Exceeding Expectations

This post was contributed by
Linda Adler, Pathfinders Medical,
a mentor for those who are building an advocacy practice.

 

I recently spent a weekend visiting my old college campus. I was eager to return to the city I had adored in my youth, the place that had such a deep impact on my adulthood. But I wasn’t sure where to stay, given that the city had grown dramatically, and there were so many unfamiliar options in areas that ...

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Why it’s so important to understand business (why you will fail if you don’t)

This post was contributed by
Elisabeth Schuler, Patient Navigator
a mentor for those who are building an advocacy practice.

Often people are drawn toward patient advocacy because in their own lives, they helped family members or friends struggling to overcome obstacles or find solutions as they navigated an illness, chronic disease or the transitions in the life of an elderly parent. Many come out of those experiences passionate that others going through the same thing should ...

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Entrepreneur: It’s Not a Dirty Word

This post was contributed by
Linda Adler, Pathfinders Medical,
a mentor for those who are building an advocacy practice.

 

“But I’m not an entrepreneur!” That’s the response I often hear when I first introduce the concept to some of my students or mentorship clients. They remind me that their motivation to be an advocate is borne out of their desire to use their talent and experience to help others, and to provide critical services: not to ...

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Starting an Advocacy Business

This post was contributed by
Julie Hess, ACM Care,
a mentor for those who are building an advocacy practice.

Starting an Advocacy Business
Julie Hess

  • What will your business look like? (Business formation and type, registrations, licenses, ID numbers, and insurance)
  • First Steps (Marketing, Business Identity, Appointments and Speaking Engagements)
  • Cautions about office space and confidentiality
  • Have fun!  and a final note:

I have had a fantastic time growing my business. ...

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I hate doing sales, so how do I market my services?

This post was contributed by
Cindi Gatton, Pathfinder Patient Advocacy Group
a mentor for those who are building an advocacy practice.

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This really is the $64,000 question.  Patient advocacy as a professional discipline is certainly better understood now than it was even 5 years ago. But it’s still not a household word. Even in professions where a license conveys a skill set and “hanging out a ...

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