Columns This Is the Most Important Decision You Can Make To Increase Sales Right Now! A new sales philosophy could absolutely transform your optical business. Published 2 years ago on May 26, 2022 By Rook Torres Invision May 2022 Issue Share Tweet SELLING IS A vital part of what we do. Patients don’t get to experience amazing vision without eyewear. To improve our sales, we’ve been told to change the way we think about sales. But what we actually need is more foundational, more deeply rooted. We need to change our philosophy on sales. You’ve likely heard stories of people transforming their lives with a change in philosophy. Could a new sales philosophy transform your business? Absolutely. Writer Ayn Rand, a brilliant thinker and philosopher, said, “philosophy is needed in order to live life.” The importance of having a foundational philosophy underpinning everything you do, especially business, can’t be overstated. Thus, the two most important questions are: What philosophy guides your life? What philosophy guides your business? Think of this philosophy as a filter for all your decisions and actions, guiding you and your team. Only do those things that support it. This one act is simple, powerful, and it will transform your business. Advertisement To help you create a foundational philosophy, consider this: What’s best for the patient, is best for the practice. Let it settle in. It’s profound, not to be glossed over. If what is best for the patient makes the practice money, even better. Many feel guilty when recommending something if it’s more expensive; the real guilt should come if you are not recommending what you truly know is best for your patient’s vision. A heart surgeon never asks a patient if they want the best procedure or one that’s just okay; neither do neurologists or orthopedic surgeons. For you to serve, you must sell. Selling is serving. Better products are easier to work with, more functional, have better craftsmanship and style. It best serves the practice through dramatically decreasing remakes and warranty work, while increasing patient satisfaction and referrals. All things that increase your reputation and sales but will go unnoticed if you choose not to sell … or only aim to sell the least expensive option to the patient. “Money demands that you sell…your talent to their reason.” — Ayn Rand A critical initial sales step is recommending or prescribing. When it’s done with authentic belief it’s powerful, and skilled opticians can more easily guide a patient through the optical, ensuring the patient experiences the best vision while delivering the talent of your team. This is the perfect example of a customer-first philosophy implemented in a real sale. Your patient will have confidence in that amazing progressive and that great AR treatment that will keep those lenses pristine. Definitely best for the patient and best for the practice. A few other examples: It’s best for your patient to have an annual supply of contacts. Studies prove these patients are less likely to overwear lenses. It’s best for your patient to have photo documentation of their retina to flag early changes. One early catch can make all the difference. Advertisement First, implement your version of a customer-first philosophy. Second, and just as critical, is getting buy-in from your team. Assure them when you all implement this philosophy decisions will come faster and easier, be less stressful, more accurate and increase accountability. As co-founder and visionary leader of Spexy, this is the type of philosophy-based thinking I implement and impart to my team and our clients. Decide, right now, to implement a clear customer-first philosophy to guide your business. Your team will start selling and serving like never before. Related Topics:Featuredsalessales tipssales training Rook Torres Dr. Rook Torres is the co-founder and president of Spexy. An author and private-practice chiropractor for the last 22 years, being independent has always been critically important to him. His vision is to help independent business owners thrive so they can support their communities through caring for people, employing people and giving back. To learn more visit bespexy.com. click to Comment(Comment) Up Next 5 Big Tips To Get the Most From Your Wholesale Lab Don't Miss Educating Eyecare Patients Is Only Effective If They Have a Positive Reaction SPONSORED VIDEO Meet the Next Generation of Smart Glasses Ray-Ban Meta is now available with a full range of lenses, as a complete pair or edged lens. Prescription orders eligible through select insurance providers, including Eyemed and private pay. The Ray-Ban Meta collection combines iconic design with cutting-edge technology. 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