Tips and Ideas for How to Answer the Dental Office Telephone

Tips and Ideas for How to Answer the Dental Office Telephone

Hello Friends,

The telephone is your dental office lifeline.”

Whether it is a patient or referring dentist of a new or current patient calling your office, it is essential that the conversation is cared for in a professional, friendly manner that expresses genuine concern. What kind of impression is your dental office team creating for you? Do you know how effective they are in answering the office telephone? Does it really matter? Absolutely!

All of your marketing efforts lead people to the phone first. Don’t waste your money by losing the potential patient/referring dentist or aggravating current patients due to poor telephone skills and habits. Your entire team (clinical & admin) should be trained in how to properly answer the phone and handle the call. Answering the phone is a privilege and a great opportunity!

dental telephone scripting principles from betty hayden consulting

 

Here are a 10 helpful telephone tips & ideas:

  1. Smile before you pick up the phone.
  2. Answer the phone within the first couple of rings.
  3. Answer the phone with a thank you for calling, identify the office and give your name. (ex: Thank you for calling Dr.Smiles, this is Betty. I can help you.)
  4. Do NOT let the caller go to voice mail (or a busy signal!) during business hours (including lunch hours). People hate leaving messages. Oftentimes, they’ll hang up and call the next office on their list.
  5. Never, ever answer the phone with “hold please” or “can you hold?”! Take a quick second, find out who they are and what they need. People hate to be put on hold. If you are habitually needing to put callers on hold, you need more people answering the phones.
  6. For the few times when you do need to put a caller on hold – please, consider having a great message on hold service. Here’s why: Should I Use A Message On Hold Service?
  7. Get the caller’s name and use it often.
  8. Find out how they heard about your office (document the referral source!).
  9. “What type of insurance do you have?” shouldn’t be the first thing you ask. In fact, let the caller bring that part up. Your goal is to build a relationship with the caller, to get to know them and their expectations.
  10. Offer an appointment. Sounds obvious right? You might be surprised to know how many offices I have called as a “shopper” and was never offered an appointment.

Set aside some time to meet together as a team – everyone in the office should be trained on how to not only answer the phones but they should know how to handle the calls. At the very least, professionally & courteously direct the caller to someone who can help. Role play will help all to feel more comfortable handling different types of calls.

As a team, create your Telephone Principles (Scripts) which are your goals & expectations for each call.

Know how to respond to the following callers:

  • Shopper Callers – Great opportunity! Typically, the shopper caller has a need and is ready to “buy”, that’s why they are “shopping”.  Don’t blow it by refusing to quote fees over the phone.
  • Insurance Questions – Have a great response to: “Do you take —-ins?
  • Wrong Numbers – offer an appointment anyway. 😉
  • Sales Calls – Be kind, they’re just doing their job. Maybe they need an appointment. Plus, you don’t know who they know. It’s simple – always be kind.
  • Organizations or local businesses requesting donations – Empower your team to fulfill their request. At the very least, offer them an appointment.

The telephone ringing should never be viewed as an interruption to your already too busy day. Certainly, handling the phones is a big responsibility but it’s an even bigger privilege. Don’t miss out on any opportunities to set your office apart from the others by always exceeding the caller’s expectations.

If you have questions about how to successfully handle telephone calls or need help training your team, don’t wait, ask for help. I’m ready to help you. Email:bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty

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The Dentists’ Masterclass – How Coaching Can Bring Success to Your Practice

Hello Friends,

Each month I share fun and effective practice management and marketing ideas to help you grow your practices. (Did you catch the tips and ideas for September? If not, check them out here: Dental Office Tips and Ideas for September)

My goal is always to help you produce more, collect more, increase new patient numbers, consistently exceed patients’ expectations, build relationships within the community, stress-less, and have more fun as a team!

Doctors, if you want to grow your dental practice and have considered hiring a consultant or coach to help you get where you want to be or perhaps you hired a consultant or coach in the past with little to no positive results or growth, I have a very special & free event for you!

Free Masterclass at The Madow Center for Dental Practice Success
All Day, Friday, September 14, 2018 

This day will be an amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to meet all of us and figure out some ways to grow their practice. And there is no charge at all except getting yourself to Baltimore, Maryland. But there are two important things you need to know…

1) The Dentists’ Masterclass is for docs only. A doctor may bring a significant other or a key team member, but no team members may attend without the doc.

2) There will be lots of learning, brainstorming, practice troubleshooting, etc. But this course is intended only for those who are serious about working with us as their coaches. It’s not for “tire-kickers!” We would love to be right by your side on the road to excellence.

Whether you have used a coach in the past, are in a horrible relationship with one right now, or have tossed around the idea of using one in the future…

This Masterclass is for YOU!

The entire day will be spent close up and personal with yours truly (Betty Hayden -lead coach at The Madow Center), Dr. David Madow, Dr. Richard Madow, coach Kelly Lynch, and more!

Here are some of the things you will learn at your Masterclass:

  • The most common mistake dentists make when trying to grow their practices!
  • Why hiring a coach can be a very expensive blunder if you don’t know what you are doing!
  • How to set goals and actually reach them very quickly!
  • Why some patients never return for their recommended treatment (or never return at all)!
  • The extreme importance of team (and doctor) accountability, and why it can be so difficult to achieve!
  • And MUCH, MUCH MORE!

We want to hear about your dreams and goals. We want to hear your struggles. We will listen closely. You may share anything with us and it will all remain confidential.

Myself and coach Kelly will share some of our strategies as well as success stories. You will hear exactly how we are able to take practices that have plateaued or “flatlined” right out of their slumps – then grow them like crazy.

Free Masterclass at The Madow Center for Dental Practice Success
All Day, Friday, September 14, 2018 

You can ask questions. You can mastermind with all of us as well as other like-minded dentists in attendance. It’s a day to really dig deep and determine if you are ready to really GROW!

And most importantly: In our Masterclass you will be able to see what it takes on your end to work with us as your coaches. How we can grow your practice, from start to finish. You will be surprised how easy it actually is! This will be a full day, and we are betting this could actually turn out to be the most important days of your life!

Here are the details:

“The Dentists’ Masterclass – How Coaching Can Bring Success to Your Practice”

Date: Friday, September 14, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM until we finish. We may decide to have dinner together so don’t plan to leave early! This is a once in a lifetime chance to hang out with people who are willing and able to help you!

Location: The Madow Center for Dental Practice Success, Baltimore, Maryland.

Cost: Free. You get here, we take care of the rest!

Note: Attendance at this Masterclass will be strictly limited. We want to keep the group small and intimate. Please register now to guarantee your spot.

How to register: Just click here to reserve your spot

If you have any questions about this Masterclass, please feel free to email me at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

Look forward to meeting you in person!

Yours for Greater Success!

~Betty

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