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14: You’re Either Consuming or Producing

When you start, manage and grow your own speech therapy private practice, time is always limited. Let’s face it, there are only so many hours a day, right? Making a commitment to start a speech therapy private practice is important step in your financial future.

twoSunset Beach, North Shore, O’ahu


In this episode:

01:37 – Over 3800 + listeners to the program
02:01 – FULL (new waiting list for THE PERFECT STUDENT)
02:53 – Knowledge base from outpatient and home health SLP Private Practice
03:58 – Either you are consuming or you are producing
05:34 – Guard your inbox with care because it’s your “to-do” list
06:09 – Everybody is fighting for our attention
06:49 – Unsubscribe
07:50 – Journal daily
08:04 – Start taking a pen to the paper
08:43 – Mind your schedule and others who want to “pick your brain” or ask a “quick question”
09:41 – Ask for help

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Transcription of Episode Fourteen:

When you are starting your own private practice, when you are managing your own private practice, when you are growing your own private practice, you can’t really focus on consumption you’ve got to PRODUCE.


Well, Hello everyone! You’re listening to the Speech therapy Private practice Startup Podcast; this is episode number 14. 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.


oneNorth Shore, O’ahu

As always I wanted to start this show out and say thank you for all the emails and all the tweets and mentions. It really cool to have so many people listening to this show and I hope you guys are getting valuable information from the Podcast. And again value is what you get in the absence of money. These Podcasts are free and all that I ask you to do please go to iTunes and leave some five star feedback so other listeners can learn where to get this valuable information. So please go to iTunes and login with your account and leave five stars. I would really appreciate that.

And I know you guys are listening because as of today this is June 16 2016, we have over 3800 listeners to the program. And I am so delighted to get all the emails, tweets and mentions. It’s just really cool and I hope you guys are really learning something from this. So I also want to give you an update, I don’t have any room available right now for the Perfect Student. But if you would like to get on the waiting list, if you shoot me an email at kyle@privateslp.com, please put THE PERFECT STUDENT in the subject line and send me an email. Let me know where you are in the process. Are you just starting your private practice, are you thinking about a private practice, or do you have something going already or you actively seeing patients so just let me know, give me some details so that I can help you better. Also I have to remind you I have turned down few people here and there because it got to be a perfect fit. These podcasts are designed to help and give you valuable information but when you work with me one-on-one you’re going to be have ability to come in and to Tucson and you can work with me in the clinic. You can work with me side by side to see how I run the Outpatient Speech therapy clinic and also we have a Home health agency as well. So you are going to get that knowledge base from both Outpatient and Home health Company. You can see how we set it up, how we bill it, how we collect it, forms that we use and everything that we do, you have access so you are going to get thrown into this.



This is the best way to learn. And I will tell you if I have this kind of information available to me when I was just starting out, I would have paid a lot of money. I am not even going to charge a lot of money for this monthly service. It’s a minimum of a six months commitment. The price is very affordable and when we talk I’ll give you the price. It may seem like a lot of money to some people but the valuable information that you will receive from these interactions is priceless. You will be pleasantly surprised and all you have to do is reach out right now. I don’t have that availability but I do have a waiting list so if you are interested email me at kyle@privateslp.com.

Another thing I wanted to talk about today this is something that I been really wanting to share: Either consumer or producer – that’s today’s topic. Let me go into detail what I am talking about,because when you start your own Private practice, when you are managing your own private practice, when you are growing your own private practice, you can’t really focus on consumption you’ve got to PRODUCE.


fiveNorth Shore, O’ahu


And what are the things that will just kill a business idea or kill that desire or kill that dream?  That is just too much consumption. When I say consumption it can be Facebook, it can be too much Twitter, it can be too much email or your Inbox, it can be too much texting, it can be too much binge watching, it can be too much alcohol, it could be drugs, it can be any of these things. This is pretty limited what I am talking about right now but anything that’s taking you away from meeting your goals, means you are consuming too much. And you’ve got to get out of that consumer pattern where everything leads to reaction and get into the producer mode; You’ve got to produce so you can be proactive.

Let me go into detail. When you are consumer, let’s say you wake up in the morning and what’s the first thing that we do. You grab your phone or your tablet and you go to your inbox. Or you check your Facebook post or you go to your Twitter account. Right there that’s where the distraction starts. We get on this link and we click on that link or we go to this person’s Facebook page. And then we’re off. We don’t even remember what we came to our phone for. You have to be very careful; you have to guard your inbox. You have to be very systematic in this. You’ve got to change your pattern, your behaviors. And again when you are consuming Facebook for four-five-six hours a day, you’re not going to get anything done. You’re not going to be proactive. You’re always going to be reacting, such as “this person just tweeted this”, “this person just posted this on Facebook”, “I just got this email with this new great product that I just have to try, it’s a speech therapy product”. We all know everybody is fighting for our attention, everybody wants our money, everybody wants to sell us something, you know its going to happen. You are going to get off on a tangent and just going to forget about what really matters. That’s growing your own private practice pursuing your own dream and making your financial future better.


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So here are something that you can do to become less consumption more producing. And getting out of consumer/reactive into producing/proactive, try some of these things:
The first thing you have to do, you got to control your inbox. You’ve got to rid of all other subscriptions to all those emails that you’re receiving. So the inbox is kind of like your to-do list. You’ve got to guard it, you’ve go to watch it like a hawk. You’ve got to be careful. So you want to make sure things that are coming to your Inbox are from people that you know and that you trust. Unsubscribe to all those emails that you are getting again. How many times do we wake-up in the morning and we have forty-two, twenty-three, eighty-seven emails, you just delete-delete-delete-delete, get rid of it. Unsubscribe. If you are dealing with a lot of people on your team, you want to use something like slack. Check out slack, it’s a great app where you can have many people communicate in one location. It’s just an easier way and that way you’re not tied to your Inbox. Don’t forget if you are giving out your email address, you’re giving someone access to your To-do list.

Another thing you want to start doing to be more proactive, not just controlling your Inbox but Journaling. This is really important. Lot of people, they say, “I can just document things. I can text myself or send myself an email reminder or I can just write things down on a WordPad.” You want to start taking a pen to the paper – Carrying that notebook around with you and physically writing things down. Getting it out of your mind, putting it on paper because that’s where the magic is. If you’re going around seeing people in Home health around town, you’ll say, ”this is the area, I really think I want to start my own private practicing.” Take your pen out, you get open that Notebook and you write that in there. This is the area and you write down an address. You physically have to take your pen to something powerful, still about pen to paper. So Journaling is a very important activity when you are becoming proactive, when you are producing.


threeWaimea Bay, North Shore, O’ahu

Another thing you want to do is be careful about your schedule. Mind your time. How many times have you had your family members come up or people come up and say, “Hey, can I pick your brain about something?” That’s an open invitation right there to take all your time. “Can I pick your brain for a second?” it’s not going to be a second, its going to be four hours. They are going to suck everything out of you and you’re going to be left with nothing. Or how about this, “Hey I got a three rod, he’s only saying like four or five words. Right there, guard your time and you say, “Hey, I can help you with that. Let’s schedule an evaluation appointment tomorrow at 9 am. Do you have that time available?”

Guard your time, take care of your time and have a place where people can go like an online scheduler to schedule time with you. And keep it limited, have it on your turf not theirs.

Another thing if you have the idea of starting your own private practice of if you have your own private practice and you want to grow it, ask for help. I have done this for a long time and I am here to help you guys. So if you need help growing, starting or expanding your own Speech therapy private practice, send me an email kyle@privateslp.com, I will be more than happy to reach out and help you.

And as always, thank you for listening!

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