I think we’re all surprised by the fact we are in late August. We lead full lives and the lives of our prospects are full as well. But coming out of the Labor Day holiday we will all be met with a need for a plan to close the year. Now is the time to take stock of what’s worked, what hasn't and what we can all do differently to bring in a solid 2017. Here are 4 keys to accelerating your client acquisition efforts to finish strong:
Part 1: You and client acquisition – you are the indispensable resource!
To accelerate your pipeline, get prospects to see themselves in the relationship with you. Most probably they are working with another FA and they want to see if the effort is worth it to change. YOU ARE WORTH IT. Immerse yourself in the issues, challenges and aspirations of your best prospect types – make sure your messaging reflects them:
When prospects sense that you understand their unique situation they share more. The more they share the greater the impact of your recommendations. Be “issue fluent” in the issues that matter most to your prospects. Improve your business acumen and let your COIs know of your focus and why:
People have interesting relationships with their money and their pets. And they’re not always rational. Data shows the confidence level of prospects actually goes DOWN after a first meeting as the prospect of change and the skepticism of someone new doing better sets in. Your first meting goal has got to be to secure the second meeting!
Bonus – Closing: Let prospects know how much you’ve done to their benefit!
By this time you’ve followed your playbook to get to this stage. But the prospect doesn't have a copy. Bring them back to the value you’ve both created over time.
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Bill Walton Sales Training has over 60 years of collective Fortune 500 company experience in Sales, Sales Training and Field Sales Management. Our specialty is preparing individuals and organizations to present their value propositions in a way that results in higher close ratios. Our team are un-blurring the lines of differentiation between their client's fiercest competitors.