Episode 186: You Can’t Give from an Empty Wagon

May 05, 2022
In this episode, Gary and Naren discuss how being part of PPO plans impacts your ability to help the charity of your choice!
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Have you been planning to get involved with a charity? There are many avenues you could take to pursue this! It would be best if you choose your charity; instead of having a charity choose you.  

Did you know that being involved with PPO plans will restrict your ability and time to get involved with charities close to your heart. In this episode, Gary and Naren discuss how you can get involved with your local and national charities. He also emphasizes why you should choose a charity and not let the charity choose you.

Gary discusses how being in a PPO plan will limit your bandwidth to contribute to charities. Gary and Naren provide details on charity organizations and how you can involve your whole team in this process. Listen to the episode to learn more!

Episode Timestamps

  • 00:00:50 – Intro to the episode
  • 00:01:18 – Quick Announcement (Masterclass with Gary Takacs)
  • 00:03:03 – Dentists and dental team members are very generous in spirit
  • 00:03:41 – The common answer to the question “Why did you choose a profession in dentistry?”
  • 00:06:08 – Veteran’s Dentist Day at Midwestern University, School of Dental Medicine
  • 00:07:40 – The many avenues to get involved with a charity
  • 00:08:05 – You should choose your charity; instead of having a charity choose you.
  • 00:10:11 – Do you think being a part of a PPO plan is your way of doing charity?
  • 00:12:02 – Time is our most precious resource
  • 00:13:24 – Naren shares a real-life example of how charity actually makes you fuller
  • 00:14:18 – Gary shares examples to help you choose a charity
  • 00:16:18 – Example of a National Charity: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (AACD) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program
  • 00:19:21 – Gary provides another example of a national level charity
  • 00:22:08 – Naren provides another example – Pick a day and provide free dentistry for the whole day
  • 00:23:49 – Take action to reduce your insurance dependence, so you have more bandwidth to do more charity
  • 00:25:22 – Announcement : iLoveDentistry Business Summit


Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs One of Gary's most significant achievements as a dental practice management coach is transforming his own practice, LifeSmiles, from one that was infected with PPO plans, no effective marketing strategy, and an overhead of 80% to a very successful dental practice that is currently one of the top-performing practices in the US.

With over 2,200 coaching clients, Gary has first-hand experience transforming insurance-dependent practices into thriving and profitable practices.

Through his Personalized Coaching Program, Gary shares access to the systems, strategies, processes, and experience gained over 41 years of coaching dentists and transforming over 2200 practices worldwide.

Learn More:: www.thrivingdentist.com/coaching/
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Naren Arulrajah

Naren ArulrajahAs CEO of Ekwa Marketing, Naren has over a decade of experience working with dental practices and helping them attract the ideal type of patients to their practices. It is his goal to help dentists do more of the type of dentistry they love with the help and support of effective digital marketing.

Ekwa’s "Done-For-You" Digital Marketing model blends fundamental persuasion principles with an all-in-one Digital Marketing solution to help your ideal patients find you and choose you for reasons other than being on their insurance plan.

If you’re interested in finding out if Ekwa is the right fit for you and your practice, book a Free Marketing Strategy Meeting with Ekwa’s Marketing Director, Lila Stone.

Book Free Marketing Strategy Meeting: www.lessinsurancedependence.com/marketing-strategy-meeting/

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