at talking about diet. So, you can set up consulates for diet and lifestyle, exercise, sleep, and meditation, acupuncture for circulation and stress reduction and hormone balance. So, there’s a lot of things that you can do to help with the radical well being.

And that way if they are out and about, at least their relationship with their environment, because that’s what we’re doing with Chinese medicine, is strong so they can hopefully handle whatever comes into their external environment, whether it’s CNN News you’re watching causing stress, or it’s a virus that’s out there, that your body is at its peak radical well being so it can deal with it as best as they can. And you can’t tell them or promise them that if you come to my clinic that you will prevent COVID or you’re treating COVID, because there’s not evidence that exists yet that you could do that. However, you can definitely help them with radical well being.

A great example is obesity. We know in general obesity leads to many health issues and diseases. And with COVID-19, we know obesity is a comorbidity. That is not a good thing to be, no matter what your age is. If you’re overweight, this is a time to lose weight. So maybe in your practice, you can start doing getting fit and healthy in the summer so people have the best chance of being healthy, whether they get any virus including COVID-19.

So, remember, people choose you because they see you have value, you have benefit. And so, first of all, do you have value and benefits? So figure out where you do, because you do. And then communicate. As Chen said, send out emails, do talks, collaborate and do stuff, and just take your time. The good news is, for most of you, this is not like you just started your practice. You had a forced holiday, as I mentioned in the video, and now you’re reopening, and people are just getting comfortable in certain places where you live to go out.

And so, read the room. Don’t dismiss their concerns or fear. If you can read the room and realize some of your patients, even though you may not be, are very concerned about this pandemic and come to your clinic. Hear them, and hear their concerns, and validate their concerns. Let them know what you’re doing to mitigate risk and be transparent and let them know that you cannot guarantee safety. And if concern or safety is their main issue, then they should stay inside. Okay? They should isolate. And if they’re comfortable going out to the grocery stores and other things that are not essential, grocery store is essential, but if they’re going out, then they may be comfortable coming to your practice as well.

And you want to keep your safe, so have your boundaries with your patients. We have some patients that don’t believe mask waring is necessary, but it’s a policy in our clinic. We don’t challenge their beliefs, whether masks are valid or not. The science as you go, as of today, the science is masks can mitigate the risk because it limits your exposure time. The amount is dosage and time. So, if you’re going to be in the room with somebody for 20 minutes, 20 minutes without a mask is much more exposure than 20 minutes with a mask, and so that’s why it’s being recommended. And in our practice, it’s okay if you don’t want to wear a mask in general and you don’t believe in masks. However, you can’t get treated in our clinic at this point in time unless you wear a mask. That’s not negotiable.

So, we have our policies, we’re strict with them. And so, I encourage you, too, to have your policies, have kindness in your heart, focus on being of service to your patients. Don’t worry about your bottom line now. In July, hopefully your practice is definitely back and you’re seeing it profitable. But if you just opened in late May or beginning of June, just be of service to people, educate them, be a value, and trust within a few weeks you will be back to hopefully 75% or more of what you were before COVID and profitable again. And therefore you can exist and be of service to your community, which this is all about.

If you’re looking for more information on COVID-19 and being back to practice. Under the healthyseminars.com website, it’s healthyseminars.com/resources., we have several past talks, verbal and acupuncture, and more coming up. We’re constantly listing them all the time. We’ve got lots of free resources for you, stuff on telehealth as well. So, do check out healthyseminars.com. And also, if you’re looking for all my assets, my clinic information, Healthy Seminars, and the conscious talks I do on lornebrown.com, go to that website, lorenbrown.com, because that links to all the things that I’m involved with.

Again, I want to thank you for listening. I want to thank the AAC for inviting me for this practice management series. Some of you don’t know, but my background before a doctor of Chinese medicine is a CPA, so a public accountant. So, I like to bring both hats to the room for you guys to share both as a clinician and then as an entrepreneur and accountant so I can share what I know with you so you can be prosperous and successful and serve your community. Stay tuned to next week’s webinar because there’s more coming. AAC’s got great webinars and they got great hosts. So, make sure you come back, like their Facebook posts, and tune into their next webinar. Thank you very much.

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