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Personal Connections that Lead to Professional Growth


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When you’re looking to grow your business, the goal isn’t to aim for the top one percent. Instead of focusing on how to be that top producer, focus on how to improve your personal performance. Keeping up with the Joneses — both professionally and personally — always leaves you wanting. A smarter move is to look at those areas you want to improve and focus on them.

One of the best ways to do that is to connect with others. Seek out people within the industry that collectively can lift your business. What does it mean to truly connect with someone? On a personal level, it happens when you share the same interests or laugh at the same jokes. On a professional level, connections can be made when you have similar goals or the same basic philosophies.

Here are three ways to start making better connections.

  1. Join a professional association. I’ve been a member of NAIFA and the Financial Planning Association (FPA). I’m currently really involved in the Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP). It’s a unique organization where people with different credentials can be in the same room, hearing the same ideas, working together and pulling the rope the same way — all with your client’s best interests in mind. Consider joining with people in estate planning, asset management, insurance, accounting and more. And all of them ready to pull the rope in the same direction.

  2. Be intentional about attending conferences. It’s happened to all of us. We get to a conference, dutifully sit through the required CE, and then just kind of have sidebar conversations with whoever is near. Instead, look at the attendee list for the conference and reach out to those people that you really believe can help grow your practice. By that, I mean people who could be collaborative, educational and willing to help grow your business. Try to connect with them before the conference and then have intentionally meaningful 10-minute conversations during breaks, as opposed to the default tactic of saying “hey, how are you doing” to the person nearest you.

  3. Look for people who understand how to grow a business online.  How can you tell? Start by checking out their online presence. Connect with them through LinkedIn and then follow them on Twitter.  Read their blogs and get to know their business intimately before you reach out to them out of a personal level. Follow their practices as a template for your online growth.

Ready to create new, meaningful connections? We can help. We’ll help you organize the tools and tips we’ve been sharing into a plan designed to grow your business, attract quality people, and help you stay relevant during one of the greatest workforce shifts the United States has ever seen. Let us put our experience and wisdom to work in your business.

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How to Stay Motivated in a Difficult Business


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Achieve a 20-Point Day

Occasionally, most of us experience a lack of motivation. You might have distractions in your personal life. You might be discouraged by bad markets or low interest rates. Or maybe you’re just burned out. Whatever the cause, when you’re just not feeling it, it’s hard to stay focused and do the things necessary to grow your business. Specifically, it can be hard to find the energy to track quality people and remain relevant.

When you lose your motivations, you’re allowing external forces to push you off course to your success, potentially causing a downward spiral. When you’re not enthusiastic about your work, your clients can tell. They are trusting you with their financial future. They need you to be as excited about it as they are.

And, most important, when you lose your motivation you forget about doing the things that matter for long-term growth. Namely, prospecting for long-term clients. How do you do the things today that will result in more, and better, clients two, three and five years down the road?

There’s not just one answer, but I want to share a simple solution with you. When I worked in retail, I found it helpful to gamify my activity. The goal was to work for a 20-point day. It didn’t matter how I did it, but as long as I hit my 20 points, I went to bed knowing I had a successful day.  

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Your 20 points can come from a variety of different sources. So, for instance, every time you pick up the phone and speak with somebody, you get a point. Every time you ask for an appointment, you get three points. Secure that appointment to get four points. A face-to-face meeting is worth five points—seven if you meet with a center of influence.  Earn 10 points for another revenue-generating activity. And, if you meet your daily revenue goal, that’s 20 points.  

The key is that there is no carryover to the next day. Every day when you wake up, you start brand new. You’re not focused on the successes and failures of clients choosing or not choosing to do business with you, but rather you’re focused on the revenue-generating activities important in your business, regardless of what those are. It doesn’t matter if your business is assets under management, selling life insurance or retirement income planning.

What matters is that those key revenue-generating ideas are assigned point value and importance that will keep you motivated.  By focusing on what you can control, you can avoid letting the things you can’t control start playing with your head. Instead of focusing on “why can’t I get anything done,” “my market’s down,” or “my income’s dropped 20% because the market correction,” make sure that you have the right revenue generating-activities in order to take your business to a different level.

Think about what you are trying to do. You could be working to expand your client base or develop deeper relationships with your existing clients. Whatever the case, working to become a High Performing Practice can start right now.

Need help? I encourage you to schedule your transformational call. Spend an hour with us talking about where you are and where you want your business to be.  We’ll reach back out to you in a couple of weeks with a plan about how to get there.

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Try for a 20-point day every day. Gamify your revenue-generating activities and you’ll stay motivated.

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Good Marketing Is All About Consistency


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Marketing. It’s one of the more important aspects of our business. And one of the biggest—both in terms of budget and effort.

But it’s hard to quantify “really good” marketing versus “really bad” marketing. When you feel like you’re spending money left and right, it has to be good, doesn’t it? The truth is, money isn’t the only factor to consider. You can pay a lot for poor marketing. And you can also leverage effective marketing for free.

 

So, how do you get “really good” marketing for free? There are three steps to follow.

1. There needs to be a worthwhile message to promote, and you need to have a regular block of business that is consistent, and value-driven, to promote it to.

Start by writing articles and videos for local television and news reporters. Reporters are always looking for good quality, highly professional content. Talk to anyone that might be able to provide media attention for you. Any content you create also needs to be consistent across all channels. Articles and videos need to tell the same story as your blogs and emails.

And don’t get discouraged. It takes time to develop a following. Continue to push information to those that can give you exponential free live marketing efforts.

2. Focus on your social media strategy.  Everything you post should be of high value to your target market.

3. A powerful transitional call to action is essential. It’s rare that clients come to your website, thinking “You know what? I’m ready to invest the $1,000,000 with you to plan for my retirement.” Before they allow you to start on their financial plan, they want to get to know you. They want to trust you. They want to understand how you do business. One of the best ways to help them do that is to offer value through transitional calls to action. This can be anything that encourages them to look closer at the service you offer.

For example, offer educational material on a subscription basis. To download your latest article, they need to provide an email address. This allows you to create a nurture email campaign that speaks directly to the client’s interests.

Some examples of transitional calls to action include things like:

  • Learn how to increase your curb appeal for high net worth homes over half a $1,000,000.
  • Ideas to take care of an elderly parent at home

 

All of your content, including the call to action, must be consistent, fresh and valuable to your audience.

Reach out to those people in your local media that can give you exponential exposure. Use a consistent message to offer valuable information to your target audience.

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Consistency is essential to a solid marketing plan. 


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