I Am Not a Salesman!
by Phil Mattison
OCTORS OF CHIROPRACTIC GENERALLY ARE ATTRACTED
to the profession from a desire to heal others. The
majority of DCs we come into contact with say they
were attracted to chiropractic because they saw it
as a way to “make a difference” in the world and truly “heal”
people. There are all different kinds of DCs – with varying
philosophies – but the majority see themselves as healers.
That is why some DCs have a problem with selling products
in their practice. We often hear, “But I am a healer, not a salesman.” “Salesman” are the guys down at the corner at the car
lot. They “sell” people. DCs are there to heal and make us feel
better, in less pain. Many do not feel it is their job to “hawk”
products. It makes them feel cheap and uncomfortable.
How many of us are not “in sales?”
Many of us do not have the title of a salesman, but does that
really mean we are not in sales, at all? Fact is, almost every
one of us is in sales in same shape or form. No? How about
CEO. Not in sales? Don’t bet
on it. CEO’s have to instill confidence in their teammates that
they have a good plan. No one
can dive into their work if they
don’t believe in the master plan.
A CEO has to see him or herself and know that they know
what they are doing. They must SELL themselves and their
Manager. Same as above. If the employees under the manager don’t believe their boss knows what he is doing, then they
will be uninspired and the opposite of – what all employees
want – which is in the mindset of “taking initiative.”
Artist. This may seem like a stretch, but, at the end of the day,
they must influence people to feel their work is worth paying
for. (Unfortunately, people often come around to valuing their
work after the artist has passed away. Not much “selling” from
them at that point, other than the work they already did.) But if
you have attended viewings at art galas you will often notice
the artists themselves, out in front of their work, and, yes - in
their own way – selling the value for their paintings or what not.
MD. Whether it be a case of a general MD or a surgeon,
these docs do indeed sell. If the patients doesn’t feel confident
a surgeon knows what they are doing, will they go on with the
surgery? How about the general MD; what are they selling?
How about drugs? They confidently write out the “sale” on a
prescription pad, but they are selling, none the less.
Mom. Yes, I wrote “mom.” Does she not have to sell her
agenda to the kids and the dad? She may not always get her way
D100% of the time (depending on the relationship), but she has an opinion on how the household should be run, how the kids hould be raised, schooled, what sports they should be allowed to do, etc. Is it time for a new car, a vacation, house project or
stashing away some money for the kids college tuition? Mom
will sell which direction she feels the family should go (and
dad too, sometimes.)
Your patients come to you for your expertise!
This is what you do. Your patients rely on your professional
opinion for their health, including directing them to the best
products, whether it be the right pillow or nutritional supple-
ments. They could go to Wal-Mart and buy the cheapest memory
foam pillow they have, or they could listen to your expert advice
on the best pillow for their condition, size, etc. Who exactly
benefits from you not suggesting the best options for your pa-
tients? Them? No. You? No. No only are you keeping yourself
from some extra revenue buy keeping mum, but you are also de-
priving your patients the
best possible wellness
level and losing an op-
portunity for that people
to create more business
by, A.) Reminding your
patient, on a daily basis,
I’m still not salesman
OK, you’ve read the above and still feel like you can’t muster
up mentioning various products for your patients to buy, even
though you know they would improve your patients’ condi-
tions and lives? That’s all right. You don’t have to become Zig
Ziglar or Ron Popeil overnight. There are some procedures that
assist those who may be a bit shy about suggesting products
1.)Hand out literature at patient sign in. This will cause the
patient to ask you or the CA about the product.
2.)Have signage and kiosk information visible. This will also
create an environment where they ask you about the products.
3.)Create a environment where the staff can offer first- or
second-hand stories about the product helped them or family
members. Nothing is more effective than the CA telling a patient
about how their support pillow made their mom’s beck pain go
away and delivered her restless nights of sleep, etc.
4.)Use your own version of prescription pad. Matter-of-factly
“Many of us do not have the title of a salesman, but does that really mean we are not in sales, at all?”