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Welcome to The Client Centred Blog; Free content that shares a fresh approach to thriving as a financial professional in a rapidly changing environment.

This blog has its foundation in a new understanding of the human mind that gives you the ultimate platform for creating better results, thriving under any circumstances and living the life you want.     

I invite you to explore the materials, reflect upon how it relates to you and your business and enjoy the benefits.

The three roles of an adviser

I once had a client who was a top orthopaedic surgeon. We talked about what he did with his working hours and his time was always arranged around his narrow band of expertise. He spent time in theatre working on patients. He met with patients to consult and advise them. He also spent time keeping…

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How to move from hating selling to loving selling

How many professional people hate selling their services or feel uncomfortable with it in some way? My experience is quite a lot. Many advisers have shared with me the fact that they love working with their existing clients but do not particularly enjoy the process of client acquisition. Sales training programmes often have it back…

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Keeping your hand out of the jar

In Africa there is a technique that hunters use to catch monkeys. Ordinarily, because monkeys are intelligent and cunning, they are extremely hard to trap but there is a way. A small jar with a certain size neck is placed where the monkeys frequent and inside the jar are placed the monkeys favourite nuts. The…

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One word to prosperity

I was recently speaking with a client who wants to build her practice. She had spent good money on a website, hired a designer to create a brand, and was working with a digital marketing agency to get her message ‘out there’. The only thing was that her practice was not growing. This is not…

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Shoulder Taps

The impact you can have on another human being has a lot to do with how much you realise you can impact them. How do you see your role as an adviser? You can operate at the level of arranging transactions, you can see yourself as providing a service or you can realise there is…

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Why regulation will never improve the public’s trust in Financial Services (and what can)

Most people I come across in Financial Services are caring, dedicated and highly professional people who do great work for their clients. On top of this a great many of those, like you, continually strive to improve and I have huge respect for this because it takes time, effort and is arduous as well as…

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Which screw to turn

There is a famous story about FedEx, the delivery company. In the US the central hub of the business is in Memphis, so all overnight packages go through here. One night the conveyer belt system suddenly stopped working bringing the business to a halt. It meant that the packages could not be distributed and the…

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Asking essential questions: the ones that no one else thinks to ask

Often, financial advice is triggered when something happens or is going to happens in a client’s life. For instance, the sale of a business, divorce, or an upcoming retirement. Financial advisers are used to dealing with the money but there is another aspect which is often neglected, and this is a huge disservice to the…

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What has spirituality got to do with financial planning?

A while back I was speaking with a financial planner and our conversation turned to what it is that clients really want. Although I had not used the ‘S’ word he suddenly looked at me like I had grown three heads and said in an aghast tone, “Are you talking about spirituality!”  Ok, I get…

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Growing your business in the quickest, most efficient way possible – Here’s how

Something extremely valuable I learned from my coach is that every system is perfect for the result it creates. For instance, … If you are only getting half of the business that you want, then your current system is perfect for that result. If you are working fifteen hours a week more than you want…

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