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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.

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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Deep rapport and why it matters

Rapport is the presence of harmony, trust, and cooperation between people. It is like the oil in the machine of a relationship – without it things will soon grind to a halt. The thing about rapport is that it exists on different levels. What is fine for a superficial, transactional relationship will be insufficient when…

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Taming your advice monster

If you are an adviser then surely your job is to give advice, right? Imagine this scenario. You meet with a client or potential client and you politely ask some questions, you listen and soon you can see exactly what the clients problem is and you know you can help them solve it. What you…

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Working ONLY with wonderful clients – the two essential questions

The very first stage of a new client relationship is connecting with someone. They may get in touch with you. You may get in touch with them. Whichever it is the next stage is that you invite them into a conversation. Conversations are the most important aspect of building your practice because without these, nothing…

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The most powerful two-word question

There is a simple two-word question that I have found to be extremely useful both in client conversations (and at other times too). So, let me share with you how this article came about. A client and I were booked in for a meeting and when we began our conversation, I asked him the question:…

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Stop worrying about your value

Many practitioners seem to waste time worrying about their value. It is one of the reasons people take qualification after qualification. So they can feel worthy. I have often spoken with advisers who say things like, “I can’t go and speak to xxx (high net worth, professional connections, etc.) because I don’t have xxx qualification”)….

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Should you be coaching your clients?

Coaching happens within a conversation and strong powerful conversations are about being fully present, listening deeply and asking questions.

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The inescapable truth about selling your services

Although the word ‘selling’ can conjure up negative thoughts in some people’s minds the fact is that all commercial businesses are selling products or services. Your ability to ‘sell’ your services is one of the most significant factors (if not THE most significant factor) in building a thriving practice. Yet for many advisers, it is…

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The most-read blog posts of 2019

I was looking back over 2019’s blog posts and I wanted to share the 5 most read with you again. You never know which ones are going to have the most reads and sometimes it can be a surprise. I enjoyed re-living the inspiration for each one and hope you enjoy them. Here are 2019’s…

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