Top 10 Posts Financial Advisors Read the Most on Our Blog in 2018

Top 10 Posts Financial Advisors Read the Most on Our Blog in 2018

As 2018 is coming to an end, we decided to do a quick recap of the top 10 posts that thousands of Financial Advisors and Wholesalers read on our blog throughout the year. They are on various topics – from practice building, to prospecting and relationship building, to establishing trust and storytelling.

We hope this quick recap will help you finish the year strong and give you some pointers on how to improve your practice in 2019. Enjoy!

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What to Do in The First Client Meeting

What to Do in The First Client Meeting

Meeting with a prospective client for the first time makes many advisors nervous. It’s your big opportunity to influence people to do business with you – or lose them forever. It’s essential to be prepared so that you come across as likeable and reliable – someone they can trust to oversee their finances and establish their future security. Here’s how to do that.

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5 Reasons You Should Get a Mentor

5 Reasons You Should Get a Mentor

When you first start out as an Advisor you’re given a set of products to sell, but unfortunately they don’t come with an instruction manual. You need to learn how to market and sell them yourself. This is where a mentor can step in, by helping you prospect, sell and manage your practice.

Mentors can also help you stay on track and improve, no matter how long you’ve been in business. Making sure you can still execute the fundamentals is key to becoming the Advisor you always wanted to be.

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What Elite Advisors Do That Average Advisors Don’t Do

Center Stage with Don Connelly and Richard Capalbo - What Elite Advisors Do that Average Advisors Don'd Do

What Elite Advisors Do That Average Advisors Don’t Do

I am happy to report that our webinars keep growing in size and popularity. On November 5, 2014, we had several hundred Advisors join in to listen to words of wisdom from Richard Capalbo. Richard was so scintillating that the questions poured in at the end.

Richard told the participants that he intended to focus on three main topics:

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5 Marketing Ideas for Financial Advisors to Ignite Their Business

5 Marketing Ideas for Financial Advisors to Ignite Their Business

There are hundreds of thousands of advisors out there but only a small percentage ever hit the $1 million turnover mark. So what gets these advisors into pole position? The answer is ‘marketing’. The amount of time you spend marketing yourself this year will dictate how much you grow next year. If you want your business to grow by 50% you need to spend half of every day marketing yourself, getting yourself in front of people, spreading the gospel. Read up on these five marketing ideas and ignite your business.

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Be Organized – Make Prospecting a Priority

Be Organized – Make Prospecting a Priority

I can conjure up many advantages to being organized. Less stress is way up there on my list. So is the luxury of having fewer decisions to make. But the number one reason is more time to sit face-to-face with clients and prospective clients.

My friend Jack is fond of saying that your success depends upon how many families you will touch going forward. Advisors who fare poorly generally do so because they don’t see enough people. It’s hard to have appointments when paperwork keeps getting in the way.

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What Are The Most Important Networking Skills for Financial Advisors?

What Are The Most Important Networking Skills for Financial Advisors

Networking is an important prospecting tool, especially for newer Advisors who have a paucity of clients. Probably the two most common ways to network are via social media or face-to-face. Both methods are effective if done correctly.

The concept of networking is not new. In fact, it is two thousand years old. It would not have survived if it didn’t work. Getting ahead in the business world has a lot more to do with who you know than what you know.

While networking is pretty straight forward, there are specific skills involved. It involves a lot more than simply handing out business cards. Like other prospecting methods, networking entails being brilliant at the basics.

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It Takes Persistence and Perseverance to Keep Doing a Difficult Thing

Persistence and Perseverance for Financial Advisors

Do you think it’s possible for you to become one of the best Financial Advisors in the world? How about in your firm or in your town? Is it possible for you to be great, to be admired and looked up to? How about rich? How about famous? Or are the rewards for the other guy? Have you thought long and hard about what it takes to become great?

It has been said that advice is what you seek when you already know the answer but wish you didn’t.

The good news is that all those things are within your grasp.

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Acquiring Negotiating Skills Will Help You Open More Accounts

Don Connelly audio blog post

When a prospective client is trying to decide between you and the Advisor across the street, you need to make the case that you are the obvious choice and the prospective client has to agree with your conclusion.

The time will surely arise in your career when a client wants to move his or her account to another Advisor.

The time will surely arise in your career when a client feels she deserves a lower fee. The time will surely arise in your career when a client balks at a suggested course of action. The time may very well arise when a client decides to manage his account himself. All these issues must be resolved tactfully.

Any dialogue intended to reach an understanding is a negotiation and negotiating involves specific skills.

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Get Your Work Done in Sixty Percent of the Time

Get Your Work Done

I can tell you without hesitation that the amount of time you spend marketing yourself this year determines how much you will grow next year. If you don’t prospect and market yourself, your business will wither and die.

I can also tell you without hesitation that running your business gets in the way of growing your business. The details eat up your time. There are only so many hours in the day. What to do then? Why do we give tasks more time than they need and what can we do about it?

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