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How Many Patients Are Way Too Many?

How Many Patients Are Way Too Many?

Money is the topic most therapists find hard to examine. The majority of therapists can trace their hangups about money to the fact that they've not reconciled two seemingly opposite concepts: profit and service. For some, service is honorable and profit is evil. For...

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Washing Dirty Feet

Washing Dirty Feet

The thought of washing someone's filthy, dirty feet makes me squirm.Even the thought of having another person wash my feet makes me uncomfortable. It invades my sense of personal space. No thanks, I'll pass. In the Christian calendar, holy week is the week...

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You’re Not For Everyone

You’re Not For Everyone

  Therapists have an unspoken belief that they can help everyone. We don't come out and say it quite like that but it's there–below the surface. It sounds something like this: "Everybody needs exercise" "Everyone has a nagging pain somewhere" "Most people are...

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People Don’t Want What You Do

People Don’t Want What You Do

 People don't want what you do.People want what it will do for them. They want how it will make them feel.This simple mind-shift will help you attract ideal patients no matter where you work.In essence, all therapists deliver the same thing. We just do it...

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Something’s Wrong

Something’s Wrong

Recently, when I dialogue with therapists across the country I've noticed that something's not quite right. It's more than petty unhappiness with current jobs or unrealistic expectations. Our hearts are being ripped out of our chests. The primary motivations for...

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How To Declutter Your Mind

How To Declutter Your Mind

Breathtaking changes in healthcare are leaving many of us with a nagging lack of confidence. The field of PT, OT and SLP are developing so quickly that I always feel one step behind. Robert Kegan's book, In Over Our Heads, captures the distinct impression I get when I...

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Bottom Line Mentality Makes Health Care Sick

Bottom Line Mentality Makes Health Care Sick

How many times have you heard a business person say: "That's a good idea, but the bottom line is..." or "We'd love to do that but the bottom line is..." Businessmen seem to love to say, "The Bottom Line is" Most likely they mean well, but they seem unable to see...

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3 Reasons To Have A Mentor This Year

3 Reasons To Have A Mentor This Year

  This time of year we start to think ahead. What will this year be like? Will there be any surprises in my future? Some of us reflect on the past. Others set goals for the new year and charge ahead with gusto (at least for a few months).  I have an idea that...

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Why You Should Direct Mail Your Patients

Why You Should Direct Mail Your Patients

  All therapists need quality patients. Every practice needs a way to attract new clients and retain happy ones. Whether you're in business for yourself or employed by someone else, you require a cost-effective marketing method that doesn't take a lot of time. If...

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Referrals– How To Ask For Them (without freaking out)

Referrals– How To Ask For Them (without freaking out)

  Ever freak out or feel a little bit weird when you ask for referrals? Relax. It's a perfectly normal feeling. Many therapists feel the same way. However, at the end of the day, you need quality patients to have a successful practice. Over the past three years,...

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“So, Why Do You Love Your Chiropractor?”

“So, Why Do You Love Your Chiropractor?”

  " I bent over yesterday to brush my teeth, my back went out and I couldn't straighten up." The nurse who was leading our meeting let us all know why she was moving so gingerly. Mind you, there were two PTs and a PTA sitting in the room. When I emphatically...

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Should You Start Your Own Business Now?

Should You Start Your Own Business Now?

  Don't start a business because you want freedom. Start a business because you want to run a business."                                                                                                                                                              ...

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Get Quality Patients with Effective Workshops

Get Quality Patients with Effective Workshops

How are you doing with building your practice? When I opened the doors to my private practice many moons ago, the only way to grow a practice was to build a referral relationship with local physicians through a meet and greet appointment. I'd schedule a meeting with...

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I didn’t know you did that

I didn’t know you did that

  I was with a group of businessmen this week at a networking meeting. I've been a part of this group for about 3 years. One of the business owners was complaining about a leg injury and that he "might have to come to see me." I'm sure that's probably happened to...

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Thank You For Your Service, Norm

Thank You For Your Service, Norm

  Two weeks ago on Mother's Day, my father-in-law Norm Sothan passed away. After kidney stone surgery, he developed an infection that turned into sepsis. Two weeks later he was gone. I prayed that God would have mercy. Norm was able to live at home until the last...

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How To Talk About What You Do

How To Talk About What You Do

  Picture this… You’re at your child’s soccer game or gymnastic practice; during a pause in the action the parent sitting next to you casually asks, “So… What do you do for a living?” How do you answer them? Or how about this? You’re at a continuing education...

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