The Elements

January 13, 2017

Ironstone Webinar: Boost Your Professional Presence

Categories: Business Development, Protocol, Webinar

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Want to take your career to the next level and boost your professional presence with colleagues and clients? In our next complimentary Strategic Partner webinar, Judith Bowman of Protocol Consultants International will share tips on transforming yourself from “fine” to fabulous! Topics to be covered include: • Presenting your best attitude • Proper handshaking protocol […]

November 8, 2016

6 Technology Tips for Advisory Practice Growth

Categories: Business Development, Marketing, Marketing Plan

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As society continues to embrace digital trends, it seems that the future of wealth management will hinge on technology. Beyond attracting Millennials, either as investors or fellow advisors, keeping current with tech trends will allow you to stay ahead of the market and protect your firm. As stated by Mitchell Caplan, “Advisors who manage more […]

April 11, 2016

Ironstone Implementers – Lessons from Kooman & Associates

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Compensation, Operational Effectiveness, Performance Evaluation, Strategic Planning

Ironstone Implementers - Lessons from Kooman & Associates

Ironstone has the privilege to work with phenomenal advisory teams across the country, and we want to share their stories to provide you with motivation for change or validation of your hard work. These success stories provide tips on how they implemented practice management strategies and the results they’ve achieved. In this interview with two generations of the […]

January 26, 2016

Niche Marketing for Financial Advisors – A Low-Risk Means to Grow Your Business

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Niche Marketing

Niche Marketing for Financial Advisors

  Many advisors we work with fear the same thing when asked about focusing on niche markets, “I’m afraid I will lose business.” The reality is, firms that hone their focus on specialty services, specific products, and specific needs are more appealing than those offering general services to a broad market. Identifying niches is a […]

January 12, 2016

5 Best Practices to Manage and Achieve Your Goals in 2016

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Operational Effectiveness, Strategic Planning

5 Best Practices to Manage and Achieve Your Goals

We recently published our special edition newsletter, “5 Assignments to Help Your Financial Advisory Firm Prepare for 2016.” While each exercise is important to plot the course for the future of your practice, I want to help you realize your goals by ensuring you employ and execute the best practices of goal management. This scenario is […]


Ironstone Implementers – Starks Financial Group

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Operational Effectiveness

Ironstone Implementers - Starks Financial Group

Ironstone has the privilege to work with phenomenal advisory teams across the country. Each and every day they motivate us with challenges, dreams, strength, and endurance. This inspired us to share success stories from teams we work with and how they implement practice management strategies and the results they have accomplished. In this interview with […]

December 8, 2015

5 Assignments to Help Your Financial Advisory Firm Prepare for 2016

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Strategic Planning

Setting Goals

  This time of year is always a perfect time to gather with friends and family, indulge in scrumptious holiday treats, and spend some time in meaningful reflection. It’s also a time to look ahead, for yourself and your firm. In our coaching experience through the years, December is an opportunity for you to plot […]

December 1, 2015

Financial Advisors, You Might Be Marketing the Wrong Way If…

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Marketing Plan

Marketing For Financial Advisors

Changes in marketing have evolved and grown at a fast pace making it difficult for most brands to keep up. Key trends are changing the scope of effective marketing, making the role for marketing professionals more challenging but at the same time exciting. Marketing professionals and strategies need to continually adjust and respond to technology […]

November 17, 2015

5 Factors Financial Advisors Should Consider for Growth in 2016 and Beyond

Categories: Blog, Business Development

5 Factors Financial Advisors Should Consider for Growth in 2016 and Beyond

  As 2015 comes to end, I’ve had the opportunity to learn some important lessons this year about what it takes for advisors to have a leading edge and how to guide exceptional teams. Some of the lessons are new, based on research our firm has conducted and actions taken by the advisors we work […]

October 20, 2015

Handling an Irate Client

Categories: Business Development, Communication, Human Element

Handling an Irate Client

Coming face-to-face, tete-a-tete with an irate client can be daunting, yet this potentially volatile situation presents an opportunity to distinguish yourself at your highest skill set. An irate client is essentially saying, “Give me attention!”  Therefore, we say, “Give it to them!” Kill them with kindness. Immediately establish yourself as the consummate professional, in control […]

September 29, 2015

The Fundamentals of Business Coaching

Categories: Blog, Business Development

The Fundamentals Of Business Coaching

There’s both good news and bad news for small businesses operating in the United States. First, the bad news. Approximately 543,000 new businesses start each month; there are more businesses shutting down vs. starting. Seven out of ten new firms survive at least two years, however, only twenty percent will remain viable past the five […]

September 22, 2015

Free Webinar – Sharpening Your Persuasion Skills!

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Company News

Sharpening Your Presentation Skills - Blog Post

  Event Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 (1:00 pm EDT – 2:00 pm EDT) Consider the following scenarios: You meet a person at a fundraiser who could become your next ‘A’ Client. What determines whether or not they agree to a meeting? Your prospects will have a better experience if they come to the initial […]

September 8, 2015

What’s Wrong With Delaying Transactions When A Client Has Diminished Capacity?

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Operational Effectiveness

What's Wrong With Delaying Transactions When A Client Has Diminished Capacity

  Guest Post Written By Carolyn Rosenblatt Delay Is Not A Solution The securities industry is pushing to impose temporary holds on certain transactions that may be precipitated by a client’s declining mental capacity or suspected financial abuse.  Sounds good in theory. Too bad it won’t solve the problem.  Holding transactions is not going to make […]

August 18, 2015

Why Do Your Aging Clients Fall For Phone Scams?

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Operational Effectiveness

Why Do Your Aging Clients Fall For Phone Scams

Guest post written by Carolyn Rosenblatt Did you ever wonder how phone scammers manage to talk elderly clients out of huge amounts of money?  Not all of the victims have dementia. Some cases involve elders who are competent and able to live alone and care for themselves. When the elder seems to know what she’s […]

August 11, 2015

Client Surveys – 6 Ways You Can Go From Good to Great

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Client Database, Operational Effectiveness

Client Surveys

  Client surveys are a critical component of your overall business plan and should be incorporated into your marketing plan as well. Your surveys measure satisfaction or dissatisfaction with services you offer your clients. Client surveys should be designed to determine your clients’ vital needs as well as building and deepening your personal relationships. The […]

July 14, 2015

Who’s Ripping Off Your Aging Clients?

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Operational Effectiveness, Strategic Planning

elder abuse

Persons over the age of 50 control over 70% of the nation’s wealth, making them an attractive target for abuse.¹ Pinning down the extent of financial elder abuse is difficult and finding ways to minimize it are even harder. The excess number of fraudulent solicitations, paired with the inability of elders to recognize the red […]

July 7, 2015

Focus on the Fundamental 4™ – Key Performance Areas Required to Design, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Business  

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Company News, Human Element, Operational Effectiveness, Strategic Planning

Setting Goals

We are already into the second half of 2015! WOW, I can’t believe how time flies. Are you on track to reach your year-end goals? Now is a perfect time to conduct a mid-year business review. Without taking the time to reflect, it’s difficult to know whether your tactics and strategies in the first 6 […]

June 9, 2015

How to Make Cold Calling Profitable

Categories: Blog, Business Development, Marketing Plan

How to Make Cold Calling Profitable

  Cold calling is usually viewed as a frustrating and time consuming activity that leads to rejection and misery. If that’s the case, why do we continue to leverage this strategy? Many advisors still find it is a cost effective way to shake up the prospecting tree and increase pipeline activity. Cold calling is a […]

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