Dentistry Uncensored With Howard Farran



POWERED BY DENTALTOWN.COMUncomplicate your dental life with Dr. Howard Farran as he interviews your fellow Townies and leaders in dentistry! Dentists and dental professionals share their wisdom to make your dentistry faster, easier, higher in quality, and lower in cost. Thanks for listening and have a rocking-hot day! Be sure to check out Howard's other iTunes channel where you can hear "Your 30-Day Dental MBA" and "The Virtues of Profitable Dentistry" at the link here:


  • Howard Speaks: Your Treatment Plans Must Last At Least Five Years

    09/11/2021 Duração: 01min

    Your treatment plans must last at least five years. Patches will come back to bite you, especially on the elderly who usually outlive everyone’s expectations.

  • Howard Speaks: Dentists could learn a lot from Costco

    27/09/2021 Duração: 02min

    Dentists could learn a lot from Sol Price (1916-2009), the founder of Price Club in 1963, which became Costco, which pioneered the membership, absolute pricing authority, warehouse store retail model. The membership model is currently one of the hottest trends in retail. A store that tries to be all things to all people will end up being nothing to anyone. A retailer reflecting honesty, credibility, and a definite direction that can be understood by its customers and vendors will have a good chance to make it. Costco’s 3 Business Categories: Personnel, Product & Facilities. Costco’s 6 rules: Have the right kind, in the right place, at the right time, in the right quantity, in the right condition, at the right price. Costco counts on very significant productivity because they pay high wages and benefits. If you buy into the concept that Costco is the low-cost provider of goods and services and also pay the highest wages in retail and have the richest benefit plan, then we must be getting better productivit

  • Howard Speaks: In baseball and HR, three strikes and you’re out.

    24/09/2021 Duração: 01min

    In baseball and HR, three strikes and you’re out. So, if you fire someone and they’re surprised, you need to reexamine your ability to manage and lead your team. Sometimes no matter how many times you tell someone they’re not performing and meeting expectations, they just don't get it. However, more times than not, managers and leaders want to avoid confrontation and they don't ever address the issues with someone and instead avoid the person. That's being a horrible leader or manager. Let’s say you open at 7:00 am and your assistant rolls in at 7:05. Young dentists are mad but don’t say anything. The better managers, as soon as time permits will call the employee back into their private office and explain the problem, open up a word document and leave while the assistant types out in their own words what went wrong and explains why it won’t be a reoccurring problem. Many times, you comeback to learn that she does this because she always stays an hour after we close while the other assistant flies out the doo

  • Howard Speaks: Getting to Yes by Tracking No

    22/09/2021 Duração: 02min

    Getting to Yes by Tracking No means you better know your overhead and break even point for the day. The average net income for: Dental Specialists ($320,990) General Practitioners ($197,190) Dentists who owned their own practices ($244,980) Dentists who were employed at a practice ($147,950) Oral and maxillofacial surgeons $448,140 Periodontists: $330,690 Endodontists: $307,460 Pediatric Dentists: $304,280 Orthodontists: $289,190 Prosthodontists: $219,950

  • Howard Speaks: Does your dental team celebrate as much as your family?

    21/09/2021 Duração: 02min

    Does your dental team celebrate as much as your family? Do they spend more time discussing problems than celebrating victories? The whole team is greater than the sum of each team member. There’s no such thing as a self-made dentist. You’re only gonna reach your goals with the help of others - and that means having fun.

  • Howard Speaks: Is a bird in your hand really worth two in the bush?

    21/09/2021 Duração: 01min

    Is a bird in your hand really worth two in the bush? Is it really better to hold onto something you already have than risk it all for a double? Did capitalism die? Why didn’t you keep your fast-food job instead of spending years and student loans for something better? Saving money for retirement is about laying out a bird now to get two or more out of the bush. Do you really want to be an associate dentist? When you decided to be a dentist back in grammar school did you envision yourself as an employee dentist or the dentist owner of your own dental office, land, and building? Associate dentists are paid just enough money to kill all off all their dental self-mastery dreams. Don’t settle for a sure bird in your hand today if you have already proven that you have the internal self-discipline of delayed gratification to invest it in yourself in the hopes that someday it will be worth two birds. Dentists know this or they would have invested eight years of their life and half a million dollars to get a dental de

  • Howard Speaks: Transparency vs Opaque

    14/09/2021 Duração: 02min

    Transparency vs Opaque. I was wondering why successful dental leaders are transparent and not opaque until it became clear to me that if your not it’s clearly offensive. Does your dental office team know the daily breakeven point? Do they know the office overhead? Do they get to see the accounting reports for the balance sheet, statement of cashflow, and statement of income? Management transparency is the key to trust and the foundation for strong management-employee relationships to analyze and grasp how the practice is doing and where we’re going. Are collections meeting expectations in the 30/60/90 day periods? How’s are overhead looking and could we lower it? Are costs being managed? What’s helping us achieve our goals? What are our obstacles? Everyone in the entire company has complete visible transparency into the budget, how and what we’re spending, what our results are, and does everyone have a voice on how we can improve our performance. How often have you heard that people leave a job because of the

  • Howard Speaks: Dentistry could learn a lot from Sanford I. Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup.

    09/09/2021 Duração: 03min

    Dentistry could learn a lot from Sanford I. Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup who tried to join the Air Force until his application was denied by a dentist after examining his teeth. His major break on Wall Street came with a mundane job doing g the paperwork behind the brokers trades. Sandys success with Citigroup came from mastering the back office mundane details of Wall Street trading, banking, insurance, and finance creating value from the knowledge and details of accounting, record keeping, and every other mundane task that was mostly unknown to all the major CEOs. How many dentists could do every task from scheduling an appointment to billing the dental insurer company. Sandy Weill fired Jamie Dimon when he was 66 years old because Jamie wanted to be CEO and then Sandy retired four years later, and in that time, the ship of Citi was wrecked. Young associates share this same issue working for older dentists who swear they are about to retire, it’s never in writing, the older dentists keep delaying thei

  • Howard Speaks: Let’s get back to the pre-pandemic mindset.

    07/09/2021 Duração: 02min

    Let’s get back to the pre-pandemic mindset. If you’re double vaccinated you know this pandemic is over. Let’s get back to fight mode in building a championship dental office. What do champion dentists do more of that their colleagues don’t?

  • Howard Speaks: Dentists could hit a Hank Aaron sized grand slam

    31/08/2021 Duração: 59s

    Dentists could hit a Hank Aaron sized grand slam if they could just learn and implement any of the major business lessons that Denny’s have used in over 1,702 locations since Harold Butler and Richard Jezak founded the first Denny’s in 1953 in Lakewood, California. Denny’s are 24/7/365 explaining why in 1988 more than 700 of their 1,221 stores didn’t even have locks. During an economic contraction being poised for growth means you’re conveniently available, with low enough overheard, to perform profitable, high volume quality dental services with low prices. During an economic expansion… this strategy is even better. I’d rather own McDonalds (MCD) any day with a $177 Billion market cap than Ruth Chris (RUTH) with a $700 Million market cap.

  • An Honest Conversation With Dr. Howard Farran Of Dentaltown About The Future Of Dentistry

    23/08/2021 Duração: 34min

    Chris Pistorius talks with Dr. Howard Farran, the founder of the incredibly popular online dental community, Dentaltown. Chris & Howard have an open and honest conversation about all things dental.

  • Howard Speaks: How do you manage people?

    19/08/2021 Duração: 57s

    First you need to stop doing it backwards. If you get the wrong person you spend all your time managing that person, you get poor results, and then you look like a bad manager. Get the right person who is already internally motivated, loves to work, loves their new job, who gets along with people, now you barely have to manage them and they’re making you look like a pro, because that’s how the pro’s do it. Sporting teams couldn’t manage me to be an NFL quarterback or the next ballerina. Your new hire has to already have the natural ability first. As far as turnover, it should mostly be at the new employee beginning as you and/or the new hire find out the new job isn’t a fit and then at the other end have employees that have been with you since the beginning. Whenever the person doing all the hiring is the only person in the company who’s been there for more than five years and no one else has made it five years then the wrong person is doing all the hiring.

  • Howard Speaks: What is the best use of my dental office profit dollars?

    16/07/2021 Duração: 02min

    What is the best use of my dental office profit dollars?Only 60 of the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 were still listed in 2017. Over 50% of the S&P 500 has disappeared since 2000. Economist Joseph Schumpeter called this creative destruction in 1942. Mufasa called it the circle of life in the 1994 Disney children’s movie Lion King remake of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1603. This is why how you allocate your capital is not only the most important business decision you’ll ever make, it’s also the most important financial life decision you’ll ever make. Retained Earnings (RE) are those net income profit dollar earnings that you decide to reinvest into your dental office by adding another operatory, laser, CAD-CAM, CBCT, oral scanner, 3D Printer, continuing education, or marketing campaign, as opposed to taking it out by paying it to yourself in income to reinvest or consume. Would your profit dollar be more likely to turn into two dollars of capital value creation if I deployed it in my dental office, or should I

  • Howard Speaks: Dentists could learn a lot from Pizza Hut

    15/07/2021 Duração: 02min

    Dentists could learn a lot from Pizza Hut. Founded in 1958 by two brothers Frank and Dan Carney who borrowed $600 from their mom. They named it Pizza Hut because their sign only had room for eight letters, whereas dentistry has nine. I want to personal thank Dan Carney with a shout out for making a religion out of availability to the young entrepreneurs, always making himself available to young dreamers like me and my High School buddies listening to all of our ideas, always adding constructive critiques to our business plans. Dan was a firm believer in investing his returns into the business and not the real estate.

  • Howard Speaks: Dentists could learn a lot from Sonic Drive-In

    14/07/2021 Duração: 02min

    Dentists could learn a lot from Sonic Drive-In delivering service with the speed of sound. Founded in 1959 in Stillwater, Oklahoma by Troy Smith based on a new technology speaker box allowing you to stay in your car to order with your food deleted by a carhop. Today Sonic has over 3,494 locations in 46 U.S. states, and is owned by Inspire Brands which also owns Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jimmy John's, Rusty Taco, Mister Donut, Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins. The franchise fee for a single SONIC restaurant is $45,000, with a total investment ranging from $1 to $1.75 million not excluding land. To all the Holier than thou Hypocrites, Gallup surveys show over 80% of Americans eat fast food at least once a month. In 1991 Kentucky Fried Chicken shortened its name to KFC because “fried” was a bad word. Sonic, which is America's fourth-biggest chain.

  • Howard Speaks: How to start your new dental office from scratch with no money down

    12/07/2021 Duração: 01min

    How to buy a dental office with no money down. Back in the day, owners carried risk, but sellers had skin in the game. We didn’t have 3rd-party banks financing $1M+ dental practices to broke kids fresh out of dental school, getting their poor parents to co-sign, where if their kid couldn’t do the numbers and it went south, then it was an emotional disaster for the whole family. Greed sucks. Find a job as an associate where the owner/mentor Doc knows you want to buy it after an appropriately long courtship period. Have Doc finance it at 10% over seven years so everyone has skin in the game. If they don’t want to be on the hook for the whole enchilada, then stand your ground with the seller-Doc that they must at least carry half the risk. Otherwise, the seller doesn’t have faith in you like I do! You didn’t go to dental school for eight years to be somebody’s bitch. Just stop letting fear live rent-free between your ears and invest in yourself! If you work like no one has for a decade, then you can live like no

  • Howard Speaks: Doc, I practiced through the 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers

    09/07/2021 Duração: 02min

    Doc, I practiced through the 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. I met the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession when investors withdrew a record $196 billion from their money market accounts. 2020, you're no 2008. I’ve been contacting my friends at Henry Schein and Benco. In 2020 Benco closed fewer accounts due to collections/payment issues than in either 2018 or 2019, in fact in 2020, the number of accounts closed due at Benco according to my buddy Chuck Cohen, the managing director at Benco Dental and the only man in dentistry smart enough to be published in the Harvard Business Review, said their practice retirement sale closure declined more than 20% vs. 2018 or 2019. Halfway through 2021, the numbers indicate that the trends from 2020 are holding steady. Why? The federal programs to support dentists, most notably the PPP - Paycheck Protection Program  worked, Benco had fewer collections issues in 2020 vs two prior years. Fears of the pandemic leading to either an exodus of doctors from the pr

  • Howard Speaks: How the COVID Pandemic Has Impacted Hiring In Dental Offices

    08/07/2021 Duração: 02min

    Millions are unemployed but dentists struggle to find new employees 

  • Howard Speaks: Who's Answering Your Phone?

    07/07/2021 Duração: 05min

    Who’s answering your phone? Funnel-y how most dentists don’t track their new patient journey from landing on your website to calling your dental office. On average 100 people have to land on your website for three to call. Three people have to call for your front desk to convert one into a scheduled patient. Three patients have to come in with a cavity for you to convert one into getting treatment. Combine every one of these underperforming aspects of your new patient dental marketing journey and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics still shows an impressive 2020 median annual wage for dentists of $164,010 with the lowest 10% earning less than $79,000 and the highest 10% earning more than $208,000, showing the top 10% netting 2.5 times more than the lowest 10%. This clearly shows hope in the range of possibilities for any individual dentist wondering what’s possible. We’ve talked before how owner dentist net $100K more than non-owners. We know every successful business needs to get really good at one thing exp

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