Service Abundance

Service Abundance

I’m a strong believer in the theory of abundance.

There is plenty in the world for all of us to share.

The world is not built on scarcity.

It is built on love and generosity.

I’m a firm believer in growing the pie, so all can share, rather than rationing the pie, so most are still hungry.

What does this mean?

If we give, then we shall receive.

Zig Ziglar said:

You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

I’m a strong believer in adding value to your communities and circles.

And that means to your business circles as well as to your social communities.

If we help our patients to have a memorable experience at our dental practices, those patients will return because they appreciate the difference between how we are making them feel and how other dentists have made them feel.

When our patients feel comfortable, important, welcomed and understood, they are more likely to return for treatment and to even accept significant treatment plans.

When our patients do not feel any one of those feelings, of feeling welcomed, or valued, or comfortable or important, they are more likely to fail to attend, to cancel their appointments, or to not schedule ongoing work at all at all…. if they are made to feel like a “number”, then they are not going to be keen to return.

Our behaviours towards our valued patients, and towards each other in the dental practice, must be behaviours respective of the feeling of abundant generosity and of abundant respect.

All acts of respect and generosity will be reflected back at us with interest attached.

Give and you shall receive

Don’t be a miser.

Be a giver, not a taker.

The givers of the world will be the ultimate receivers.

It is a gift to be giving.

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Linda Miles is coming to Australia in August.

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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

Why Are You In Business?

Why Are You In Business?

This quote came across my desk this morning.

It’s from Brad Sugars:

“You should think of yourself as a business owner first, your profession or trade second … i.e. You are not a doctor, you are the owner of a medical business …”

These are very powerful words.

I often hear people introduce themselves in this way:

“I’m a dentist”

“I’m a plumber”

“I’m a lawyer”

“I’m a financial advisor”

Instead of saying:

“I own a dental office and we create beautiful smiles”

“My business solves all your plumbing problems”

“I’m a partner in a law firm that specialises in wills and estates”

“I help my clients get wealthy”

Do you see the difference?

Someone once told me you need to be a better marketer of what you do, than a doer of what you do.

And when you concentrate on telling people what your business does for its customers, as opposed to telling people what your trade is, you are indeed making yourself and your business stand out from your competition.

Why do people label themselves, and allow themselves to be labelled?

Have you ever heard someone say about someone else:

“Oh, he’s a dentist.”

Or

“What a TYPICAL dentist”

Or

“You’d expect that from a dentist”

Nobody is born a dentist.

They learn how to drill teeth and fix them.

Nobody is born a plumber.

They go to technical college and learn their trade.

I used to say:

“I’m not a dentist. Dentistry is something that I do”

 And it is my trade that I perform.

It is not what I am.

With regards to your business….

James Malinchak said:

“Always remember – you are NOT in business to run a business! You are in business as an entrepreneur to create FREEDOM for yourself!” 

A lot of people decide to go into business but have no concept regarding what the purpose of their business is….

They simply create a look-alike job, except this new “business” is really just them doing a job with them being the boss of them as well. 

The purpose of owning a business is to be rewarded for what that business provides:

  1. Services. E.g. Dental services
  2. Employment to members of the community.
  3. Business for other businesses to provide to your business. E.g. Flowers, cleaning, laundry, stationery, phones, etc…

If your business is not providing you with profit and therefore reward for owning the business, then all that you have is another job, and without the benefits of being employed by a proper entity.

So ask yourself this question….

“Why Are You In Business?”

But ask it five times.

WHY Are You In Business?”

“Why ARE You In Business?”

“Why Are YOU In Business?”

“Why Are You IN Business?”

“Why Are You In BUSINESS?”

What’s your answer?

*****

Linda Miles is coming to Australia in August.

Don’t miss this once in a life-time opportunity to see and hear Linda speak first hand…

Book your tickets HERE.

*****

Make sure you subscribe to my monthly Dental Water Cooler Podcast Series…. “The Ultimate Patient Experience”

Click on this link for all details

*****

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

There’s A Lot To Be Said About Being Solution Focused

There’s A Lot To Be Said About Being Solution Focused

You may remember a year ago I had a serious problem with my Telco [telecommunications company], Telstra. [Read the full story here].

I had had a mobile phone plan with Telstra and been a loyal customer with them for thirty-five years.

My issue with them a year ago came about because I had started to receive SMS notifications on my mobile phone about having exceeded my monthly data usage on my plan.

The SMS messages were to tell me that they were going to be adding an extra 1GB of data at a $10.00 fee.

As I said, I had received a few of these notifications in previous months from time to time, but not so many as to be alarmed.

But on this occasion last year I received no less than nineteen of these notifications in about 160 minutes.

So I rang them, Telstra, and they informed me that the plan that I’d been on for thirty-four months was a little out dated….and also insufficient in supply…. 

They, Telstra, also told me that they were providing a better plan now, but they had never called me about it to let me know of its availability.

“That’s your responsibility as a consumer to do your research”  

the lady on the phone said.

So I said:

“Here’s what I want you to do.

I want you to move me to this newer plan, and not charge me the extra fees for this month’s over-usage and for last month as well.”

She said:

“We can’t do that sir.”

Long story short, after much to-ing and fro-ing and a little argy-bargy on that call, I left Telstra and moved my phone and data to their competitor, Optus. [You can read all about that experience here.]

Fast forward to last week.

Last week I received an SMS from Optus informing me that my collective [shared] data plan had exceeded its monthly limit, [with fourteen days of the month still remaining], and that extra 1GB lots of data would be added as needed for a fee of $10.00 each.

Does this story sound familiar?

So the first morning, I receive three such notifications that an extra 1GB of data was being added to my account…..

I thought to myself that this next fourteen days could become a little expensive.

So I phoned Optus to see what I could do.

I thought I might need to upgrade to a larger plan.

Here’s what happened

After explaining my situation I was placed on hold for a few short minutes before my agent returned saying:

“I have good news and good news.”

She said:

“Firstly David, for being a long term loyal customer, we are going to GIVE you an extra 25GB of data this month and next month too, just in case you run over, which will take you to the end of your current contract.”

She then said:

“Also, because you are a loyal customer, we are going to remove the charge for the extra 3GB we have provided for you so far this month.”

I asked her:

“What sort of contracts do you have that I could upgrade to now?”

And she replied:

“Our contracts are continually evolving, so there’s no real point in looking at what we have now, as a better arrangement could well be available when it is time for you to renew in two months time.”

I diarised to check the Optus website close to the time of my renewal being due.

What a breath of fresh air.

 I could not believe how seamless and pain free this phone call to Optus had been.

 

 

My agent was flexible and solution oriented, as opposed to my calls to Telstra a year ago which were aggressively uncompromising and penalty focused.

I felt as if I had died and gone to heaven.

Ask yourself this question.

In your dental practice, are you solution focused?

Do you look for a resolution that will leave your patients and customers in awe, by providing them with outcomes that they never expected was possible?

Why not have your team look at all of the things that could possibly go wrong during your patients’ visits to your dental practice [called Service Defects], and then have them collectively brainstorm all of the best possible outcomes and solutions [called Service Recovery] that they could initiate seamlessly to WOW and amaze your patients.

When your patients and customers are left feeling nothing less than special, and are in awe of your processes, then you can truly congratulate yourselves on creating World Class Customer Service Experiences. 

*****

Linda Miles is coming to Australia in August.

Don’t miss this once in a life-time opportunity to see and hear Linda speak first hand…

Book your tickets HERE.

*****

Make sure you subscribe to my monthly Dental Water Cooler Podcast Series…. “The Ultimate Patient Experience”

Click on this link for all details

*****

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

You Really Can’t Make This Stuff Up

You Really Can’t Make This Stuff Up

My wife purchased a lounge from a fairly upmarket furniture supplier.

As would be the case, a deposit was paid and an ETA [estimated time of arrival] and delivery day was scheduled for when the lounge would be delivered.

Hiccup Number 1.

The date of arrival of the lounge was pushed back by the lounge company, because they were short of some of the components needed to build the lounge… they said.

That’s the first fail: it should always be the other way around. The lounge company should strive to have the lounge completed and delivered EARLIER than originally planned, thus surprising and delighting their customer.

Any delivering later than initially suggested creates a severe disappointment.

Hiccup Number 2.

On the rescheduled delivery day, a Thursday, the delivery driver rang and said that he wasn’t going to be able to deliver the lounge because he was “behind in his deliveries” and someone else’s delivery had more priority.

His words.

So we asked for the lounge to be delivered the next day.

No. It would be delivered in seven days.

They do not deliver on Fridays, [the next day]. And so the delivery had to be rescheduled.

But….

There’s a mixture of stories about this day……

You see, the company initially gave us a window of four hours between 11am and 3 pm that they would be delivering the lounge. With this, we then asked them to phone in advance when they were arriving, as the person taking delivery, my son, was working from home on his computer [wearing headphones], and he would need to organise off street access for their truck through the garage entrance to the apartment block rather than the street entrance of the building, where parking is very limited.

Apparently the drivers failed to follow this instruction and [in their story] parked on the street and rang the front door intercom, which my son obviously did not hear because he was working. 

He did have his phone right there on his desk beside him…

That’s the second fail: Follow instructions so that all parties can fulfil their roles. And if that isn’t done then someone at the company needs to act quickly and take control.

It appears that the driver failed to contact the company AND the customer before driving off. [the company was given two phone numbers to call in advance].

Put simply, the company messed the customer around just because someone on their team messed up.

The lounge should have been delivered that day.

Not later.

Not the next day.

And not a week later.

Hiccup Number 3.

A week later the lounge is meant to be delivered between 10am and 1pm on the Thursday.

The delivery driver rings in advance [this time] to ask if we had some parts needed to assemble the lounge, which he did not have.

When we told him we did not, he said he would have to deliver the lounge another day.

My wife told him that this was not appropriate given the history of this job, and to go back to the warehouse and get the parts he needed.

Delivery was then rescheduled for 2pm to 5pm on that day.

Service fail: When you book the customer’s time, you need to value it.

Hiccup Number 4.

If you’re not going to deliver the lounge when you say you will, then it is probably wise not to send the client an email days prior to the [final] arrival of the lounge asking them how they are enjoying their new furniture?

Just because the lounge went onto the truck a week ago, doesn’t mean that the company should trigger a customer service email sequence if the darned thing never ended up being delivered.

Another service fail: Make sure that the people sending the emails are kept up to date about the status of various deliveries…

What’s the lesson here David?

If you run a company, make sure that all employees are clear about the company’s Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Core Values.

Every employee needs to be on the same page.

When you have one weak link, be it in your team member or in your processes, then the whole chain falls apart and your mission unravels.

Mission Statements, Vision Statements and Core Values need to be visited by the whole team on a regular basis for reinforcement, and are worthless I they are only at best, a plaque hanging on some wall in some room of your office.

You and your company and your team need to live and breathe your Mission and your Core values.

Talk is cheap.

Customers who appreciate your Mission are priceless.

Stuffing up your processes and devaluing your customers once you “have their order” is either incompetence or arrogance.

I’m not sure in this case if it was one or both.

Ultimately, it certainly was NOT a regal experience for the customer.

And that result, is a fail for the company.

Repeat business?

Probably not….

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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

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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

The Two BIG Advantages of Marketing More To Your Existing Clients

The Two BIG Advantages of Marketing More To Your Existing Clients

In business there are three ways of growing your business:

1. Acquire more customers

2. Have your customers visit more often

3. Have your customers spend more with you each visit.

With points two and three we are working on the processes of “selling” to existing clients.

Existing clients are more likely to buy more often and buy more from us because they know us and trust us.

With new clients there is always an “initiation” time taken to begin nurturing that trusting relationship with us.

Some new clients do not want to trust us.

Some new clients take eons to develop a trust with us. They are hesitant committing to a “trusted” relationship with us.

But once we have that trust in place, and have developed that relationship with each of our clients, what we find is that the clients are indeed now more accepting of our treatment recommendations.

Yet, when I talk to dentists about what their practices need, the majority of dentists ignore their data base of existing patients and instead choose to go out chasing more new patients.

Some dentists even offer new patients an examination and cleaning visit at a lower fee than the fee paid by longer term existing patients.

[This in itself sends out a very poor message to the existing patients that the practice values new patients more than it values existing patients….]

So how do we help existing patients to visit more often and to spend more with us?

The answer is simple….the answer is to simply invest more time with your existing patients.

Chat with them.

Be in the moment with them.

Don’t engage in shallow conversations with them.

Spend time in conversation with them and truly LISTEN to what they are saying.

We have all experienced one of those times when we have been talking to someone who then gets distracted from our conversation in the middle of one of our sentences and LEAVES  our conversation while we are literally mid-sentence  talking to them….

It’s not a very pleasant experience for us.

So why would we do that to one of our very own customers then?

More importantly, why would we do that ever to any other human being?

Remember, small children spell “LOVE” as T.I.M.E.

And our dental patients will spell it exactly the same way.

If we want our patients to truly feel our love and give love back to us we must be respectful of their time and spend time with them.

Engage with them.

Listen to their stories.

Make them feel important.

Make them feel as if we have been looking forward all day to seeing them.

Make them feel as if they are the only patient we are seeing on this day.

It is a simple mathematical equation.

The more a patient feels that we value them, the more times they are likely to visit us and the more they are likely to spend with us as well.

It truly is a case of Reciprocity in action….one of Cialdini’s Laws of Influence.

And it is the easiest way of growing a dental practice.

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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

The Power Of A Second Set Of Eyes

The Power Of A Second Set Of Eyes

One of the things that I always encourage dental practice owners is to get the opinion of someone else, just for the sake of having a second opinion.

It may seem arduous and it may sometimes seem unnecessary.

But it is the advice of a sage that can be invaluable.

So who should you ask?

Probably the best thing to do is to make a list of who you should NOT ask for advice….

Whose advice should I not ask for?

That’s really easy….

People who have no business acumen

How would someone who has never owned or run a business, or never worked in a position of management, be in a position to advise you on investing, marketing, advertising and on staff.

They just cannot.

Family

Most of the time, family members fall into the same category as people with no business acumen.

Unless those family members have owned a business or held positions of authority in business.

Check the qualifications of those you seek advice from.

Your peers

Your peers in your industry may be in a position of giving advice.

Most of the time they are not.

Remember that by age 65, ninety five percent of the population are either dead, or broke, or dead broke. Only 5% of the population are considered to be self-supporting and only 1% are considered wealthy.

So there’s a 19 in 20 chance that your peers will not be able to help you.

And most of the time, if they identify some entrepreneurial spirit in you, the will attempt to exorcise that spirit from your body to protect you, so that you stay the same as them.

Your family will also do the same….

Your golf buddies and fishing buddies.

Same as the above…just like your family and your peers…these guys don’t want you to change. They don’t have much business acumen either.

But they don’t want to have to induct and educate some new guy into their group as you start to hang out with the “wealthy class” instead of them….

Whose help should I seek?

Google is your friend.

Do your homework.

Just because someone calls themselves a coach or a guru, doesn’t mean they really are.

Some coaches are just straight phonies.

They have no results, and everything they teach you they stole from someone else and try and repackage it as their own.

Ask for references.

Ask for documentation.

Search youtube.com

The benefits of a second set of eyes.

A good coach will offer an opinion when asked.

A good coach will have made a mistake, or seen a mistake that you might be about to make. And they’ll offer that advice.

A really good coach will give you a view on something that you may not ever have considered.

A really good coach will prevent you from making poor decisions by offering sage advice.

Good coaches have to start somewhere.

There are always master coaches who come out of nowhere.

John Buchanan.

David Leadbetter.

Wayne Bennett.

These guys were never great players but they became great coaches.

Should your advisor come from inside or outside of your industry?

The hardest work I ever had to do was under a non-dental coach.

Was it worth it?

Absolutely.

Did I consider that this was what was going to happen?

Not in my wildest dreams.

Did I recommend this coach?

Yes I did, and still do.

Sometimes you need more than one coach…

What’s the answer?

Just because you have a dental degree doesn’t mean you’ve been trained in business.

That’s why 95% of dentists cannot afford to retire at age 65.

Look for someone who you know can get you results.

At present I have two coaches of my own.

The journey of life is one of constant education.

On the USPGA tour, every golfer has a coach. Some have many.

It’s the same on the tennis circuit.

Multiple coaches.

Don’t be Robinson Crusoe and try and do it all on your own.

It’s said that a lawyer who acts for himself in court has a fool for a client…

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Make sure you subscribe to my monthly Dental Water Cooler Podcast Series…. “The Ultimate Patient Experience”

Click on this link for all details

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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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