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Loving What You Do is Important to a Successful Practice

October 16, 2017

I gave a workshop recently geared towards mostly mental health professionals who have peacemaking practices. Those are practices that include dispute resolutions strategies such as mediation and Collaborative Law. The workshop was also attended by a few lawyers who practice similarly. The workshop was called Blowing the Lid Off Your Peacemaking Practice. It was presented at the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at the annual conference in Philadelphia in October, 2017.

Of the topics covered in this 90 minute session we discussed what people do currently in their practice and how they present what they do to others, mostly through electronic media. Everyone included similar information. There were several who included distinctly unique services which I listed on the board.

Then I asked what people would love to do.

Only a few of what was mentioned as things they would love to do were included in the services they first presented.

Later in the workshop I was asked where I get the time and energy to write as much as I write and engage as much as I do on social media.

I explained that we all seem to find the time to do what we love.

If people do what they love, then they are motivated to talk about it and somehow, finding the time is not even an issue. Loving what you do is where motivation comes from.

The workshop was about helping people determine what they would love to do in their practice; convey it in everyday language that anyone can understand; and get the word out to the public.

The workshop also encourages people to use less jargon and convey a multitude of ways they can be helpful. The key in all this is differentiating your practice from others and demonstrating a passion for what you do.

When you differentiate what you do an exude a passion for it, then clients can appreciate the value of what you offer and that you are committed to service.

I think the best compliment coming out of the workshop is the attendee who told me she knew exactly what she was going to do differently the next morning when she arrived to work.

If you want to grow your practice or change what you do, call me. I am pleased to work with people individually or provide workshops on behalf of practice groups, organizations or companies. Here’s the next workshop coming in November.

BTW – Loving what you do is key to success.

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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