Posts Tagged ‘business’

Here’s how you can attract ideal private pay clients

March 23rd, 2011

Over the years of being in business I found that this is the essential ingredient to welcoming in ideal clients to your practice and to be quite honest, it’s fairly simple and extremely profound. I’ve seen this in my business, and learned this from other therapists making 6 and 7-figures, and when I am aligned with this core element my business flourishes.

It’s Love.

When love is at the core all things flow with ease and grace supporting you so you can support others. Let me show you exactly how love helps you to flourish in your business and welcome in ideal clients too.

Your business is a reflection of you, so when you are honored, loved and supported, your business reflects that as well. Here’s how you can lavish yourself with love: ask for and be willing to receive support. How does that look for you? Does that mean you let go of tasks that do not serve you, transition to private pay clients and let go of, or outsource insurance reimbursements, create systems and delegate out what is not your brilliance work? This frees up time for you to renew yourself, work on what gives you pleasure and be present with your needs. Nourishing your heart and soul creates a feeling of expansions and a softened presence reflected in all of your interactions.

Being centered and grounded in love, you can let go of things that do not honor you, lovingly releasing thoughts, ‘to-do’s’, expectations, ‘shoulds’ and anything else that does not serve you. You become more committed to honoring your precious time and release what drains your time, and you hold others in a place of accountability. Watch how, as you embrace self-love, others will respect your time and boundaries. You will notice how your clients shift, and you’ll attract new clients whom respect your time and gifts (reducing no-shows, cancellations, or late payments). You’ll find it is easier to say, “no thank you”, to what does not serve you, and “yes” to what feels self-honoring.

When you are nourished and come from a place of love when you’re asked about your business you naturally shine your enthusiasm and passion.  You share what you do, knowing that your gifts help others. You release all beliefs about not knowing enough, not having enough education, experience, etc and instead fully embrace yourself with love and compassion for the healing gifts you innately possess.

From this place of love you share the work you do and how you can help others. You release any limiting beliefs that keep you focused on your ‘stuff’ and instead you are able to be fully present and open when others ask you about what you do. Operating from a place of love, you are clear which clients you work best with; and you share this with those you meet, so they can pass on your name and information to those ideal clients you can best serve. All of your marketing materials reflect this, as your words are client-centered and deeply resonate with those ideal people you are meant to serve.

Here’s the final element of how love impacts your work. When your clients are in your presence they feel your love and compassion. I remember years ago hearing Bill O’Hanlon speak to my class on loving your clients. At the time I thought, well that’s really inappropriate. I’ve now come to a deeper awareness that loving your clients is fundamental in the work we do as healers. As we help people move on their own journey of compassion and self-love and letting go of beliefs and behaviors that no longer serve them, we must be fully present with love.  This loving presence is the balm for the pain and suffering of those we work with. They may not be ready to move into love for themselves, and they many not have ever experienced a compassionate and understanding presence. Your holding the space with love allows your clients to do the same.

How does this impact your business you may wonder? For your clients being held in a place of love and compassion is a powerful feeling and this creates deep relationships with clients who are committed to their personal work. You’ll find your clients more invested in their sessions and themselves, and as they fully embrace their own self-love they become joyous “fans” spreading the message of what you do to their friends and family.

For those of you who are feeling a pull between feeling like you need to do more, and embracing compassion and self-love (and you want some very practical creative strategies to keep you grounded) then I invite you to the Creative Alchemy Retreat.

Creative Alchemy happens when you open to the possibilities and declare that you are the authority in your life.

Listening and following your heart leads you to more joy, abundance and authenticity in your life, and when you are feeling expansive and excited more juicy joyous things show up in your life to support you- like meeting the right people to support your vision, like joyously sharing your work and new clients saying yes, like feeling that delicious buzz that you are honoring your soul’s purpose.

If this is tingling within you then you are ready for Creative Alchemy, and so are we!

Together, Shauna Harper from Consciously Creative, and I decided to create a sacred and supportive space for an intimate group of women:

  • to dive deep into your inner knowing,
  • release the stories that no longer serve you,
  • and listen to your intuition to discover what’s the next step in your life and in your work.

We’d love for you to join us –  http://www.creativealchemyretreat.com/

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What’s stopping you from creating your ideal practice?

December 29th, 2010

During this period when we pause to give closure to one year and to welcome in the possibilities for the new year I ask you to honor yourself and your work by taking a few minutes to contemplate and create.

So ask yourself this powerful question, I call it the miracle question for your business…

If you could wave a (realistic) magic wand and you could create your ideal practice in the next 6-months to 1 year, what would that look like?”

Now take a few minutes to truly savor that- what would your days look like, what would you be doing each day (teaching, speaking, writing your book, seeing a handful of clients), how much would you be making, what would it feel like? Allow yourself to get lost in visualizing this for your business.

Now take 30-minutes and pull out some markers, crayons, oil pastels, magazines or any art materials that strike your fancy. Find or create images and words that support your ideal practice. Truly make this so yummy and a bit of a stretch to grow into, but also tangible and within the realm of possibilities. Play and enjoy the process and allow your heart to guide you.

Now take a few minutes to take in and relish what you’ve created. It should feel expansive, a bit out of reach, exciting and give you tingles!

Here’s the next step in this process- and where you can welcome in purposeful action. Ask yourself these questions and allow yourself to freely journal without any censoring, and see what you discover.

What do you desire to create in the next 6-12 months? Describe in detail what it would look like 6 months to a year from now.

What’s been stopping your from creating this vision of your ideal practice? (Keep asking this question until you have released all the thoughts, beliefs and physical things that are keeping your from achieving this vision).

How would it feel if you released all these things and beliefs that have been stopping you and you flowed easily and gracefully towards your ideal vision?

What do you need to do (or not do) or let go of to make your vision a reality?

What’s one thing your will do right now to take purposeful action towards your vision?

I celebrate the possibilities of your vision and know that you must take the time to reflect and welcome your ideal practice- then you must take purposeful action to make it come to life. That’s where I can help support your vision and help guide you to turn it into a reality ☺ Yippee! So I invite you to join me as I share my SECRETS of how I filled my own practice & created an award winning fee-for-service 6-figure business, and how I can help your authentically do the same!  Register here for the Fill My Practice Secrets Complimentary Teleseminar now!

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What I learned my 1st year at my new business

November 3rd, 2010

What I learned my 1st year at my new business: How I created a new business helping over 1100 people in 1-year, and how this information can help you transform your business too!

I can honestly tell you I had no intention of launching a new business this last year. It just evolved and I found myself being asked for business advice from other therapists and healers. I love sharing what I had learned over the years and I found myself joyously sharing what was successful for me (as well as all the mistakes I made along the way).
I was being called to do this work and I just couldn’t deny it. A part of me tried to stay small (and rationalize why I shouldn’t do it) and found I just couldn’t disregard what I desired. The more I resisted moving into what was next for me, the more disconnected I felt. So I listened to my heart, took a bold leap of faith and found when I follow my heart, invested in my vision, and created a clear plan with consistent support, it lead to remarkable transformations!
Here are 4 gems I learned in the process and I know they will help you as you create your own path for the work you are meant to do.
1. Use both sides of your brain to create what’s possible for your business.
Your intuition and divergent thinking can to help you move into what’s next for you and your business. It is in this place of possibilities where you can discover intuitively and soul-fully what’s right for you. When you don’t listen to yourself at an intuitive level, you act from a place that’s very left brained and logical. Often this left brained thinking is based upon what you believe you ‘should’ do (and what you believe others want you to do), which limits your possibilities thinking for your personal and professional growth.
In turn, left-brained thinking helps you get into action and create your step-by-step action plan to help more people, so you can create powerful changes. The blend of intuition and possibilities thinking will help you expand your business vision, and the logical liner left-brained thinking will help you create systems and take action, to make your vision a reality. What expansive joy to play in both aspects and watch how the logical and intuitive converge to create amazing transformations.
You’ll find the magical formula of listening to your intuition, following you heart, then creating an action plan and implementing are the alchemy to making all powerful business decisions. Welcome both of these aspects into your business and watch yourself expand and your business soar!
2. In order to help the people you are meant to serve you must heal your relationship with money.
Money is a direct reflection of your beliefs about love. That’s a powerful statement and I encourage you explore that and notice what comes up for you. Notice how you experience your relationship with money. Do you welcome it and look forward to receiving it, do you push it away because you feel like it’s not important, do you horde it because of fear that it wouldn’t be enough? Just notice any parallels that come up between love and money and then release any beliefs that do not serve you, without judgments.
When you heal your relationship with money and hold your unique gifts as gems with immense value, then you’ll find money will flow to you more easily and effortlessly.
3. Creating products and re-doing your website are exciting…and if you are looking to fill your practice they are not where you should be focusing your time and money.
There are very clear activities you can do to build your business. Although having a website is important, and there’s lots of talk about creating products and multiple streams of income- unless you have a step-by-step plan on how you work with clients, (with one activity leading into the next), these are just random strategies and they will likely leave you feeling disenchanted with marketing and doubting your self when it comes to making business decisions.
So where should you spend your time, energies, and money? All your energies should be spent on activities that will help you connect with your potential clients or working with your current clients, plain and simple. When you decide to revamp your website or create a product, you should do so in a systematic way, as part of your business plan, to support you in connecting with more clients and helping more clients. All of these in alignment will help you create more opportunities to help more clients.
4. You can only grow your business as far as you grow yourself.
We know that as therapists we continually invest in our personal development so we can heal ourselves, and help guide our clients. It’s been said that, “you can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself” (Gene Mauch). This is not only true in the therapy office, but in our businesses too. If you are not growing and expanding your business learning then you cannot grow your business. Yet, so many therapists and healers do not take the time to invest in growing their business. They may read a book or take a course, then expect to see results and when they don’t see the results they desire they stop marketing.
I found that each time I invested in a big way in growing my business and growing myself, I saw rapid changes. Was it the information I invested in, or the act of making a commitment, or placebo effect? Likely all of the above just like with our clients, when they courageously step forward into what’s possible, and then shifts happen (at times subtle, and other times quite profound).
So take a minute and reflect on how you desire to grow your business over the next 6-months and then make a commitment to learn more business skills and grow yourself in the process.
Are you ready to take action and receive instant access to tools and information to help you accelerate your practice so you can help more clients?
This exciting, professional International Association for Therapists in Private Practice is surprisingly affordable and includes monthly training calls, checklists, forms, templates, an active and amazing community to support you in growing your practice, and more…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here to learn all the exciting details (LINK****)

photo by Rob Ortho

photo by Rob Ortho

I can honestly tell you I had no intention of launching a new business this last year. It just evolved and I found myself being asked for business advice from other therapists and healers. I love sharing what I had learned over the years and I found myself joyously sharing what was successful for me (as well as all the mistakes I made along the way).

I was being called to do this work and I just couldn’t deny it. A part of me tried to stay small (and rationalize why I shouldn’t do it) and found I just couldn’t disregard what I desired. The more I resisted moving into what was next for me, the more disconnected I felt. So I listened to my heart, took a bold leap of faith and found when I follow my heart, invested in my vision, and created a clear plan with consistent support, it lead to remarkable transformations!

Here are 4 gems I learned in the process and I know they will help you as you create your own path for the work you are meant to do.

1. Use both sides of your brain to create what’s possible for your business.

Your intuition and divergent thinking can to help you move into what’s next for you and your business. It is in this place of possibilities where you can discover intuitively and soul-fully what’s right for you. When you don’t listen to yourself at an intuitive level, you act from a place that’s very left brained and logical. Often this left brained thinking is based upon what you believe you ‘should’ do (and what you believe others want you to do), which limits your possibilities thinking for your personal and professional growth.

In turn, left-brained thinking helps you get into action and create your step-by-step action plan to help more people, so you can create powerful changes. The blend of intuition and possibilities thinking will help you expand your business vision, and the logical liner left-brained thinking will help you create systems and take action, to make your vision a reality. What expansive joy to play in both aspects and watch how the logical and intuitive converge to create amazing transformations.

You’ll find the magical formula of listening to your intuition, following you heart, then creating an action plan and implementing are the alchemy to making all powerful business decisions. Welcome both of these aspects into your business and watch yourself expand and your business soar!

2. In order to help the people you are meant to serve you must heal your relationship with money.

57419882Money is a direct reflection of your beliefs about love. That’s a powerful statement and I encourage you explore that and notice what comes up for you. Notice how you experience your relationship with money. Do you welcome it and look forward to receiving it, do you push it away because you feel like it’s not important, do you horde it because of fear that it wouldn’t be enough? Just notice any parallels that come up between love and money and then release any beliefs that do not serve you, without judgments.

When you heal your relationship with money and hold your unique gifts as gems with immense value, then you’ll find money will flow to you more easily and effortlessly.

3. Creating products and re-doing your website are exciting…and if you are looking to fill your practice they are not where you should be focusing your time and money.

There are very clear activities you can do to build your business. Although having a website is important, and there’s lots of talk about creating products and multiple streams of income- unless you have a step-by-step plan on how you work with clients, (with one activity leading into the next), these are just random strategies and they will likely leave you feeling disenchanted with marketing and doubting your self when it comes to making business decisions.

So where should you spend your time, energies, and money? All your energies should be spent on activities that will help you connect with your potential clients or working with your current clients, plain and simple. When you decide to revamp your website or create a product, you should do so in a systematic way, as part of your business plan, to support you in connecting with more clients and helping more clients. All of these in alignment will help you create more opportunities to help more clients.

4. You can only grow your business as far as you grow yourself.

We know that as therapists we continually invest in our personal development so we can heal ourselves, and help guide our clients. It’s been said that, “you can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself” (Gene Mauch). This is not only true in the therapy office, but in our businesses too. If you are not growing and expanding your business learning then you cannot grow your business. Yet, so many therapists and healers do not take the time to invest in growing their business. They may read a book or take a course, then expect to see results and when they don’t see the results they desire they stop marketing.

I found that each time I invested in a big way in growing my business and growing myself, I saw rapid changes. Was it the information I invested in, or the act of making a commitment, or placebo effect? Likely all of the above just like with our clients, when they courageously step forward into what’s possible, and then shifts happen (at times subtle, and other times quite profound).

So take a minute and reflect on how you desire to grow your business over the next 6-months and then make a commitment to learn more business skills and grow yourself in the process.

Are you ready to take action and receive instant access to tools and information to help you accelerate your practice so you can help more clients?

This exciting, professional International Association for Therapists in Private Practice is surprisingly affordable and includes monthly training calls, checklists, forms, templates, an active and amazing community to support you in growing your practice, and more…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here to learn all the exciting details.

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innovative, ground breaking Virtual Conference for Buisness Owners

May 14th, 2010

Are you in business and want to learn about using a Virtual Assistant, or you have a VA, then you’re going to want to join this ground breaking event.

You & Your Client

Building a Prosperous Relationship

May 17th – May 21st, 2010 @ 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Join GAVAA this May, for an innovative, ground breaking Virtual Business Conference! Experience a five-day conference with over TEN experts… and learn how to make the most of the VA-Client relationship, regardless of your role.

Register Now If You’re a Virtual Assistant or Independent Professional who utilizes a Virtual Assistant, and you want to learn how to maximize your profits and create a dynamic relationship that grows as the business grows!

You & Your Client Event

Join me 11 AM EST, MAY 19 as I present:

“Want to be a Hero to Your Clients? Discover What Creative Entrepreneurs Are In Desperate Need of and How You Can Profit From Being Their Problem Solver!”

You & Your Client Event

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Something exciting is about to happen!

March 8th, 2010

There is this buzz going around about therapists looking to create consistent revenues and finding ways to let go of the dependency on insurance companies. I’d have to say a revolution is happening, as I read the practice building blogs out there. Therapists are getting tired of working so hard to get paid meager wages or they are fearful of leaving a secure job to create a private practice. Doubt and uncertainty have caused therapists to stay stuck; however, there is a undercurrent of change that happening and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

If you haven’t signed up, I urge you to do so asap and join us for the complimentary Therapist Resource Telesummit March 12-14. Over three days you’ll find tips and strategies to help you shift from a dollars for hour work week, relying in insurance reimbursement or an agency to receive payment, to learning how you can create a profitable authentic practice, helping even more people (and making more money too). It will be a groundbreaking, and fun, event you are not going to want to miss. I’m looking so forward to sharing this information with you!

If you haven’t registered yet, here’s the link http://www.therapisttelesummit.com/

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Niche your therapy business for success

August 25th, 2009

A niche is an area of specialization that makes what you do stand out from the crowd. Ironically many therapists choose not to niche because they are fearful of loosing business by being so specific about their clientele. The truth is just the opposite. When you do not niche you do not identify your area of expertise. Therefore, when the clients who are seeking help for a very specific problem look for help they will seek out only those therapists who are speaking to their needs. A parent with a child who has ADHD will seek out ADHD services, a couple having marital problems will seek out couples therapy, a person with anger issues will seek out anger management programs. When you dilute your message, stating you “specialize” in child, adult, and family therapy you will never be the expert that other’s seek out and you will miss your opportunity to create a successful niche!

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Why NOW is the time to focus on creating successful therapy business

August 11th, 2009

The news keeps churning out stories about the recession and there is a state of fear and uncertainty about the economy. Now more than ever there is a need for emotional support. I hear clients and families being swept into fearful thinking, impacting their lives. Worry and anxiety has spread throughout the family system and there is a trickle down of fearful thinking. It is exactly NOW- at this moment, that individuals and families are in desperate need of our services as therapists.

Yet, many therapists are facing their own crisis. Seeing regular clients scaling back on sessions, watching their pay for service clients caseload wither, eagerly awaiting the referral calls that are seemingly less frequent. There is a feeling of desperation. The fear of , “what if”. What if I can’t find more clients, what if they stopping coming, what if i can’t pay my bills. It is this fear that is fogging the clarity of many brilliant therapists, who are desperately needed, now more than ever!  So now is the time to start saying yes to your business, to creating a beacon of light that shines for your clients to see. If your therapy business in in a decline it is because you are operating under an outdated paradigm that needs to refocused. This refocus is on your client’s needs, struggles, and fears. When your marketing message speaks directly to your client’s fears you will find those people who are eager to work with you, regardless of the cost, and regardless of their economic situation. Now more than ever your services are needed. Take the time to asses how you can let your potential clients know you understand their pain and you are there to help, as a result your business will flourish, even in these difficult times.

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