You’ve just hired Susan as your chairside assistant. You’re not exactly thrilled with your choice, but with the dwindling pool of potential dental assistants, you’ve done the best you could to find someone you feel you could work with. She’s had some experience at other dental offices, she said, and she feels pretty capable of [...]
You’ve wowed your new patient, helped them feel special and unique, and listened expertly to them. You co-developed a treatment plan which they have already completed or are in the process of doing so. You’ve welcomed them back to your office at their recare appointment each time, and they’ve completed initial necessary treatment – but [...]
1. What Is Coaching? Professional coaching is a professional partnership between a qualified coach and an individual or team that supports the achievement of extraordinary results, based on goals set by the individual or team. Through the process of coaching, individuals focus on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce their personally relevant [...]
Making mistakes is part of being human. You can learn to benefit from mistakes and use them to your advantage in many ways - and with style and grace!
Believe it or not, these mountains are really molehills with the right help.
Sometimes, January can seem endless, and it's just about to start! The excitement of the holidays nearly over, the Christmas bills are starting to come in, and you are not due for another vacation until the summer. To make matters worse, it’s not just you. Your team and patients are also deep in the January [...]
Dentists are at a major disadvantage when it comes to marketing. We did not learn marketing in school. We own a private, small business that requires marketing, to be successful. We must split our time between seeing patients, managing the practice, continuing our education, spending time with family, and marketing to acquire new patients. We [...]
The five ways people react to conflict are the same, whether the conflict is between team members, a team member and a patient, or you and a patient. However, you can be the unbiased judge and mediator in a dispute between team members. You are part of the conflict when a patient is displeased about [...]
As you well know, clinical competency is not enough for a successful dental practice. For a truly outstanding business, you should offer comfortable amenities, a good chairside manner, and good communication skills. Of course, a friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable office team is also essential. The ability to assemble and develop a great office team is [...]
Your first goal is to protect and enhance your patients’ health. However, you want to do so in a way that is in keeping with his or her needs. As a dental coach, I’m not just talking about health needs, although these are certainly important. I’m also talking about emotional needs, aesthetic goals, financial concerns, [...]