Shining your light

How to find the attitude and language you need to make your pharmacy a women’s health ‘beacon’? Glenn Guilfoyle provides some tips 

So you are looking to increase your pharmacy’s women’s health profile, and become a solution destination for health states like pain, heart health, and pregnancy? 

Experience shows us that there are two broad domains you need to master to achieve this objective. One is the “engineering” phase, which was featured in part one of this series

  • Physicals
  • People
  • Process
  • Product

The second part is the “conversation” piece. The key elements featured in this phase are:

  • Attitude
  • Aptitude

With the engineering piece mastered, you can maximise your conversation competitive advantage.  Unfortunately, pharmacists, generally, have not been trained in the prerequisite skills. 

Getting the language right

‘What-stop-go’ speak, while still relevant and important is no longer good enough to underpin your women’s health destination objective. 

This form of language is overly risk management based. 

Your conversational goal should now reflect – “extend what they know, challenge what they think they know, teach what they don’t know”. 

In this context you should be leading the consultation, not only reacting and responding only to the customer’s agenda. 

Ultimately such mastery will deliver results commercially, but the motivation must be to offer the patient a range of choices above and beyond their expectation. One that provides a more complete solution than they are asking for. 

The success of this will come down to attitude. Do you have the mindset to master such conversational skills, and shift the customer’s visit expectation? 

And it also comes down to your aptitude. Are you able to learn and practice such new skills?

The foundations

At the foundation level, four fundamental skill sets are required:

  • Listening skills
  • Questioning skills
  • Advisory skills
  • Objection handling skills

The key to mastering listening and questioning skills in terms of promoting your pharmacy as a beacon for women’s health is in elevating the hitherto predominant conversation around the medical domain (signs, symptoms, side effects) to make the emotional connection (impacts on work, rest, play). 

By asking the right questions the right way, you will increase trust, and encourage the customer to do more talking than you. 

When executed with aplomb, any recommendation you subsequently provide will be perceived as providing choice and options rather pitching  product.   

Not surprisingly, the mastery of the engineering and conversation pieces in support of your aspiration as women’s health destination will also underpin the overall value your pharmacy delivers to your patients.  And not just for the specifics of women’s health.

Click here for part one

Glenn Guilfoyle is Principal of The Next Level Sales System

Call Glenn on 0418 519 755

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