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2020-08-26 • 20 second read

Quality is a habit, not an act; we are what we repeatedly do.

We are products of our habits and rituals. Creating a new habit can be difficult because traction and meaningful results take time to manifest. Our daily routines get hardwired into our mindset and whenever we deviate we often subconsciously revert back to our original ways of doing things.

An important step is to develop an approach where you take action and build the bridge as you cross it. If you know you have to start doing something that’s in your best interest - or stop doing something that is not in your best interest - take action and let the momentum of your new habit compound over time.

2020-08-25 • 8 min video

In this episode Duncan discusses the benefit of being in a “state of flow” and how right now there's an opportunity for you to rethink your business, and your focus, to get to a real state of fulfillment and potentially go up market to a higher-caliber client.

Visit the Pareto Systems Knowledge Bank to access numerous other videos, scripts and templates that will help you not only survive, but thrive during these turbulent times: paretoacademy.com/knowledge-bank-volatility

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2020-08-21 • 20 sec

A personal branding strategy helps people connect with you on a deeper level. The firm you represent has its own brand, but you need to build a brand within that brand. This adds credibility to your overall brand, but people are connecting with you, the messenger, not just your message in terms of solutions, products or rates of return.

Learn how to refine your branding with our Total Client Engagement Process: https://www.paretosystems.com/total-client-engagement.html

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2020-08-19 • 20 second read

Listening doesn’t just make a client confident and happy; it gives you real information that makes you better in turn. It’s possible for your judgment to be clouded by inertia confidence, by neglect or by getting into a feedback vacuum. Your clients are the best board of directors/advisory panel you can have. They will keep you on track.

Excerpt from the Advisor Playbook: www.paretosystems.com/the-advisor-playbook

If you need to open deeper communications with your ideal clients, talk to my team, we can help. Ask for our consulting coordinator: 1.866.593.8020

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2020-08-18 • 3 minute read

Developing an effective On-Boarding Process

My favorite topics for these articles stem from conversations I have with our coaching staff at Pareto Systems who share success stories from the field with me. Our coaching staff and I often have “Proof that it Works” conversations where they pass along feedback in terms of the impact our strategies are having on an advisor’s business.

Recently, I heard an interesting example about the importance of the New Client Process. As you may know, this process is the series of steps that take place from the moment you get a referral phone call right up to the point where you officially welcome a new person as a client, and everything in between. Many like to call this the On-boarding process.

At a glance, the New Client Process has five distinct steps:

  1. The Pre-Appointment Phase
  2. The 1st Appointment (or Fit Appointment)
  3. The Second Appointment
  4. The Third Appointment
  5. And finally, the New Client Welcome

Now, some might say that this seems like an awful lot of steps, and they would be right, but these are all necessary steps. This process is extremely attractive to potential clients, and more often than not, as a result of going through this process, the potential client ends up trying to convince the advisor to take them on as a client! On a regular basis, we also see advisors get referrals from someone shortly after bringing them on as a client! We see it happen all the time.

The coach who shared this story with me works with two brothers who have a successful practice in California. Both use this very same New Client Process, and they are enjoying a lot of success from this process and from their terrific implementation of it.

One of the brothers recently met with a prospective client, a wealthy lady who had north of $1,000,000 in investable assets.

As they sat down, and as the advisor pulled out the agenda to start the meeting, the lady announced the following: “I want you to know that I am interviewing different advisors.”

The advisor, in a cool and collected way, replied: “Well, I would be surprised if you weren’t. The reality is that we are interviewing you today as well. It is very important to our practice that my brother and I only take on clients that are a good fit.”

I only wish that I was in the room at the time when they were having this meeting, so I could have seen how the dynamic changed after the advisor replied in this fashion. He didn’t try to sell harder, or any of that nonsense, he simply stated the truth, which was that there were two decisions being made that day, both hers and his.

The wealthy lady became a client. It turned out that she had interviewed four different advisors in total, and the third such interview was with our client. It was just a few days later when a thank-you card arrived at the advisor’s office. It was from the very same lady, and in the card, she thanked them for deciding to take her on as a client. What a change in attitude from that first meeting, and it all had to do with the attractiveness of the New Client Process, and the skill of our client in implementing it.

The woman wasn’t done yet though. Shortly after the thank-you card arrived, my client received an email from her. She had copied her CPA on the email, and the message said: “You guys have to meet each other. The advisor gave the CPA a call, and they got together for lunch.

Over the lunch, my client learned that the CPA had a huge operation with 24 staff, and they specialized in ultra high-net worth types; the richest of the rich.

The advisor and his brother specialize in clientele in the 1-10 million range. The advisor candidly told the CPA this, and also told him that the ultra high-net worth types weren’t really their niche.

Ironically, it turns out that the 1-10 million range wasn’t the CPA’s niche either. His focus was going to remain on the ultra high-net worth types, and he and my client are now discussing the CPA referring over business in the 1-10 million range to my clients as it appears. He regularly receives those types of referrals, but isn’t really interested in that kind of business. The advisors certainly are though!

The next step is to show the CPA the highlights of the New Client Process, so that when the CPA does refer someone, he can take great confidence on that they will be well looked after, and how it will be done.

The bottom line is this. When you apply stewardship over salesmanship with a prospective client, you not only contrast yourself favorably to other advisors, you are also positioning yourself for advocacy with that person immediately. And then the domino effect begins.

Continued Success!

Contributed by Duncan MacPherson

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2020-08-17 • 20 second read

AI will never have EI, emotional intelligence, so emphasize practice management and relationship management. That’s where you can differentiate and stand out.

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2020-08-14 • 20 second read

What is the purest form of client acquisition? It is not going out and trying to convince new people, but rather working with the people who are already convinced and showing them how to convince people on your behalf. They go out of their way to wave your flag; not because they are trying to help you grow your business, but because they feel they are doing their friends a disservice if they do not make the introduction.

2020-08-13 • 6 min video

When it comes to consistent client acquisition through advocacy, when it comes to fee-worthiness, client loyalty and total client engagement over the lifetime of a relationship, your technical ability and core competency really matters. But when it comes to professional contrast and ensuring that people really understand and appreciate your value, the words matter too.

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2020-08-12 • 20 second read

Clarify your goals on paper. Use the W-5 Process. You can’t just randomly or haphazardly approach the future; you must design it. You’ve heard about the fool who goes hunting with a crossbow and fires an arrow into the forest, saying to himself, “Boy, I sure hope something runs into that.” Later, he finds the arrow lodged into a tree and draws a bull’s eye around it.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Visit paretosystems.com for more daily tips and insights.

2020-08-11 • 6 min video

The best in any field of endeavor are masters at identifying and responding to unexpected situations. Being nimble means you can pivot on a dime and take action. Take, for example, the kids of your best clients. Those in the 12th grade have had their graduation plans upended. No gowns, no prom, no ceremony. How about those in college or university? Final exams written at home with anticlimactic fanfare. Why not send those kids a beautiful card to pay tribute to their accomplishment? And life goes on. Birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones and life events have been celebrated virtually recently. Why not respond tangibly with a beautiful Lavish Card. You can also consider sending a copy of The Richest Man in Babylon - a great book for young adults embarking on a road to financial independence. Either way, while others watch things happen, be the one who makes things happen. Strengthening a relationship with a family can be achieved by bringing value to the next generation. And you also get to dig your well before you’re thirsty.

Use this downtime to catch up on your reading, visit: Duncan’s Recommended Reading: paretosystems.com/recommended-reading

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