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3 Ways to Make Your Marketing More Impactful for Your Dental Practice

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As the world opens back up after the Covid-19 pandemic, the dental industry is entering unprecedented times. We’re planning a successful reopening for our dental practices. We’re crafting our marketing message to be more applicable to a post-coronavirus world. And we’re navigating new PPE requirements and putting other policies in place to protect our patients and team members.

All these additional requirements and sensitivities make it even more important to be efficient and effective with our marketing strategies. We need to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of all of our marketing efforts. Here are three ways to get better marketing results without having to spend more time and money on your marketing.

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1. Involve your patients in your marketing.

Some of the best dental marketing campaigns are the ones that get your patients involved in spreading the word about your practice. At my practice, we like doing coloring contests, clothing drives, and thirty-day floss challenges with our patients.

Patient involved initiatives like these offer great ways to spread the word about your practice while building deeper relationships with current patients. 

To involve your patients in your marketing start by choosing a campaign that involves your patients. We’ll use a coloring contest as an example. You can give away free dental care or even gift cards to local shops for winners. Then, hang flyers around your practice so everyone who comes in can see what you are doing. Have your team members encourage patients to submit an entry to the coloring contest, too. In addition, send out emails to your patients about the contest to get patients who are not scheduled to come in involved.

As you get entries, share pictures of the entries on your Facebook page so all of your Facebook fans can see the camaraderie you have with your patients. And involve your team or Facebook fans in choosing a winner. You could even put all the entries on your Facebook page and hold a public contest where the pictures with the most likes and shares wins. That will make it so your patients share posts with their friends and family members and encourage them to interact with your Facebook content.

When we involve patients in our marketing, we create tremendous goodwill and excitement about our practice. People see our practices differently. And they spread the word to their family and friends.  And all that leads to spreading the word about your practice.

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2. Get your community to market our practice for you.

It’s a lot easier than you think to get your community excited about what you’re doing in your practice. If you’re doing something like a Project Smile makeover competition or treating kids for free one Saturday, your community will likely be very excited to help you spread the word. And the fastest and easiest way to do that is to do a Facebook Live letting people know what you’re doing.

When done correctly, you can have thousands of people in your community seeing and sharing your message. Just start a Facebook live, introduce yourself, let people know what your practice is known for, and tell them what you’re up to. Then ask them to take part and spread the word. Your energy and authenticity will go a long way to ensuring they share your message with their friends and family 

After you record your Facebook Live, share the link with your patients by email and ask them to get involved, too. As they watch and share your content, your reach will continue to grow.

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3. Think through what great experiences you’re providing for patients in your practice.

If you’re giving patients amazing experiences your marketing can get even easier. For example, in my practice, one of our primary goals is to ensure patients leave feeling pampered. When they arrive, we give them a tour of our practice. We show them our core values. We let them know what we’re known for. We show them new technology, safety measures, and more. We also give them warm peppermint-scented towels to wash their faces and give them gourmet coffees and teas. 

Of course, we also provide top-quality dental care on top of all the benefits and amenities After all that, our patients frequently tell us how much they look forward to coming to the dentist. Imagine that! 

At the end of each appointment, we ask patients, “How was your experience today?” When they let us know it was amazing, we ask, “Would you be willing to do a quick video to share that experience? There are so many people who are afraid of going to the dentist, it just might change someone’s life.”

You might be surprised by how many people say yes. When they record a video, we can then share it on social media and to our patients by email. 

By giving amazing experiences everyone wins. Our practice becomes more enjoyable for us and our patients. And we get patients regularly recording videos encouraging people to come to our practice. While us telling people why our practice is so special is helpful, patients telling them is even more helpful

Are you struggling to market your practice?

If you’re struggling to market your practice, patient participation, community involvement, and experience enhancement might be what you need to start marketing like a boss.

If you don't want to go at it alone, we are helping hundreds of practices during this time in our Platinum Mastermind Gold Program, and are offering special value for you and your teams!

Post-Covid-19: How to Get Cash Flow Back as Fast as Possible

If there’s one thing that’s sure in a post-covid-19 world, it’s that the future of dental practice cash flow will be different. That doesn’t mean it has to be worse, just different.

So how do we position ourselves to ensure the future of our practices will be strong? One way is to be very intentional about how we open back up. We must take social distancing and PPE requirements into account when we open up.

If we plan our opening to minimize the impact of social distancing and PPE requirements on our patients and our practices, everyone benefits. Patients benefits by ensuring they get the best care as safely as possible. Our practice benefits by opening up with stronger cash flow to support our team members and operations. And we benefit by being in more control of the future of our practice.

Here are three ways to get cash flow back in your practice as fast as possible while continuing to provide incredible care for your patients.

1. Use block scheduling to maximize production.

 

 

Post-Covid-19: How to Get Cash Flow Back as Fast as Possible

 

When we operate at full capacity, it is easier for the patient and the practice to break treatment plans across multiple appointments. With limited capacity, this could cause issues to go untreated for months. It was also easier to mix less urgent care with more urgent care with so many available appointments.

With lower capacity and additional time required between patients, we will have fewer available appointments for patients. Thus, we must look through our patient population and prioritize.

That might mean prioritizing patients who need scaling and planing. These patients have infections or inflammation and have already delayed treatment. They need to be a high priority. It might also mean prioritizing perio patients. In my practice, we are also focusing on patients with more extensive treatment plans, such as crown and bridge patients.

In addition to prioritizing, we want to have conversations with patients about doing more care in one appointment because of our limited capacity. If they need to spread out the care to spread out the costs, we should be prepared to help them spread out the costs through financing even if they do all the care in one appointment.

Having your patients come in and do more per visit is going to allow them to be able to get their treatment done without gaps in time. And it’s also going to allow you to be able to have fewer patients in the practice. That will also increase cash flow because you’re going to be doing higher production and higher profitability types of procedures.

2. Minimize patients per day.

 

Post-Covid-19: How to Get Cash Flow Back as Fast as Possible

 

I’ve long been a proponent of block scheduling for your dental practice. It helps us maximize productivity by prioritizing high-value procedures. But with new PPE requirements, block scheduling also saves us money.

The more patients we see, the more PPE we need to buy. And with it being hard to get and more expensive than ever, those costs add up. Some practices are passing through the charges. We chose not to in my practice. Instead, we are minimizing the number of patients we serve as well as the number of appointments for each patient so we can minimize our PPE use.

We’re talking with our patients about how they can help us care for more people and minimize the PPE we need to serve people by maximizing their procedures per visit. With financing options available if they need to spread out costs, they understand. We’ve built amazing relationships with our patients over the years.

So we are asking our patients to help us minimize PPE use. We’ve gone from seeing twelve patients per day to six. That alone can cut your PPE expense down quite a bit. And your patients can get the care they need without having to take multiple days off of work.

Many doctors are uncomfortable having conversations about what’s going on in our practices with patients. But if you have always been there for your patients to take care of them, they’ll understand and support you.

But you can’t minimize your need for PPE without block scheduling for productivity and minimizing the both the patients per day you see and visits per patient for each patient to complete their treatment plans.

3. Set specific goals for your practice.

 

Post-Covid-19: How to Get Cash Flow Back as Fast as Possible

 

There’s an old saying in business: “What gets measured gets done.” If you open your doors without specific goals, you will never maximize cash flow and production, even with more efficient scheduling.

Setting goals and actually monitoring and tracking them gets you results as fast as possible. Some of you have been through our past marketing and practice growth challenges, where we help you implement a whiteboard system and set goals for your dental practice and get your team on board. Others are just getting started.

No matter what your history is with setting goals, setting new goals for your practice can help you get all of your team members focused on the same outcomes. Once you set your production goals, bring your team together each morning, and take a look at your progress.

If you’re falling behind on some goals, ask team members what can be done to get back on track. What can the scheduling coordinator do? What can your doctors do? Do you need to jump onto Facebook and do a Facebook Live discussing a procedure you want to promote? Do you need to bump up your marketing?

Setting goals and monitoring production is the best way to get your entire team focused. With a focused team comes production. And with production comes cash flow.

What are you doing to maximize cash flow as you reopen from the Covid-19 pandemic?

Are you block scheduling, minimizing PPE needed, and getting all of your team members working together to achieve common goals? If not, now is the time to get started.

If you don’t want to go at it alone, we are helping hundreds of practices during this time in our Platinum Mastermind Gold Program, and are offering special value for you and your teams!

 

 

 

How To Find Gaps and Growth Opportunities in Real-Time

When running a dental practice, simpler is usually better. It’s true with systems and processes. It’s true with messaging. And it’s true with growth.

And these days, with so much going on, the simpler the better. We have more than ever on our plates. So, simple strategies to improve our practices are even more valuable.

There are few simpler growth strategies for your practice than to use a budget and profit sheet organized by procedure. If you don’t track revenue by procedure in one place, now’s a great time to start. Without it, you’re missing out on a lot of opportunities to learn what’s working best and what might be falling through the cracks, all in one place.

Once you have that set up, all you need to do is follow a few simple steps to identify gaps and growth opportunities for your practice.

Identify top performances.

 

 

Take a look at the past twelve months and identify your most productive months. Start with your best overall month. What procedures contributed to that? What procedures stuck out as low? You might be surprised at the answer to both of those questions. Many practice leaders are.

Did any procedures spike in on or two months? When you identify outlier performances for procedures, think back to those months and see if you can identify what was going on with those procedures that month.

When I did this in my practice, I noticed my best months had spikes in sealants, perio, and even dentures. That’s important because many practice leaders don’t think of dentures as a top contributor. We think high revenue will come from crown and bridge or clear aligners. But we did more than $10,000 in denture production during our best month.

Set goals and take action based on what you learn.

There’s a saying in business that people “vote with their wallets.” In other words, while it’s helpful to listen to what patients say, it’s even more helpful to watch what they do.

So, if you see production it tells you your patient pool is interested in those procedures. Take that information and use it to grow your practice and serve your patients better. 

First, set big goals for those procedures. Several years ago, I hired a coach who challenged me to set bigger goals. It started with me setting goals. I was so proud of my goals. She was happy with them, too. But then she told me to double them. I was thinking too small, she explained. If you think too small, you act too small.

So I’d encourage you to set goals for those procedures that start at your best performing months. Set out to make your best month over the past year your lowest month over the next year. When you think bigger, it forces you to take bigger actions.

Once your goals are in place, identify the actions you need to take to make them happen. Identify patients who need those procedures. Get them scheduled. Talk with them about those procedures. 

Turn on some marketing relating to those procedures. Do Facebook Lives about the procedures. Email existing patients about the procedures. 

Talk with your team members about your goals, so they can be on the lookout for patients who might need those procedures. 

Update your sheet weekly and review results at least monthly.

Once you set goals and devise a plan to achieve your goal, have a team member take five minutes per week to input real-time results. It takes just a few minutes for a member of the team to take the production by procedure code report and input the numbers for each service once a week. Update your numbers each week so you have the most up-to-date numbers and can adjust as needed.

At the end of each month, review the results from the past month and adjust goals for the following month as needed. As you hit your goals, you might need to set even bigger goals for the following months.

Are you looking for gaps and identifying opportunities?

If you don’t maintain a sheet of revenue by procedure, you’re missing a big opportunity to find gaps and discover hidden growth opportunities. These simple steps can help you turn that simple information to high growth for your practice in any environment.

If you don't want to go at it alone, we are helping hundreds of practices during this time in our Platinum Mastermind Gold Program, and are offering special value for you and your teams!

 

 

 

How to Craft Effective Marketing Content During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the pandemic, there’s no denying times are different. We're all making big adjustments to be careful about Coronavirus—especially business professionals like dental practice owners. As we begin to reopen, we need to take control of our marketing efforts to make sure we get the right return on our investment over the long-term.

That means truly understanding our audience and then taking three simple steps to ensure your marketing fulfills your intended purpose. That's always the case. But it's even more important when marketing through turbulent times. Earlier, we talked about some of the mechanics of impactful marketing during a pandemic.

Today, we're going to talk about how to craft effective marketing content during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you'll see, it's as easy as three simple steps.

1. Take time to understand what your marketing campaign's ideal audience wants and needs.

 

How to Craft Effective Marketing Content During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Often, the dental services we promote vary. That means our audiences and messaging needs to vary as well. Now is no different. Take a moment to understand exactly who you want to reach with your marketing. Are you looking to reach emergency dental patients? Are you looking to reach current patients? Are you going to be talking to others in your community?

Once you know your audience, craft content that matches what they want to know. For the community, you might want to show your social responsibility as a dental practice and business. If you want to talk to current patients, you might want to craft content about safety and cleanliness. If you want to reach emergency patients, you might want to discuss virtual consultations, safety procedures, and readiness to serve.

 

2. Create content that directly addresses the ideal audience member's needs and desires.

 

How to Craft Effective Marketing Content During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Once you understand what your audience wants, create content that directly addresses it. For example, if you're creating an ad for emergency patients, you will get better results with a video describing safety measures than an image showing you wearing a mask. That's because the picture only implies you have safety measures in place. Your video will directly address all the safety measures you have in place.

This is another rule of thumb that matters regardless of the pandemic. When you’re creating any content for a marketing effort, make sure the content directly addresses what your audience wants and needs from a practice like yours.

3. Include a simple call to action.

 

How to Craft Effective Marketing Content During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Once you create the right content for the right people, add a simple call to action at the end to let your audience members know exactly what to do next. Is the next step to schedule a virtual consult? Tell them and include a link to schedule. Do you want them to call your office to make an appointment? Say so and include your phone number.

Make it as easy as possible for your audience members to take the ideal next step based on your marketing campaign and you will get much better results from your marketing.

Are you crafting impactful marketing content for your dental practice?

If you've struggled to achieve a high return on investment on your marketing, these three steps will help.

If you don't want to go at it alone, we are helping hundreds of practices during this time in our Platinum Mastermind Gold Program, and are offering special value for you and your teams! If you have been wanting to dive into Facebook Marketing though our Facebook Bootcamp Program, now is also a great time to start preparing for when you reopen!

 

Three Keys to a Strong Dental Practice Reopening

Dental practices around the world are navigating unprecedented times. Some practices have been forced to close completely. Others are open only for emergency care.

Now, practices are beginning to reopen. But reopening doesn’t mean going back to the way things were before. We have new knowledge. We have new concerns. And we have new challenges and opportunities.

If we navigate those well, we can come back stronger than ever. Here are three keys to coming back strong.

Invest in the physical safety measures for your team and patients.

 

Three Keys to a Strong Dental Practice Reopening

 

Physical health and safety is the top concern of patients and team members, and reasonably so. As practice owners, we must address the physical health and safety of everyone who comes in contact with our practices as we reopen.

Our options are limitless, too. We can make physical adjustments to our practice to promote physical distancing, such as plexiglass barriers at the front desk. We can change policies and procedures. For example, you could only allow patients in our office and doing all intake and paperwork in the operatories. You could also check the temperatures of all team members and patients. Finally, we can invest in additional safety protocols.

In my practice, I invested in three USA NanoCoat air purification systems, which utilize NASA-developed photocatalytic oxidation technology to actively purify the air and sanitize surfaces throughout indoor environments. They also destroy viruses and bacteria both in the air and on surfaces by more than 99.6%. If you’re interested in investing in the same air purification systems, use the code WOW10 to get a 10% discount. I recently interviewed their executive director, Jason Field about how their systems work in the free Delivering WOW Facebook community if you want to learn more.

Together, these adjustments help us create a safe environment for everyone who comes into contact with my practice.

Maintain consistent communication with your team members and patients.

 

Three Keys to a Strong Dental Practice Reopening

 

While we know what we’re doing to ensure our practice is a safe place, our patients and team members might not know everything we’re doing, and why.

This is important because other doctors, team members, and patients are rightfully concerned about their physical safety these days. Thus, not only is it important for us to invest in safety measures, we should also communicate what we are doing to our team members and patients.

Use every channel you have to communicate with them. Do a Facebook Live walking through the safety measures. Then, boost your video to patients and your community to spread the word.

Put a new page on your website that shares everything you’re doing to keep your practice safe. Send your patients an email or text message directing them to that page.

And make sure your team members know what you’re doing, too, so they feel safe and comfortable coming to work.

Don’t let it be a one-and-done communication, either. Communicate regularly about what you’re doing so everyone knows you take their safety seriously.

Be a leader in your community.

 

Three Keys to a Strong Dental Practice Reopening

 

I’m consistently asking myself how I can be a better leader in my community, not just in my practice. I challenge my Delivering WOW Platinum Mastermind members to do the same, too.

So, how do we be leaders in the community? We start by creating a safe environment and staying in communication with our patients and team members. In addition, we do things such as investing in the best and latest technology and top systems and processes to keep everyone safe. We research PPE. We research air quality. And we research tools and technologies to help create safe spaces.

We then share that information readily in the community. We connect with other business owners in the community and share what we found out and are doing for our businesses. This helps them make better decisions for their businesses, too.

Are you preparing for a strong dental practice reopening?

As you prepare to reopen your practice, invest in safety, communicate with your team and patients, and continue your role as a leader in your community. That will help you come back strong as you reopen your dental practice.

If you want to learn more about the purification systems I got for my practice, visit USA NanoCoat’s website and check them out. Be sure to use the code WOW10 at checkout to save 10%.

And, if you want more help improving your business, join me and thousands of other practice leaders in my free Delivering WOW Facebook community!

 

 

3 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue for Your Practice

With all that's going on with the pandemic, many practices have been forced to close or stay open only for emergency care. Times are tough. There's no doubt about that. But we will recover. As we do, there's plenty of work we can do behind-the-scenes to prepare our practices for the future.

That means putting the right preparations in place to make your practice stronger than ever once things start coming back. Your practice can grow again. And it will grow again if you build growth into your recovery plan. One of the best ways to build growth into the day-to-day operations of your practice is to offer services that generate repeat visits and recurring revenue. Here are three ways you can promote recurring revenue in your practice.

Offer and regularly promote teeth whitening.

 

3 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue for Your Practice

 

People aren’t always coming to our dental practice to receive treatment. They're not always coming in to improve their dental health. Often, they’re coming to make their smile shine brighter. And while many practices offer teeth whitening, many still do not. Of those that do, many leave a lot of opportunity on the table by not promoting it consistently. If you fall into either one of those categories, now might be the time to start offering or promoting your teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening is easy to do.  It's nice and quick and can create a great source of recurring revenue for your practice. It might be a low-ticket offer, but it can bring in a high volume of patients. And it can add additional revenue opportunities from existing patients who might have no idea how easy it can be to leave your office with a bright white smile.

Teeth whitening services can be very helpful in growing many parts of your practice, too. You could offer a deal for a first-whitening. Or you could offer it as a free add-on service for high-value procedures.

But teeth whitening is also just a great add-on service you and your team can offer all patients who come through the door. They will leave feeling better about themselves while you enjoy being able to grow your practice and earn recurring revenue from future whitening sessions.

Conduct oral cancer screenings.

 

3 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue for Your Practice

 

Preventative care in dentistry takes many forms. Hygienists can find periodontal disease before it progresses. They can offer treatment methods to preserve a patient's gum health and subsequently preserve their heart health. Dentists can extract teeth in order to avoid crowding as well as the pain and dental issues that will result from the crowding. 

All of those things can lead to health problems down the line, which helps patients in many ways. But we can also help patients while growing our practices and adding recurring revenue to our practices by conducting regular oral cancer screenings. 

Offering oral cancer screenings won’t only help save lives, but it’ll help you create recurring revenue for your practice. Patients often readily agree to screenings and both you and your patients sleep easier knowing you're helping them catch issues early.

Create a dental membership program.

 

3 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue for Your Practice

 

Offering membership plans for your dental practice is a great way to better serve your patients while simultaneously generate recurring revenue for your practice.

Dental membership programs give patients an alternative to insurance, which often gets in the way of dental care instead of helping patients get better dental care. Frequently, the complications of dental insurance causes many patients to pay more out-of-pocket than they should. Many times, patients choose to forego treatment they need for financial reasons.

With dental membership programs, you can offer patients more choice and freedom with their care while simultaneously generating regular monthly income for your practice. This will be especially important for patients who lose their insurance and need an alternative way to get the care they need.

What options have you implemented in your practice to unlock recurring revenue?

There are many ways to strengthen a dental practice. You can invest in leading your dental team well. You can invest in Facebook marketing for your dental practice. And you can build dental marketing funnels. The list goes on. But some of my favorite ways to strengthen a dental practice are the ones that simultaneously help patients improve their health while generating recurring revenue from your practice. These three strategies can help you do both of those things in your practice. What are you doing to unlock recurring revenue?

And, if you want more help improving your business, join me and thousands of other practice leaders in my free Delivering WOW Facebook community!

 

3 Ways to Work on Your Business When Times Are Slow

When times are slow, understanding what to do to work on your business can be challenging. But when you find the right opportunities, you can create momentum to help you come back stronger than ever.

Three of the most important parts of our businesses we can strengthen during slow times are our practice vision, branding, and systems. Together, they define where we are going, the relationships we build to get us there, and the methods we will use to achieve our vision. Here’s how to improve each of those areas when times are tough.

1. Refine your vision.

 

3 Ways to Work on Your Business When Times Are Slow

 

If you don’t have a practice vision, it’s tough to make strategic decisions. That’s why it’s so important to have a practice vision. It guides you in making decisions that lead you closer to your vision. Slow times are prime opportunities to revisit and refine your vision.

Refining your vision can be as simple as asking yourself questions about where you want to go in your business or personal life. How many days do you want to work every week? What roles do you see as being most important in your practice? What do you want to be able to delegate to others? Would you rather focus on the business side of things and be a practice owner or would you like to have somebody else manage the business side of things so you can just do dentistry? What type of practice culture do you want? What do you want patients to feel when they walk in the door?

Write down your answers to these questions and start thinking about any changes you need to make to build a practice consistent with your vision.

2. Work on your branding.

 

3 Ways to Work on Your Business When Times Are Slow

 

What do you want patients and people in your community to say about your practice when you are not around? It doesn’t matter how nice your website is or how pretty your logo is, your brand is determined by your reputation among your patients and the community. If they think your practice is high quality and spa-like, that’s the brand you have. If they think your practice is behind the times, that’s the brand you have.

Take a look at how your practice is presenting itself to your patients and the community. What do you think those messages are causing people to say about your practice? Does it match what you want them to be saying? If so, great! Lean into that and think of ways to do even more when things pick up. If not, what do you need to change?

3. Improve your systems.

 

3 Ways to Work on Your Business When Times Are Slow

 

Your operations are a sum of the systems you have in place. Do your systems make your business run like a high-quality engine? Do your patients get a consistently WOW experience at your practice? Are your team members consistently performing? If consistency is a problem in your practice, better systems are your solutions.

For example, you can use this time to train your front desk team members to answer the phone masterfully. Make sure your team is on the same page so things stay organized even when things get crazy by having morning huddles every day. Systems can improve every area of our practices.

What are you doing to work on your business right now?

While the pandemic might make things feel hectic right now, this slow time offers a great opportunity to work on our businesses even if we can’t work in them in the moment. Eventually, this time will pass and we’ll all be back in the swing of things. Taking time to work behind the scenes will make our practices stronger than ever once everything turns around.

If you want more help improving your business, joining me and thousands of other practice leaders in my free Delivering WOW Facebook community!

 

How to Promote Safety When Reopening a Dental Office Post COVID-19

Reopening a dental practice post COVID-19 is a welcome event. But while opening the doors is a welcome event, it's not as simple as opening the doors and getting back to normal.

We have new guidance to follow. We have new demands from our government, team members, and even patients. Expectations of our practices have never been greater. Our patients need to be confident that they are safe in our offices. Our team members need to as well. Thus, we must take very deliberate steps to ensure our practices are a safe, welcoming place for everyone.

We've been monitoring the best and latest information for you to help you successfully reopen your practice. Here are key steps to minimize health risks when reopening your practice post COVID-19.

Prepare Your Dental Practice for New Oversight and Regulations

 

How to Promote Safety When Reopening a Dental Office Post COVID-19

 

Regulations and oversights used to move slowly. COVID-19 changed that. In a matter of days, we were told to cancel elective dental procedures. That forced many dental practices to close completely. Others were open only for emergency visits.

As we reopen, consider whether you want to perform emergency procedures or even virtual consultations should COVID-19 flare up again. Put a plan in place should regulations return over the summer months or even next fall or winter. Will you perform emergency procedures? Will you conduct virtual consults? If so, how? Who will handle those? Will you promote that your office is open for emergencies and virtual consultations? If so, have your messaging in place so you can get started quickly.

Similarly, connect with communities of practices, like the Delivering WOW Dental Hangout Facebook group. There, you can connect with other practices navigating the post-COVID-19 world. You can share resources and information to maintain flexibility and be in a better position to navigate any future disruptions.

Establish Additional Safety Procedures for Post-COVID-19 Heath Risks

Review the ADA Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission. In there, you will find guidance for minimizing risks before dental care starts, during dental care, and after dental care is provided.

For example, before dental care begins, the ADA recommends you address the following three issues.

1. Dentist and Dental Team Preparation

We must have procedures in place to ensure the safety of the staff. This includes ensuring all dental health care personnel have received their seasonal flu vaccine. Any team members experiencing influenza-like-illnesses should know to not report to work. Those who are of older age, have pre-existing, medically compromised conditions, or other high-risk qualities should take extra precautions.

Practices must also ensure team members self-monitor, check their temperatures, and remain alert to symptoms of COVID-19.

Other preparation suggestions include:

  1. Being diligent in ordering personal protective equipment. These items may be in short supply from time to time.
  2. Removing magazines, reading materials, toys, and other objects that may be touched by others and which are not easily disinfected.
  3. Printing and placing signage in the dental office for instructing patients on standard recommendations for respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette and social distancing.
  4. Scheduling appointments apart enough to minimize contact among patients.
  5. Preventing patients from bringing unnecessary companions to their appointments.

Together these preparations will minimize the spread of COVID-19 for everyone in the office. Communicate these procedures to all staff and patients so they can comply. They will also be comforted that you are taking these precautions.

2. Screening for COVID-19 Status and Triaging for Dental Treatment

While minimizing the spread is important, the ADA also recommends putting in place screening and Triaging procedures.

Specifically, the safest way to reopen is a phased approach, focusing only on emergency or urgent care.

While doing so, the ADA suggests making every effort to interview patients by telephone, text, or video before their visits. Utilize these COVID-19 interview and assessment guidelines from the CDC when interviewing patients. Review the ADA interim guidelines for how to handle patients with various symptoms. The ADA recommends that only asymptomatic patients, patients who have tested negative for COVID-19 infection, or recovered patients (after 3 days since the resolution of signs and symptoms) be seen in dental settings.

3. Take precautions upon patient arrival.

When a patient arrives, permit them to wait in their personal vehicle. Communicate this policy before the appointment.

Ensure team members keep adequate supplies to reduce the spread of germs, such as appropriate hand rum, tissues, and no-touch trash receptacles.

Take precautions during dental care.

 

How to Promote Safety When Reopening a Dental Office Post COVID-19

 

The ADA recommends taking extra precautions during dental care, as well, including the following.

1. Adhere to both Standard and Transmission-based Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Standard precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices. This includes:

  1. hand hygiene
  2. use of PPE
  3. respiratory hygiene/etiquette
  4. sharps safety
  5. safe injection practices
  6. sterile instruments and devices, and
  7. clean and disinfected environmental surfaces.

In addition, implement transmission-based precautions, such as:

  1. patient placement (e.g., isolation)
  2. adequate room ventilation
  3. respiratory protection (e.g., N-95 masks) for team members, or
  4. postponement of nonemergency dental procedures.

The ADA also recommends replacing PPE frequently, with surgical masks being replaced between each patient. Wear face shields to protect yourself, especially during procedures likely to generate splashing or spattering of blood or other body fluids.

2. Adjust clinical techniques.

Ensure all team members review the ADA's guidance for clinical techniques that minimize risk of infection. These include guidance about handpieces, equipment, disinfectants, and taking other important precautions during treatment.

3. Address suspected unintentional exposure quickly and schedule appointments to minimize risk.

Follow CDC recommendations in the event of suspected unintentional exposure. This includes having instructions on hand regarding when and where to go for testing. Include information about how to justify the need for testing and how to contact the dental practice to report results. If a test is positive, the office needs to report the exposure to all team members or patients at risk.

Additionally, schedule appointments to minimize risk. For example, the ADA suggests aerosol-generating procedures should as the last appointment of the day.

Put post-dental care procedures in place to increase safety.

Put policies in place to ensure safety post-dental care. This includes both practice procedures in between patients as well as adjusting post-operative instructions for patients.

1. Enhance safety procedures in between patients.

While practices regularly engage in cleaning between patients, take extra care to reduce transmission risk. This includes cleaning or replacing PPE and disinfecting non-dedicated and non-disposable equipment.

2. Update post-operative instructions to patients.

Review the latest guidelines regarding appropriate post-operative treatment. For example, there is controversy regarding whether ibuprofen is appropriate to take in light of data suggesting it might harm patients with COVID-19. Thus, you might consider recommending other medications to manage pain in case a patient has COVID-19 but is asymptomatic.

Teach team members to protect themselves and their families after work.

 

How to Promote Safety When Reopening a Dental Office Post COVID-19

 

The ADA suggests team members should change from scrubs to personal clothing before returning home. Upon arriving home, they should take off shoes, remove and wash clothing, separately from other household residents, and immediately shower.

These activities will help reduce the risk that a team member brings COVID-19 to their families.

How are you preparing to reopen your dental practice post-COVID-19?

While reopening your dental practice post-COVID-19 is exciting, it must be done with safety in mind. Not only will that protect you, your team members, and your patients but it will also help you make everyone feel safer in your office.

How are you preparing your practice to be reopened? Let us know in the comments or in like the Delivering WOW Dental Hangout Facebook group.

 

 

2 Daily Team Member Challenges and How to Solve Them Now

Running a dental practice is a team effort but, as dentists, sometimes it feels like we’re doing all the work. The reality is, that’s not the case. In fact, your practice wouldn’t be as amazing as it is without your team members contributing greatly. Your practice might not feel amazing right now. But with a few simple shifts, you can experience incredible growth and fulfillment. 

While these challenges are important to overcome in any environment, now is an even better time to help get them done. The covid-19 crisis, and the resulting pause to our practices, gives us an unprecedented opportunity. During this pause, work on putting simple strategies in place to come back stronger and with an even more productive and motivated team.

Here are two daily challenges many practice owners express and how to solve them.

“My team member isn’t getting done what I want them to get done on a daily basis.”

 

2 Daily Team Member Challenges and How to Solve Them Now

 

With this one, sometimes the cure is a dose of hard truth. When this feeling comes up, are you sure the issue is with the team member? To find out, ask yourself, “What did I not do to make this person as good as they could possibly be in their position?”

Oftentimes, frustrations cause us to only focus on a team member's mistakes. That causes us to think about taking measures to replace them. When that happens we need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and remember the value of that team member. They’ve surely done a lot of amazing things for your practice. If not, it's possible they need to be transitioned out to protect the rest of your team. But many team members just need better direction and management from us.

A great way to point your team member in a better direction, and ensure they get done what you want them to get done, is to create a task list. Reprioritize their responsibilities. When you do this, you might even realize that your current expectations are unrealistic. You might be asking them to do too many things. You might be asking them to do low-value tasks that cause high-value tasks to go undone. Or, you might ask them to do things that are too difficult for them to do.

Create a realistic, prioritized task list that has your team member focusing first on what you want them to get done every day. That way, they’ll get the high-value items complete first. They’ll also be much happier and motivated. They aren’t being given a daily list of duties that leaves them feeling unproductive and overwhelmed.

“My team members aren’t implementing my processes.”

 

2 Daily Team Member Challenges and How to Solve Them Now

 

When you strive to deliver a WOW experience to patients, you’re going to do unconventional things. You'll hand patients warm towels when they come in or offer them gourmet coffee. You might spend a whole lot of money to get all these processes put in place. And then you might get annoyed when you realize your team members aren’t giving the patients what you want them to give them.

If your team members aren’t implementing your processes, educate them as to why they need to put those processes in place. To use the example of handing out warm towels, explain that patients come back to your practice for the experience rather than the dentistry. Talk about how this motivates people to get dental care they need and improve their health. Your team will be more motivated knowing handing out towels helps people avoid big health issues in the future. All of your processes can be tied to a motivating positive outcome. Your team members will begin to see the importance of them. 

Motivate them further by telling them that increased productivity will result in an increased bottom line, which will result in them getting bigger bonuses. Dangling the carrot of a big bonus is an incentive many dentists use when trying to get the best work from their team.

What issues are you having that we can help you with?

 

2 Daily Team Member Challenges and How to Solve Them Now

 

Are your team members regularly completing their tasks or following procedures? If not, ask yourself whether a shift in the way you lead them is the answer. And try these tweaks to the way you lead them. They might be just what you need to take your practice to new heights.

If you want more help with building a WOW practice, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

 

Why Every Practice Should Participate in Charitable Initiatives 

Why Every Practice Should Participate in Charitable Initiatives

Most dental professionals went into the business of dentistry to improve the lives of people who require dental care. So, naturally, we care about helping those in need. But we can use that same desire to make an impact on individuals, our communities, and the world.

These days, charitable initiatives can make more of an impact than ever. Coronavirus is putting everyone through so much stress, and some people could really use help—and hope—right now. It's not hard to get involved in something that will make a positive impact. You could do something as straightforward as sponsoring virtual events. Or even attending virtual events yourself—like hosting a contest to give dentistry to those who need it but struggle to afford it when it's safe to do so. You could even do things outside of dentistry, such as shopping for vulnerable people until it's safer to shop for themselves.

Many of the best and most successful practices regularly participate in charitable initiatives and other ways of giving back. Not only are these great for the world but they are also good for business. Here are just two of the benefits many practices see when they invest in doing good for the world.

Attract and Retain Ideal Team Members

 

 Why Every Practice Should Participate in Charitable Initiatives

 

Those who are passionate about what they do, and aren’t just going through the motions, are the team members you want to attract and retain. But it’s hard for some team members to be passionate about what they do when they don’t feel like they’re a part of something bigger.

An ideal team member is filled with ambition from head to toe. But this ambition often makes them want to make a bigger impact than what’s happening within the walls of a dental practice. So, offer charitable initiatives that can help team members make that impact. If you do, your ideal team members will hear about it and will be applying for a job at your practice in no time.

It’s appealing to potential team members when they are looking at your job listing. It’s also motivating for them once they start working at your practice. They can wake up every day with a smile on their face. They can get out of bed knowing they’re changing the lives of patients more than most dental professionals. They're not just helping them get the dental care they need, but they're working for a practice that's going above and beyond to give to the greater good. That’s sure to keep them around.

Getting everyone to have a smile on their face because they’re changing the world could make your team go from good to great. Some average team members might evolve into amazing team members from that extra motivation and morale. They'll work harder because they have a renewed passion for what they’re doing. Nothing makes a job more special to your team members when they know they’re there for a cause, not just a paycheck.

Attract and Retain Ideal Patients

 

Why Every Practice Should Participate in Charitable Initiatives

 

Corporate practices typically offer cheaper services. But one of the biggest reasons patients choose your practice even if it's more expensive is that they align with your purpose and have a much better experience. When you have a brand that is known for giving, people are more willing to use your practice. And if they're deciding between two independent practices, the one that gives them the best experience and gives back to the world has a big advantage.

You can also attract patients through the specific initiatives you support. You can meet patients at events. People can see your practice listed as a sponsor. And current patients will be able to talk about your practice to their friends, family, and colleagues in a way other practices' patients cannot. 

Moreover, patients who appreciate your charitable side are likely to be even more loyal because of the bond you form through your charitable efforts. They will know their dental visit is about more than just teeth; they’re joining a movement with you.

In today’s society, people are begging for meaning—they’re begging to be a part of something that matters. By having charitable initiatives in place, you enable your patients to be a part of something that matters just by getting treatment from you. That’s a connection that will make them raving fans of your practice and they’ll come back time and time again.

What charitable initiatives could you invest in?

 

Why Every Practice Should Participate in Charitable Initiatives

 

Find something you’re passionate about and see what charitable initiatives you can get involved in. By doing so, you will create a tremendous win for everyone impacted by your generosity while improving your practice for your patients, team members, and you.

If you want help with growing your dental practice, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

How to Set Your Hygienist up to Reach Peak Productivity

How-to-Set-Your-Hygienist-up-to-Reach-Peak-Productivity

You can’t run a practice alone. That’s why you need to find the best team members you can get to support your vision and help you build the practice of your dreams. Every team member plays an important role.

If your front office member isn’t delivering WOW customer service, you won’t get as many appointments scheduled. If your dental assistant isn’t going above and beyond to give patients a WOW experience, they won’t become raving patients. When any team member falls short, your practice won’t be as amazing as it can be.

One team member that directly impacts the growth of your practice is your hygienist. Hygiene is one of the most important factors in the profitability of your practice—30% of your revenue will come from hygiene. That’s why you need to do these things to set your hygienist up to reach peak productivity.

Make sure the hygiene schedule is productive.

 

How to Set Your Hygienist up to Reach Peak Productivity

 

Oftentimes, your scheduler will block out a whole hour for your hygienist to treat a patient. And, oftentimes, your hygienist will finish treating them before the hour is up. You don’t want there to be periods in between appointments. It's an unproductive day if they spend portions of it sitting around, bored, and twiddling their thumbs. It doesn't matter if they're only doing that for thirty minutes or ten minutes. That unoccupied time is going to add up to a lot of lost revenue.

So, make sure there are no gaps in time. Make sure your hygienist is getting as many patients in their chair as they can with the time allotted. Getting more patients in their chairs means better productivity. Better productivity means better profitability. Better productivity and better profitability mean better practice growth.

However, don’t overwork your hygienist. You don’t want them overwhelmed and laboring until they get so stressed they up and quit.

Train your hygienist to explain a patient’s needs to you before you evaluate them.

Train your hygienist to share a patient’s medical history with you and explain their needs immediately when you come in to check on them. That way, you aren’t coming in and poking around the patient’s mouth for a few minutes to determine what treatment they need. You can speed things up by having your hygienist explain the issue at hand so you can direct your time and focus toward it right away and save time.

Teach your hygienist the right communication skills. 

 

How to Set Your Hygienist up to Reach Peak Productivity

 

It can get monotonous for your hygienist to constantly do the same thing every day. But there's a way to boost the treatment experience for both your hygienist and their patient. It's all about learning the right communication skills.

Teach your hygienist to use the right words when discussing treatment. Encourage them to converse with the patient in a natural way rather than speak dentalese. Show them how to make the patient feel like a VIP. This will lead to a connection between your hygienist and patient that will spice things up. It'll make the time more enjoyable for them both. That smooth relationship will result in increased case acceptance from patients and increased engagement from your hygienist.

Allocate a bigger budget for optimal dental-hygiene instruments.

You want integrity in your dental tools if you want to provide the care your patients deserve and make your job easier. Part of that is sharpening your instruments on a regular basis and keeping good care of them so they can last longer. But you can’t use your dental instruments until they’re rusty.

Put yourself in the shoes of the patient: would you want to be treated with dull, old instruments? Now put yourself in the shoes of your hygienist. Would you want to have to use dull, old instruments to treat a patient? It’s like giving someone a butter knife to cut a steak! It’s a great way to get carpal tunnel, that’s for sure. Make it easier for your hygienist to treat patients efficiently by giving them optimal dental-hygiene instruments.

Have everyone on your team use scorecards.

Every dentist has a vision they share with their team and, if they don’t, they should develop one. But if your team members aren’t measuring anything, how do you know where you’re going? That’s why every team member, especially your hygienist, needs to be using scorecards.

 Is your hygienist helping your practice reach peak profitability?

 

How to Set Your Hygienist up to Reach Peak Productivity

 

If your hygienist isn’t doing these things, then money could be flying out your back door. You can make your practice a whole lot more productive just by making these simple adjustments.

 If you want more help with getting practice to be as productive as it can be, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

How to Lead Your Practice During Challenging Times

In dentistry, it’s not a matter of if challenges will arise. It’s a matter of when those challenges will arise and what the nature of those challenges will be. They can be practice specific, due to a local event or health problem with yourself or a key team member. Or, they can be broader, like the Covid-19 pandemic that started in late 2019.
Challenges test our practice and leadership strength. If our practices are sound, we will be better prepared to navigate the challenging times. If our leadership is strong, we will be much better positioned to support our teams and maintain a healthy practice.

But none of it is easy. And some of it is out of our control. No matter what, the way we respond to the challenge will go a long way to determining how it works out for our practice, our team members, and ourselves in the end.

Here is how you can rise to the occasion, to lead your practice with strength, even in the most challenging times.

1. Stay true to who you are.

The first steps to building a WOW practice include setting a vision for your practice and determining your practice culture and values. During challenging times, it is even more important to lean into your vision, culture, and core values. Use those as a filter through which you make decisions. If you need to make cuts to save the practice, how can you do that in a way that stays true to your culture and core values? How would you deliver the message?

Difficult decisions and conversations often must be made. Make those decisions consistent with your vision, culture, and core values but within the context of your circumstances. That will help you make better decisions and conduct any challenging conversations with the right heart.

2. Focus on relationships, not transactions.

Any crisis will make people worry about their jobs, especially one that reaches far and wide, like the Covid-19 pandemic. That does not only include your team members. It also includes your patients. Be sensitive to the reality of the world around you, and focus on building deeper relationships with the people who matter most to your practice—your team members and your patients.

With the Covid-19 pandemic temporarily closing many dental practices for non-emergencies, you have an opportunity to build deeper relationships with the people who matter most to your practice. This can take several forms, including having team members reach out to patients to check in on how they are doing without any attempt to schedule an appointment. Let them know you care about them and wanted to call and see how they were doing. They will appreciate the outreach and see you for who you really are: a caring group of neighbors.

If you can perform emergency procedures, let them know that, while you are closed for non-emergencies, you are here for them if they need urgent care. It will help put their mind at ease that while you are closing for the greater good of the community, you are not abandoning them. If you are looking for solutions for virtual consults, have a listen to this interview about how virtual consults work.

Also, let your team members know how much you appreciate them and keep them informed with the reality of the challenge. Be open and transparent about the reality and, if you need to let people go, help them apply for available benefits. You can even reach out to them to keep them updated on when the practice might be in a position to hire them back. Here is where you can learn more about Employment Considerations in Uncertain Times.

Investing in treating the most important people to your practice well—and not just focusing on patient or employment transactions—will pay dividends for years to come.

 

3. Look for opportunities.

In every challenging time, there will be opportunities. There will be opportunities to help. There will be opportunities to limit the downsides. And there even will be opportunities to thrive.

What opportunities do you see around you? Could you invest in training for your hygienists? What about your front office team? Could you invest in putting new systems or processes in place? What about putting together a social media strategy for your dental practice or building dental marketing funnels for when things pick up. Zoom is a great resource for having virtual meetings with your team to work on the business.

Can you start a Facebook group for local dental professionals navigating the challenge? You could rise to a community leader and even find high-performers to hire for your practice when things turn around. Whether it’s internally or externally focused, in any challenge, you will find opportunities to come out on the other side of the challenge stronger.

Delivering WOW is here to help train your teams during this time and is providing FREE Training for the next 4 weeks through our Delivering WOW Platinum online training portal. (Use the code FIGHTCOVID) to get started. We will also be hosting a Facebook Live 12 Day Summit on the Delivering WOW Facebook Page starting Monday, March 23rd.

 

4. Focus on the present, not the past or even the future.

When challenges arise, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut focusing on things of the past or stressing about an uncertain future. The strongest leaders, however, focus on the present. If your systems weren’t strong, put new ones in place. If your team training was lacking, start training your team. Stressing about what put your practice in the condition it is today is natural, but it won’t help you come out any stronger.

The same is true about the future. An unlimited number of variables will impact the future, and there’s no way to predict exactly what it will look like. And when you’re in the midst of a challenging time, it’s hard to see a positive future ahead. But we have gone through crises before, and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes the tunnel is longer than we expect. Sometimes it is shorter. But the tunnel will end, and the future will be better and brighter if you focus on making the best decisions in the present.

 

5. Decide who you want to become, and begin working toward making that a reality.

What type of leader do you wish you had during times of crisis? What type of leader do you think your team members need? Visualize that leader, and work toward becoming that leader.

Crises give us an opportunity to rise to the occasion and become the leader we were meant to be. It happens with every crisis. Someone rises to the occasion and shows grit, resiliency, and determination they didn’t even know they had inside them. You can be that leader, rising to the occasion to lead your team like never before.

6. Focus on what you can control.

You can’t control your circumstances, but you can control your responses. Even in good times, life is unpredictable. And in challenging times, there will be many more things that are out of your control than are in your control.

But at all times, there will be one thing you can control: your response. Your results will be determined by how you respond to the events around you.
When times get tough and the stress levels rise, ask yourself what part of your circumstances you can control. Then make the best decisions possible about what you can control, and you will make the best out of any situation.

7. Be creative and resourceful.

It can be very hard, especially for those of us who are used to a routine but, in challenging times, the most creative and resourceful leaders will come out strongest. Encourage your team members to do the same.

This could be as simple as looking for alternatives to in-demand items before you need them. Be ready to order those alternatives because those might be in short supply down the road. Resourcefulness is a skill that will come in handy for a long time.

8. Express gratitude daily.

No matter how bad things get, there will always be room for gratitude. Every day, wake up and name three things you’re grateful for, even if it’s just clean linens, hot coffee, and fresh air to breathe. When things get stressful, take a moment to repeat the exercise. Look for things to be grateful for in everything you do.
Gratitude is powerful. It puts things in perspective. It helps us focus on what matters most in life. It often makes us realize that, no matter what happens with our practices, we have what matters most in life and will be okay in the long term.

9. Stay connected with other leaders.

In times of crisis—especially world-wide ones like the Covid-19 pandemic—the collective wisdom of those around you will help get through it.
Join Facebook groups like the Delivering WOW Dental Hangout. Follow the guidance of local or national dental associations, like the ADA, which issued important guidance about performing emergency and nonemergency dental care during the coronavirus pandemic.

The other leaders will help share vital information about resources, restrictions, and decisions they’re making. They will also be shoulders to lean on to help you more confidently lead your team well.

You have what it takes to lead your team through challenging times.

If there’s one thing that’s true about dental professionals everywhere, it’s that we all have the ability to lead our teams well, even during times of crisis.
We have a strong work ethic. Otherwise, we would not have made it through our education and training. We have strong decision-making skills. Without them, we would not be able to help patients make the best decisions for their health. And we have strong interpersonal skills. Otherwise, we would not survive in such a high-touch industry like dentistry.

And in times of crisis, we have an opportunity to demonstrate the best of our abilities and lead our teams better than we ever have before. You have what it takes. If you need help, join me and thousands of other dental professionals in my FREE Facebook group, the Delivering WOW Dental Hangout. We’re here to support you.

Delivering WOW is here to help train your teams during this time and is providing FREE Training for the next 4 weeks through our Delivering WOW Platinum online training portal. (Use the code FIGHTCOVID) to get started. We will also be hosting a Facebook Live 12 Day Summit on the Delivering WOW Facebook Page starting Monday, March 23rd.

2 Ways to Get Your Team Started off on the Right Foot Every Morning

Your team needs to start off every morning the right way if you want the amazing results you deserve. If you aren’t doing morning huddles, you should; they’re one of the best ways to get your team to do their best work every day.

We can work towards our vision by sharing our objectives with our team, and this can be done easiest during the morning huddle. But even if we meet every morning, sometimes we can find that our team still isn’t doing their best work. Believe it or not, it’s usually because one of your team members is upset — and their negativity is contagious. Their sour mood has a huge impact on your patients and other team members.

Your team is your family. The key to getting them started off on the right foot every day is being there for them through thick and thin. Here are two ways you can ensure they’re feeling in good spirits every morning.

1. Focus on how your team members are feeling during the morning huddle, not the numbers.

 

2 Ways to Get Your Team Started off on the Right Foot Every Morning

 

It’s great to monitor KPI’s and make adjustments during your morning huddles. But that’s not the only thing you should be focusing on. Measuring stats should only be a small part of the meeting. Designate the majority of the huddle to check in with how your team is feeling.

If one of your team members is grouchy, it’s going to breed drama. It's going to put a dark cloud over your practice where everyone is in a bad mood. Energy vampires can ruin the mornings for everyone else.

So, in your team huddle, ask one question: “Who is not at ten today?” Encourage your team members to be honest about their current mood. If someone is feeling at three, then it’s up to the rest of the team to support them, build them up, and bring them up to a ten.

Even if everybody is at a ten, continue to support them by showing appreciation. It's demoralizing when you work your butt off at work and nobody ever shows that they appreciate you. You’ll feel like you aren’t worth anything to anyone. You won’t be enthusiastic about getting out of bed on a cold morning. It won't be exciting to make the commute into the office and interact with your team or do your job. But when your team members come in feeling like they’re a big part of the practice, they’ll be happy to get to work and they'll be more engaged.

2. Put the morning people upfront and the non-morning people in the back for the first hour of the day.

 

2 Ways to Get Your Team Started off on the Right Foot Every Morning

 

We all know someone who isn't a “morning person.” If you have a front desk team member who isn’t a morning person, get into a routine where they sit in the back for the first hour of the morning.

Have another front desk team member who is a morning person replace them for the time being. That way, the non-morning person isn't shooing patients away with an unhappy-looking face. They can remain productive in the back. Have them handle insurance or whatever other tasks they can do that doesn’t require interacting with patients.

Now, that being said, you wouldn’t put a hygienist up at the front desk. That’s not what they’re trained to do and it’d mean patients aren’t getting the treatment they need. But, if your hygienist is a non-morning person, tell your scheduler not to book the hygiene appointments in the first hour of the day. They can stay an hour later, instead, so you can still meet those productivity goals.

Is your team getting started off on the right foot every morning?

 

2 Ways to Get Your Team Started off on the Right Foot Every Morning

 

A lot of the time, you don’t know what’s going on at home that’s making one of your team members grouchy. They could be dealing with a really bad situation that’s spilling into their attitude at work. A loved one could be sick. Their newborn could be keeping them up all night. They could be going through a divorce. The possibilities are endless.

For some team members, the issue might just be that they're not a morning person. Regardless of what's going on in the lives of your team members, you need to be emotionally available. Being sensitive to the needs of your team members is the key to getting them started off on the right foot every day.

If you want more help with building a WOW practice, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

6 Ways to Build Deeper Connections With Patients

Patients don’t know how amazing you are at dentistry. When they come to your practice, what they’ll remember the most and what they’ll come back for is a WOW experience.

There are many ways to offer a WOW experience and create a WOW environment for your patients from the moment they walk in. But interacting with them is a super important part of it. That’s why you need to know how to make your patients feel special through how you interact with them.

1. Compliment them.

 

6 Ways to Build Deeper Connections With Patients

 

Kindness goes a long way. If your patient is having a bad day, and even if they’re not, you can get them to smile when they come in by just giving a simple compliment. Don’t be ingenuine about it, but if you like the color of their dress or the design on their t-shirt, let them know.

2. Ask them about their life.

Needless to say, your patients have a life too. They have families, hobbies, passions, and things that matter to them. Don’t only have small talk with them about the local sports team (unless they’re a coach, their son plays on it, or they brought it up). That doesn't mean you should pry too much and ask for details that make them uncomfortable. But they’ll feel special when they know you care about them. They'll feel complimented if you're interested in them beyond just getting them in your chair.

If you find out they just became a grandfather, ask them about their newborn grandchild the next time they come in. If they just got married, ask them about where they’re going for their honeymoon. Patients want to feel like more than a number—they want to feel like you value them as a person. They want to know that you remember them. They don't want to feel like you're just churning through appointments impersonally, trying to make money and nothing more.

3. Give them gifts.

 

6 Ways to Build Deeper Connections With Patients

 

You aren’t Santa Claus, but you can give your patients small gifts. These gifts will make them feel special and, meanwhile, market your brand. There are a million websites where you can buy things like stress balls, toothbrushes, reusable water bottles, and so on. Pick whatever items you want to put in a goodie bag. Then put your logo on them and give them to patients as gifts.

4. Offer custom scheduling.

Ask your patients how long they’d like their appointment to be. Not every dental appointment needs to take an hour. Oftentimes, a patient will come in for a cleaning and their treatment will be finished twenty minutes early. If you can schedule them for specific time increments—half an hour, 45 minutes, etc.—ask them what they prefer. Maybe they need to get somewhere and those few minutes will make a big difference in freeing up their schedule.

5. Accommodate them.

 

 6 Ways to Build Deeper Connections With Patients

 

At Delivering WOW, we believe in giving patients a WOW experience by making them feel like they’re VIPs. We offer warm towels, iPads, gourmet coffee, and more.

If you do too, your front desk members shouldn’t just point out these accommodations and let the patients do what they want to do. They need to interact with them more than that. Tell them to go above and beyond when serving them. They should be grabbing waiting patients the cream they want with their coffee or whatever else they’d like.

6. Keep them comfortable during conversations.

When your patients are sitting in your chair and you’re treating them, lying down is the most comfortable way for them to sit. But if you’re talking to them, then you need to sit them up. Take your mask and glasses off and read their body language with eye contact.

A patient isn’t going to like lying down, unable to make eye contact or see your face, with your hands and metal hooks sticking in their mouth. That’s uncomfortable for them and they won’t feel like you care about what they have to say.

Are you making your patients feel special?

 

6 Ways to Build Deeper Connections With Patients

 

Even if you offer the best dentistry in the world, patients won’t become raving fans of your practice and refer you to their friends and family if they just feel like a customer rather than a VIP. That’s why you need to offer a WOW experience and interact with them the right way so they feel super special.

If you want more help with building a WOW practice, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

3 Simple Steps to Improving Your Practice Brand While Doing Good in the World

If you’re only worried about the quality of your dentistry, you will always struggle to grow your practice. Patients rarely remember how amazing your dentistry is, only thinking about it when something goes wrong.

What they do remember is how they feel when they’re at your practice. They remember what your practice does that other practices don’t do. They remember what makes you and your practice unique. 

Quality dentistry is something they expect. It doesn’t make you stand out. What you do other than dentistry will help you stand out. If you do good things and delight patients for the better, you will stand out in a good way. If you don’t, you’ll either be forgotten or stand out in a bad way. 

One of my favorite ways to stand out in a good way is to support important causes in your local community and the world at large. Not only is it good for the world but people prefer products or services from companies that participate in social responsibility. Patients like to know getting treatment from you means they’re funding philanthropic efforts. And it’ll give them talking points to bring you up to their family, friends, and colleagues.

Here are three simple steps to improve your practice brand while doing good in the world.

1. Determine a charitable cause that you’re passionate about.

 

3 Simple Steps to Improving Your Practice Brand While Doing Good in the World

 

What is meaningful to you? What do you stand for? Do you want to be known for something specific? What do you want your legacy to be? Ask yourself these questions and get input on your team to find a cause every one of you can get behind.

This will help you determine what you can focus on in regards to your charity efforts. It will increase the sense of fulfillment you’ll get from being charitable as well because you’ll be giving to something that’s personally significant to you.

2. Partner with a charity or organization that supports that cause.

 

3 Simple Steps to Improving Your Practice Brand While Doing Good in the World

 

There’s a nonprofit charity or organization that aligns with almost any value you’re passionate about. Once you find the right one, reach out to them and ask about partnership opportunities. 

This partnership could be something as simple as making monthly donations to something more involved. Many organizations have formal joint venture structures and even joint promotion materials.

3. Be loud and proud about your charitable partnership.

 

3 Simple Steps to Improving Your Practice Brand While Doing Good in the World

 

If you want to fly under the radar, that’s very respectable. But it’s not going to mean much in regards to building your brand. If people don’t know about your charitable partnerships, they’re not going to be as motivated to come into your practice as they would be if they knew what you’re doing with the money they spend for treatment.

You can get the word out by sponsoring events, doing public events for the communities you’re giving to, through marketing campaigns, or whatever else you can think of that’ll get the word out there. Help people become aware of your purpose and they’ll become aware of your practice as a result.

What charitable cause are you passionate about?

We got into the business of dentistry to improve the lives of our patients but that doesn’t mean we’re limited to changing lives through dentistry alone. That said, dentistry is what we’re best at, and offering charitable dentistry can be a great way to give back while building our brands.

If you want help with building your brand, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

Over the last twenty years, the internet has made things like scheduling appointments with dental practices easier than ever before. Patients don’t have to scan through their phonebook to find a dental practice. They don't have to sit on the phone with their insurance company to make sure the practice accepts their insurance. And they don't want to do any of that anymore.

That’s why I sat down with Tom Brown, Vice President of Sales at LocalMed. Tom and I talked about how LocalMed can make it so no patients ever face a complication with scheduling an appointment with your practice online.

Our conversation inspired me to share two simple tricks I’ve learned that make it simple and convenient for any patient to book an appointment with your dental practice. After all, when it’s easy to book an appointment, it’s easier for your practice to grow.

Send social media leads to a simple scheduling page.

 

Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

 

Now that we’re in the 2020s, social media is something almost everyone uses. So, dentists need to make sure scheduling an appointment is quick and simple for patients who are finding them through social media. 

At Delivering WOW, we’re all about using Facebook marketing, or really any form of internet marketing for dental practices, to grow your practice. Whether you prefer placing your ads on Facebook, Instagram, or any other site, making it easy for leads to schedule an appointment can increase your results significantly.

Many prospects from social media websites won’t take the time and effort needed to call your practice or navigate a complicated scheduling process. Make sure to direct social media leads to a webpage with a simple, prominent scheduling option.

Make scheduling a patient’s next appointment a habitual part of the post-appointment process.

 

Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

 

If a patient leaves the office without scheduling their next appointment, it is unlikely that they will do so any time soon. Their life will take over and unscheduled treatment will sit for weeks, months, or longer. Or, maybe they won't want to spend the money. Or they might forget to schedule the appointment. It's critical to schedule the appointment before they leave. Even if your team member has told them they need to reschedule for more treatment, a patient might never schedule if they leave your office. 

To combat this, have your team members be more proactive about scheduling after each appointment. They can do this by confidently in two simple steps. First, they should tell the patient how much time is needed for their next appointment. Second, they should ask what time of day or day of the week the patient prefers to come in. Those two steps lead the conversation to choosing the right time for an appointment. That way, you avoid discussing whether the patient will schedule the appointment at all.

Another benefit of scheduling in the office is you remove all complications from scheduling. Your team member does everything for the patient. All the patient needs to do is confirm the time works for them. 

Are you making scheduling convenient for your patients?

 

Two Scheduling Strategies to Increase Revenue for Your Practice

 

To Tom, these tips are just the tip of the iceberg. He offers many helpful tips and tricks to make scheduling easy for your patients. To learn more from Tom about how to increase revenue through strategic scheduling strategies, head on over to LocalMed’s website or join us at this year’s Delivering WOW Live Summit event, where he’s scheduled to speak, which takes place in New Orleans, LA, on March 13-14th!

If you want help with getting patients to schedule appointments with your practice, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

3 Ways Your Team Members Can Make Your Practice More Productive

Every dental practice, no matter how productive, has missed opportunities and money flying out the door. Even practices doing an amazing job meeting or exceeding production goals have room for improvement.

No one will ever reach perfection in any aspect of their practice. If your vision is to become a highly productive practice, then you’ll need a highly productive team to support your practice vision

Whether you’re struggling to stay in business or firing on all cylinders and looking to increase your bottom line, these three tactics can do amazing things for your practice.

Review charts before each patient comes in.

 

3 Ways Your Team Members Can Make Your Practice More Productive

 

Whether you keep them online or in a file cabinet, every patient’s chart should be well documented. Most dentists keep documents for patients to deal with logistical concerns when they arise. But these documents can actually lead to increased productivity just by being reviewed daily.

Every day, before a patient comes in, have a team member review their chart. Have them look at health histories, x-rays, any unscheduled pending treatment, and more. Have this information top-of-mind for when the patient comes in. That will make sure any issues or procedures that need to be addressed will get done. With more gets done, revenue and profits go up and your patients will get the care they need.

Take intraoral photos and discuss issues with patients.

 

3 Ways Your Team Members Can Make Your Practice More Productive

 

You know the old saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” 

Have your assistant show your patients the dental issues that need to be resolved—such as cracked teeth, or leaking fillings—and explain to the patient what's going on in their mouth. 

Something as simple as having a visual to go along with the case presentation can make you thousands of dollars month after month. Taking intraoral photos of all of your patients ensures you can see—and show patients—everything that needs to be done to ensure optimal oral health.

If you need help training your team to discuss issues in ways that resonate with patients, these three strategies can help you improve case acceptance. If your team members get trained to discuss issues well, patients will be much more inclined to say yes to your treatment plan.

Help patients visualize a better life.

 

3 Ways Your Team Members Can Make Your Practice More Productive

 

Your patients want treatment for a reason. They have a vision of what it can mean for them and their personal lives. Make sure your team members discuss how their oral health issues are impacting each patient’s life.

Perhaps someone is coming in for teeth whitening because they have work or school photos coming up. Someone else might want dental implants because they’re sick of not being able to eat their favorite type of food or smile confidently. The list goes on.

If your team member can determine what is motivating your patient to get treatment, it will be much easier to present your treatment plan in the right context. In that case, present your treatment plan in such a way that it makes clear to your patient that getting treatment will help them achieve something they desire. That type of presentation will make the patient equate the cost of treatment as an investment in the outcome they want, instead of as a payment for a dental procedure. With an investor’s mindset, they will be much more likely to move forward with treatment.

What are your team members doing to make your practice more productive?

There are many strategies your team members can use to help make your practice more productive. At Delivering WOW, we’re determined to help you develop those strategies to get the results you deserve. 

If you want more help with getting your team members to help make your practice more productive, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

At Delivering WOW, we believe the benefits of starting a membership program in your practice make it a no-brainer. 

To help you evaluate whether one is right for you, we recently sat down with Jordan Comstock to discuss how. Jordan took the time to explain how membership programs work and how his company, BoomCloud, helps dentists utilize membership programs to get their practice to reach peak profitability.

Here are three of our favorite reasons why every practice should consider starting a membership program.

Help more people get dental care.

 

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

 

At PPO practices, frustration about insurance is common. For many patients, the complications that come with dental insurance make it just as infuriating to them, too. As a result, patients frequently resort to paying more out-of-pocket than they need to. Those out-of-pocket expenses can really add up to the point that they don’t come in for preventative dental care as much as they should. They only come in for emergency care or when they can’t kick the can down the road any longer on their oral health issues.

Moreover, while health insurance is a common employee benefit, dental insurance isn’t. This leaves a big gap in the market for people who would want dental care but need an affordable and predictable option. 

Finally, many retired patients lose their dental benefits and let their oral health decline. When patients retire, dental insurance can become prohibitively expensive. So, they let their oral health deteriorate. That’s a huge problem. 

Offering a membership program can be the solution for many people and position you as a dental provider of choice.

Create predictable recurring revenue for your practice.

 

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

 

Oftentimes in dentistry, one month will be super busy and another month will be super slow. There’s a lot of fluctuation throughout the years—kids go back to school, holidays mean people have less money to spend, and more. Jordan refers to this volatility as “feast and famine” months. 

Running a business in which you have to depend on feast and famine months can be very stressful. A lot of factors can make the difference between practice growth and a struggle to make a profit. Membership plans can make revenue more predictable and reliable. 

Jordan works with practices that generate $30,000 to $40,000 a month from just automatic membership plan fees, and that doesn’t include dentistry from non-members. Why start at zero every month when you can start at $30,000 to $40,000? If you’re starting your month at $30,000 to $40,000 as your baseline, you can shoot for higher growth. How nice would it be to aim to start each month with $100,000 in membership plan fee revenue?

Keep your patients loyal.

 

Why Every Practice Should Consider Starting a Membership Program to Unlock Massive Growth

 

When patients have insurance plans, they might only be loyal to you until they need to change plans. If they change jobs, you might lose a patient. If their plan gets expensive and they need a new one you might lose a patient. But if they are on your membership plan, a job change won’t impact their dental coverage.

That’s why patients who sign up for your membership plan will likely become very loyal to you. They’ve paid for a membership and they’re not going to forgo the benefits that come with it. Jordan has found that, when a patient becomes a member, they end up spending two to three and a half times more with that practice than a non-member would.

Does your practice have a membership program?

Whether you have a membership program already in place or decide to start one, make sure you educate your patients about your plan. Tell them how it works and all the benefits to them. Be sure to explain exactly how it works so they know what they’re buying into and how to maximize their benefits. If you do, you can create mutually beneficial relationships with patients that can last years and years! 

For more strategies on making sure your practice grows to its full potential, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program, where you and your team can access the best trainings and coaching from leading experts on all aspects of growing a WOW dental practice.

How to Make a WOW First Impression When Patients Come to Your Office

 

Whether they’re new or existing patients, the impression you make when a patient walks through your door sets the stage for the experience they will have in your office that day. And the people who are going to make that first impression on your patients are your front desk team members.

Front desk team members are some of the most important people in your practice. They can help to grow your practice exponentially by making patients feel welcome and giving them a WOW experience that gets them coming back and referring their friends and family.

Here’s how your team members can make a WOW first impression on every patient who walks through your door.

Introduce yourself with friendly and engaged body language.

 

How to Make a WOW First Impression When Patients Come to Your Office

 

When a patient walks through the door, a front office team member should stand up and shake their hand. Welcome them to the office—or back to the office—with a smile. It might feel awkward at first, but you will stand out in a good way.

Body language is important. When your front office team member is slouched back in their chair or looks disinterested when they greet a patient, the patient will feel unwelcome. Nothing they say will come across as authentic. The patient won’t feel appreciated or welcome.

After shaking the patient’s hand with a smile, the team member should introduce themselves or remind the patient of their name. If they know the patient, they should use the patient’s name during the greeting. If it’s a new patient, confirm their name, and then use it. Using patients’ names makes them feel less like a customer and more like a VIP.

It’s important that your front office team member never makes a patient wait for that greeting, either—even for a brief moment. Someone should greet the patient right away. If they’re busy doing other work, they should pause, greet the patient, and finish the work later.

Engage in genuine and appropriate conversation.

 

How to Make a WOW First Impression When Patients Come to Your Office

 

After greeting the patient with positive body language, the next step to making a WOW first impression is to engage the patient in genuine and appropriate conversation. Focus on the patient, pay attention to what they’d like to discuss, and make sure things stay appropriate. If the patient seems interested in talking, inquire about talking points, and keep the dialogue going. If the patient doesn’t seem interested in chitchat, shut it down to move forward with the next steps in making a WOW first impression.

Also, make sure the conversation isn’t scripted. People know when you’re following a script. Using a script just doesn’t come from the heart, and it means the front office team member doesn’t have the right intention—dentistry is about treating patients and changing their lives, not selling services and making money.

Give the patient clear direction.

 

How to Make a WOW First Impression When Patients Come to Your Office

 

The final step to making a WOW first impression is to give the patient clear direction as to what they should do next.

Tell them to get comfortable. Offer coffee. Show them where the restroom is. Offer other amenities you provide patients. Then, tell them when the doctor will be ready for them so they know what to expect next.

How is your front office greeting the patients who come into your practice?

Your front office team members are responsible for patients while they are in their area. Do they treat patients how they would want to be treated?

If patients feel welcome and comfortable, they will trust you and your staff. They will be more likely to accept your treatment plan. And they will be more likely to refer their friends and family or leave a five-star review. Ensure your team members make a WOW first impression every time a patient walks through your door.

For more strategies on building a WOW front office team, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program, where you and your team can access the best training and coaching from leading experts on all aspects of growing a WOW dental practice.

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

Accepting treatment is a big decision for any patient, especially when high-value procedures are involved. It can cost a lot, and it can be scary for some patients when you tell them the best plan of action is to do something uncomfortable like get a tooth extracted.

No matter how scary the procedure is to patients, there’s a lot you can do to get patients to accept your treatment plan. For example, acting personable and caring and having the right systems in place can help. But one thing a lot of dentists overlook is word choice. In fact, you can immediately improve case acceptance by avoiding these four simple words.

“Maybe”

 

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

 

If something is “a maybe,” it’ll likely be a “no.” Maybe conveys a lack of confidence. It conveys a lack of urgency. So, if a patient asks whether they need to address an issue, answer confidently. And when you suggest something to a patient, be clear. Never say, “Maybe we should fix this issue.” Instead, say “We should fix this issue” or “Yes, fixing this issue will improve your health.”

Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’re at a dermatologist, and after examining your skin they tell you they’re worried about a mole and want to remove it. Most people would be less likely to pay for them to cut it off if they said, “Maybe we should remove this mole.” They’d be more likely to ask about alternative treatments or whether the mole can be tested before spending the money on removing a mole that turns out to be not problematic.

Most people would be more willing to accept treatment if the dermatologist says, “We need to remove this mole. It poses a threat to your health.” That decisiveness makes removing the mole an urgent matter that is putting the patient’s well-being in jeopardy.

“Cheap”

When you tell people something is cheap, there are usually two thoughts that will go through their head. The first is that if it’s cheap, then it’s low-cost. The second is that if it’s cheap, then it’s low-quality.

“Cheap” is a harsh word. Always be replaced with “affordable” or in terms of “value.” When someone tells you something is affordable or a good value, it comes across as being low-cost but without the negative connotation of it being low-quality. Thus, when talking with patients, talk about procedures being affordable or a good value instead of cheap.

“Cost”

 

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

 

Speaking of low-cost, avoid saying the word “cost” to a patient when discussing treatment. For example, if you tell a patient that getting an implant is going to cost them $5,000, they will immediately think of how much money they have in the bank. If they don’t have $5,000 in the bank (or a credit card with a high available credit that they’re willing to tap into), they are less likely to move forward. When discussing financial terms, focus on monthly payment plans instead of the total price and let them know you have several ways to help them fit their treatment needs into their budgets. Most patients think in those terms.

Instead of discussing “costs,” focus most of your discussions on the “value” of the procedure. That makes patients think about your treatment plan as an investment in achieving an outcome they desire. For example, you might say “The real value is having a fully-functioning smile again. You’ll be able to eat what you want. You won’t have to remove your dentures anymore. And you’ll be able to avoid large expenses that come from your teeth shifting or bone loss.”

Reminding patients of the value of your treatment plan and the outcomes they will receive, helps them better appreciate the benefits of moving forward with your plan.

“Problem”

While it might seem logical for people to try to “solve” problems, the reality is most people try to avoid them. Thus, when you describe something as a “problem” to a patient, many patients will instinctively push back or procrastinate. “Problems” feel big to patients. And big feels expensive to patients. Thus, of the patients who are of the mindset to find a solution—rather than to procrastinate—many will seek second opinions, giving another practice an opportunity to woo your patients.

Instead of the word “problem,” reframe your presentation using the word “issue.” It’s a gentler way of saying there’s a situation with their teeth that can be resolved through the treatment plan you’re presenting to them. Thus, instead of “the problem with your tooth is,” you might say, “there’s an issue with a tooth in the bottom right of your mouth that requires” and then present your treatment plan to the patient. Your patient is much less likely to push back when you present the issue rather than a problem.

Have you been using these four word when presenting your treatment plans to patients?

 

4 Words to Avoid When Presenting Treatment Plans

 

Consistent case acceptance can make or break your practice. Word choice might seem like a nuance that doesn’t amount to much but patients are much more likely to move forward with treatment plans when you avoid these four words.

If you want more strategies to help you increase case acceptance, plus coaching for you and your team, and more, join our Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program today.

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

 

You can deliver the best dental care in the world, have the latest technology, and serve the most gourmet coffee to your patients, but you can’t run a WOW practice without an amazing team.

One of the best ways to make your team do great work is to make them feel a part of the process. When they feel like they’re a part of a practice family and are contributing to achieving your practice story, they’ll be more motivated and happier to wake up in the morning and come to work. They’ll feel their role is meaningful.

So how do you achieve that? One of the best ways to do that is to create a culture in which both you and your team are open to receiving feedback from one another. This creates a safe environment for growth and support and ensures you and your team are constantly improving. With many leaders, this can be a struggle because many of us feel like we need to have all the answers. But when we hire the best team members, their talents and experiences will complement ours and make their feedback extremely valuable to elevating our practices to a whole different level.

Here are three keys to creating a culture in which giving and receiving feedback leads to consistent growth and high performance.

Always ask for feedback.

 

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

 

Many times, team members are uncomfortable giving feedback to the doctors. It’s a natural concern for people to be concerned giving feedback to their leaders—especially when it’s constructive criticism.

To make your team members more comfortable with giving you feedback, ask for it. Also, ask for it in a very specific area, and request suggestions for improvement. The more focused and specific you are, the easier it will be for someone to respond. For example, you could ask, “Do you have any suggestions for how we can adjust how we schedule to improve production?”

Also, try to get a more rounded perspective when asking for feedback. Ask a number of team members for input when it makes sense to do so. Get everyone involved.

Be grateful for feedback even if you don’t like it.

 

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

 

Receiving feedback helps build vulnerability-based trust and a safe environment where people help each other improve. You don’t have to agree or disagree with what they have to say. Just thank them for having the confidence to try to help you improve. By encouraging it, you also won’t seem hypocritical when you give someone feedback.

For example, it’s hard to not get upset when someone says you were tone-deaf with a patient. But if you want to get the best work from yourself, you have to take a step back and be objective about their feedback.

Everyone has room for improvement. If everyone is able to look at constructive criticism pragmatically, you can start to create a culture of consistent improvement.

Encourage everyone to seek feedback from patients.

 

How to Always Get the Best Work From Your Team

 

Make sure everyone on your team looks for feedback from patients. In your office or online, what do they say? What can you read into how they act when they are in your chair? And what is their body language like when they are in your chair?

Team members aren’t the only ones who can give you feedback, but they can be a very helpful resource for gathering patient feedback. Make sure they pay attention to all forms of feedback from them, and not just from the online reviews.

When you receive feedback from patients, react the same way you would with a team member delivering feedback. Be grateful for it, and look for the practical takeaways you and your team can use to improve.

Are you getting amazing work from your team consistently?

Nobody is perfect, and nobody is going to do everything right all the time. We all have development areas. The best way to improve everyone's performance is to ask for feedback, be grateful when we receive it, and encourage everyone to seek feedback from patients. Then, you will create a culture of constant growth and improvement with a free flow of feedback in all directions. It will set the standard that all team members are expected to do their best work and constantly improve—leaders included.

If you want to learn more about building a practice culture in which everyone thrives, join our Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching program, and start learning from the best experts in the dental industry today!

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market

 

It used to be that you could hang a sign up in front of your dental practice with the word “Dentist” on it and you’d be one of the only dentists in town. Locals would stroll through your doors when they needed to get treatment because you were the closest and most convenient clinician around. 

Unfortunately, it’s not so simple to get patients to come to your practice anymore. Competition is bigger than ever, and patients have access to more information than before. That means we have to adopt a different mindset when attracting new patients as well as to retain existing patients. When we do, we can attract the patients we want to grow our practice and then retain those patients for the long term. Even better, we can get those patients to sing our praises online and tell their family and friends about us, making our marketing efforts even easier.

Here are two ways to attract and retain patients no matter how competitive a market you practice in.

Make all patients feel like VIPs.

 

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market


When a patient comes in for treatment, they aren’t too concerned about your clinical skills. They have already concluded that you know how to treat them. In fact, most assume you do because of your training. Thus, while it’s obviously important that you do an amazing job, quality clinical care isn’t a selling point. Making all patients feel like VIPs
is a selling point. Treating all patients like VIPs creates loyalty with current and new patients and gives you great content to use in your marketing campaigns. 

Does your team make patients feel like VIPs when they come in? How were they greeted by the front desk? How were they treated by the dental assistant when they were handed off? And how did the dentist present a treatment plan to them? 

What’s your office environment like? Patients care a lot about how the environment made them feel. A comfortable waiting room with access to magazines that interest them and coffee they like turns what most people expect to be a boring experience into a relaxing one. Having iPads with music people can enjoy in the OP as they receive their treatment can make a stressful experience more pleasant. The list goes on. 

Too many practices overlook the experiences they provide to patients but just a few small tweaks can often help attract and retain more patients, especially in a competitive environment. 

Create a WOW online presence and get patients to share their experiences online.

 

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market


In this day and age, everything is on the internet, and
online reviews are becoming more and more important. There are sites like Yelp and Google where you’ll be graded on a scale of 1-5 stars and people will talk about their good, bad, or ugly experience at your practice.

If you don’t match your online presence to the in-office experience you provide, you could lose a lot of potential patients. When patients see your marketing, they will often visit your website. Does it demonstrate the look and feel you want to convey in the market? Make sure your online presence matches your dental brand. If you need help, here are seven ways to supercharge your practice website.

Also, you can be sure that many new patients have analyzed your online reviews before they came into your practice for treatment. If another practice has a 5-star rating with great online reviews and you have a 3-star rating with only a few mediocre online reviews, who do you think they’ll go to for their treatment?

It can be a struggle to get patients to leave online reviews sometimes. But if you work hard to deliver an experience that WOWs them, make sure you encourage them to share their experience online. Here’s a simple two-step process to get patients to leave positive online reviews for your practice.

Are you attracting a regular stream of loyal patients?

 

How to Attract and Retain Patients in a Competitive Market


Do you consistently have trouble getting patients to come in and then stay loyal customers? Getting in your patients’ mindset to make them feel like VIPs and get patients talking about their positive experience with you can help you attract and retain patients in even the most competitive markets.

If you want even more help growing and marketing your practice, sign up for the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can find more training and coaching on all aspects of running and growing a high-profit dental practice.

A Simple Two-Step Process for Getting Online Reviews for Your Practice

When you first get started with the marketing strategies I teach, you might be surprised by how simple they are at their core. Whether it’s Facebook marketing for dental practices, dental marketing funnels, or any other strategy I teach, all of them boil down to applying what has worked for decades to the modern world. By doing so, we are able to get better, faster, and more affordable results.

For example, dental marketing funnels involve taking the conversations we used to have with patients in person on webpages and email. Boosting Facebook Live videos to thousands of people moves the videos we used to display on television to social media. And Facebook advertising helps us send targeted ads to people we used to only target through postcards. With all of the things we teach, all we are doing is using modern tools to get better results from the things that have worked for decades.

The same is true for collecting online reviews. Whether it’s a restaurant or a dentist, prospects often search Google before going to a business. So, whether someone gets referred to our practice or finds us because of a Facebook Ad, chances are they will search for reviews before making an appointment. Here’s the simple two-step process we use to get online reviews from our practice.

Step 1: Provide an experience people can’t stop talking about.

 

A Simple Two-Step Process for Getting Online Reviews for Your Practice

 

It is pretty easy to get reviews if you don’t skip this critical first step. When patients have WOW experiences at your practice they won’t be able to help but talk about your practice. They’ll tell you and your team how amazing their experience is. They’ll talk with friends, family, and coworkers, too.

Are you providing experiences your patients will talk about? It doesn’t have to be complicated to do so. For example, patients love when we provide warm peppermint-scented towels after treatment, give office tours, and kids go to the toy box first. It’s so much different than most other dental practices.

In addition to providing experiences unlike other practices, giving patients WOW experiences builds deeper relationships than they get anywhere else. That makes them more likely to want to reciprocate all the goodwill you build up with them. And two of the most common ways patients reciprocate are leaving online reviews and telling their friends, family, and coworkers about you.

Step 2: Ask patients about their experience after every appointment.

 

A Simple Two-Step Process for Getting Online Reviews for Your Practice

 

At the end of each visit, ask your patients, “How was your experience, today?” If you’ve treated them to a WOW experience, the answer will inevitably be something along the lines of “Amazing!”

Once they answer, thank them for the feedback. Then let them know you are trying to help patients who are afraid to go to the dentist because of past experiences and that you will be sending them an online review link and it would mean the world to you if they would share their experience with others. Let them know that patients often say that online reviews gave them the courage to go to the dentist for the first time in a long time. Also let them know that sharing their experience could be the push someone needs to get the care they need to change their life.

Asking about their experience and connecting it to helping others helps transform your request from asking for help to something with a deeper meaning. We can’t just expect people to enter a review when they get an automated text or email. You have to make a connection with them so they want to help you and others.

Are you struggling to collect online reviews?

 

A Simple Two-Step Process for Your Practice

 

Everything I teach is old-school word-of-mouth marketing with a modern twist, utilizing social media and other technological advances to help us get better results in less time and on smaller budgets. Many times—like this—old-fashioned patient care combined with modern technology is the best mix for success. Build deep relationships with your patients and use technology to make the process simple and easy.

If you want even more help growing and marketing your practice, sign up for the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can find more training and coaching on all aspects of running and growing a high-profit dental practice.

2 Skills Every Office Manager Needs to Become a Strong Leader

Some dentists run the practice themselves and play the role of a practicing dentist as well as an office manager. That can be a tough road to go down, and we always recommend delegating more. But whether you hire an office manager to delegate the busy role of managing an office or if you want to take on that role yourself, managing is a journey, a learning process, and you need to be a learning organization.

No matter what, you need to trust your office manager because they’re the backbone of every practice. Without strong leadership skills, they will hold your entire practice back. With strong leadership skills, they can help your entire team become more productive. Here are two things you can do to help your office manager become a strong leader.

1. Help them develop an adaptable leadership style.

 

2 Skills Every Office Manager Needs to Become a Strong Leader

 

It would be helpful if one leadership style could resonate with every team member. However, the reality is we have many team members with different personalities and responsibilities working with us. Strong leaders recognize the differences between our team members. Then, they adapt how they engage with each of them to ensure every team member can succeed.

For example, some team members will be more receptive to constructive criticism than others. They might even prefer you don’t sugarcoat criticism—just tell them what they did wrong or what they need to improve. Others might need encouragement when you deliver constructive criticism. Neither personality style is better than the other; they’re just different. In fact, many leaders struggle more with team members who prefer straight-talk constructive criticism because it feels unnatural to deliver criticism without encouragement. However, the best leaders understand the differences among team members and adapt their leadership style to help each team member do their best work.

Adaptive leadership style doesn’t only apply to how you talk with your team members, though. It also applies to the systems, policies, and activities you put in place in your practice. For example, if you lead a book club at your office, might allow people to choose audiobook versions if they don’t learn well with e-books. Or, you might invest in specific tools or technology that might help a team member perform, such as providing a sit-to-stand desk option for team members.

Adaptive leadership is sometimes a learned skill. The best leaders develop the muscle to identify each team member’s uniqueness and quickly adapt to it while staying consistent with office goals and culture.

2. Empower them to be transparent with team members.

 

2 Skills Every Office Manager Needs to Become a Strong Leader

 

Transparency is a tricky topic with dental teams. Some people falsely believe being transparent means you need to tell every team member how much money you make. Others falsely believe being transparent means letting every team member know intimate details of your personal life.

The truth is, transparency is really just about being openly human. For example, we all make mistakes. We have all made mistakes in our past. And we all have fears, insecurities, and challenges. Leaders who pretend they don’t will never build the trust necessary with team members to get them to perform their best. 

When someone messes up in your practice, how leaders respond provides a tremendous opportunity to build trust with team members. Respond with healthy transparency and you will build trust. To do so, pause to consider the situation before responding. Quickly consider whether you’ve made a similar mistake when you were in a similar position. How did your supervisor respond? How did it make you feel? With this employee, was it the first time they made this mistake or have they made it over and over again?

If the team member isn’t a habitual underperformer, consider sharing a time you made similar mistake and what you did to remedy it. Then talk with them about what they can do to improve. It might sound like, “I once did something similar and had to stay all night redoing everything. It happens. Here’s what we need to do to fix it this time and what I suggest doing to avoid it in the future.” Sharing your past mistake provides trust-building transparency and positions you as an empathetic leader. Your team members will be much more likely to perform.

Does your office manager have these two leadership skills?

 

2 Skills Every Office Manager Needs to Become a Strong Leader

 

With transparency and an adaptive leadership style, your office manager will be well on the way to helping your practice achieve its full potential.

If you want help training your office manager to become the best leader they can be, sign up for the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can get coaching from me other top experts in the dental industry.

4 Ways Your Scheduler Can Help You Grow

Effective scheduling is one of the most important components of any dental practice. When done well, it can instantly boost productivity, profitability, and the return on investment for your marketing efforts.

Do you have a dedicated scheduler? If not, having one who is trained in four key growth strategies could be what your practice is missing. And if you already have a dedicated scheduler in place, here are the four growth strategies they should be doing to help you unlock your practice’s full profitability potential.

1. Use “block scheduling” to maximize productivity.

 

4 Ways Your Scheduler Can Help You Grow

 

A good scheduler will make sure you don’t end up with a scrambled schedule where you’re treating patients with different needs at the same time, hopping from one room to the other.

Instead, they’ll set up your calendar so you’re seeing patients with similar needs at the same time of day, scheduling patients for high-value procedures at the most convenient times, and using other block scheduling strategies to maximize productivity.

At my practice, we moved to a block-scheduling system that split our days into time blocks depending on the services needed by our patients. Our block-scheduling process helped us regularly meet up to 90% of our daily revenue goals before lunchtime.

Not only did profits grow, but everyone felt much less stressed, our schedule becomes much easier to manage, and we make sure we give each patient the quality care they need without anyone feeling overwhelmed.

2. Follow up with patients who have unscheduled treatment.

 

4 Ways Your Scheduler Can Help You Grow

 

Many practices have a long list of patients with unscheduled treatment. Not only is that list untapped production for your practices but it is also a list of patients with unmet dental needs. While some patients need to save up or secure financing for treatment, many simply forget to schedule treatment. They get on with their busy lives and their oral health needs to move down on their list of priorities.

Your scheduler should have a system in place for calling patients with unscheduled treatment. The system can be as simple as calling patients who leave without scheduling treatment. You could even prioritize patients with specific procedures you want to perform more of. Either way, your scheduler can help you fill your calendar by regularly contacting patients you know need treatment and getting them scheduled.

3. Make sure all patients are confirmed for the treatment they’ve scheduled.

 

4 Ways Your Scheduler Can Help You Grow

 

Missed appointments are not only an inconvenience but they represent a lost opportunity to get another patient in the chair. While confirmation is often automated, having a scheduler keeping on top of who is confirmed and who is not is key.

If someone has not confirmed, have your scheduler call them. They may have missed the email or text message. Or maybe they saw it and forgot to confirm. If they can’t make it, your scheduler can then call people with unscheduled treatment to fill the newly open appointment time and get the patient who can no longer make it scheduled for another time.

4. Track key statistics.

 

4 Ways Your Scheduler Can Help You Grow

 

An effective scheduler keeps track of key statistics for your practice. For example, they can keep track of and report the number of cancellations or no-shows. They can track the amount of time utilized per appointment.  And they can track the number of calls made to patients and new appointments generated. They can also track the number of new patients scheduled and how those patients learned about your practice. That can help you evaluate your marketing efforts and thank current patients for referrals.

Is your scheduler helping you grow?

If you do not have a growth-focused scheduler, you likely have significant untapped potential for your practice. Start utilizing these four growth strategies and you can quickly see more productivity for your practice.

If you want help training your scheduler to help you go, join the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can access top training and coaching from experts in all facets of running a high-growth dental practice.

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

 

When patients are considering treatment, it can be an investment of time and money that they hesitate to make. This is especially the case with high-value procedures that come with large out-of-pocket investments.

If you’ve struggled with case acceptance for high-value procedures, these five strategies can help.

1. Make the Patient Experience Personal Before It Becomes Procedural

 

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

 

It’s very important to do a “meet and greet” with a complex care patient when they come into your practice. After they sign in, the front desk team should let you know they’re there.

You—not the treatment coordinator, not the dental assistant—should then walk into the waiting room, introduce yourself to the patient, and welcome them to the practice. Then bring the patient into an area where you can talk privately about moving forward with treatment.

By doing a meet and greet, you’ve created a personal connection with the patient. If you start a relationship with a patient by doing diagnostics, X-Rays, and educating them about the treatment process, you’ll create a very cold relationship with them. You want to be warm and friendly and you want to connect with them personally. Complex care patients are investing a lot of money into their treatment. They need to trust you in order to move forward with you and the best way to get them to trust you is to develop a personal connection with them. 

2. Understand Patients Before You Educate Them

Following the meet and greet, when you’re in the confidential talking area, get to understand the patient using “the four chiefs.” This concept was taught by Dr. Paul Homoly at our 2019 Delivering WOW Summit.

The first chief is the chief condition. That’s the condition that brought the patient into the dental practice. Discovering their chief condition is done by asking them a simple question: What can I do to help you?

The second chief to discover is the chief disability. The disability is how the condition interferes with the patient’s life. Does it embarrass them? Does it make it difficult to chew?

The third chief is the chief behavioral benefit. Patients get their teeth fixed because of the behavioral benefits the treatment brings to their lifestyle. You might be interested in the clinical benefits, but patients are interested in the behavioral benefits. If their disability is that they’re embarrassed about a gap in their teeth, then the behavioral benefit is that treatment will give them more confidence.

The fourth chief is the chief fit issue. Fit issues are the life circumstances patients go through that they have to fit your dentistry into. Money, for example, is a fit issue. They need to fit treatment into their budget. Time is another fit issue. They need to be able to fit treatment into their schedule.

Identifying these four chiefs will not only help you to understand your patient but it will also help them understand you and your motives.

It will become clear to them that you aren’t just trying to sell them something. Don’t educate them about their treatment until you understand them on a more personal level if you want them to move forward.

3. After the Exam, Discuss Conditions Patients Are Concerned About Before You Discuss Conditions They're Unconcerned About

 

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

 

Once you’ve performed your exam and charted everything out, do three things. First, bring awareness to the patient about their conditions. Second, tell the patient what the consequences of the condition are if they don’t get treatment. Third, determine whether they’re concerned about those consequences. 

These three things help you discern what matters to them. That allows you to present treatment for the conditions they’re concerned about before you present treatment for conditions they aren’t concerned about. If you do that, they’ll be better listeners and more likely to move forward.

4. Understand Their Budget

When you go shopping for a home, the realtor will ask you for your price range before they ask anything else. Only then will they present potential homes to you.

You have to be the same way when presenting treatment to patients. Understand what’s suitable for your patients’ budget so you know what treatment they can afford and whether you need to educate them about financing options or other ways to fit treatment into their budget.

5. Don't Make Case Acceptance a Condition of a Good Continuing Relationship

 

How to Improve Case Acceptance for High-Value Procedures

 

No matter how important a treatment plan is, some patients just won’t or can’t move forward. That’s okay. Love them like you’d love any patient. Treat them well and continue to give them the best patient experience possible. If not, you risk losing them completely. If you do, they may find themselves in a better position to move forward and accept treatment later on. 

Are you ready to perform more high-value procedures?

If you have trouble getting patients to accept treatment, use these five strategies to improve. And if you want more help, sign up for the Delivering WOW Platinum Coaching Program where you can find more training and coaching on all aspects of running and growing a high-profit dental practice.