Does Your Patient Want A Lime Or A Green Lemon?”

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Have you ever had a patient call your Practice enquiring about something that doesn’t seem to make sense or that you don’t understand?

Were you able to help the caller and find a solution for them as well as make an appointment?

In most Offices a call that begins with some confusion and misunderstanding usually ends the same way.

Having the skill on the phone to determine the needs of the caller is a skill that is needed to be developed in your Practice.

I recently had a similar experience while in Paris.

Now given English is not the first language of the French I did expect there to be moments on my trip where there could be some misunderstandings.

One example stands out in my mind.

I was looking forward to a Gin and Tonic before my dinner in a restaurant. I asked if I could please have a piece of lime instead of the usual lemon. The waiter, who could speak some English, looked at me in a baffled kind of way. I then tried to explain I didn’t want lemon but lime in some way that he would understand. After all lime makes a big difference to the taste of the drink.

I then thought about how to differentiate between the colours of the two fruits. Finally I asked for a “verte” (green) lemon not a “citron”. Suddenly the waiter nodded his head as he now knew exactly what I wanted.

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The lime story is a lot like those of our callers and patients, and the confusion that can occur over the phone and in the dental Office on a daily basis. Once we eliminate the confusion there is trust, and a belief by the caller that you are going to be helping them with their Dental needs.

Think about your own Practice. How many callers end their conversation just as confused and often even more confused than before they called you. Why then would they want to make an appointment at your office?

The skill of the Front Office Person to cut through confusion over the phone is crucial to the success of your Practice.

Does your Office know how to ask the right questions to overcome confusion?

Think about how many potential patients have called your office and did not make an appointment because their problem was not addressed.

It’s probably a significant number.

Reducing that number, and increasing your conversions, is a way to a more successful Practice.

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This blog will feature simple practical ideas that are easy to implement tomorrow in your Practice, impacting immediately on the Patients Phone Experience, and ultimately, improving your practice profitability.

Phone Excellence Mastery is a simple to implement complete Phone Answering system I developed that helped me to build an extraordinary practice in the heart of working class western Sydney.

For more information on how I can improve your practice profitability contact me, Jayne Bandy at



About Jayne Bandy

I am a creative and thoughtful person, who is passionate about people and developing life skills.
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