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Reset Your Practice for 2021 – Jeffrey Grossman

 

 

And today I want to talk with you about a few things that are going to be helped. Put patients on your treatment table. When we were in acupuncture school, many of us were not really taught, um, how we can build our business and how we can grow a practice.

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Hi there and thank you for this opportunity to share some business and marketing insights with you. Thank you. The American Acupuncture Council for inviting me back to help talk about building your practice in this day and age. And today I want to talk with you about a few things that are going to be helped. Put patients on your treatment table. When we were in acupuncture school, many of us were not really taught, um, how we can build our business and how we can grow a practice. And we seldom received the foundations of building a successful practice and how we can keep patients coming in. You can have all the know-how in the world, but if you don’t know how to consistently attract new patients and how to systematically keep your patients in care, then all the herbs, the points, the prescription, the tongue diagnosis, all that know-how, won’t be much help.

So this is the reason why I’m excited to host this web class about how to reset your practice for 2021. What’s working now to put more patients on your table. So welcome for those of you that don’t know me. My name is Jeffrey Grossman and I’m the founder and owner of Acupuncture Media Works, Accu Perfect Websites and Accu downloads. And I started my practice back in 1998 and had a lot of trials and tribulations and many struggles. And I basically had no business or any type of marketing savvy. And I had to start from scratch like many of you guys listening today. So I noticed that when I was in practice, I had a problem knowing how to market my practice and properly communicate to my patients, because all I wanted to do was to treat people and not to market to them. But the struggle that I faced took me down the path to create companies that I run today.

And it’s a longer story. And I’ll reserve that for another time. So what I want to do is to remind you that we, as acupuncturists are an incredible resource where natural healers, we know how to get people to feel balanced, to feel healthy. We know how to help people using safe and natural methods. And we change lives, right? We help, um, help w we people want our services, right? And they need our services. But a lot of times people don’t even know that we exist. Let alone know that we can treat this vast array of conditions that we can work with. And I want to help you change that. I want to help you get more people on your table. And that’s what these talks are about. They are here to help you be seen. They’re here to help you be heard and ultimately to bring more people in your practice so you can make more money and help more people.

And I want to remind you that you’re never alone. I’m here for you. And at the end of today’s talk, if you feel like you need help getting set up or becoming focused, or if you just need a little motivation to move forward, please feel free to reach out. And I will share some information with you on how to do that. So I’m here to help you give you a fresh perspective, 2020, and COVID changed how the public thinks about and looks about looks for health solutions. There are more opportunities now than ever to help more people, because you have to understand what people are looking for now and the best way to present it. And I want you to have the latest updates and research. So I created a detailed report for what is working now and any recommendations for you, how you can make it work for your practice and get more people on your treatment table.

It’s a 15 page resource, and you’ll find this information invaluable. And I’ll share that link for you at today’s training, uh, at the end of today’s training. So you can actually download that right away. So I want you to use, today’s talk. I want you to use the ebook that I’m gonna share with you as a resource to reset your practice, because just one or two of the simple changes that you pull from the top or from the ebook can make all the difference in your practice. Okay? So let’s jump right in content marketing. What is it? And why should you care? So content marketing is a proven business strategy that brings you more ideal patients without the expense of advertising, but helps you build trust and establish personal connections with patients even before they come into your practice with content marketing, you’re providing value for patients at no cost to them in exchange for their time for reading your content.

And the more time they spend with your content, the more that they will begin to know, like, and trust you. So content marketing amplifies your credibility, your 30, and the desire ability for people to choose you to be their healer. It is a marketing tool for patient engagement, retention, branding, and professional reputation building. And it gives your community an in-depth perspective of how you can help transform their lives for the better these days. The vast majority of Americans seek health information online. Plus we know often people often times find and choose practitioners online. The first place they go to is to Google you and your treatment modalities. And that means if you’re producing valuable medical content online, you’re much more likely to garner attention and authority for you and your practice and to get new patients. So since COVID the average Americans online content consumption has doubled to almost seven hours a day.

And there’s a consumer survey that found that most respondents cited, that they were looking online for personal health and health for friends and family members as their biggest concerns. And they’re looking for answers about their health, how to stay healthy, professional advice on living with a specific ailment and how you may have helped others with their particular problem. So content can take many forms, and here’s what you can offer. You can offer blogs using written articles and patient stories and videos, patient education, videos on your website and on your social media channels, email newsletters, and patient help sheets e-books and PDF reports, uh, live events and trainings on any health condition. So you need content marketing because if you’re a healer, you’re not a sales precedent and the content does the selling for you, right? So here’s a few content strategy that you can start doing today, make sure that your content is compelling enough to people want to share it, right?

So, you know, as you know, your prospects can get a second opinion or forward it to friends. Another thing to do is to post the latest industry news. People expect you to know about medical breakthroughs and how acupuncture can help with this, or how acupuncture can help with that condition. And the other thing that’s really important to do is be niche specific, okay. Have separate content for whatever problems that you deal with most and that your patients are in particular are looking out for. Okay. So I hope that makes sense. Um, and here’s a question that I received a while back from one of my coaching students, and you may have the same question as well. So the question is I’m an acupuncturist, I’m a trained healer, and I’m not a salesman. What is the best way to find new patients to get patients to commit to a full treatment plan?

And that my friends is the million dollar question, right? And there are a million answers to that, but here’s one answer use something that everyone understands and what that is just connecting with your patients through story. I think that you, um, most of you would probably agree that building trust with your patients is paramount in, uh, in with them accepting your care and staying with you for the long-term. And, and you have to build empathy. You have to build trust. You have to build likeability and one sure. Fire way to do that. If I telling stories and the stories that I’m talking about are success stories about how you help people and other patients with similar problems. And when you do this, the sales will take care of themselves. People will read and resonate with a particular patient success story and practically sell themselves on coming to see you.

Nothing is more powerful, right? Patient success stories are the most effective and least expensive ways to find new patients. And they get patients to accept treatment plans. There’s a native American proverb that goes something like this. Tell me the facts and I’ll learn, tell me the truth and I’ll believe, but tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. So the number one questions that your prospects want to know is, can you help me with my problem? That’s it, it really is that simple. They don’t need a medical explanation. They’re not looking for a TCM diagnosis. They’re not looking for you to convince them that acupuncture helps. They need something simple to understand and that they can relate to. And storytelling helps people learn because stories are easy to remember. Um, so there’s an organizational psychologist. Her name is peg new Hauser, and she found that learning, um, which stems from a well-told story is remembered more accurately for far longer than learning derived facts and figures and Jerome Bruner’s, who is a research psychologist also suggested that facts are 20 times more likely to be remembered if they’re part of a story.

So stories boost our feelings of trust, compassion, and empathy, and they connect you with your patients on a whole different level. So when we hear facts, it activates the data processing centers in our brains. But when we hear stories activates a sensory centers in our brains, so here are some things that you could do, right? So have at least one patient success story for every major element that you treat in your practice, give hard copies of those stories to patients, post them in your clinic, post them on your website and use electronic versions of those on social media, blogs, and emails. And also, the other thing that’s really important to do is have a story about why you became an acupuncturist. What was your journey to be the healer that you are today? Okay. And I have a rhetorical question for you. What is the number one way your prospects meet and judge you okay.

Online, especially through your mobile device. So my question to you is your website and content mobile ready. We’re obsessed with being connected with the world, through our mobile phones, many Americans check their mobile devices up to 96 times a day. And that’s once every 10 minutes. And that’s a 20% increase in the last few years. And here’s another disturbing fact that 66% of all Americans check their phones 160 times a day. We are obsessed. It’s really true. How many times do you check your mobile mobile device in a day? So you might be saying to yourself, Jeffrey, I get it. I check my mobile phone a lot of times, but how does this affect my acupuncture practice? Well, the number one, your website must be mobile friendly in this day and age. So given how many people own a smartphone and how often people use their phone, um, to access the internet, it’s really good for business to have a mobile responsive website.

And when we are done here today, um, um, take a look at your website on your mobile device and ask three or four friends to do the same. Ask these questions. What’s how’s it working? What happens when you scroll up and down on the homepage? Is it easy to find your contact information is easy to clip a, cook, a button and make an appointment? Can you find your social media links? Can you schedule or call with one click if I’m ready for an appointment, but what I’ll learn if I’m not ready for an appointment, but I want to learn more about your success in helping patients. Is there good content that is easy for me to find? Do you have content or proof on your blog or webpage that tells me why acupuncture is a good clinical modality. Excuse me. Can I download any digital reports, any newsletters, any patient help sheets, anything that can help me further my knowledge or experience about acupuncture?

Is there a way for people to join your mailing list? Is it easy to find reviews that you have? Is there video, okay. There’s no escaping it. We live in a digital world and both your website and your content must fit into that world. Okay. Or you may be losing patients and referrals every day. Make sense, check your site, make sure it’s 100, a hundred percent mobile ready. If you need a second opinion, feel free to request a free website evaluation. I’ll give you a link towards the end of today’s training, where you can access that free website evaluation. All right. And finally, the number one way to positively positively influence prospects to become patients is with video. I know many of you are cringing with the idea of actually producing videos, but video continues to be one of the most effective elements in a patient digital marketing strategies that we roll into 2021.

And with good reason, because as a visual species, humans find videos, more engaging, more memorable, and more popular than any type of content out there. So video as a means of storytelling, marketing and content is no longer just a nice option, right? It’s a necessity. If you want to increase conversion and exposure, incorporating a video marketing strategy is the only way to go from. I understand that viewers retain 95% of a message when it’s in a video versus 10%, when they’re reading it in text and mobile consumption this year about watching videos on their phones has gone up 100% this year, over last year. And by 2022 videos are going to be more than 82% of what drives traffic to people’s websites. Okay. And if that wasn’t enough, a website is 53 times higher to be ranked on the front page of Google. If it includes a video that’s huge.

When you Google acupuncture in your state, in your zip code, you need to be on that front page. Having video will increase that by 53 times and that’s massive. Okay. So how does this affect your practice? Video is the fastest and easiest way to establish credibility and connection and a 30 and reputation healer. And you might be wondering, you know, do I have to do the videos? And the answer is no, you could have, um, you could use done for you videos. You can outsource your video. You can do audio only videos on top of a PowerPoint, um, and the types of videos that work, uh, um, you know, you also might be wondering what types of videos work best? Well, the answer is that any video is better than no video. So with good lighting using your phone is a great way to do a video.

And the great news is that most videos on Facebook today do not have a video. It’s all audio with images, right? And slides that are, that are rolling across the screen. So it’s not actually you or a person on there. It’s just images. And that’s really easy stuff to create. So using videos for your marketing can take many forms. You could use it, um, as explainer videos or Intelihealth on your website or presentations on educational events or tutorials on how to use these points for these particular conditions or cooked foods for these particular elements or customer testimonials or interviews or product or service videos, or even a live video like we’re doing today. So imagine having one to two minute videos on your social media and on your website, about a few key conditions that you deal with that you can use over and over and over again, to educate patients on the effectiveness of your services.

That’s huge. Okay. You can talk about back pain and allergies and digestive problems and stress and anxiety. These are all topics that you would use over and over again and make sure well, practice more memorable. So dope, intimidated. Your video does not have to be perfect. It just has be honest and sincere. So my hope is that you received some answers and inspiration and insight for what you needed today. And I want to encourage you. If you need to reevaluate your plans and to make actual strategies feel free to reach out to me, I would love to give you a fresh perspective. I, if you need help reach out and let’s just start with a free 15 minute mentoring and discovery call. And all you have to do is shoot me an email at Jeffrey, J E F F R E Y at acupuncture, immediate works.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

So again, J E F F R E Y at acupuncture, media works.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You are an incredible resource. You change lives every day, day in and out, and people need you. Okay. So, um, I promise that I want to share with you, um, go download this ebook. This is resetting your practice for 2021. What’s working now to get more patients on your table. I go through a bunch of different topics that really show you everything that you could be doing now in this year to re set your practice, I have to do is go to Accu media dot U S um, slash reset, 2021. Again, Accu media dot U S slash reset 2021. And you’ll be able to access this 15 page ebook that you could use as a resource for this year and future years coming down the line, too.

And for those of you that are interested in getting the website evaluation, um, all you have to do is go visit this URL and, um, request, uh, fill it out, request an eval. So that URL for you are your evaluations, acu.pw/p E P hyphen evil. Okay, so again, a C U dot P w slash P E P hyphen evil that’s for that free evaluation, you guys are awesome. You change lives every time you put a needle in somebody you’re shifting people for the positive. This world needs, you reach out. If you need some support, I’m here for you. I got your back and thanks again for having me, uh, to share some more insights and more wisdom with the AAC on this call today. Take care, stay beautiful. Talk soon. Bye. Bye

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3 Critical Success Factors To Grow Your Acupuncture Practice Now

Hi folks. Welcome. Thank you for joining me here today. And thank you again for the American Acupuncture Council for inviting me back for yet another Wednesday training for you guys. I really enjoy doing this and showing up and sharing this information with you, especially since many of us have not had much marketing and business tools to help us build a solid business.

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So before I go further, I want to ask you a couple of questions and you can put your answers to the questions below. Where are you currently in your practice? Where are you going in your practice and what kind of roadblocks are you facing in your practice? Currently, I’ll check back at the comments towards the end. I’ll respond back to you, but I just kind of want to get a sense of where everyone is and what your concerns are. So today we’re going to talk about three success factors to grow your acupuncture practice now next month and beyond.

So the thing is, is that you, as an acupuncturist have so much expertise and the world absolutely needs you right now, probably more than ever before people are suffering and they’re looking for what you have to offer, but most likely people don’t actually know that you can help them with all of these amazing things that you can help them with. So I’m sure you would agree with me that acupuncture and most patients understand that you could help them with pain, right? This is the most widely known use of the medicine to help people alleviate pain. But what about everything else that we could do on noon, support, allergies, support, improving sleep, helping families make, you know, make babies up, reducing stress, alleviate all of those things that people are looking for, but maybe they don’t know that you could do that. So most people are looking for these kinds of solutions, but they don’t even know that you could be the go-to practitioner to help them with what you can.

So how do you make more people aware of what you do and how you, what you could help with? And part of this challenge is that you need to put on your business person cap and get out there and do the work of marketing your practice, especially in these times, especially in slow times, because if you’re not out there marketing and staying in top of mind, awareness with your patients and your prospects, someone else is. So it’s really important for you to figure out how to remain and maintain and get out there and be in top of mind awareness. When people think about allergies, they think about you. When they think about immunity, they think of B, they think about you and what we’ve been sharing all of this time, all of these weeks for the AAC are the different tools and tips and strategies to give you options and marketing strategies to grow and build your practice.

Um, but before we go any further, um, before we, you know, get into marketing, you need to know that your practice, your business needs to be rooted in a solid foundation of proper messaging, business modeling, service offerings, pricing, fees, and systems. And when you have all these things in place, you’ll stand out from the friendly neighborhood competition and position yourself as the go-to acupuncturist in your community. And that’s my assumption of what you want is to be the go-to practitioner in your community. So when people think about all of these things that, um, that are going wrong with them, you come to top of mind. So today what I want to do, I want to dip into some of the waters and talk about the three success factors to help you create a solid foundation to grow your practice. And these successful, these three success factors are clarity, focus and decisions.

Okay? And these are really important pieces to help support all aspects of your marketing, all aspects of your patient communication, all aspects of you being the business entrepreneurial acupuncturist that you are. I know you did not go to school to become a business person or an entrepreneur, but you are since you’re in private practice and you own a business and you are a business person, so you’ve got to embrace these ideas. Okay. And that’s what we’re here to share with you today. So clarity, okay. Clarity is getting really clear okay. On you, your practice and how you stand out, what makes you and your practice different? Okay. So you need to ask yourself these two questions. Who are you and what do you offer? And with that, what kind of transfer w can you cause to happen with a person’s health in their life, in, in the change that you are able to offer them in what you offer in your practice and why is what you offer different smarter, better than any competing clinic.

Okay. So that the first part of really identifying who you are is really understanding, getting clear on what makes you different. Okay. Now I hope that many of you have an idea of like, what makes you different from the practitioner down the street? If not, you need to get really clear on that, that this, this, this clarity portion really will allow you to identify this little piece of marketing wisdom, this little piece of practice knowledge that allows you to differentiate yourself from the next person down the street. So my question to you would be this, if you were to think about the acupuncturist down the street or the chiropractor that has an acupuncturist on board or the chiropractor that does acupuncture, how are you different? Do you offer a different specialty? Do you offer a pain-free technique? Do you offer pain-free acupuncture? Is your clinic beautifully inviting and Zen, like, and people just walk in there and they melt because of the atmosphere and the function way.

What is it that makes you and your practice different? Okay. So who are you and what do you offer as far as transformation so that you can cause in people’s lives and in their health. Okay. That is the first part of, one of these success factors is wrapping your head around this idea. The next idea is focused, right? The idea is to get laser focused on exactly who you serve and what problems you solve. Okay. I know many of us were trained to be general practitioners, and that’s amazing because we could help with so many different conditions. And that’s, what’s so beautiful about this medicine, but you’ve got to figure out who you serve and what’s unique about you and also what, what will resonate with your clients. Okay. So with this, you’ve got to really, you know, like in, come up with the idea of getting clear on the type of person that you want to work with by getting into the mind of your perfect client and find out what resonates with them.

So for instance, if you are a fertility clinic, what would resonate with those clients that you to attract, get it? How can you get into their mind to understand what they need, what their pain points are? What, what, what, what kind of transformation they are looking for? So you can offer that and that could be unique to what you offer in your clinic. Okay. So getting focused is really coming up with who do you serve? And I know that you want to serve everybody, but here’s the same. If you serve everybody is just like taking a big net and casting out over the waters of the population and hoping that you’re going to pull everyone in. But you know, you might pull a few people in, but what you want to do is you want to get really clear, really laser focus on the specific type of person you want to work with.

Okay. And, um, and then when you do that, you can, you can focus your marketing message. You can focus your communications, you can focus your website, you can focus your branding and all of that towards that. What’s unique about you and what resonates with your clients. And the other part of getting focused is what problems do you solve? Okay. And the key to understanding what problems you solve is to understand what your patients are thinking. Right? So they’re thinking w I F T okay. So they want to know what’s in it for them or for me as a patient. Okay. And they want to know what’s in it for them. Like, like, like if they come see you, what are they getting out of it? What kind of transformation is going to be happening? So part of your, um, expertise as a business entrepreneurial acupuncturist is really getting clear around the problems that you self.

Okay. And really being able to tell someone that in 30 seconds or less, like if you were trapped in the elevator, how can you communicate who you serve? What you, you know, uh, what problems you solve and who you are and what you offer, right? Those are the three things that are super important for you to begin this process of getting really clear on growing, you know, creating the solid foundation for your practice. Let’s say, so you have clarity, you have focused. And now the next thing to really come up with is decisions, right? And meaning what marketing tools do you use, where do you find your best prospects and your new patients, and how do you build your following? Okay. These are decisions that you’re going to be making. If you’re not making them already, or if you don’t make them, when are you going to make them, right?

When are you going to start embracing this idea that you’ve got to market your practice? You need to have a deep understanding of what your patients want. You need to have an understanding of what they need and what they value. Okay. You also need to develop content and communication strategies that address the things that keep them up at night. So for instance, let’s handle, let’s go back to that fertility issue. What keeps those families up at night that are looking to make a family and make babies, right? Maybe they am I going to get pregnant and am I going to be a good parent? Um, is birth going to be easy? Um, am I going to be, you know, am I going to keep, you know, keep the baby, uh, for full term, okay. Those are things that keep them up at night. And when you can come up with those ideas, when you can, you know, get into the mind of them and figure out what it is that resonates with them, right.

Um, in the sense of, um, uh, what’s on their mind, then you can talk to that with them. Then you can share that with them, even if they’re not expressing those problems and those things that keep them up at night. Okay. You need to ask yourself a couple of questions. How can you add value before money changes, hands and, um, with your patients? Okay. So how is it that you can add more value to your clients now to your prospects and your inactive patients now, before they come in and schedule them before they come in and, um, and, and, and, and, and become a paying patient with you. And that’s important because people want to see people that like stack on all of like, like, it’s like you, over-deliver right. How can you over-deliver for your patients in that way? You know, um, how can you make it so that your marketing, your efforts, your communication strategies leave them better off than when they first came to see you.

Um, and when you are teaching them, when you’re doing a webinar or a training or anything like that, how are you teaching and giving them actionable things to make their life better? Okay. You’ve got so many tools in your arsenal of, uh, of teaching ideas and potential that you should have no lab of what you could be sharing, how you could teach and give them actionable things to make their lives better. Acupressure techniques, breathing techniques, moving technique, different seasonal recipes and things of that nature. So part of the decision making is really coming clear as to, you know, understanding what your patients want, what they need and what they value. And talking to that for them coming up with ideas on how you can communicate to that, to them. So a couple, you know, like straight up marketing tools that you, that are hyper-relevant for, um, for, for what you, what you can be doing for your patients are to make sure that you have a really strong call to action to motivate your audience.

Okay. If you’re a fertility expert, what would make someone who’s looking to start a family, raise their hand and come into your clinic. If you are a pain specialist, what can you offer them that would make them raise their hand, to motivate them to come into your clinic? Every single communication you have, every single marketing you do. Every single event needs to have a really clear, strong call to action at the end, that gets people to raise their hands said, yes, you are the practitioner for me, because you resonate with me because you know what I want, because you’ve already done the work that we’re talking about here today. So that is one of the biggest and most important things about your marketing is making sure that you have a really good, clear, and solid call to action. And a few ways to find prospects are internally and externally, right?

And online. So internally you could be doing referral drives. Uh, you could make sure that your patient education strategies are really solid and, uh, make sure that you have a plan to keep, to nurture your patients. So they would fall out of care less. And if they do fall out of care, you need to have a plan to get them back into care. So that is, you know, a few really important internal marketing strategies that you need to tap into referral drives having a communication plan and having a patient reactivation plan three really important pieces of your internal marketing, external marketing content is King these days. And you need to be out there doing social media, doing video marketing is really important. And even these days direct mail marketing is actually gaining more traction because people, no one’s doing it anymore. Once everything’s online email and newsletters, everything is online, but when you can do direct mail marketing or send a letter or postcard in the mail, it’s actually touched, they open it up, they look at it.

So it’s actually been showing that, um, that, uh, that, that direct mail marketing is actually making a little bit of a comeback in some instances. Um, so with external marketing, make sure that you have a content calendar set up, that you can be out there and in front of your audience regularly, again, talking to them about what resonates them, talking to them in, in explaining, you know, through your content and your communications, what’s in it for them. Okay. So you can really get clear and focused on your communication patterns with them and online, make sure that, um, all of, you know, all leads are gonna be pointing to your website. So make sure that your website is really dialed in. And, uh, you know, when you come up with your clarity and your focus, you need to add all of that to your website. You need to make sure that you have a really strong call to action on there that, that, that, uh, communicates with what you’re, what you’re offering in there.

And when people hit your website, they to know exactly what you do and what you offer and what is what’s in it for them within the first few seconds of landing on that page. So your website needs to be checked out and audited. And, um, and if any of you are interested in audit, um, you know, check, uh, put some, put some, um, information below the video over here. And, um, I will reach out to you and, uh, you know, just let me know that you want a website audit and I will reach out to you and we’ll get something set up for you. So, um, you know, without clarity, without focus, without decisions, your marketing strategy is always changing. Your marketing tactics are scattered, and it’s going to be exhausting because you’re going to try something. It’s not going to work. Um, you’re going to, um, you know, you’re going to get disenchanted because you’ve done marketing.

You’ve put some efforts out there and you’re not getting the type of return on that investment. Um, and your results might be inconsistent and subpar. So focusing in on these foundations of clarity, focus and decisions will help you create a better strategy, you know, more effective tactics and, and give you some consistent, reliable, um, techniques that you could be using to pull patients into your practice. So decide who you are, who your practice is not for, which is important, because if you can identify who you, you know, who you don’t want in your practice, um, then you can really focus on, you want to focus on in your practice, who you want to fill your practice up. And then, you know, when you can, you can focus on their behaviors and their traits and their likes and dislikes. And you can pull in the type of people that you really resonate with, that you want to fill your practice of. And also the last thing I want to talk about is to really simplify what you do. So

Figure out what, what, what you offer, like

Really simplify what you offer as an acupuncturist. And also come up with an idea of when you’re asked at like a cocktail party or some type of event or a networking event, or if you’re doing anything online, you know, w w you know, how you help people, you need to get really clear on your message. You need to have some laser clarity on your mission, on who you serve and why people should choose you, and what’s in it for them. And lastly, I want you to think about these four questions that you can just go away with, um, and just ponder on. Um, and if you have any questions you can reach out to me, um, at, uh, Jeffrey, jeffrey@acupuncturemediaworks.com. Um, or you can put some comments below, uh, some comments below here, and now I’ll ask, ask them, but how do you stand out from the noise and get attention?

Okay, what makes you stand out? How do you leverage the season and create marketing campaigns to result in new patients, and how do you continue to grow your audience and deepen your relationships with them, and what creative ways can you use content to get clients? Okay. So those are just four things that you should be thinking about on a regular basis. These are questions that, um, CEOs ask themselves often. And I would want you to ask this of yourself because you are essentially a CEO of your own business. So I want to remind you that you’re never alone. I am here for you. If you’ve got any questions, please reach out. Thank you again for joining me. Thank you again for the AAC for hosting me once again, so I can share some insights and wisdom and some knowledge with you. Please let me know what your thoughts are. I talked to you guys soon. Take care. Be well. Bye. Bye.

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You got this! Grow your practice now and in the future – Lorne Brown

 

 

Thank you again to the AAC, the American acupuncture Council for having me host To The Point. UMy segment is on practice management. My name is Lorne Brown. I’m a CPA. I’m also a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. I practice in Canada, Vancouver, BC at Acupuncture Wellness Center. I’m the founder of healthy seminars, previous known as Prodigy seminars.

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I’m the chair of the integrated fertility symposium. And I’m also an author. I have a couple of books out there. The one on practice management is missing the point why acupuncturists fail, what they need to know to succeed. And I enjoy coming on to this segment of the show to share my practice management pearls, because I have both the clinical experience and being a CPA, the knowledge and auditing experience of what it seems to take to, uh, to succeed. Um, our topic today is on, you got this, how you’re going to grow your practice now and for the future. So what I plan to, um, talk about today are the following three things.

Um, my prediction for, um, a future, what’s the future opportunity for Chinese medicine practitioners? I think that’s a lot that’s on our minds a lot. Um, how do I not only survive and, uh, more so how do I thrive now when there’s any other major events happening in life? This has been throughout life. Um, not everybody survived, so there will be what we call casualties. There will be, um, from the practice side, people that will not be practicing. And so my expectation is to help more people, um, make it way, make their way through any change in life. So any type of difficult change in life. So that’s what I’m hoping to share with you today. And not only so you can just survive and get through these challenging potentially challenging times, but also, so you can come out through it, um, thriving and better for it.

So I’m gonna talk, I’m gonna give you my prediction of what I think is happening for the future. What are the future opportunities for the Chinese medicine practitioners? Um, I’m gonna talk about, uh, how you can change just one perception just by changing one perception. You will start to see opportunities that have always been there, but you’re blinded to them. And by changing a certain perception, um, all of a sudden more opportunities will open up to you. And then I I’d like to share a mind hack, um, how to support you in being able to see those opportunities, um, that are available to you, but you’re constantly I’m missing those. So first I’m going to share my predictions. Now when it comes to entrepreneurs and guess what? You are small businesses. If you are practicing on your own or you are a contractor, regardless, you are, um, a small business.

And, um, if you’re going into succeed, we’ll call you an entrepreneur and entrepreneurs, um, tend to look for needs, where are their needs in the world that need to be filled. And then they find ways to fill them. So they look for these needs and then they fill this need by either providing a product or service. And so there is a need in our world right now as well. And my, for the future of Chinese medicine right now, I see it that if you could learn to focus on treating long haulers, um, so post COVID infection or any infection from a pandemic, but in particular long haulers, um, I think you would have a thriving practice and also, wow, what a service to the community, because there are people that ha get infections. We’ve seen this route throughout history, throughout the history of Chinese medicine and throughout our history of us living on this planet.

And now more so with COVID-19 that some people, um, get these latent pathogens in their body and they struggle to get back to normal. And right now it’s very new, but there is evidence and documentation of people. Once they’re no longer infected with the, COVID not showing up positive, they are not back to normal. And some of the symptoms they are experiencing are fatigue, joint, pain, brain fog, and mental health issues. Lots of things that we see already in our practice, that we are probably pretty equipped at supporting and Chinese medicine has an excellent way to deal with these latent pathogens on the way we’ve mapped out the body. We have, we have tools that can support people. And to let you know, I was talking to a dentist friend of mine that teaches in the dental school here in Vancouver at the university of British Columbia.

And I just said, how are dental is doing right now. Are they struggling? Because you know, people are afraid to go to dent what’s going on for your industry. He said, they are busier than ever TMJ jaw pain because of COVID and all the stress and anxiety that people are experiencing. There has been an increase in people clenching and grinding during the day and at night, which is leading to TMJ and other job pain disorders. And so, um, they are very busy treating jaw pain, and I’m apparently I think acupuncture can do a good job at TMJ as well. So, but nobody may not know this. And so this is, um, my prediction for us is post COVID long haulers. So learning to really treat well these long haulers and seeing what the main symptoms are. There is some neurological symptoms, but the most common ones are fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, and mental health issues.

And then just on his own mental health issues, um, people are experiencing and will continue to experience anxiety, feeling depressed and insomnia, um, from the uncertainty in our world. Um, and then taking your practice online, a lot of people are taking their practice more online to offer consults, supplements, verbal acupressure chigong. So having an online component, I think would be a great idea. I do want to let you know that eventually, if you are able to make it through this period of time, you can’t do acupuncture online. And so there will be a need for our service eventually because it’s something that just can’t be done online. So I just want to remind you of that. However, you have to adapt during these times, and this is the time to really, um, get this knowledge and really learn how to treat post viral infections. According to Chinese medicine principles, I would encourage you.

So my prediction is if you want to, if you have a practice that’s not booming. If you’re a new practitioner, if you don’t have a waitlist doing what you do now, um, then now’s the time to start to prepare yourself, um, and get those, um, tools and that knowledge. So you are able to help this population because there is going to be a large population needing this help. So who am I like, how do I have the credibility? Why would you want to listen to me? Do I have the knowledge and experience to share my predictions? And so far, I think I’ve been a good at predicting, um, or going into things that have turned out to be the right prediction. At the time I was told I was crazy and many of them, and I’ll share a few of those. I’m the first Canadian clinic to focus on reproductive health back and around.

I started in 2000 by around 2001. And just so you know, many of you know, that people treat fertility with acupuncture all over the world. It’s common. You see it everywhere in 2001, that wasn’t the case. Just so you know, I think if you and I was on the web with that, if you went on the web and you search, I think two people would come up mainly in the States, Mike Berkley and Randy Lewis, nobody else really had websites, um, or many websites. And definitely not just focusing on fertility, think about it back in that day, back in 2001, um, fertility and your gynecology, Chinese medicine textbooks was under miscellaneous diseases. It didn’t even get its own chapter. So it wasn’t something that you would think if I treat mainly fertility I’d have a busy practice. When I went into treating just fertility, it was a passion of mine.

I saw a need for it. Um, I was told that I’m going to starve to death and not, it’d be crazy because back then people with fertility issues, weren’t seeking out Chinese medicine acupuncture. There wasn’t that policy study that put us on the map. It hadn’t happened yet. So, um, when I decided to do this out of passion and saw a need for this and this niche, um, I was told that, um, it was practiced suicide in you. You’re not going to have a busy practice. And I ended up having to hire many associates because word got around and my practice became so busy that I actually only would treat reproductive health and, um, I couldn’t handle the volume. And so I needed other practitioners and so five or six acupuncture practitioners now and naturopathic physicians and mind massage or in my clinic and acupuncture.

So, um, that one would, I will check off saying, um, it was a good prediction. Um, I’m a CPA. Um, and so, um, I spent years auditing companies. So from that experience I’ve seen, what has, um, why some companies have been successful and why some companies are not successful and don’t survive. And so I bring that, and not only the knowledge of being a CPA, but an experience as being an auditor, I’ve seen how, um, I’ve seen what, what can happen. And I bring this to you as well. When I share this with you. Um, I pioneered online learning with, uh, for Chinese medicine back in the day, it’s around, um, 2007 ish. It was just pro D seminars was the name of the company. It’s now called healthy seminars, but it was protein. Then when I launched it and it was just us in blue poppy that were doing online learning, and I was told that this was a bad idea.

Who’s going to want to learn acupuncture online while you can see now, um, online is everywhere. And people take courses all the time doing online, their doctorate, a doctorate in Chinese medicine, et cetera. So, um, back in 2007 ish, not too long ago, um, more than a decade behind you, but back then I was told that’s not a good idea. And I made that prediction that this is where learning will go. It was feasible, no hat, no planes on have to travel, no taxi. Um, all the people in rural communities, just very easy to access people and to access these great speakers with textbooks. Um, wouldn’t it be great that we can get them online versus having to find them once or twice a year and travel to them. So I, again, it’s obvious now, but it wasn’t obvious when I started out. And again, I was told that would not work.

Um, I launched the integrated fertility supposing in 2015, um, and we sold out five years in a row, 2015, 16, 17, 18, and 19. Now, the reason that was special is the ifs was related only to fertility. So it was a condition specific conference and it was a destination conference for Americans. Now, back when I was planning this in 2014, um, a lot of American conferences were struggling that tendencies was get tendons was getting lower and to put a conference for Americans in Canada had never been done and was not considered a good idea cause they can’t even fill them in the States. And then to pigeonhole, um, fertility conference, they didn’t think it would work well. And many of you have heard of it or attended it. It did very well until 2020 when COVID I’m interrupted would we would have sold out. We were almost sold out and we chose out of health and safety to counsel the conference.

And again, predicting we counseled the conference before conferences were really being counseled or at the adventure being counseled. We did this, um, early on in February just to just, just decided to not risk people’s health and safety. And then, um, three weeks later, um, everything got shut down anyhow. And one more thing for my credibility is I wrote a book called missing the point. So I’ve taken some time to do my research and write a book. So what I would be doing and what I am doing as a practitioner, if you don’t have a waitlist, um, I would be looking into developing your knowledge and your skills. There’s lots of ways to do this. Now, online healthy seminars, we’ve put together some online classes, um, to address mental health issues like anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder. Insomnia is we’ve got lots on there. Um, plus we have some herbal courses by Sharon Weizenbaum and Hein or fruit Hoff, and many more verbal courses.

And then there’s acupuncture. There’s guash awe there’s the acupuncture of the balance method, acupuncture som uh, Korean style acupuncture. There’s many things out there that people are discussing that could help, um, these long haulers. So, um, it’s an opportunity for you now to, um, to address that. And so again, if I was an acupuncturist, starting out two things, I’d be really focusing on how to communicate to people, um, why and how I can help you. Cause you remember there’s a need, but they don’t know you exist. For example, they’re going to their dentist, they have job paying, Oh, jaw dentists. So they go to their dentists. So it’s your role to educate through communication. Some people call that marketing. It is marketing is educating. So educating the public, um, how and why you can help them, um, with the need and the need here is do you have, if you had COVID fatigue, brain fog, you know, lifts up the symptoms, educate them, educate them how Chinese medicine has a long tradition of treating pathogens and viruses where people are struggling afterwards.

So this is not new. And then I would increase my knowledge cause you want to be congruent and have that knowledge. So now it’s a time you’ve been trained to just kind of sharpen that tool and really look to reading journals, textbooks, online courses, um, finding ways that you can get your knowledge to a great level. So you can communicate clearly to your patients and constantly treat them with the tools you have acupuncture. Gwoza herbal medicine. Now I always say, I like Einstein’s quote, make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. So it’s simple to say the prediction is there’s going to be a lot of long-haul up haulers and there’s an opportunity for the Chinese medicine profession to step in and support these people. There’s going to be there is people now with mental health issues, anxiety, um, feeling depressed and insomnia so that, that there is a need for people to support, um, in a non-pharmacological way to support these people.

But knowing is not enough. So you’re going to need to take action and up your knowledge and get the word out. So again, just hearing this going, Oh, that’s great. Not going to help you. There is effort on your part. So simple, make everything as simple as possible. I’ve given you my prediction. I gave you a little bit of my history just to let you know that I’ve been fairly good at a fairly good track record. And some of you are like, yeah, that’s obvious. Yeah, to me, it’s obvious as well. But for some people they’re still focusing on what they used to do and how they used to treat. And I’m suggesting that things have changed and now you want to adapt and a huge opportunity. If you’re flexible and willing to not do everything the way you used to do it and see that there’s another opportunity available to there is a need out there and you are set to fill that need.

The other thing I said, I want to talk about. I said there three things. I want to talk about how you can change your perception, um, and how this can shift you from living basically from lack and abundance. And it’s a simple concept again. So going with that theme make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. And so the perception is how you look at an opportunity. And so most people look at, um, when they’re going to do something, invest in themselves, they look at the cost and not what the return is, not what it’s going to bring back to them, how they’re going to benefit what we call an accounting return on investment. And of course, I like to use an example of, um, a Jane Littleton course that we offer. Um, cause it’s, it’s not, uh, it’s not the least expensive course.

Not the most expensive course either, but it’s about $500 for her course, 19 hours of continuing education credit. And a lot of people see that as a sticker price and go, Whoa, I’m not going to take that. So just by seeing that price, they’re like, I’m not, I’m not interested. That’s intimidating. Some patients are like that with your services as well, by the way, most people look at the cost. I’m saying, look at the benefit as well, actually more importantly. And so for those that treat infertility and, um, you will know that majority of your patients will come for like 24 visits, maybe 12, because as you learn in Jane Little sins course, and other fertility courses, it’s recommended to treat on average three months, um, twice a week for acupuncture. And if you can explain why and my patients, most of them come in twice a week at the beginning, and then if they need maintenance afterwards, so minimum of 12 to 24 patients.

So if you’re looking at the return on investment, how many patients do you need to see to kind of break even right? If I’m going to spend $500. So if you are charging $90 a visit, now I know some of you would charge many more in the fertility world for that. And many of you charge much less. I just chose that number. If you’re charging 90 U S or Canadian dollars and whatever it is in your currency, um, because we’re using the currency 500 a us dollar, so let’s call it 90 us dollars. How many patients do you need to see? Well, the mass says once you’ve had six visits, so one patient, because one patient will come 12 to 24 times, once six visits happen at $90, you are actually now profitable. Those six visits have now covered the cost of the course. Plus you’re profitable.

I share this as an example, because if I had to see 10,000 patients or 10,000 visits to pay for that, I may wonder whether that’s a good benefit. Is there a value there, but by taking that course and having confidence to treat infertility, know how often and how often to treat and what to do in those treatments. And I can communicate to that patients, to my patients, just seeing some six visits we’ll pay for it. So that to me is an easy, like right away, which is what I did. And now I carry the course. I went and took Jane’s course right away. It was a no brainer for me, cause I always start my perception. I don’t look at what it costs. I look at what it costs of course, but I’m more interested in what it’s going to benefit me. So for an example, to take another ridiculous example, let’s say you found a course for $25.

Now that’s not too expensive. That’s not a sticker price. That’s going to prevent you from taking a course. It’s $25 and it’s a course to teach you how to do acupuncture on astronauts on the moon. Now, even though it’s cheap, my return on benefit, the return on investment. Hmm. How likely is it that I’m going to get to the moon? Probably not going to happen. And I don’t even know if there’s astronauts hanging out on the moon on a regular basis. So I wouldn’t, even though it’s a low in cost to get into that course for 25 bucks, I probably wouldn’t take it cause that 25 bucks is gone and I’ll never make that $25 back. Cause I’m never going to go into the moon if I take another invest. And this is for anything, you invest in a piece of equipment for your clinic.

When I invested in laser therapy, these are 20, 30, $40,000 lasers. I have, I had to do the math and see how many visits it would take to cover that cost. And how long would that be? Months or years. So what I’m sharing with you is just a change in perception, your patients have the same thing. So they come in and they go, Oh, this is this much. You need to be able to communicate the benefit to your patients so they can decide whether there’s value to spend the time and money to see you to get that benefit. If they don’t get the value, how they’re going to benefit, then it may be difficult for them to part with their money. Just like you find it hard to part with your money. And so that’s why I use that example because you’re going to start to invest in, um, maybe certain products to carry, to treat the long haulers, certain supplements, certain herbal remedies or herbs.

Um, you may need to bring in, um, you may need to take courses, um, to get your knowledge to a certain place. So you can confidently and effectively treat these long haulers. And so when you do this look and marketing, you may start to update your website or brochures. So when you do all this and there’s a cost outlay and you’re like, Oh, I’m already feeling lack right now. I don’t have the money to do it. So how am I going to do this? Think about the investment and how this is going to bring back tenfold to you hopefully or more. Okay. So I just wanted to share that part with you. And then the other part I wanted to share. Um, but I think because of time, I’m going to save it for another date. I’ll come back and I’ll do another day. I wanted to share with you a mind hack.

One of the things I didn’t share with you is that I’m trained to clinical hypnotherapists and I love to do mine hacks, um, basically to get into your operating system. And there’s a really cool one or two mine hacks that are, again, are really simple, that help you see opportunities that are there, but you’re missing it. You know, like there are so many things that are available to the subconscious, sees everything. And when you’re, when you get into a certain, um, whole brain state, I’m an alpha brainwaves, you start to access parts of your brain that aren’t always available to you and certain areas of creativity. They’ve done this with research, that there are certain, um, creative ideas that are there, but you’re missing it. And when you get into this place, you’re able to access them consciously and come up with these cool ideas, you know, think about when you’re the stories you’ve heard, where somebody is focused on a difficult problem.

And then they, um, um, they go decide to take a walk or take a shower or bath. And then all of a sudden the relaxing in a hot, the answer comes to them because they’ve gotten herself into a different state. Well, you can purposely do that. You don’t have to work yourself into a frustration and then leave and get, um, get access through surrender. There’s a way to mind hack that and get into that on a regular easy basis. So I’m going to save that for another session, um, where, how you get into your, how do you hack your mind? So you can see these opportunities that are always available to you, but you’re just missing them. It’s like unlocking that certain level on a video game for those who play video games, it’s there, but you have to be able to unlock it. I’m going to help you unlock that.

So what I wanted to talk about today and just a quick review is what does the future hold for acupuncture profession? I think for those that are going to survive, um, it’s really promising. One is acupuncture, still something people they need to come in person. So if you’re doing GWAS Shaw Twain on massage or acupuncture, that they’re gonna need to go online to get consultation, herbal stuff, and supplements that can be done and diet that can be DOL done online and more, more people will be doing that online, but the physical part of the medicine they need to be in person. And I think there is a need now how to support these long haulers, how to support people that are post viral infected that are experiencing the fatigue, the pain, the neurological symptoms, the brain fog, and then mental health issues from post viral infection, as well as just because you live in the, if you watch the news, if you’re on Facebook, you probably have some form of post traumatic stress disorder and are experiencing some anxiety, depression, insomnia, et cetera.

Um, and so how do you remain attractive for the public to choose you for the healthcare? Well, continue to invest in yourself. You know, there’s an express, there’s an expression. I heard that, um, um, health is not an expense. It’s an investment and the same thing. If you want to be attractive to the public, then invest in yourself and then communicate that value to them. If you don’t communicate, then they don’t know. Just like I mentioned, the job pain people go to dentists. Cause that’s what they think about. However, it’s up to us to educate people that we can treat pain really well, like jaw pain. Okay. So next week on the American acupuncture council, to the point, we’re going to have pony Chong and his normal Radian and integrative acupuncture. I will let you know that Poney Chiang has numerous courses on healthy seminars and they are fantastic.

So definitely check him out at the AAC To The Point. And if you want to study with Poney, you have that opportunity to do that online. You will be blown away. You can check his free previews on healthy summers as well. You’re really unlike them. Definitely check them out on to the point, um, next week. And I look forward to seeing you in the future. Um, you can find out more about me@ healthyseminarsdotcom and mybook is available at missingthepointbook.com. You have to put book in the, um, in the URL, missing the point book.com and the best way to either email or contact me with your questions is through healthyseminars.com. Thank you very much until next time.

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