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Networking is an important activity throughout your chiropractic career. Spreading the word to build awareness can help grow your patient base, hire the right staff members and build relationships with other healthcare professionals.
We've all had the patient with a neck, back or leg pain who came in after trying physical therapy, prescriptions or even surgery. After a brief conversation, you discover nothing has worked to completely alleviate the pain. Now, the only reason she is here is because her primary care physician finally asked, “What do you think about chiropractic care?”
Whether your practice is new, recently relocated or has been around for a while, it's important to have a network of professional resources. You can then rely on these relationships to gain information, share opinions and build referral networks.
Even if you're not comfortable with public speaking, you can start small to become more confident. And when you're ready, you can find resources to help you strengthen your presentation skills.
Special events are an excellent way to build your practice because they bring prospective patients in direct contact with you and your office. Events give you the opportunity to deliver your marketing messages one on one and start developing relationships with potential patients.
One of the best ways to network is by becoming involved in your community. So, where do you start? First, establish a reputation as a trustworthy member of the community. Your reputation is important for many reasons, including the fact that people prefer to work with companies and individuals they can trust. They're more likely to trust someone they know - someone from their own community.
Whether you are starting you practice or looking to grow it, networking is a key tactic for success. That's a no brainer, right? But in reality, many people don't maximize the opportunities for networking within their community. Many believe it is enough to occasionally attend a local chamber of commerce luncheon or be listed in the membership directory.
Practice goals have always been important to me and I generally develop a specific outline and plan in efforts to meet these milestones. It's been my belief and finding that new and returning patients are the backbone of a successful practice and are an important part of reaching the goals.
When we're at colleges presenting Starting into Practice workshops, we receive questions from chiropractic students as they prepare to go into practice. Here's one that was asked recently about public speaking.
I recently received a referral from an orthopedic surgeon in the area. He sent over a gentleman who had been injured while working as an emergency medical technician about six months ago. The patient had originally gone to a walk in facility associated with our local hospital and was treated there for four weeks. He had also received one month of physical therapy. While the referral was not uncommon, it came from a doctor who I know by reputation, although we've never met personally.
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