In this category, we will share stories and practical tips for financial advisors and consultants which have proven to be best practices throughout the years.

Take Action Now if You Want to Succeed as a Financial Advisor

Take Action Now if You Want to Succeed as a Financial Advisor

Financial advisors often fail or stay at a mediocre level because they procrastinate. They don’t understand that success requires looking to the future, setting goals and working hard to achieve those goals. Instead many advisors think they can get by day by day on the bare minimum. Unfortunately, success doesn’t just ‘happen’. No matter how talented you are your star won’t rise unless you get proactive about growing your business.

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Getting Back on Track

Don Connelly audio podcast

I’m often asked what I read. One of the things I read is the Motivational Manager. They once reprinted an old treatise written by Harry Joiner at ecommercerecruiter.com called – “Before you apply for your next job”.

The title of the Motivational Manager article is simply “Disengage autopilot and take control of your career”. I think it’s really important for advisors to hear this.

It goes on to say that Harry Joiner was an executive recruiter. He meets about a hundred and fifty candidates a week and 90% of those professionals share the same failing – they’re clueless.

He said that most are well educated, and some may even be considered accomplished.

But they have a blind spot where their long-term career vision should be.

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Take Charge of Your Own Destiny if You Want to Be a Successful Advisor

Take Charge of Your Own Destiny if You Want to Be a Successful Advisor

If you want to succeed as a financial advisor you need to understand that you, and you alone, are in control of your career. Your future success relies on the choices you make, so take control without delay.

Take some time out to analyze your current practice and identify areas requiring improvement. Commit to change and to getting better at the basics. Change your mindset to re-inforce the idea that you are doing things out of choice rather than necessity.

Take note of Maya Angelou’s words of wisdom: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

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Financial Advisors Who Lack These Soft Skills Often Fail

Financial Advisors Who Lack These Soft Skills Often Fail

The ability to master soft skills is key to your future success as a Financial Advisor. In fact, it’s easily as important as how much technical knowledge you have. However, advisors often struggle to develop the key soft skills required to build relationships with prospects and clients – and consequently their business suffers.

Perfecting your soft skills should be your number one priority. This post will help remind you to get back to the basics by focusing on five soft skills that could make or break your business.

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Why Being a Good Advisor Is No Longer Enough to Succeed

Why Being a Good Advisor Is No Longer Enough to Succeed

Few industries have become as commoditized as the financial services industry. It’s become more and more common to see a personal touch replaced by ‘cookie-cutter’ automated solutions.
On the bright side it’s clear that technology cannot replace the service of a really great financial advisor. Clients still crave advice that’s customized. They need the services of an advisor who can look at the ‘big picture’ and understand the complexities of their lives in terms of their aspirations, family and careers.
If you want to succeed you need to be more than ‘good enough’. You need to prove you are prepared to go that extra mile and provide a service that’s above and beyond your clients’ expectations.
How do you get to become an Elite rather than a “good” Advisor?

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The Five Soft Skills Financial Advisors Must Have to Succeed

The Five Soft Skills Financial Advisors Must Have to Succeed

The development of an excellent soft skillset is crucial to your success as a financial advisor. You can find technical knowledge in any book, but practical knowledge involves ‘being’ rather than ‘knowing’, ‘practicing’ rather than ‘being taught’. Soft skills are absorbed through years of experience.

To develop great soft skills, practice them every day, hone them and never give up the quest for perfection.

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Don’t Compare Yourself to Others – Focus on Your Own Success

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others – Focus on Your Own Success

Comparing yourself to other advisors and idealizing their qualities while underestimating your own abilities is a self-defeating habit, yet many advisors constantly do this. Believing that there are other advisors out there who are “better”, “more accomplished” or “more successful” than you can set you on a downward spiral because you feel you can’t measure up.

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Three Must-read Success Stories for Financial Advisors

Three Must-read Success Stories for Financial Advisors

As a financial advisor you need to work flat out on building your business. But it also pays to take the time to stand back and find inspiration from the best in the business. By understanding what helped some top pros rise to the top of their profession you can gain valuable pointers to motivate you both personally and professionally. Here’s a brief introduction to three professionals you should have on your radar.

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