With rising costs of conventional medicine, consumers are increasingly receptive to trying alternative healing methods—many of which are finally getting well-deserved recognition for their scientific validity.
Even with this tremendous opportunity in the vast healthcare industry, many practitioners make the mistake of offering services that are broad, generalized, and non-specific… which leads to a practice that is forgettable, even in a booming market.
In this post, I’ll explain why choosing a niche can help your practice stand out and succeed.
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Do you ever go through an “a-ha moment” that suddenly makes you aware of a totally new perspective?
That happened to me a few years ago. Like many top-level leaders, I had slowly and imperceptibly developed “Corporate Ladder Bias” during my transition from employee to executive. This subconscious change occurs when our field of vision is consumed with all the problems and headaches at the management level. We become blind to the day-to-day frustrations of what I call the “Foundational Staff.” These are employees at the lowest levels of an organization, including:
Have you ever whittled a stick before? When I was 8, my grandfather taught me how to carve wood in his workshop. For weeks, my favorite pastime was finding a nice block of wood, chopping off the bark, smoothing it down, and cutting off all the excess pieces until a final image appeared.
If you’ve ever watched a master woodcarver or ice sculptor, you know how it feels to see an ordinary object transform into a work of art.
Woodworking chisel and awl
Every natural health practitioner has the opportunity to serve a very specific, clearly defined group. Instead of meeting all needs and conditions for a vast number of people, niching your practice allows you to be selective. When you “whittle down” to just a handful of options (thus avoiding the Paradox of Choice), people actually start to pay more attention.