“True networking does not mean meeting people; it means becoming the type of person other people want to meet.” ― Monroe Mann
The intent of marketing is to begin to get people to know, like, and trust you. For people we know and have met but don’t necessarily have a recent or deep relationship with, we use similar marketing methods to move towards a business relationship and seek an initial business meeting, so they become a “prospect”. Many advisors, especially when they were new to the business, have put together a list of all the people they know or have known for the purpose of creating a potential prospect list.
Your marketing program should convey:
The purpose is to create a situation where these individuals get to know, like and trust you. Marketing, at its core, is communication. And, you communicate through the words you use.
Your “Book of Life” is focused on who you know or knew throughout your life. List what you know about them. This can be made easier by thinking in categories.
Your “Book of Life” can include at least categories such as:
The purpose of this exercise is to record everyone the advisor knows, formally, in writing. This forms the basis of your potential prospect list.
Develop your potential prospect list with these “Rules” for Your “Book of Life”
Even though Dunbar’s number suggests that humans can only comfortably maintain 150 stable relationships, theoretically, the average American may know as many as about 600 people. In addition, according to Funders and Founders, individuals may interact with as many as 80,000 people in a lifetime.
Advisors may have explored this area previously but may have not been formal or methodical about it. Not everyone on your list will become a client, but they may be able to refer you to someone who will be.
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David Leo is Founder of Street Smart Research Group LLC. He is an author, speaker, coach, consultant, and trainer to financial professionals. David is an experienced business manager who works solely with Financial Advisors, Planners and firms who want to organize, structure & grow their businesses by attracting, servicing, and retaining affluent clients.
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