… one of my clients tell somone that he’s beginning to realize there’s an awful lot of “annoying personal growth involved” in building his practice!
Then he went onto say “Thankfully, I’m up for it!”
I had to smile because it’s so true. It’s one of the major “complaints” most people have when they sign on for the kind of business training that really makes a difference in building a practice.
You just can’t hope to grow your practice without growing yourself. It’s like trying to build a strong building on a foundation of eggshells.
That means that one of the most important places you need to look, when you need more clients, is inside yourself…and what you need to be on the lookout for is your own willingness to become the practitioner who has the practice you want!
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…I was trying to reach about making an appointment with her.
I called yesterday and left a message telling her that, and when I didn’t get a call back, I phoned her again.
Why did I have to call twice?
When I am standing there with money, trying to become your client, you should call me. It’s part of your job.
Unless of course, you have more clients than you know what to do with. In that case, you don’t ever have to call anyone back.
You know what’s really funny?
She wasn’t exactly charming on the phone and I decided I don’t need to become her client. after all.
I wonder if she noticed?
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Giving your card to someone who doesn’t want it is a waste of trees… not mention time and money.
Have you got business cards?
It’s one of the first things most hands-on practitioners buy to show that they’re in business.
But if you don’t know how to use them, business cards can be a useless investment.
Because what most people do is hand out their cards to anyone who will take them. They figure that they’ll be “out there, somewhere” circulating in the world, helping to build their practice.
Look at reality for second — Have you taken a business card you didn’t really want? What did you do with it?
I know you have higher-than-average consciousness about the planet, so you probably didn’t put it in the trash — but I’m willing to bet it ended up in recycling.
That’s what makes “Here — let me give you my card — call me sometime.” a terrible waste of your time and money.
When someone wants your card…
Hands-on practitioners are not interested in getting rich quick… if at all! It’s all about helping people get the transformation their work offers.
Do you known anyone who decided to become a hands-on practitioner, healer or movement educator in order to get rich quick?
Nah — me neither.
The idea is hateful to most people studying to become practitioners.
In fact, in some trainings, the byword is “Get used to poverty” — which seems to suggest the impossibility of making a real living from the work trainees are there to learn.
IS it unrealistic to dream about a practice where you help people AND earn a living?
No, not at all — but you can’t make that dream real unless you’re willing to look at your relationship with money and tackle the issues that come up. (By the way, you may think you don’t have issues with money — all I can say is — you’d be the first person on the planet who didn’t!)
Your attitudes about money shape your practice