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11: Original Success Secrets For Speech Therapy Private Practice

I was thinking the other day after speaking to this gentleman about his private practice.  With all of the technology at our finger tips, there is no substitute for old-school drive, desire, motivation and “elbow grease”.  He wanted to know what app that I used to organize “this” and complete “that”.  He kept asking what programs would sort out “this problem” and offer solution for “that” scenario.  At the end of the conversation, I encouraged him to not over-think speech therapy private practice startup and suffer from “analysis paralysis”.  I then encouraged him to get into action.  Because action and only action causes change.   In this episode, I discuss the original solution to getting things done:  Do it!1

Here is a link to the Univision segment that was filmed at Therapy Group of Tucson, PLLC in Tucson, Arizona.

In this episode:
01:01 – THANK YOU for the emails, tweets and feedback
01:40 – Having a good mix
02:00 – Keeping people happy and mixing it up
02:31 – Featured last week on Univision.
03:45 – Therapy Group of Tucson Univision segment on Twitter
04:28 – Working in piles
05:06 – One speed: GO!
05:50 – Saguaro Lake
06:24 – No special app for this
06:40 – Desire, motivation and success
07:15 –  Email me to be The Perfect Student
07:53 – Leave us some good feedback on iTunes.

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Transcription of Episode Eleven:

I was talking to this guy the other day, and he was like “What do you do to get your things done, to make things work and how do you remember payroll, how do you do your referrals, how do you return your phone calls, you have a certain time of a day?” he was picking up my brain about all this things and I said, “No, its really old school, you just do it.”


Well, Hello everyone! You’re listening to the Speech therapy Private practice Startup Podcast; this is episode number 11. My name is Kyle Meades and I’m a speech pathologist since 1993 and these podcasts are designed to help you improve your business and your life one podcast at a time.

I am so thankful you guys are listening and its just really need to get the questions, feedback, tweets and emails. I actually get couple of phone calls and just want to say please don’t because am busy in the clinic and I would be more than happy to talk to you via email so shoot me an email at kyle@privateslp.com.


Now we just stand really busy at the clinic. We just had a couple of new hires. We are seeing more kids and adults than ever before. I just little find a new contract here in town to see more adults. I was actually talking to couple of therapists and they really enjoy treating the adults. And that’s one thing I want to talk to you about today is having a good mix in your job. If you do one thing all the time you may get bored with it. Its just a fact of life, its just something that happens to all of us. But it’s nice to have a healthy balance and a healthy mix. So what I have done to keep people happy in the clinic is bringing in more adults so we can treat the adult population as well. And I’ve always done that ever since day one when I started the clinic.

I have always focused on not just kids but adults as well because we deal with traumatic brain injury strokes, despeja voice fluency, all those things that you would see in children but adults as well. It’s nice to have that balance so we’re bringing in some more adults here in the clinic. Its always nice to serve both population’s pediatrics injuriatrics.

Also we were featured last week on Univision. If you go to the Univision website, you could probably Google or something like “Therapy group of Tucson” and you’ll see one of our Speech Pathologist who works in our clinic, her name is Sayleen, she is a Speech Pathologist. She is a very talented person and she was featured on Univision. We have the autism walk this past weekend and Univision came to our clinic and interviewed Sayleen and filmed a little bit of her session with this little guy he came into the clinic. She works with him on a weekly basis, so its really need to see Sayleen do her thing on television because she is really good and obviously the kid and the family enjoy the service. Its nice to get that recognition once a while because as a Speech pathologist we do this all day long. We are really good at what we do. We help so many people but we don’t get a lot of recognition so its nice to have that recognition at the Univision station here in Tucson came out. If you want to Google that you’ll probably find it somewhere. I think it’s on the Twitter account. You can look and there is a link to it. If you check out our website supportvoice.com that’s our clinic website, you’ll see there’s a link to one of our twitter account that shows that video. Kudos to Sayleen for doing such a great job!


I want to talk about the system of just getting things done. Its pretty much just do your work. I was talking to a gentleman the other day and he wanted to know how I got all of this stuff accomplish. How you do a podcast? How do you run business? How do you take care of your family and going to the Gym and exercising? How do you get all this stuff done? But there’s no App, there’s no magic electronic device that keeps me organized. I was talking to Christ and she’s our Ninja scheduler in the clinic and I was talking to her the other day. I work in piles. I literally have referrals on my floor in pile. So I have one area of town in one pile, another area of town in another pile. I know there are electronic apps in organizational tools to do this. I am an old school guy see touch and feel kind of a thing I have to put things in piles and that’s how I do my job. And it works.

I was talking to this guy the other day, and he was like “What do you do to get your things done, to make things work and how do you remember payroll, how do you do your referrals, how do you return your phone calls, you have a certain time of a day?” he was picking up my brain about all this things and I said, “No, its really old school, you just do it.”


These beautiful pictures were taken at Saguaro Lake Ranch.  More information can be found here.

And I remember recently I was on a fishing trip with my kid, we went camping with a friend of ours. They share the same classes at school but it was their dad and the child, and me and my son. We are on the fishing trip and I have to get up at 3 in the morning. On a vacation day and I have to run payroll. I didn’t want to do it. But we got to get paid and I have done that couple of times in past year and a half to 2 years. Sometimes you just have to get up and do what you got to do. So I got up, I snuck out of the cabin, I went to cross street, we were in Mesa, Arizona. And that’s way east of Phoenix, there is a beautiful lake called Saguaro lake and it’s an old dude range. Its been featured in old mini films, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. And if look online, I’ll leave a link in the show notes here so you can see some beautiful pictures at this camping trip.

Here I am sneaking out trying to grab some Coffee from the cabin across the way there so I get Café day and get my Payroll done. But it took two hours; everybody is going to wakeup around 5:30 to 6 o’clock, the sun is going to peak-in over at the beautiful lake there. And Boom here comes Kyle, finished up on the Pay roll. Its just called ‘get it done’. There is no special app, its something internal, its something that is way deep inside of me. And I am sure people out there listening to the Podcast; because of you listening to this Podcast you have the same feeling too. Its way deep and down inside of you, and its just this energy that just come out and that’s called ‘Desire’. And you want to take that desire and you want to mold and shape that desire; and make things happen.


So if you are having problems with your own Speech therapy private practice from managing your employees or if you just stuck, shoot me an email kyle@privateslp.com, I’ll be more that happy to help you out. I still am looking for two students if you want to have some help on an individual basis starting or managing your private practice shoot me an email and the subject line put “THE PERFECT STUDENT” and tell me a little bit about yourself because again relationships they have to match. I can’t request everybody but I am picking two students right now. This is not a free service but you will be able to come in to Tucson. You can fly in. I’ll show you the clinic. You can spend a week with me and then you have access to me every week via a webinar and we’ll talk about your private practice and get it setup. I’ll be your mentor; I’ll help you do everything I do with my clinic.

If you want to do that send me an email kyle@privateslp.com, put “THE PERFECT STUDENT” in the subject line and I’ll reach out and help you. Also please go to the iTunes store there and leave us some good feedback because when you leave good feedback its going to other people find us quicker. Please do that and if you have any questions shoot me an email kyle@privateslp.com or you can send me a tweet at ‘privateslp’.

Thank you for listening!!

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