Are you really doing lifestyle financial planning?

There has been quite a significant movement over the last few years of financial brokers or advisers repositioning (or simply renaming) themselves as financial planners. This makes a huge amount of sense, because of the value that lifestyle financial planning brings to people’s lives. But it only makes sense when lifestyle financial planning is what […]

How do you connect with today’s prospects?

Prospects will approach you with a wide variety of requirements in mind. This applies both to the type of advice or potential products they are seeking, and also at various stages of their “buying cycle. We’ve previously covered the buying cycle of clients in more detail in a previous article here, however as a very […]

What’s driving the growth of Future Cashflow Planning?

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of working with some of the leading financial advice firms in United Arab Emirates over the course of a couple of days in Dubai (the photo is of the VERY impressive Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world today). My involvement came about as part of […]

The latest thinking about financial planning

I had the pleasure recently of attending the excellent Back2Y conference in Birmingham. This conference is predominately for financial planners, but also for anyone interested in hearing about best practice among financial planners in the UK and further afield.   What struck me first of all was the number of Irish advisers at the event. […]

Pleased to meet you…

Networking is a very traditional, but still a very effective and important marketing activity. It’s also one that fills a lot of people with dread… They think of standing around in crowded rooms with no one to talk to, or being pinned in the corner making small talk with someone who they frankly have little […]

Don’t be ashamed of selling!

I was with an adviser some time ago who ticked me off on a couple of occasions when I mentioned the word selling. He contended that he is an adviser and not a salesman. I say that you need to be both…   There’s nothing wrong with selling! For some people, selling is a dirty […]