When people ask what you do, how do you tell them about energy healing without being dismissed?

Here’s what I say: “I help people overcome joint pain. I do energy healing, I’ve been doing it for more than 25 years, and all my work comes with a money-back guarantee.”

This post explains why I say that, so you can craft your own answer.

What to Avoid

I found that simply saying, “I’m an energy healer” wasn’t clear enough, and that made it easy for people to dismiss me.

People would assume they knew what I meant, when they were really thinking of Reiki healers with a few days of training, or faith healers, or other people who don’t have the experience, the scientific background, or the focus on results that I do. It starts the conversation on the wrong foot.

Say How You Help

I like to lead with the problem I solve. This helps the listener to engage and understand what I actually do. It makes my work concrete.

Note that I say, “joint pain,” not “osteoarthritis,” because I want to avoid using medical jargon. Talk about the problem you solve in a way that’s easy to identify and understand. You probably know if someone around you has joint pain, but do you know if they have osteoarthritis? Keeping it simple helps generate referrals.

A word of caution: Saying you “treat” joint pain or offer “pain relief” are medical claims. Avoid that language, it can create legal problems. “Overcome,” “address,” and other non-medical terms are much safer. Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer, ask your lawyer for definitive answers.

Maintain Credibility

When I say I do energy healing, I add that I’ve been doing it for 25 years and that I guarantee my work. That conveys authority and confidence in my field. People also tend to remember the last thing you said, so I avoid ending an answer with “energy healing” — instead, I keep talking until the sentence ends with credibility.

What if you don’t have a quarter-century of experience or a money-back guarantee? Your credibility is the experience you’ve had. Talk about your training and any certifications you’ve earned. Mention case studies if you have them, and how many people you’ve worked with (if it’s impressive).

If you’ve only taken classes, talk about your experience with energy in class. For example, “When I received healing energy for my knee, my pain went down from a 6 out of 10 to a 2 out of 10 in minutes.” You can also talk about your teacher’s credentials, so people know you’re learning from a credible source.

Spend some time thinking about the problem your work solves, and your energy healing credentials. Having a few sentences in mind when the question comes up can mean the difference between dismissal and engagement.

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