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.

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I am conducting a one-day workshop for Financial Advisors seeking to improve their soft skills.The soft skills and verbal skills you need to get to the next level are not taught in training. Being book-smart is not enough to succeed as an Advisor. You have to be street-smart as well.

Elite Advisors are not outliers. They are hard workers who relentlessly strive to improve their people skills and their verbal skills. They know that people don’t simply decide to seek financial advice. They also decide who to seek it from. People looking for an Advisor are not looking for more information. They are looking for someone they can trust. EQ plays a far bigger role than IQ when it comes to gathering assets and opening accounts.

At this workshop, you will learn how to tell stories and use analogies; you will learn how to influence, educate and inspire people to take action and you will get an inside look at the shared traits and habits of the most elite Advisors I know.

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4 Tasks You Can Delegate to Grow Your Business

4 Tasks You Can Delegate to Grow Your Business

To grow your business, you need to focus on what’s important and this generally means prospecting and meeting with clients. There will be a host of routine tasks that don’t require your continual, personal, input. Hopefully, you work with an assistant.

Identify your non-revenue generating activities – as well as activities that lie outside your core competencies – and delegate them. In this post we’ll look at 4 tasks you can and should be outsourcing – leaving you free to take on key areas of your business.

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When Do People Get a Financial Advisor?

When Do People Get a Financial Advisor

No two clients are exactly alike. People generally get a financial advisor for a number of reasons. Therefore, you need a flexible process in place when it comes to approaching different prospects in accordance with their reasons for seeking financial advice.

Here are some cases when people get a financial advisor, along with their reasons for doing so and some recommendations on moving things forward.

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Sacrificing Instant Gratification

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I was talking with an advisor in Beverly Hills and she asked me a question. She actually made an observation, but it was in the form of a question. She said to me that she finds it a bit odd that financial success is a function of delayed gratification in a world that insists on instant gratification. Do I have any thoughts about that? And the answer is ‘Yes, I do!”

Listen to this audio episode or read the transcript below to learn what Don Connelly thinks about sacrificing instant gratification.

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How to Prepare Yourself for Market Corrections

How to Prepare Yourself for Market Corrections

Stocks will edge higher, sometimes for prolonged periods of time, but this should never give rise to complacency. Because there’s always a ‘bear market’ waiting just around the corner.

Don’t get caught out when the markets start to fall. Prepare yourself in advance, both for your own peace of mind – and so you’re ready to reassure clients that there’s no reason to panic.

Here are some things you can do to make sure you’re in command when market corrections take place.

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Self-sabotage – 10 Behaviors to Avoid

Self-sabotage – 10 Behaviors to Avoid

Self-sabotaging behaviors can create problems, interfere with goals and ultimately put your career at risk. Without even realizing it you could be a victim of self-sabotage. Be honest and identify the traits that are holding you back so you can make the positive changes required to move forward.

Here are ten ways you could be self-sabotaging – along with some recommendations on how to do things better.

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What Are Repeatable Processes and Why Do You Need Them?

What Are Repeatable Processes and Why Do You Need Them?

Repeatable processes are processes that can be followed day in, day out. The task of developing repeatable processes may appear time-consuming (even mundane), but it’s essential if you are to grow your business.

Just as the setting and the following of daily routines helps in everyday life, successful advisors know that by creating consistent repeatable processes they’ll build up a competitive advantage that’s hard to beat.

Here’s why you should be incorporating repeatable processes into your business model.

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Being Accountable May Be The Key to Your Success

Being Accountable May Be The Key to Your Success

Being accountable will benefit not only your business, but every aspect of your life. Being accountable to yourself will help you focus your attention on your performance, encouraging you to set and achieve personal goals. Being accountable to your clients will help you keep them on track and invested.

Here’s how being accountable will help you succeed as a Financial Advisor.

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4 More Things That Could Get You Stuck in a Rut

4 More Things That Could Get You Stuck in a Rut

In a previous post we outlined four things that could get you stuck in a rut. Here are four more – along with some recommendations on how to get your business moving forward again.

1. Thinking you don’t need help

If you think you don’t need help in building your business, think again. Over time you will eventually work out how to do things on your own – but why waste time? With help you’ll get there far quicker.

As the ancient Chinese proverb says – if you want to know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

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5 Top Priorities for Advisors Who Want to Build a Healthy Practice

5 Top Priorities for Advisors Who Want to Build a Healthy Practice

If you want to build a healthy practice, there are several things you must prioritize, including the following.

#1. Prospecting
To run a healthy business, you need a pipeline full of good leads. Referrals will probably not be enough to grow your business – and networking, whilst productive, won’t guarantee that you’ll meet the right people. So, prospecting (i.e. actively recruiting or seeking out new clients) must become your priority.

Prospecting may be the least favorite part of your job. If this is the case, work on developing your soft skills so you become more comfortable with this task.

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