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CLEAR. NEXT. STEP.

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The failure of businesses to achieve their full potential of greatness comes down to one simple thing.

Lack of Direction.

If the business lacks direction, then like a river, it simply meanders looking for the point of least resistance to make some weak and feeble progress.

Without a clear purpose, management and staff become unsure and uncertain of what or which is the best way to proceed.

There is no clarity of purpose.

Nobody in the organisation knows what EXACTLY is trying to be achieved.

And as such, with one hundred percent certainty, that non-specific outcome is achieved each and every time.

The business goes NOWHERE.

What is the PURPOSE of your business?

If I woke you up in the middle of the night with a poke in the ribs and a flashlight or torch in the eyes, and I asked you:

“What is the purpose of your business?”

Could you give me a definitive answer?

The purpose of your business should be your business’s Mission Statement.

It should be the Vision for your business.

For my Dental Office it was this:

“To Be Known As The Finest Provider Of World Class Dental Customer Service In Western Sydney.”

And so everything that my business did, that my dentists did, that my team members did, was driven by that mantra.

And everything that we did was held up and compared to that mantra to see that it lived up to it as a standard, THE standard, for what we were trying to achieve.

Do you have a STANDARD to live up to?

Is your dental practice known for its level of service?

Is your dental practice known for its lack of service?

Is your dental practice known for its low prices?

Is your dental practice known for its low prices BUT….?

What do you want your Dental Practice to be known for?

Do you want to be known as:

“They’re OK but….”

Or would you prefer that people said:

“You must go there. They’re not the cheapest dentist in town. But they’re the best….”

By striving to be the best and being known for the best service you will succeed.

It is said that long after people forget what you did for them they will always remember how you made them feel.

And if you make them feel special, as if they are the most important person in the world while you are with them, then they will be your customer for life, always returning and always referring.

It’s as simple as that.

But to do that well, to do that successfully, you need to have that clear vision and mission for your business.

Backing up that Vision Statement and Mission Statement are the clear and concise steps and directions that need to be taken and followed by everyone in your organisation so that the mission can be achieved easily and seamlessly each and every time.

Everybody in the organisation needs to know exactly what to do in each and every situation that can possibly arise.

Both in dealing with customers and patients as well as dealing with each other and with protocols and procedures.

We cannot be operating in silos.

Each and every duty and procedure within the business must relate back to the Mission Statement with clarity as to its purpose in the grand scheme of things.

It is only when we have this connection, this true connection of purpose that we then have clarity as to exactly what we are doing and we understand the true reason why we are striving to achieve that result.

Once we have that purpose, that Mission, then and only then do we have unity, true unity towards that common purpose.

It is then that everything becomes meaningful.

It is then and only then that things become clearer.

It is then that we have truly understood what our clear next step is and why it is so important.

When each and every team member understands their purpose and the importance of their role in the Mission of the business and the direction that this business is heading, it is then that we have true purpose.

Because while ever there are team members who are unsure of their purpose or are not truly motivated, then our business has an Achilles Heel that will always have the potential to let us all down.

For our business to be truly successful there must be no weaknesses within our business.

And the best way to ensure no weaknesses is to create that common purpose, along with that culture of clarity, where everyone knows exactly what they are trying to achieve, and for what purpose.

There is no point in telling people the intricacies of how to do things if they do not understand the purpose of what they need to do and how it fits into the grand scheme of things.

Clarity for all, is king.

*****

My next public speaking presentation showing Dentists how to grow their Dental practices will be in Melbourne Australia on Saturday 1 April 2017 with Jayne Bandy and Wolfgang Hofbauer.

For more information and to secure your seat click this link here.

*****

Have you read my book , How To Build The Dental Practice of Your Dreams [Without Killing Yourself!] In Less Than Sixty Days.

You can order your copy here: Click Link To Order

*****

The Ultimate Patient Experience is a simple to build complete Customer Service system in itself that I developed that allowed me to create an extraordinary dental office in an ordinary Sydney suburb. If you’d like to know more, ask me about my free special report.

Email me at david@theupe.com

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Is Your Dental Practice Neglecting Your Patients And Their Best Interests?

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In the delivery of World Class Dental Customer Service the most important outcome, or measure, is really quite simple.

A successful dental practice must have one hundred percent of its scheduled appointments kept and attended by the patients who make those appointments.

Any time that we have appointments missed or rescheduled by our patients means that we have failed our patients and ourselves.

“But that’s impossible to achieve”

I can hear you screaming this now.

And I say:

“No. It is not.”

In a perfect world we could achieve this.

So why not create a perfect world?

Why not have a dental practice where patients are beating a path to your door to be treated?

Could that be possible?

I’m saying, “Yes.”

Here’s how:

Patients must love you.

This is simple.

Your dentists, your dental hygienists, and your dental team members must be such wonderful people that your patients just want to be their friend, regardless of what they do or perform as a living.

“People only do business with people that they like.”

You’ve heard it before and now I’m going to tell it to you again. But with a twist.

“People will always do business with people that they love.”

If your patients LOVE you and love your team, then these patients will have no hesitations or reservations about making appointments to see you and your team for all of the dentistry that they need to have done.

But if your patients fall short of loving you, then they will cancel appointments and delay and defer treatment, sometimes forever.

And always to their own detriment.

Cavities will become larger.

Cavities will become deeper.

Bone loss will become worse.

Bleeding and infection will remain.

And this leads into the second reason why your patients will always return for treatment…

They will return and keep returning while ever they have and understand what needs to be done next for them.

CLEAR. NEXT. STEP.

Patients must know exactly what is being done for them at their next visit.

And they must know exactly what will happen to them if they do not have the treatment completed and over in the recommended time.

The reason that patients do not make ongoing appointments, or they make appointments for treatment but have no intention of attending those appointments is because they have not been told clearly what is being done at the next visit.

And they have not been told clearly what will happen to them if they do not get the treatment completed at the recommended time. Or sooner.

Most dental practices are too vague when it comes to discussing with patients the outcomes of treatment and the consequences of delaying and deferring treatment.

This may be because the dentist or the team members do not want to come across as “pushy”.

But I contend that failing to convince patients to have the treatment they need that is best for their health is in fact professional negligence.

I hear dentists say that they gave the patients all the options and the patient chose not to go ahead with treatment.

I contend that the dentist has failed their patient if they did not give them sufficient compelling reasons to book and schedule their necessary and recommended treatment.

And request to be contacted if an earlier appointment time.

And have that treatment done.

If as dental professionals we fail to have our treatment plans accepted then we have failed our patients and their ongoing well-being.

So how do we achieve this?

We must have a vision of clarity for our business and our staff.

This Vision of clarity must then be so compelling that it impacts profoundly upon those who come to us for treatment.

CLEAR. NEXT. STEP.

Nobody in our business, be they an employee or an owner or a customer, should ever be in any doubt as to exactly what they need to do next, and they must also know exactly what will happen if they do not get done what is needed to be done within the recommended time frame.

With crystal clear clarity.

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Once we have established this culture within our business that becomes recognised and appreciated by our loving and loyal customers, then we will automatically build a clientele of raving loyal fans who love us implicitly.

And so if for some reason a difficulty arises that causes one of our patients to have to delay and reschedule their treatment then we have a choice of patients just willing to step up and have their necessary appointment brought forwards.

If we are unclear we are doing nobody any favours.

It’s not that we need to have scripts to try to prevent our patients calling in and cancelling.

It’s not that we need to have scripts to close patients into appointments for treatment.

It is simply that we need to have the relationships with our patients that they love us and respect us and trust us implicitly so that when we diagnose and plan treatment they are one hundred percent in agreement with all that we need to do for them.

*****

My next public speaking presentation showing Dentists how to grow their Dental practices will be in Melbourne Australia on Saturday 1 April 2017 with Jayne Bandy and Wolfgang Hofbauer.

For more information and to secure your seat click this link here.

*****

Have you read my book , How To Build The Dental Practice of Your Dreams [Without Killing Yourself!] In Less Than Sixty Days.

You can order your copy here: Click Link To Order

*****

The Ultimate Patient Experience is a simple to build complete Customer Service system in itself that I developed that allowed me to create an extraordinary dental office in an ordinary Sydney suburb. If you’d like to know more, ask me about my free special report.

Email me at david@theupe.com

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In Business, You Need To Walk The Walk

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When I first started out in business as a Dentist I needed to find myself an accountant.

A good friend recommended me to a friend of hers, who practiced accounting across the other side of town.

On that first visit, as I was leaving his nice office, the phone rang.

It was late afternoon, and as there was nobody else in the office, the accountant answered the phone himself:

RING RING.

“Thank you for calling M.K. Holton and Associates.”

I could not hear the person on the other end of the phone but here’s what I imagine the caller said:

“Can I speak to Mark Holton please?”

Here’s what went on…

The accountant, Mark Holton, who answered the phone, said:

“One moment please and I’ll get him.”

He then proceeded to tap his foot for fifteen seconds with his hand over the mouthpiece, before talking into the handset and saying:

“Hello. This is Mark Holton. How can I help you?

IT WAS CLASSIC SMOKE AND MIRRORS.

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By the name of the firm, you would have expected that M. K. Holton and Associates was more than an operation of one.

Well it appeared to me that it was not.

And to the caller, well, they may never have known that it was a firm of me, myself and I for Mr. Holton.

SO WHAT IS MY POINT?

Sometimes you need to act a little bigger than you are to get ahead or to get a foot in the door.

Sometimes you need to “fake it until you make it”.

Life is full of stories of people who have pushed the boundaries to obtain an edge.

And with great success…..they’ve assumed a mantle, but then they’ve lived up to that assumption.

Because as sure as eggs, society will not be tolerating any imposters, that’s for sure.

If you can only talk the talk, but cannot walk the walk to back up your talk, well, you’re going to be struggling to be credible in the marketplace.

THERE’S A TINY WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY BEFORE THE HOUSE OF CARDS BLOWS OVER.

So you need to make sure that what you do is backing up what you say.

You cannot be a “Do as I say” person if you get busted for not doing.

You need to back it up with reality, not fiction.

And quickly.

STATISTICALLY, THERE AREN’T TOO MANY NATIONAL VELVETS OUT THERE.

Most champion horses are bred from expensive stock and trained by great trainers.

They are raised well, and fed well.

National Velvet was a fairy tale.

Sure, people win the lottery.

But by and large, lottery winners do not graduate to the INC 500 or the BRW 200.

A colleague of mine in the dental industry once told me that it takes ten years to become an overnight sensation in this industry.

And it certainly doesn’t happen overnight.

Especially if you don’t even have an original thought in your head…
I remember the TV advertisement for the Commonwealth Bank MasterCard back in the 1980s….

“Fifty five days interest free?”

I remember 2MMM’s Doug Mulray telling his listeners how excited they were because they had just seen the guy from that same bank’s TV advert lined up in the bank downstairs below the radio station.

Trouble was he was lined up inside a rival bank.

Boom, Boom.

Oops.

I don’t know what happened to Mr. Holton. A few months later on he sold his accountancy business, and a year after that I started using a different accountant.

In 2014 when new owners took over the Dental Practice that I had sold in 2007 and worked on in, I made the difficult decision to walk away from the business that I had spent more than half of my life in, simply because I saw a conflict between what I had been saying for the previous twenty years, and the direction I was being asked to take, moving forwards.

The actions and behaviours of some of the cast in this scenario were not to the same level of values that I had learned to uphold throughout my life.

Life is really too short to be not living to high ideals.

Are you believable?

Do you believe in yourself?

Or are you simply smoke and mirrors?

*****

My next public speaking presentation showing Dentists how to grow their Dental practices will be in Melbourne Australia on Saturday 1 April 2017 with Jayne Bandy and Wolfgang Hofbauer.

For more information and to secure your seat click this link here.

*****

Have you read my book , How To Build The Dental Practice of Your Dreams [Without Killing Yourself!] In Less Than Sixty Days.

You can order your copy here: Click Link To Order

*****

The Ultimate Patient Experience is a simple to build complete Customer Service system in itself that I developed that allowed me to create an extraordinary dental office in an ordinary Sydney suburb. If you’d like to know more, ask me about my free special report.

Email me at david@theupe.com

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If You Want To Kill Your Business Keep Using Big Words

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I look at Dental Practice websites all the time.

And I’m amazed at all the big words used on them.

Who are these dentists trying to impress?

Are they trying to impress their mothers?

Are they trying to impress other dentists?

They Certainly Aren’t Trying To Impress Their Patients

Patients don’t understand big words.

They don’t understand technical dental words and they certainly do not understand the identification of regular English words.

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They don’t understand these big words on websites and they certainly don’t understand these big words when they are spoken at the dentist.

A patient doesn’t really have any idea what a preventive maintenance examination is?

Is it some form of test? Like a school examination?

Isn’t it something that your high performance European car should be having?

A twenty-six point preventive maintenance examination?

I once heard a dentist tell a patient that their “tooth could become problematic”.

Why not simply tell the patient that the tooth could start to hurt….

The patient will understand that one..

Problematic? Symptomatic? Automatic? Autonomic? Hydrodynamic?

All too confusing….

Another dentist said to a patient:

“While I’m conducting treatment…..”

Conducting?

I’m thinking, maybe “conducting” an orchestra? Or a bus?

Why not simply say:

“Mrs. Patient, while I’m fixing your tooth….”

I’ve Always Said Patients Don’t Come Back For Fillings

Patients don’t buy fillings.

They don’t come back to get fillings.

But they do come back….

Patients Will Come Back To Have Decay Removed

Patients do not want to have decay in their teeth.

Patients understand that decay is something that rots their teeth.

Patients understand that decay is not static. It grows.

Patients want it removed.

“Treating a cavity?”

“Completing a restoration?”

What the heck? Patients don’t understand these dental adaptations of the English language…

“Just get the decay out would you doc?”

“I’ll be treating this tooth conservatively” is what the dentist told the patient…

“Conservatively?”

Like a conservative political view?

What does that mean to the patient?

All the patient wants is for you to fix the tooth so it won’t hurt them.

Patients presume and assume that all dentists treat teeth in a conservative manner.

Patients have no idea what the opposite of conservative is in this case…..

And it just doesn’t stop there in the treatment room….

When the bewildered patient and their thesaurus arrive back at the front desk following treatment, they are bombarded with more jargon and big words.

“I’m going to schedule you an appointment…”

“I have an opening…”

Who speaks like that?

“And if circumstances change….”

Really?

Here’s what is better…

Firstly, we are assuming that urgency about the next visit has been created with clarity by the dentist and the dental assistant.

Then, all that needs to be said is this:

“Theresa, the soonest I can get you in with Dr. Moffet to [solve your problem] is next Wednesday at 930am.”

And then go ahead and make the booking….

Also, after making the appointment time, always finish by saying:

“And if something comes up sooner Theresa I’m going to call you and bring that time forward for you.”

[Because the dentist has already created this agreement with the patient in the treatment room]

Have you ever noticed that confused people just nod their heads and go along with things…..

Rather than make themselves look stupid?

That’s what happens when you use big words… the other person sometimes just agrees so as not to look stupid.

I once saw a comedian in America showing an audience a fine polished piece of wood that he had crafted.

He told the audience how luxurious this piece of wood was, as he stroked it fondly…

He told the audience:

“It looks very lavernous…”

And many in the audience nodded in agreement.

The comedian then explained to the audience, made up mostly of dentists, that the word “lavernous” was not a real word, but rather one that he had made up.

And he was surprised at how many of the audience just nodded and agreed with him about how lavernous his piece of wood looked….

Our patients do exactly the same thing when we speak big words to them.

They nod in agreement.

And then later, usually when they get home, they call back and cancel their appointment.

Because they are confused…

You’ve heard me say this before…

CLEAR. NEXT. STEP.

Always make sure that all communication in your dental office is one hundred percent understood.

With total clarity.

Just because you know what big words mean, doesn’t mean that your staff and your patients know and understand.

So seek clarity.

And remember, sometimes small is better.

*****

My next public speaking presentation showing Dentists how to grow their Dental practices will be in Melbourne Australia on Saturday 1 April 2017 with Jayne Bandy and Wolfgang Hofbauer.

For more information and to secure your seat click this link here.

*****

Have you read my book , How To Build The Dental Practice of Your Dreams [Without Killing Yourself!] In Less Than Sixty Days.

You can order your copy here: Click Link To Order

*****

The Ultimate Patient Experience is a simple to build complete Customer Service system in itself that I developed that allowed me to create an extraordinary dental office in an ordinary Sydney suburb. If you’d like to know more, ask me about my free special report.

Email me at david@theupe.com

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