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7 Questions to a Successful Peacemaking or Clinical Practice

September 22, 2017

Are you a Collaborative Lawyer, Mental Health Professional, Divorce Financial Specialist, Mediator or Clinician/Therapist/Counselor?

To have a successful practice, you must be able to answer these questions affirmatively:

  1. Is you practice really client centered?
  2. Do you know your client’s experience of your practice?
  3. Do you ever debrief with a client after meeting?
  4. Does your website really convey who you are and what you do in an easy to understand manner?
  5. Are you using social media and if so, are you engaging with your followers?
  6. Are you able to convey what you do in simple terms?
  7. From the moment of first contact, be it a website, social media or phone call, will the person seeking service see you as the go to person to meet their needs?

To have a successful practice, you not only must be able to answer those questions affirmatively, but you must also be able to identify those elements that contribute to your answers, otherwise, you are just guessing and hoping. Growing your practice by chance isn’t good enough in today’s world of choices. Growing your practice today must be a purposeful endeavor.

Today’s client has a world of options available to them. To serve them well, you must be clear about who you are, what you do and who you can do it for.

To have a successful practice you must not only invest in the skills associated with your profession, but also marketing and business development skills. While you may hire an outside consultant to facilitate your branding, marketing and even service processes, you still must be able to convey to your outside consultant who you are, what you are seeking to achieve, who your client is and how your client thinks. Your business is your baby and you can make it grow best.

Build, Brand, Market, Close: Building your successful peacemaking or counseling practice is a workshop designed to assist you in learning about and addressing concepts associated with practice business development.

The benefit in attending is to help you better conceptualize what you do, how you do it and how to convey it to others.

Interestingly enough, being able to identify and articulate who you are, what differentiates you from others and how you may be of service also helps you in your practice. Knowing who you are, what you do and how to convey it to others helps you focus yourself and your service making you more on point and confident in your work.

They say it takes 3 to 5 years to develop a successful business.

Regardless of when you started your practice, where do you want it to be in 3 to 5 years time?

Kick start your goal by learning and being purposeful and focused in how you build your practice.

Attend this workshop or invite me to provide this workshop for your association, practice group or organization.

Build, Brand, Market, Close: Building your successful peacemaking or counseling practice

My next workshop is offered as an exclusive small group experience taking place from my residence/retreat in Georgina (Keswisk) Ontario, ½ hour north of Newmarket, an hour north of mid-Toronto. It takes place Friday, November 10, 9:00 am.

Hope to see you there or hope to enjoy your invitation to present on behalf of your group, organization or association.

When you invest in yourself and your learning, even for practice business development, you are serving your client. Bottom line, the client experiences your attention to your business on their behalf. That’s attractive. It serves your client.

Be a stand out.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out all my services and then call me if you need help with a personal issue, mental health concern, child behavior or relationship, divorce or separation issue or even help growing your practice. I am available in person and by Skype.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice.

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