How To Promote Your Blog – Part 1

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Once you are happy with your blog (see 7 Things That Make A Great Blog) you need to develop a system for getting it in front of as many of your target customers as possible.

Try out these tactics to discover what works best for your business. Once you have uploaded your blog to your website:

1. Social Media

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Share the blog on relevant social networks. For example, if you are looking for professional clients, LinkedIn is an excellent platform.

Tailor your message with your post to suit each network, such as using a long or short message, and adding appropriate hashtags.

Engage with people on social media including influencers, groups and brands, to grow your social media reach. Like, share and comment on their posts. 

Online communities allow you to build relationships and establish your authority. Provide value by getting involved in discussions, not just adding your links. Look for active, established groups that that suit your niche.

Create “evergreen” social media campaigns – a series of updates that constantly recycle themselves, to promote your post over and over again.

Try out scheduling social media scheduling tools (see Social Media Tips ) such as MeetEdgar, MissingLettr and CoSchedule to create an automatic queued library of your content.

Turn posts into Facebook ads to drive traffic to them. Target specific groups of people, such as people who like other Facebook pages in your niche, or who have an interest in specific topics.

2. Social Sharing

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Prompt web users to share your content by placing attractive Social Sharing Buttons and Click To Tweet widgets on your blog with a social sharing plugin, such as Social Warfare or Sassy Social Share Sassy Social Share.

Only include social sharing buttons for networks appropriate to your blog.

With Click To Tweet widgets, highlight a quote or phrase to stand out and encourage readers to share it.

3. E-Mail Marketing

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E-Mail marketing is one of the most powerful ways to promote your blog. To build a list of subscribers offer:

  1. An easy way for people to sign up to your list.
  2. A compelling reason to join your list, referred to as a ‘lead magnet’.

E-mail your subscriber list to start driving traffic to your latest post.

Include a brief “teaser email” to entice them to click through to your blog. Ask them to comment, like, and share it (include an easy link to share) to reach a wider circle of people.

Either send out an e-mail every time a new post is published (automate this using an RSS feed, for example via MailChimp or Mailer Lite), or send a newsletter of updates and latest posts at the end of the month.

Promote your content by including a link to your latest blog post and social profiles in your e-mail signature. Try Wisestamp or Drift.

4. Influencers

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Influencer marketing means reaching out to people in your sector who have a large number of followers, to promote your content to their followers. The right influencer sharing your post can make a huge impact on the number of views you receive.

There are tools you can use to find influencers, such as Buzzsumo or Kred. Alternatively, google your topic to find high-ranking blogs, research the people behind them on social media and check if they are good influencers to approach.

Contact them via social media or E-mail to let them know you have a blog post they might be interested in sharing with their audience.

Mention influencers in your posts (individuals or expert roundups) and include a link to them. Let them know you appreciate their work and have included a link to them in your piece. If it’s high-quality content, they might share it with their audience.

Interview influential bloggers, or ask them for quotes for your blog, to add unique value to your post that stands out. When it’s published, they are likely to share it with their followers.

Start making useful comments on the top blogs in your niche, to get the attention of other commenters and the blog owner (but don’t insert links to your blog in the comments). These readers might check out your blog, or invite you to guest blog for them.

5. Backlinks

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Win backlinks (also known as Inbound Links) to help your content rank on the competitive first page of Google.

Backlinks from high-quality sources in your niche prove to search engines that your post is also high-quality, and needs to be easily found by your ideal customers.

Research blog owners who might link to you by searching Google for list and resource posts on your topic, that have lots of links to other blog posts.

E-mail them explaining you enjoyed reading their post and that you wrote a blog on a related topic. Ask for their opinion, and whether they would add your link to their post, if they think their audience would be interested.

For lots more ways to build backlinks see Inbound Link Building.

6. Freshness

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Refresh your best-performing blogs regularly. Freshness is very important to Google when deciding which posts to rank where in search results.

Update posts with new information, so they continue to provide the best content for readers.

Set reminders to check how blogs are performing every 12 months, and whether they need revising. This could include:

  • Adding new tips, examples or insights
  • Answering questions raised in the comments section
  • Replacing outdated information
  • Checking all the links still work
  • Confirming  resources listed are still relevant
  • Adding images, screenshots, and graphs
Mark the headline as (Updated) or add a message at the top of the post with the date updated.

Conclusion

Use Google Analytics to see which strategies are working – how long visitors stay on your website reading posts, whether they convert to subscribers, and how much traffic is from social media versus e-mails.

Different posts may appeal to different audiences and need alternative approaches for maximum exposure.

Tweak your methods after gathering data, until you have created a process to use with every post published, to improve your return on investment (ROI).

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Tech Tools For Business Growth – Part 2

To grow a business you need to hone productivity and maximise sales processes. Tech Tools provide efficient ways to raise profile, win customers, organise staff, and protect your company.

Use our blog to discover how tech tools can assist business growth, and learn the benefits and drawbacks involved.

Part 2: Project Management Software

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Project Management Software (PM software), is dedicated to keeping projects on budget, scope, and time, by systemising communication and productivity.

Features include:

  • file sharing
  • database-management
  • time tracking
  • email integration
  • task scheduling
  • activity interdependence definition
  • Gantt charts
  • reporting tools
  • resource and budget management
If you are struggling to manage business projects via e-mail, PM Software is the answer.

Advantages

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– improves overall team communication, final project quality, and customer satisfaction

– creates deliverables on-budget and on-time

– provides linked package functions and pre-designed report templates

– every task is assigned to a specific person with a deadline. Team members can see who is responsible, if they will complete on time, and be alerted in advance to possible delays

– visibility on each person’s tasks allows redistribution if over- or under-worked

– replaces e-mail and multiple document versions with online, real-time collaboration on tasks

– team members access and store project assets and information through the mobile PM app

– helps resolve problems, such as slipped deadlines, by automatically rescheduling tasks

–  tracks time spent on projects and integrates with billing systems

– allows fast identification of issues, and tracking of their fixing and testing

– produces analytical reports describing and visualising data and results

Disadvantages

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– strict project management guidelines may discourage creativity and innovation

– team members may lose sight of ‘the big picture’ and focus solely on deadlines

– time taken for employees to learn and accept the software

For more information seehttps://www.capterra.com/project-management-software/faq/#faq-1

Choosing A Project Management System – Considerations

Functionality

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It’s important to find the project management tool that best fits your business.

Work out who will use it and what the business needs are, to identify essential features and interfaces.

PM Software gives an overview of current projects plus detailed information on work underway to progress them.

Reporting features vary – most provide budget and resource (workers, materials, money) management, some offer, for example, time tracking and status reports.

People involved in a project use the PM app to see their designated tasks, update their progress, enter time spent and share documents.

Check the software integrates with your existing systems where necessary, for example, in recording labour hours and expenses, messaging, and task setting, and that is is as customisable and intuitive as needed.

Many PM solutions include storage space for uploading files into the workspace for team viewing and discussion.

They often have an option to connect to third-party online storage services, such as Box, Google Drive, or OneDrive, so files can be linked or uploaded from them.

Consider choosing software used by clients and companies you work with, to co-ordinate easily with them, saving time and money.

Ease of Use

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PM Software can have impressive features and capabilities, but these might over-complicate basic functions like adding and updating tasks, which may reduce team compliance and increase costs.

Use free trials to test usability – get team feedback on preferences, problems and work impact.

The benefit of a good PM system is that your team logs into one workspace and has everything at hand to get work done.

This might include a prioritised to-do list, all necessary assets, colleague notes, a calendar of deadlines, live-chat, integrated or connected communications, a place to find answers, and billing tools.

Design an implementation plan to help team members learn and use the new PM application in their daily workflow.

Costs

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Providers usually charge either a flat monthly rate or a rate per user. Generally teams with over 10 people will save by choosing a flat rate plan.

Most offer a substantial discount for committing to a full year rather than paying monthly.

Often platforms aimed at small businesses will charge a flat monthly rate, whilst those that prefer larger enterprises typically have a per-user-per-month fee structure.

Additionally, PM platforms with many permissions levels – such as for executives, portfolio managers, project managers, and team members – suggest they are aimed at larger companies.

Complexity of features, number of users and storage space will determine price.

Some PM systems have free versions, which limit the number of projects managed, features and storage space available. For example, Teamwork Projects, Zoho Projects and TeamGantt.

Security

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Access to web-based PM software is through the internet, with data stored via remote hardware. Installed PM software is stored to local computers and servers.

Risk management involves the identification, evaluation, and mitigation of risks, and is often included in PM solutions, specifically focused on risks to a project.

Separate risk management software covers full company risk assessment and implementation.

Similar Software That Overlaps with PM Systems

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Workflow Management Software

Projects are a specific type of work with a start date, end date, and deliverables – as opposed to ongoing work with no clear beginning or end date, and recurring tasks, such as answering calls or fixing glitches.

Workflow management software assists ongoing work, and is more flexible and less prescribed than PM software.

It is sometimes treated as a standalone tool, and other times incorporated into PM apps, for example, Asana.

Or it may have PM apps within it. Workfront and Podio allow the addition of workflow management tools.
Kanban

Kanban is a type of workflow management system.

Traditional Kanban systems use cards along boards, labelling the task a card represents, the work needed on it, and when it is due.

Cards travel along the board from “to do,” “doing,” and “done.” Kanban software digitizes the process for ease of use and collaboration.

Kanban apps are used by software development teams.They visually display and help control the amount of new work taken on before current work is completed, to avoid overload.

Gantt Chart PM Software

Gantt chart project management software is used to make bar charts that visually display work to be done in a designated time, critical paths, task relationships, progress, and baselines to track deviations.

Look for software with extra features such as project planning, collaboration and resource management.

Task Management Software

Project management apps do include task management features in them, but standalone task management apps are available if sufficient to requirements.

Apps allow assignment of tasks to individuals, adding descriptions, deadlines, and attached documents to each, but not necessarily as part of a larger project.

Task-management apps work well for ongoing work.

Collaboration Software

Collaboration software is different from true project management software, which is more specific.

Collaboration software has many different apps and services, from video conference calls to letting two people type on a document at the same time.

Modern PM services often include native communication and collaboration tools, and may allow connection to collaboration apps your team already uses, such as Slack or Google Docs.

Project Portfolio Management Software

Project portfolio management focuses on the big picture – projects are grouped together into portfolios, for example, by company, department, or sector.

Whereas PM software supports individual projects but doesn’t provide an overview of all projects.

They may share similar features, such as collaboration, budget and task management.

For further information see https://www.dummies.com/careers/project-management/how-to-choose-project-management-software/

Examples of PM Software

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Popular PM software, reviewed by reviews.compcmag.com and financesonline.com include:

1. Zoho Projects

A straightforward interface, excellent features, and plenty of support for integrating other tools.

Easy setup and use. Responsive. Good value.

2. LiquidPlanner

Rich tracking and resource management. Unique dynamic features. Drag-and-drop simplicity. Responsive site.

Though expensive, one of the best work-management tools.

3. Wrike

Quick setup. Supports an unlimited number of projects. Includes time tracking. Offers customizable dashboards and reports.

Provides plenty of ways to integrate with other apps and services. User-friendly.

4. Teamwork

Extensive features and intuitive interfaces, ones of the best services for managing projects.

Simple and intuitive design. Integrated calendar. Free account available. Great customisation options.

5. Workfront

High-end Enterprise project management, and ongoing work tools, in one highly customisable service.

Feature-rich. Supports different permissions levels. Open API.

6. Clarizen

Best suited for Enterprise organizations. Though easy to start using, expensive and less slick than other options.

Comprehensive work management and project management (PM) platform. Easy to navigate. Quick setup. Open APIs.

7. Celoxis

Easy to learn and cleanly designed, with a wide range of features for tracking tasks, financial resources, and time.

Customisable dashboard. Good tools for generating reporting. Can track human and financial resources. Task timer included.

8. TeamGantt

Highly intuitive for beginners, good for small businesses.

Easy way to get into Gantt charts, quality tutorials. Reasonable price.

9. ProofHub

Aims for simplicity without skimping on major features. Offering excellent tools at a competitive price, excellent for small businesses.

Clear interface. Quick and easy setup. Nice balance of features and simplicity. Competitively priced.

10. Microsoft Project

Takes specific conditions to be a team’s best option, but then a powerful tool.

Detailed options for managing resources. Customizable reports.

Confusing to buy, learn, and use. Doesn’t integrate with many apps outside Microsoft. Pricier than competitors.

11. Basecamp

Doesn’t have a full suite of scheduling and task management tools, but great for managers wanting one place to track all team ongoing discussions.

Lacks reporting tools. Flat monthly price. Stellar apps, well-designed and intuitive.

12. Project Manager

Designed to provide efficiency in project planning, budgeting, scheduling, execution, and reporting.

Provides effective tools for project planning, monitoring, and reporting, plus many advanced add-on features.

13. Meister Task

Aims to help project managers gain complete control of tasks and projects.

Customisable project boards for team agreement of progress, adjusts tasks to workflow, helps decide priority of tasks.

Everything done is saved in the activity stream to allow easy tracking. Can be integrated with most common apps like Zendesk, Dropbox, and GitHub.

14. Asana

Impressive number of tools and third-party integrations. Best at keeping teams on track and in-step through every phase of a project.

Most intuitive task management system and mobile app. Comprehensive reporting tools. Best third-party integrations, such as Slack and Hipchat, Google Drive and OneDrive, and Jira and GitHub.

Steeper learning curve, but enormous library of resources and tutorials.

15. monday.com

A library of easy-to-use templates to get started, personalised design, very intuitive, customisable.

Shareable with outside clients,easy collaboration and external app integration.

Limited tools, expensive for small teams.

16. Casual

Visually pleasing “mindmap” interface, storage compatibility such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box built in, affordable pricing for small teams, intuitive.

Lacks functionality for bigger teams, less communication and development third-party integrations, subpar mobile app.

17. Trello

Best for individuals or small teams, most generous free version with unlimited users, projects, and tasks.

Easy to learn, highly rated desktop and mobile apps, customisable.

No calendar view, 10MB upload file limit on free version, limited integrations except cloud storage services.

For the full, detailed PM Software reviews see:

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Video Marketing For The Terrified – What To Post?

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Rumour has it Video Marketing is essential for winning new website traffic. By posting fantastic videos on Social Media, viewers want to click on your website link to find out more. They also stay longer on your website – good news for converting a visit to a sale.

Videos are an exciting way to tell your story, show off your products, and educate customers about your benefits.

81 percent of people say a brand’s video has convinced them to purchase a product (WyzOwl)But What Should You Post?

Be inspired by our Guide featuring brilliant examples of different types of Video Marketing Posts:

1. Educational Posts

What To Do: Help potential customers understand how to use your product and its value to them.

Why: 95 percent of people have watched an explainer video to learn more about a product or service (Wyzowl).

Example: Dropbox Intro Video

This explainer video shows how Dropbox lets users access all their documents in one place, wherever they happen to be, and the benefits of this service.

2. Proof It Works Posts

What To Do: When creating video success stories focus on the story of your customer and the success they achieved from using your product.

Why: Video provides social proof for your product, with customer testimonials have the highest effectiveness rating for content marketing at 89% (WebDam).

Example: Hubspot Airstream Customer Video

HubSpot prove the quality and relevance of their products by positive testimonials from their interesting customers. The satisfied customer explains how their solutions make business life easier and assists their growth plans.
3. Entertaining Posts

What To Do: Get people to laugh or smile.

Why: The content should intrigue them to investigate your brand further.

Example: Metro Dumb Ways To Die video

The title piques curiosity and makes us want to learn more. Although it has a serious safety message, the video uses humour to engage the viewer, which resulted in it going viral and reducing Metro fatalities.
4. Inspirational Posts

What To Do: Capture breath-taking views, reveal awe-inspiring moments, or produce motivational content.

Why: It grabs people’s attention, and is a powerful way to associate your product with personal success for the viewer.

Example: Nike Dream Crazy video

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq2CvmgoO7I

Nike uses motivational videos to create positive associations with their brand and provide consumers with interesting material to develop body, mind and soul.

5. Customer Support Posts

What To Do: Help users answer frequently asked questions, saving them time and saving you resources.

Why: Short videos are more useful than written instructions to most people nowadays, so you improve your customer service and likelihood of retaining the customer from the start.

Example: Fitbit How To videos

Fitbit shows the power of video to answer customer enquiries. They have pages of video content providing answers to FAQs and tutorials.

6. Webinars

What To Do: Add real value to a viewer, don’t be overly-sales focused. Include audience interaction, exciting visuals, an event hashtag and a Q&A session.Webinar content can be reused to attract new attendees. Choose topics that address problems your target audience face.

Why: Webinars position you as thought leader and are a great qualified lead generation tool. Make webinars available for free and require attendees to submit information in exchange.

Example: Dev Ops Webinars

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This Dev Ops provider uses webinars to help their target market understand and use their services, featuring company representatives and recognised thought leaders to promote their brand and add value for viewers.

What Else To Know About Video Marketing:

– Measure with analytics tools which Social Media platforms and video types get you most views, website traffic, and sales, and ask for customer feedback

– Make videos short and add captions because most people watch on mobile phones without sound

– Front-load compelling content and key messages to catch viewer’s attention quickly

– Match video types to audience expectations – for example, people scroll through Facebook to be entertained

– Optimise for search engines – host videos on your own domain before sharing to social media sites, enable embedding on your video for inbound marketing links, use video sitemaps, use captions, add relevant keywords in your video titles, tags, descriptions, transcripts

– Team up with online influencers who have loyal followers and appeal to your target customers

– Use targeted ads to reach various different user group demographic

– It’s all about subtlety – it shouldn’t feel like advertising

Find Out More:
-https://www.wyzowl.com/brands-winning-video-marketing-2018/Wyzowl

-https://filmora.wondershare.com/animated-video/best-explainer-video-software.html

-https://neilpatel.com/blog/video-marketing/

-https://wistia.com/learn/marketing/video-marketing-guide

-https://digitalmarketinginstitute.com/en-gb/blog/5-secrets-super-successful-video-marketing

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7 Reliable PTSD Websites For Therapists

It can be hard to remember everything you are told about PTSD, either as a therapist or as a patient.

Here are 7 trusted weblinks you can use as patient resources, and to keep up to date with developments:

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  1. NHShttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/treatment/
  2. MINDhttps://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/
  3. PTSDUK – http://www.ptsduk.org/treatment-options/where-to-get-help/
  4. ANXIETY UKhttps://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/anxiety-type/ptsd/
  5. RCPSYCHhttps://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsanddisorders/posttraumaticstressdisorder.aspx?theme=mobile
  6. YOUNG MINDShttps://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/conditions/ptsd/
  7. COMBAT STRESShttps://www.combatstress.org.uk/what-ptsd

 

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7 Celebs Championing Counselling

Just to remind potential clients of the benefits of therapy for everyone, here is a round-up of celebs championing counselling:

1. Michelle Obama

“Asking for help is always a sign of strength.” ― Michelle Obama

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In an interview with Prevention magazine in 2016, Michelle Obama praised the power of seeking help, especially for veterans with PTSD

(https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/celebrity-therapy-quotes_us_5981e1cce4b0353fbb33f42b).

 

2. Brad Pitt

“I spent a lot of time avoiding feelings. And now I have no time left for that.” ― Brad Pitt

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The actor explained to GQ Style that he started going to therapy after his divorce from Angelina Jolie. He advised that you need keep looking until you find the right professional for you.

(https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/celebrity-therapy-quotes_us_5981e1cce4b0353fbb33f42b)

 

3. Catherine Zeta-Jones

“There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.” – Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Zeta-Jones discussed her bipolar disorder diagnosis with People magazine in 2011.

“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” she said. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. ”

(https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/celebs-talk-about-therapy?utm_term=.uha5VnD6Q#.djB2gP10K)

 

4. Katy Perry

“It’s a really wonderful thing to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t judge you.” – Katy Perry

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The artist recently live streamed a session with her therapist on YouTube, where she discussed her struggle with suicidal thoughts. She explained to KIIS FM that therapy is an excellent tool for her emotional wellness.

(https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/celebrity-therapy-quotes_us_5981e1cce4b0353fbb33f42b)

 

5. Halle Berry

” I’ve done therapy all my life when times get stressful. It really helps me deal with stuff” – Halle Berry

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Halle Berry disclosed she has been in therapy on an ‘as-needed’ basis for over 3 decades to help cope with her alcoholic abusive father.

This helps her ‘mask’ her problems from her loved ones and stops her taking it out on them. ‘My mother knew the value of providing me with the outlet of an unbiased person to talk to, so I’ve done that all my life when times get stressful. It really helps me deal with stuff,’ said Berry.

(http://metro.co.uk/2013/03/25/halle-berry-my-secret-30-year-therapy-hell-3558426/?ito=cbshare)

 

6. JK Rowling

” My life was changing so suddenly – and therapy really helped” – JK Rowling

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JK Rowling confessed to the Guardian that ‘You don’t expect the kind of problems wealth brings with it. You don’t expect the pressure of it.’

I didn’t know anyone – anyone – to whom I could turn and say, ‘What do you do?’ So it was incredibly disorienting.”

“I had to have therapy again when my life was changing so suddenly – and it really helped. I’m a big fan of it, it helped me a lot.”

(https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/sep/22/jk-rowling-book-casual-vacancy)

 

7. Emma Thompson

” I probably should have sought professional help long before I actually did” – Emma Thompson

British actress Emma Thompson

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Thompson told Radio 4 that during the 1990s, when she starred in 7 films and went through a divorce from Kenneth Branagh: “I don’t think I did stay sane, actually. It was tough. I think I probably should have sought professional help long before I actually did, for all sorts of reasons”.

(https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/7530122/Emma-Thompson-says-work-saved-her-from-going-under-in-her-battle-with-depression.html)

 

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How To Attract New Counselling Clients Calmly

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You are a therapist who views your service as a vocation – yet you still need to find clients to survive as a business.

It can seem distasteful to ‘win’ clients, as therapeutic relationships are trust-based and so incompatible with ‘selling’ your service to potentially vulnerable individuals.

So how do you maintain your values and also run a sustainable practice?

1. Plan Your Business Goals

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Working towards pre-defined goals is a powerful way to grow your business on your terms. Lynn Grodzki http://www.psychotherapy.net/interview/building-therapy-private-practice notes that as therapists often have not trained in developing business plans, so make do with whatever comes their way.

However, if you have calculated the number of client sessions needed per month to cover outgoings, and the number of enquiries needed to convert to client sessions, you can work out what activities are needed to generate this work pipeline and be pro-active.

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2. Define Your Niche
Being pro-active also has the great advantage that you can define a specific niche you are passionate about working in, and work to attract these types of clients to you.

There is information overload everywhere, so it is crucial you are known for something specific, for example, PTSD in children, OCD in professional women, post-natal depression, pain management in retirement, anxiety in male teenagers.

This is both for your ideal clients to find you and for your referral network to introduce you with confidence as the expert.

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3. Value Yourself
Mark Redwood https://www.thecounsellorscafe.co.uk/single-post/2016/12/31/6-things-I-learnt-starting-a-private-counselling-practice reflects that understanding what kind of person you are is vital, as this underlying philosophy powers everything else you do in the business, including your mission statement and marketing activities.

Once you value what and how you individually offer support, confidence you can make a significant improvement to clients’ lives follows.

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4. Charge the Right Fees
Many Counsellors under-charge. Lynn Grodzki explains ” it’s very common for therapists to have negative belief systems about money. Profit means financial gain, and service means being of assistance. When you are in private practice, you’re doing both. You have to have a way to reconcile this inside yourself and in your practice.”

”Learn to be comfortable charging a fee that reflects your worth and your area’s market”, practitioner Randy J. Paterson, author of the 2011 book “Private Practice Made Simple” advises http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2011/11/private-practice.aspx.

”Remember your hourly rate encompasses business costs including your phone, computer, materials, utilities, rent, professional costs and time spent outside therapy working on a client’s case”.

”Charging a healthy rate for your services can actually promote good therapy as it encourages both therapist and client to focus and work harder”, Dave Verhaagen, managing partner at Southeast Psych, adds.

The Zur Institute advocates liberating yourself from the notion that profit and care are incompatible http://www.zurinstitute.com/privatepractice_clinicalupdate.html.

Another idea is to offer a set number of ‘pro-bono’ sessions per month to satisfy your social values – offsetting usual fees against those for economically-challenged clients.

5. Market YourselfMarket Yourself www.brilliantbusinessblogs.com.png

“You need to get over the idea that your clinical competence alone will sell your practice,” says Paterson. “Ultimately it will, but not at the start”.  Think about marketing as necessary to ensure your business stays around to continue assisting people with your skills.

Once you have identified your ideal client, work out where to interact with them – such as giving talks to dedicated support groups, joining relevant online forums to contribute your expertise, and writing regular blogs to demonstrate your niche expertise and credibility (and improve your SEO).

These activities – along with a social media presence – make potential clients aware of you and provide a chance to assess if they could work with you.

A photo is crucial, as is at least a basic website, giving details of your qualifications and experience. A variety of professional directory listings (especially Google My Business) with a stand-out tag line will also help people find you online.

6. Build An Introducer Network

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Meet and build relationships with people who could refer clients to you, such as physicians, allied health professionals, educators, community organisers.

Counselling is about trust. If clients trust the introducer, and the introducer trusts you, this helps build trust in the counselling relationship.

Zur Institute recommends approaching potential referrers as a professional-helper who has valuable information and services to offer, such as:

  • assisting with burnout among police staff
  • supporting teachers in coping with disruptive children
  • relieving overwhelmed doctors in taking chronically depressed people out of their waiting rooms
  • helping local newspaper editors fill their newspaper with intelligent commentary on local/world events
  • the creative opportunities are endless once you are confident of your value and your chosen niche.

 

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10 Reliable OCD Websites For Therapists And Their Patients

It can be hard to remember everything you are told about OCD, either as a therapist or as a patient.

Here are 10 trusted websites you can use as patient resources, and to keep up to date with developments:

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  1. OCD ACTION – http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/articles
  2. OCD UKhttp://ocduk.org/news
  3. TOP UKhttp://www.topuk.org/news/
  4. MINDhttps://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  5. NHShttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  6. ANXIETY UKhttps://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/blog/
  7. BBChttp://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z2vxp39
  8. ANXIETY ALLIANCEhttp://www.anxietyalliance.org.uk/home0
  9. MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATIONhttps://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/o/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd
  10. IOCDFhttps://iocdf.org/about-ocd/

 

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