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Ep 182 — How to Secure Solid Introductions — Referrals Mini-Series Part 3



These days, it’s not so much referrals that we need, it’s introductions and connections. 

Today, Matt and Referral Coach International founder Bill Cates are back for the third and final part of our referrals mini-series to discuss how you can turn referrals into solid introductions.

Bill and Matt leave no stone unturned when talking about how you can do your due diligence when researching a likely prospect prior to an introduction. They discuss everything from how to ask people to be a referral to the various resources available to research a prospect, and much more.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to do ‘warm’ research for more impactful introductions
  • How to ask for what you want
  • How and what to prepare prior to an introduction
  • The critical mass of referrals
  • Whether it’s possible to be unreferrable
  • And so much more!

Referrals beget referrals. Tune in now and take notes — this mini-series may change your world!

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | Resources | EGuide | Referrals Mini-Series Part 1 | Referrals Mini-Series Part 2

 

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Ep 181 — How to ask for Referrals without Begging — Referrals Mini-Series Part 2



Today, Referral Coach International founder Bill Cates is back for part two of our three-part mini-series on making your practice a referral magnet.

There are 3 types of people when it comes to getting referrals. Some will give you referrals right on the spot, some won’t do it when you ask, but will when they are ready, and some just won’t do it at all. Today, Bill and Matt discuss how to approach asking for referrals, highlighting best practices that will allow you to ask not by begging or pushing, but by being proactive instead.  

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between a referral and an introduction
  • Two ways you can be proactive about getting referrals
  • The reasons why clients don’t give referrals
  • How to keep your messaging genuine to you
  • And so much more!

If you want to grow your company exponentially, listen in now and take notes as Bill takes you through the process of asking for referrals! 

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | E-Guide | Referrals Mini-Series Part 1

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Ep 180 — How to get Referrals Without Asking — Referrals Mini-Series Part 1



Every advisor’s dream is to get referrals without asking. But how do you accomplish this?

According to Bill Cates, the key is to be super referrable.

Today, Matt welcomes Bill, the founder of Referral Coach International, for a 3-part mini-series on referrals to help you and your practice grow in the best way possible.

In this first part, Bill and Matt explore how you can get referrals without asking. Referencing Julie Littlechild’s research on the correlation between client satisfaction and referrals, Bill lays out several strategies to help you create engaged client relationships that will make clients want to refer you.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The three parts of the client relationship that create engaged clients
  • Why the biggest mistake is thinking getting referrals needs to take a long time
  • The importance of the value you provide and how you can start providing it quickly
  • Why it’s important to talk about expectations early on
  • The value in finding and sharing your ‘client-focused why’
  • And more!

Join Bill and Matt now to pick up some great tips and ideas to help you on your path to getting referrals without asking!

Resources: Referral Coach | Coach Cates | Bill Cates Speaking | Julie Littlechild

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Ep 179 – The Power of Podcast Marketing — with Ben Jones



Nobody knows the power of a podcast like a podcast host.

Today, Matt Halloran welcomes Ben Jones, the host of the Better Conversations. Better Outcomes podcast and the managing director and head of intermediary at BMO Global Asset Management. At BMO, Ben leads a team of sales and service professionals to deliver investment solutions to intermediaries such as RAI’s, broker-dealers, and other investment managers.  

To get the word out about the great work his team does, Ben hosts a bi-weekly podcast called Better Conversations. Better Outcomes, where he provides listeners with actionable content to help propel their practice in different areas of wealth management. Today, Ben shares more about his strategies behind his podcast, and how he makes it as valuable as possible for listeners.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • About Ben’s role at BMO
  • Why Ben believes that better conversations lead to better outcomes for advisors and their clients
  • Three areas of conversation Ben and his team aim to enhance
  • The importance of putting the content you’re marketing first
  • Why Ben believes financial services is a noble profession
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn more about Ben, BMO Global Asset Management, and the power of podcasting with great content!

Resources: Top Advisor Marketing /  BMO GAM/Better Conversations/ Tickle Monster

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Ep 177 – 7 Steps for Strategic Risk-Taking — with Craig Hersch



Today, Matt welcomes back a known thought leader Craig Hersch, estate planning attorney and founder of The Freedom Practice.

Craig is here to share how he’s grown his business to the point where he’s able to spend time focusing on his highest and best use. In this episode, Craig also uncovers seven steps for strategic risk-taking so you too can overcome your obstacles and start generating great ideas.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Craig’s seven steps for following through on your ideas
  • How your personality traits affect your ability to generate and carry out great ideas
  • The importance of looking back at how far you’ve come
  • Why you should be doubling your costs when doing a cost-benefit analysis
  • The importance of delegating tasks so you can carry out your highest and best use
  • And more!

Tune in and learn how to start putting your ideas into practice!

Resources: The Freedom Practice | The Estate Planner’s Practice Development Podcast | Kolbe Personality Test | The Blueprint Program

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Ep 175 – Uncork Your Productivity: Part 1 — With Patty Kreamer and Michelle Donovan



Welcome to part one of this mini-series with our friends Patty Kreamer and Michelle Donovan, co-owners of Productivity Uncorked!

Today, Matt speaks to our special guests about productivity. They bring you actionable advice, covering topics from managing to-do lists and getting rid of brain clutter to calendering and cutting out email-stress once and for all.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What it means to be truly productive
  • How to go about creating and managing a to-do list
  • How Patty teaches people the time blocking system
  • What it means to be unproductive and how to get ahead of it
  • Some of the biggest time wasters financial advisors deal with
  • Tips for reducing the stress that comes with handling emails
  • What the productivity coaching program by Patty and Michelle entails
  • And more!

Are you ready to uncork your productivity and become more effective? Then tune in to learn how!

Resources: Productivity Uncorked

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Ep 174 – Start Creating Documented and Repeatable Systems — With Dean Soto



When Matt gets this excited about a guest, you know it’s going to be good!

Today, Matt chats with Dean Soto, president of Pro Sulum, about scaling your team and saving time by enlisting virtual assistants to document your systems. Dean also explains why rescinding control can be a good thing. In fact, Dean firmly believes that 95% of what we do can be done by someone else if there is a process in place.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What drove Dean to start his own business
  • Which essential and time-consuming tasks virtual assistants can do for you
  • Who the most important person is to have in your organization
  • How to make standard operating procedures easier to put together
  • Why virtual assistants will save you time and money
  • Where the name Pro Sulum came from
  • And more!

Listen in now to find out how to document your systems and free up your time!\

Resources: Dean Soto via LinkedIn | Pro Sulum

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Ep 173 – Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion — With Shawn Moon



Today, Matt welcomes Executive VP of Global Sales and Delivery at FranklinCovey, Shawn Moon to the show!

In this episode, Matt steps outside of the finance industry to get Shawn’s fresh, new take on how to cultivate fierce loyalty in your customers. As it turns out, it all starts with your employees — 70% of your customers are influenced by your frontline employees! Today, you will learn how to help your employees strengthen their sense of empathy, responsibility, and generosity.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why the finance industry is practically tailor-made for the leading loyalty framework
  • Why it’s imperative to influence frontline employees
  • About the 11 huddles to have with your team
  • Ideas for using a powerful emotion —  surprise — to inspire customer loyalty
  • The satisfaction metric pitfalls to avoid
  • And more!

Tune in and learn how to influence your frontline employees and build customer loyalty!

Resources: Leading Loyalty |  FranklinCovey  

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Ep 172 – Make Your Brand Powerful and Consistent Across Locations — With Austin Schmitt and Elijah Kovar



Great Waters Financial has truly achieved branding excellence. And today, Matt is bringing you some behind-the-scenes insight into just how they did it.

In today’s episode, our friends Austin Schmitt and Elijah Kovar, partners of Great Waters Financial, are here to share their secrets, starting with how they stay in control of their brand message while operating several locations accross the state of Minnesota.  

In this episode, you will learn:

  • An exercise to help you answer: What kind of story do you want to have told about you?
  • How to get down to the core of your brand message
  • Which part of the branding process usually trips people up
  • Why a mission statement is not a marketing message
  • Ideas for building your mission into your culture (even if you have a big team)
  • What percentage of Great Water Financial’s annual revenue is spent on marketing
  • Why your marketing budget should be the last thing you cut
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn tried-and-true strategies for uncovering your brand message and making it shine across several locations!

Resources: Great Waters Financial | Great Waters Financial Facebook Page | Iris.xyz

 


Ep 171 – Start Interrupting Your Patterns — With Jon Dwoskin



Matt is excited to welcome business coach and author of “The Think Big Movement,” Jon Dwoskin to the show!

Jon and Matt take a deep dive into what you can do to get out of your own way, how to reconnect to the bedrock of what makes you tick, and how identifying your personal brand can help you manage your team more effectively.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Which traits to look for in a mentor
  • Examples of what your personal brand might be and how it affects your work and client relationships
  • How your relationships can change once you identify your personal brand
  • How to take the risks needed to get out of your comfort zone
  • The benefits of interrupting your patterns (and book recommendations!)
  • And more!

If you’re curious about how you can benefit from shaking things up and interrupting your patterns, hit that “play” button!

Resources: Jon Dwoskin Experience | Seat Of The Soul by Gary Zukav | The Think Big Movement: Grow Your Business Big. Very Big! | Jon Dwoskin’s cell #: (248) 535-7796.

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