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Knockout Networking for Financial Advisors and Other Sales Producers

More Prospects, More Referrals, More Business

Goldberg, Michael


1. Edition July 2020
304 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-64909-0
John Wiley & Sons

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90% of financial advisors fail at being financial advisors. Why? Because advisors, brokers, reps, and agents need to see more people to make more sales appointments. And nobody in their firm, agency, branch, or shop trains them how! Knockout Networking for Financial Advisors is the only book written for sales producers in the financial services industry focused on making more connections through networking

In the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, networking, developing relationships, generating referrals, and making important connections are as important as ever. The ideas and approaches in Knock Out Networking for Financial Advisors can be applied immediately to virtual meetings, online networking groups, social media, podcasts, and of course, phone calls. The problem is, most advisors and sales producers are not born networkers; they develop the skills and confidence through education, training, practice, and having a positive attitude.

Knockout Networking for Financial Advisors covers everything you need to know about going to the right places (virtual or not!), saying the right things, and meeting the right people--essential skills for a financial advisor or sales producer that's serious about making more and better connections! The result? More prospects, more referrals, and more business.

Author Michael Goldberg is a networking specialist, speaker, trainer, author (and boxer!) focused on helping financial advisors, brokers, agents, reps, wholesalers, and other sales producers grow their business or practice through networking.

In this ?must read if you?re a financial advisor? book, you will learn how to:
* Confidently meet and greet new people in business settings
* Further define your Target Market to establish more and better connections
* Deliver a ?knockout? elevator speech (not a script!)
* Generate more prospects and referrals from current client base
* Establish important relationships generating more business opportunities

Bottom line, networking is the most effective way to attract more prospects, more referrals, and more business to your corner. Remember?keep the left up!

Preface xi

Part 1 Opening Rounds 1

Chapter 1 Networking is the Key to a Successful Career (Especially in Financial Services) 3

Why Financial Advisors Should Network 3

Top Producers Should Network Too 6

Why Financial Advisors Don't Network 8

Chapter 2 What is Networking? Having a Networking Mindset 17

Six Reasons for Networking 18

Why Understanding the Six Reasons for

Networking is Important 23

What is Networking Anyway? 28

Chapter 3 Why You Won't Connect with Everyone: The One-Thirder Dynamic 37

One-Thirder Dynamic 39

Two-Thirder Dynamic 42

Focus on the One-Thirders! 43

Zero-Thirder Dynamic 44

Mirror Image 46

Sometimes You Can Reduce the Fraction 47

Part 2 The Rules of Networking(TM) 49

Chapter 4 No Selling Ever: Keep Bobbing and Weaving 51

The Cost of Selling at a Networking Event 54

Trade Shows: An Exception to the Rule 60

Chapter 5 Everyone is Not a Prospect: Don't Waste Your Punches 63

What is a Prospect Anyway? 65

True and Probable Referral Sources 69

Natural Market 71

Prospecting is Important! 73

Chapter 6 Focus on a Target Market: Hit Those Focus Mitts 75

How I Discovered My Target Market 76

Do You Have the Right Formula? 81

How to Discover, Establish, and Develop Your Target Market 84

Why Advisors Resist Having a Target Market 90

Remember, Stay Focused! 92

Chapter 7 Create (and Use!) Your Elevator Speech: The PEEC Statement(TM) 93

Profession 96

Expertise 99

Environments 101

Call to Action 103

The Rules of the PEEC Statement 106

Sample PEEC Statements 112

Chapter 8 Business Cards Breed Business: And Other Rules of Networking(TM) 115

Have Your Business Cards and Other Tools of the Trade 116

It is Never About You 119

Always Be Positive, Professional, and Respectful 120

Look the Part 121

Know about Contacts, Leads, and Referrals 122

Count Your Chickens and Eggs 124

Eat and Drink Strategically 124

Initiate Conversations by Introducing Yourself and Asking Questions 125

Have a Goal and a Plan 126

Listen More, Talk Less 127

Keep Your Eyes Focused on Your Conversation 127

Introduce Others with Passion 128

Implement a Time Limit 129

Intend to Follow Up 130

Terminate Conversations Politely 131

It's a We Thing, Not a Me Thing 132

Get to Know: The Know, Like, and Trust Factor 133

Have Fun! 133

Part 3 Where to Go, What to Say, and Who to Meet 135

Chapter 9 Where to Go? Chambers, Associations, and Other High-Potential Events 137

Not All Events are Created Equal 138

Hard Contact Meetings 140

Soft Contact Meetings 142

You Can't Just Show Up 153

Chapter 10 What to Say? How to Start a Conversation, Ask Good Questions, and Connect 155

What Prevents Us from Listening? 156

Four-Step Process for Active Listening 157

Initiate Conversations by Introducing Yourself and Asking Questions 159

Chapter 11 Who Will You Meet? The Faces of Networking 167

The Faces of Networking 168

People Seldom Change 175

Part 4 Special Topics 177

Chapter 12 How to Handle Awkward Situations: Forgetting Names and Other Weird Moments 179

How Do I Introduce Myself? 180

How Do I Introduce Others in a Conversation Without Being Rude? 182

How Do I Introduce Others and Walk Away? 182

What Should I Do If I Forget Someone's Name? 183

How Do I Ask Someone for a Business Card? 185

How Do I Take Notes on Someone's Business Card? 186

How Do I Know When to End a Conversation? 187

What If I've Done Something Embarrassing or Stupid? 189

Chapter 13 Knockout LinkedIn Strategies: Boom! 191

Step 1: Define Your LinkedIn Marketing Goals 194

Step 2: Pick Your Target Market on LinkedIn 195

Step 3: Create the Right Messaging for Social Media 196

Step 4: Tell Your Story to Engage People 197

Step 5: Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile to Five Stars 197

Step 6: Set Up the Right Networking Dashboards to Track LinkedIn Success 198

Step 7: Post Something of Value Each Day on LinkedIn 199

Step 8: Engage with Your First- and Second-Degree LinkedIn Network 200

Step 9: Reach Out Via Direct Message to Your LinkedIn Connections 200

The Bottom Line 201

Chapter 14 Generating More Referrals: Why Don't You Get More? 203

Reasons You're Not Getting Referrals 204

Knockout Ways to Generate More Referrals 210

Chapter 15 One-on-One Networking Meetings: How to PUNCHUp Your Time Over Coffee 219

Best Practices 221

Your PUNCH Card 222

Important Points to Keep in Mind 227

One-on-One Meeting PUNCH Card 230

Part 5 Developing and Implementing Your Networking System 231

Chapter 16 The Four Phases of Networking: Preparation, Presentation, Follow-up, Maintenance 233

Preparation 234

Presentation 240

Follow-up 247

Maintenance (OOSIOOM) 250

Chapter 17 What Now? 90-Day Goals: Putting Your "Daily Fight Plan" into Action! 255

Goals 258

Objectives or Tasks 262

Business and Networking Examples 263

Daily Fight Plan (DFP) 264

Daily Fight Plan(TM) 267

Final Round 268

Acknowledgments 271

About the Author 273

Index 275
MICHAEL GOLDBERG is a networking expert specializing in helping financial advisors, brokers, agents, reps, product wholesalers, and other sales producers grow their business. His clients include Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, John Hancock Investments, Northern Trust, Griffin Capital, SAP, Brother International, Rabobank, Guardian Life, Jackson National, State Farm Insurance, and Chubb. Michael is also a two-time TEDx speaker, a Certified Speaking Professional and an award-winning adjunct professor at Rutgers University.