One of the things about working in dentistry is the fact that everybody is very close; dentists and a lot of staff from different offices all have friendships. This is both a good thing, and a bad thing. Good, because everybody takes care of everybody, referrals can really help your business, and it can create lifelong friendships. It could be be bad in regards that you pissed someone off, well you may have aggregated more than one person, and word travels fast. However, if you’re making people angry early on in your career, chances are you are going to have a hard time throughout the rest of it.
Go make Friends! This can set you up with many business opportunities, and can really help you when you need advice or recommendations on what to do with your office. Many counties throughout the US have a dental society. This is a great way to meet people who work in the same area that you do, talk about similar things, and so on. The next, larger, step is visiting your State’s dental association meetings, Finally, if you are looking for something bigger, you can go to an ADA conference; they have great deals from all of their vendors, and a plethora of information. Also, you can meet many new dentists from all across the country.
Meeting new people can really be the success of your business. Everyone is friendly, and if you are just starting your practice, well, they’ve done that too. They come with a plethora of advice, wisdom, and recommendations. Plus, if you work something out, you can have a referral system back and forth, which many of my local dentists do. Whether you are working in a semi-corporate, corporate, or independent practice, go out to these meetings, and meet some new people who do what you do.
Have any other great Associations or societies I should visit? Let me know in the comment below!