Looking for a Relationship Coach in New York City?
I recently did a phone interview with Dave Rudbarg of CoachMeDave.com who has a relationship coaching practice. He has a unique way of coaching which gets to the root of the relationship issue. I met Dave about 15 years ago through a transformation program where he was a student and coach.
Dave's business is in New Jersey, but he was raised in Brooklyn. I decided to have him on the interview because many of his clients are within the five (5) boroughs of NYC. 99% of his coaching is conducted over the phone. Occasionally, he'll meet with people in person. He has done a lot of group coaching sessions. He had recently worked in-person with high school staff in Long Island.
When one thinks about working with a relationship coach, one automatically thinks of two people who are involved (i.e.. husband and wife, mom and child, siblings).
Dave looks at RELATIONSHIP COACHING in a different way:
I think when most people hear the phrase ‘relationship coaching’ they assume automatically that it’s romantic or couples, or some sort of thing. It is much broader. My core belief is that all of life is about relationships.
Relationship coaching is much more about just the person and how they see themselves.
The Start Of Dave's Relationship Coaching Practice
Dave started his relationship coaching practice between 2000/2001. He was coaching a program at Landmark Education from a support workshop for volunteer leaders that he had joined and reinvented with incredible results.
It was an amazing experience; unfortunately, the powers that be there having not actually authorized it or designed it said this is not our program. This is yours, you should go do this.
I started to doing it for a long time as a part-time business. And in the last five or six years, I have developed it something of a full-time.
Dave Challenges In The Beginning
The toughest thing Dave went through when opening his relationship coaching practice was having to see himself as a business and as a product.
It's different when you are selling a product, a drink or any physical manifestation of that. When you are the product, that's a bit more of a challenge to separate yourself from what you do.
Advice For New Coaches Starting Out
I would have delved into my specific negative beliefs about money and success much sooner. I think for many years, although I loved coaching, I didn't have very evolved conversations about money and success. On the one hand, I wanted to coach a lot of people, although I really didn't think I would be successful.
Clients Dave Has Helped
This client I know has struggled with work and could not figure out why. One of the things we recognized was that she was looking for acknowledgement from her boss. But, not after she has done substantially amount of quality work. She walked in looking for acknowledgement like all ready and was consistently looking for acknowledgement everywhere. The coaching that I offered her, she resisted, and she actually ended up losing her job.
Another client who I have coached over the last year has had a very rough year on many levels. There were several traumatic events for this man. One of the things we looked at was what integrity was and what we came to, was not only honoring your word, but, more importantly being the kind of person who walks the walk and talks the talk and who doesn't look for other people to give agreement.
It's been difficult for me over the years. I had related to gossip as an opportunity to get closer and it's not. So for him, he has had a year where he has not only bounced back from some very difficult situations but he is now grounded, peaceful and loves himself in a way he has never experienced before.
I hope the above two scenarios has communicated the kind of work I do.
Why Choose Dave As Your Relationship Coach?
One of my former clients and dear friend Rha Goddess from MovetheCrowd.com has referred to me as an anointed coach. She said, "I call you that because you pick up things below the radar." And that's really the truth. There is just something about the way I listen. I not only listen to what has been said and but also listen for what is not being said.’ I am always learning and always training. I have a coach, I read a great deal. I recently took a human development course I hadn't done before. I am a work in progress too.
The number 1 way you bring in new customers
I say word of mouth. I have begun to do a fair amount of Facebook Live broadcasts where I'll speak on a topic for 5 or 10 minutes. Just kind of give some thoughts and insights. I talk a little about my own experiences. I did one recently about expectations.
I am on social media. I also will have a book coming out this year of some of my writings. Doing this interview with you is certainly part of the process as well.
Has the Internet played a big role in your business as it has become more prevalent?
Sure, without question. Almost all communication I put out is somehow captured somewhere online either on Facebook, my website, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.
Six months to a year into the future for his practice
My book will be out, and it will be doing well. The plan is to have it as an eBook initially, then to have hard copies.
I'm beginning to book speaking engagements. love to speak to groups of people. I like to put out the message to larger groups of people.
And the message is-
We are not alone - meaning each of us at our lowest point feels alone and unknown and low. I'd like to have the message that we are not alone. There are others who feel the same.
How Long Does A Client Work With You?
There are some clients who worked with me for a number of years. There are others who came into deal with one specific thing and we worked together for six months. Once the issue is addressed, they were good to go.
What do you love most about your business?
Having the experience of connecting. Having the experience that out of the conversations that I have with my clients, something profound alters in their lives. They begin to see themselves and their loved ones and the people around them differently ? with love as opposed with judgement. That's what I love most about my business.
More About Dave
In addition to being a relationship coach, I am also a singer. I put out my first album six to seven years ago called "Living In the Land of Yes." It's on every possible outlet including Amazon, iTunes, Spotify. It's gotten extraordinary reviews over the years.
In the next three or four weeks, I have some new music coming out which will be digital download only from a website called BandCamp.com. it'll be four original songs and it'll be unplugged, bit softer than my usual way of singing. The feedback that I have gotten has been very positive.
My earlier career for many years was in retail when that existed. Back in the days when people used to buy cassettes and CD's and shop as opposed to pushing a button online.
Music is still a huge passion of mine. Massive, massive passion.
Dave final thoughts about who he is -
I am a King surrounded by Kings and Queens.
Wrapping Up The Interview With Relationship Coach Dave Rudbarg of Brooklyn
If you like to learn about Relationship Coach Dave Rudbarg and how he can help you deal with relationship issues, please call or go to his website using the link below.
Interviewer: Benson (a/k/a Brooklyn Local Review)
Interviewee: Dave Rudbarg
Written By: Benson (a/k/a Brooklyn Local Review)
Edited and Proofread By: Dave Rudbarg , Benson (a/k/a Brooklyn Local Review)
Looking for a Chiropractor or Acupuncturist in Brooklyn?
I recently did a phone interview with Dr. Karen Thomas of Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope. We have known each other for 2 years.
She started her practice in January 1988, one year after she graduated from New York Chiropractic College. She had the entrepreneurial spirit in her. Dr. Thomas knew right off that she wanted to open her own practice. She was a young mother and practiced part-time for several years. This also allowed her to begin studying acupuncture at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She completed these studies in 1998.
Dr. Thomas has always possessed a confidence in her ability to help her patients. Most new patients came to her through referrals and word of mouth. It took Dr. Thomas some time to establish a website visibility which promoted her practice to a wider audience of perspective patients.
Why Do People Come To Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope Brooklyn?
Today Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture is thriving and celebrating its 30th Year in business. The practice consists of two additional highly specialized chiropractors, a new part-time acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner who is trained in herbology as well as three additional staff people.
The main reason patients come to Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture is for its wide range of specialties and successful results. Many patients come for treatment of their pain which may be the results of acute injuries or chronic debilitating disease.
In 1998, Dr. Karen Thomas originally specialized in chiropractic neurology and retrained in 2006 - 2008. The retraining strengthened her skills in both diagnosis and treatment of neurological and brain-based problems. She fine tuned her acupuncture studies to complement her neurological work by studying scalp acupuncture to help treat brain disorders (movement, balance, etc.).
Dr. Vicente Saraco has more than 30 years experience. He has practiced internationally and is fluent in Spanish, and Italian. Dr. Saraco has a background in massage therapy, exercise physiology and nutrition.
Dr. Jasmine Joseph specializes in Cox technique for acute and chronic disc injuries. Dr. Joseph also studied Webster technique, a treatment that helps turn a breech baby. Dr. Joseph has also studied Activator, ART and Graston techniques.
What Role Has The Internet Played In Your Business?
The internet has played a big part in building the business of Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture. The business website as well as multiple sources of positive patient reviews steadily brings in new patients. Currently, more than 50% of new patients report finding the business on the internet and are encouraged by the excellent reviews.
The additional 50% of patients are referred by their insurance companies, friends, family and co-workers.
Insurance Co-Pay and Deductibles
A difficult aspect of maintaining a practice in 2017 is dealing with insurance reimbursements. Many patients do not have insurance coverage for acupuncture or chiropractic care. People pay a lot money for their health insurance and are often unable to pay additionally for uncovered services. In 1988 when Dr. Thomas started her practice, the process of insurance reimbursement was different. Insurance covered 80% of the medical bill and patients paid 20%.
Now, every insurance company's policy is different. Some patients pay a small co-pay ($25) while others are quite high ($75). Some policies limit the number of visits (1 per month). Most policies have high deductibles. Some people have $5,000 to $10,000 deductibles. Even when the deductible is met, there may be a hefty co-pay. Additionally, Insurance companies dictate fees, limiting payments or reimbursements.
Beginning May 1, Dr. Cindy Wong is joining the practice with a background in Chinese acupuncture and herbology. She specializes in acupuncture face-lift, and women's disorder including infertility.
Certified Cox-Technique Practitioner
Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture recently ordered a new custom-made $20,000 Cox Flexion-Distraction Table. This adjusting table will be useful in helping rehabilitate lumbar disc injury. This technique helps prevent back surgery and permanent disability. Dr. Jasmine Joseph is the only practitioner in Brooklyn who is a certified Cox-Technique practitioner.
Dr. Thomas' Passion
For the future, Dr. Thomas plans to further her interest in chiropractic neurology and acupuncture by pursuing a certification in neuro-acupuncture. This certification requires a one year course, studying with Dr. Huo in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She will continue to perform independent medical examinations (IMEs), expert witness testimony, peer review reporting, and some level of office management. Dr. Thomas' passion is acute patient care and rehabilitation management.
In Dr. Thomas' experience, good diagnosis is paramount to treating or referring a patient appropriately.
Case Study #1
Recently, a woman with right-sided mid-back pain reported that another doctor has diagnosed her with intercostal myospasm. In my opinion, this was likely a misdiagnosis. I had her take several deep breaths as I assessed her lower rib excursion.
Case Study #2
During an IME, I observed a deviated tongue when I asked the patient to stick out her tongue and say "AHH". Further examination revealed hyper-reflexive deep tendon reflexes as well as slowed slurred speech.
Of course, most patients come to us when chiropractic or acupuncture is appropriate. I am happy they come to Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture because I believe we offer the best of chiropractic and acupuncture care.
Leisure and Traveling
In her spare time, you can find Dr. Thomas at the gym doing cardio-vascular and core training to maintain a strong and healthy body. She enjoy swimming, kayaking, biking, Tai-Chi, Pilates, and yoga.
Dr. Thomas loves to travel and just returned from Panama. Last year, she visited Italy. Two years ago, she went on Safari in Tanzania, Africa. She likes to travel the world and spend spare time with friends and family.
I try to make an effort to stay in touch with friends because we get into our routines and friendship can fall by the waste side. I love visiting California where I have long-term friendships that I maintain. I have a daughter who lives in D.C. who I often visit. My only brother lives in Virginia and has two children and we often all get together.
Wrapping Up Interview With Dr. Karen Thomas of Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope
Interviewer: Benson (a/k/a Brooklyn Local Review)
Interviewee: Dr. Karen Thomas
Edited and Proofread: Dr. Karen Thomas and Benson (a/k/a Brooklyn Local Review)
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Looking for a Painter on the Lower East Side of New York City?
I met with David Trevisan of David's Painting where he and his partner own an apartment painting business on the Lower East Side of New York City. I have known David for about three months. I met him after I saw the ads popping up in our apartment building. He and his partner currently advertise their business on various bulletin boards in a number of neighborhoods. Their business relies on phone calls and texts that they receive from the postings. Referrals are starting to come in. Their business started in August 2014, and David’s Painting will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary in 2017.
When David is not working at his painting business, you can find him exploring the city on long walks in search of live music and historical architecture. His favorite spots are places with ethnic food stores and restaurants. He is active with yoga, tennis and Nichiren Buddhism at Soka Gakkai International (SGI).
What was it that made you want to start David's Painting on the Lower East Side of New York City?
We actually started out doing apartments for families and relatives. We enjoyed the work. A friend suggested we get some outside work. We got our first outside work in November 2014 and have been working since.
What was the toughest thing you went through when opening David’s Painting of the Lower East Side of New York City?
The toughest part is balancing our current work load with the ongoing need to expand our marketing efforts. The work has been steady yet we know that we need to do more to increase our advertising and our presence in the market place.
If you had to start David's Painting of Lower East Side of New York City over from day 1, what would you have done differently?
I think I would have been more varied in our marketing. We need to do more in terms of building a social media presence. Our main method of broadcasting is through postings in buildings. I would have instituted a broader array of marketing channels out of the box.
What is the toughest part about having a painting business in 2017?
Scheduling the time to let more people know about the high quality work that we provide. As a small business we do all of the work ourselves so that our customer experience is very consistent and customer satisfaction is very high. We are working to establish a program to increase referrals from our many satisfied customers. The tough part is having the time to work on sales growth strategies.
If a customer was searching for a painter in the Lower East Side of New York City and had to choose between David's Painting and 3 others businesses just like it - why chose yours?
We do all the work ourselves; the business is owner operated. As owners, we actually travel to the client's apartment. My partner and I are doing all the work except on rare occasions if it's a big job where we will work with an additional person. Even the person we do work with, we know personally and know that he does consistent quality work. David’s Painting offers good value for the money. Our customers have always been satisfied with our work. People like what we do and we price our work competitively and our quality standards are very high.
What is the number 1 way you currently bring in new customers for David's Painting of the Lower East Side of