The Anatomy of an Offer With Ted Jenkin (Ep. 35)

The Anatomy of an Offer With Ted Jenkin (Ep. 35)



There is a simple mantra in business: Every business is built to be sold.

Whether you plan to exit in the next 18 months or after 10 years, it is important to know your options so you can achieve the best possible outcome.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson talks to Ted Jenkin, CEO of oXYGen Financial, about the anatomy of a business sale. As someone who has sold a multi-million-dollar business himself, Ted has valuable insights on how to effectively navigate the sale of your business from start to end.

They discuss:

  • The current and future outlook of the M&A space (including private equity firms)
  • Actionable steps to increase your potential valuation multiple
  • How exit planning can help you de-risk your position and achieve a higher sense of purpose
  • The best place to get started if you have given zero thought to selling your business
  • And more

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Ted Jenkin is the CEO of oXYGen Financial, CEO of Hyperchat Social, co-owner of Complete Concrete & Hardscapes, and a serial entrepreneur. With 26 years of experience and six advanced designations including the Certified Financial Planner degree, Ted is a featured columnist on the Wall Street Journal and can be seen regularly on CNN/Headline News. He is also featured locally on 93.7FM, 106.3FM, 680 The Fan, and NBC 11 Alive News. Ted is the author of “The 21 Day Budget Cleanse” and “100 Smart Money Moves To Make Now.”


Building Relationships through Video With Katie Braden (Ep. 34)

Building Relationships through Video With Katie Braden (Ep. 34)



Video marketing is revolutionizing the way advisors connect with clients and prospects.

However, getting in front of the camera can feel terrifying for some people. For others, it might just seem like “a lot of work.” But not anymore.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson speaks with Katie Braden, CFP®, founder and chief video officer at Advisor Video Marketing. Katie explains how advisors can make short yet impactful videos with clarity, conviction, confidence, and consistency.

They discuss:

  • The key to creating authentic videos that build intimate relationships
  • How video marketing helps advisors sift the prospects from the suspects
  • Three most common video mistakes that damage the viewer experience
  • Ideas for evergreen and one-on-one videos to help you get started
  • Navigating compliance for video marketing
  • And more

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  • Upcoming Workshops: Advisor Video Marketing
  • PARETO100 provides $100 off my Video Foundations Workshop
  • PARETO150 provides $150 off my Video Marketing Workshop
  • PARETO200 provides $200 off the workshop package (both workshops)

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Katie Braden, CFP® is bullish on the power of authentic video. She loves working with advisors to help them improve their virtual meeting setup, build confidence on camera and use video to grow their brand, attract more of their ideal clients and better communicate with existing clients. 

Katie obtained a degree in photography from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia before returning to the U.S. and joining her mother’s RIA. She left in 2013 to start one of the first completely virtual, subscription-model financial planning businesses and then pivoted to working, speaking and consulting with financial planners in 35 countries. She now combines that creative side with her passion for the profession as Founder and Chief Video Officer of Advisor Video Marketing. 

Katie has served on CFP Board’s Women’s Initiative (WIN) Council since 2014, is a 2016 InvestmentNews 40 Under 40 Alum, and is often seen speaking at or video-reporting from industry conferences. 


Enough Coasting. Now’s the Time To Climb! With Chris Jeppesen (Ep. 33)

Enough Coasting. Now’s the Time To Climb! With Chris Jeppesen (Ep. 33)



The financial services industry has experienced colossal changes over the last decade. Today, advisors are on a collision course with commoditization like never before!

As a result, coasting is not an option moving forward. It’s either climbing or fading to irrelevance.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson speaks with Chris Jeppesen, chief of advisory practices at First Trust, on why advisors need to shift their mindset and focus more on relationship and practice management to grow their business.

They discuss:

  • Insights into The Blue Square Method (and how it differs from The Advisor Playbook)
  • How to identify and address early symptoms of loyal fatigue in clients
  • How to effectively engage your team in a profound gap analysis
  • Four ways to be “always on” and fulfill your clients’ unmet needs
  • What elite, forward-looking professionals are doing to achieve scalable growth
  • And more

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Chris Jeppesen is the head of advisory practices at First Trust, a firm known not only for its robust investment product line which includes UITs, ETFs, SMAs, and VAs (to name a few) but also for its commitment to the growth of financial advisors. First Trust has dedicated many years to finding (and investing in) creative ways to help financial advisors grow their practices. Chris’ goal over the last 18 years has been to give financial advisors the tools to develop an efficient business model focused on building long-term client trust and loyalty. Chris is also the co-author of The Advisor Playbook.


The Art and Science of Practice Management With Kevin Bishopp (Ep. 32)

The Art and Science of Practice Management With Kevin Bishopp (Ep. 32)



Taking your practice management to the next level, nurturing your organizational culture, and improving client experiences might require switching your mindset from advisor to CEO.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson speaks with Kevin Bishopp, Vice President and Performance Coach for the Advisor Consulting Group at First Trust, about the art and science of practice management — including several actionable ideas for financial advisors.

They discuss:

  • What stops advisors from dissociating from clients who are not a good fit
  • The impact of professional scarcity on advisor branding
  • The difference between client service and client experience (and how to balance them)
  • The HOW and WHY of nurturing a cohesive organizational culture
  • And more

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Kevin Bishopp is a Vice President and Performance Coach for the Advisor Consulting Group at First Trust. His focus is the best practices and mission-critical strategies that propel professionals/firms to be truly unique within the industry. His insights into key metrics, resource allocation, team structure, marketing and client acquisition equip professionals/firms to make high-quality strategic decisions that can generate dynamic results. Prior to joining First Trust, Kevin spent 12 years with Russell Investments, where he held positions as Director of Practice Management, RIA

Channel Head and Business Development Director. In those roles, he focused on coaching, content creation, sales management, national account management, and business development. Before joining Russell Investments, Kevin spent 5 years as a wealth manager for The Bishopp Group LLC, a family-owned wealth management practice. In 1994, he started his career in financial services as an associate for Principal Financial Group. Kevin holds an MBA from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a BA in Finance from Eastern Washington University.


The Evolution and Elevation of the Financial Professional With Thane Stenner (Ep. 31)



The Japanese have a concept called Kaizen, which means “constant and never-ending improvement.”

If you want to become the advisor of the future and avoid a growth plateau, it’s important to strive for Kaizen.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson speaks with Thane Stenner, CIM®, FCSI®, senior portfolio manager and senior wealth advisor at Stenner Wealth Partners. They share proven strategies to engineer professional contrast and achieve constant growth.

They discuss:

  • The evolution of the financial industry from transactional to relationship-focused
  • How he grew his business by reducing the number of clients
  • How to mold the way your clients articulate your value to their network
  • Every reason to be at the front of the change curve (even if it means making mistakes)
  • And more

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Thane Stenner is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is a Senior Portfolio Manager & Senior Wealth Advisor of Stenner Wealth Partners+ at CG Wealth Management Canada and CG Wealth Management (USA), Inc. He has spent more than three decades understanding and managing the unique financial complexities facing wealthy investors, family offices, and institutional fiduciaries in North America. Thane is cross-border licensed with FINRA in the USA, and with IIROC in Canada, with clients based in San Francisco and The Bay Area as well as across Canada. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI®), the highest Canadian Securities Institute designation and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®), the recognized standard for portfolio management.


The Advisor of the Future With Mike "Cy" Cajthaml Jr.

The Advisor of the Future With Mike “Cy” Cajthaml Jr. (Ep. 30)



If you want to distinguish yourself from the advisor down the street, you’ll need to create a memorable client experience that extends beyond financial expertise. This includes being highly process-driven, keeping up with clients’ evolving needs, improving communication, and more.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson speaks with Mike “Cy” Cajthaml Jr., a business consultant at Pareto Systems. They explain what it means to be the advisor of the future and strategies to move from organic to scalable growth.

Mike discusses:

  • What to do if you have maxed out and hit a growth plateau
  • The importance of clear communication — both internally and externally
  • How to make your value feel more “tangible” to clients
  • Key points to keep in mind while creating a succession plan for your business
  • Reasons to decommoditize, demystify, and depersonalize your practice (and how)
  • And more

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Finish Strong in 2022 (Ep. 29)

Finish Strong in 2022 (Ep. 29)



Q4 is the perfect time to finish the year with a bang, especially as we come out of an unprecedented disruption. It’s also the perfect time to build momentum and prepare to fast-track success in the New Year.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson highlights four key steps financial professionals should take to maximize their client relationships and position their businesses for a strong and profitable final quarter of 2022, and for a great start to 2023. These strategies are easy to implement and translate into results quickly and predictably.

Duncan discusses:

  • A proven process to rejuvenate relationships with your best clients and amplify growth through advocacy
  • How to make timely adjustments to increase efficiency and productivity
  • Sample scripts to use in client meetings (and holiday cards!)
  • Tips for maximizing your value during volatile market conditions
  • And more

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Adding a Coaching Dynamic to Your Client Experience with Jeff Ambrose (Ep. 28)



There’s a huge difference between someone buying your products versus someone buying into a relationship with your practice, people and process.

Adding a coaching dynamic to your practice can help you win and retain clients in the long run.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson talks to Jeff Ambrose, business consultant at Pareto Systems. They share strategies to create professional contrast as the financial industry becomes increasingly commoditized.

Jeff discusses:

  • Action items that every advisor should have on their client meeting agenda
  • Why clients might be seeing only 5% of your total value (and how to fix it)
  • How coaching improves your relationships — especially with high-net-worth clients
  • The underrated benefits of goals-based planning
  • And more

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Jeff Ambrose has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry working with successful advisory teams through his wholesale relationships. He has consistently met and exceeded goals in every aspect of his career; growing revenue with existing clients, attracting new clients, and turning around failing territories resulting in consistent promotions leading up to Senior Vice President and, most recently, Partner.

Jeff’s success in the industry has been driven by his talent for crafting winning strategies. Putting relationships first, focusing on value that is accretive to an advisor’s practice, and positioning himself as a true strategic partner has allowed him to enjoy tremendous success at the firms he’s represented. His passion, and his talent as a mentor and coach, became well-known to his leadership, peers and advisors. He has been dedicated to helping advisors implement strategies to grow their business; such as turn clients into advocates, and competitor-proof and brand their practice. Jeff now works with select groups of advisors helping them attain their professional and personal goals through proven Pareto processes.




How to Find Your Ideal Match in M&A with Katie Bruner (Ep. 27)



Purchasing power, operational processes, client experience, core values…There are several nuances you might consider while screening potential buyers/sellers.

Such due diligence is key to finding your ideal match in M&A.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson talks to Katie Bruner, managing partner at SkyView Partners. They share the ultimate “acquisition checklist” that helps buyers in winning deals and sellers in weeding out unqualified purchasers.

Katie discusses:

  • Key factors (both financial and non-financial) that affect your ability to secure M&A deals
  • How to ensure greater client retention after an acquisition
  • The “intent, consent, implement” process of finding the right-fit partner
  • How current market volatility is influencing the M&A landscape
  • And more

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Katie brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to the SkyView Partners team. Currently, she oversees sales, marketing, and distribution for SkyView Partners, in addition to loan sourcing through strategic partnerships and multi-medium channels. In January 2021, Katie assumed the role of leading overall strategy and M&A initiatives for SkyView Investment Bank. Prior to SkyView, Katie served as a Director – National Accounts at Principal Financial Group for 13 years, where she was responsible for cultivating and growing the major independent and regional broker relationships. Before joining Principal, Katie was employed by Fidelity Investments in their non-profit retirement plan group. Katie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley.

 


The Art and Science of Exit Planning with Ted Jenkin (Ep. 26)



When the time comes to exit your business, the goal is to drive your enterprise value, maximize your exit strategy, and elevate yourself qualitatively in the process.

In this episode, Duncan MacPherson talks to Ted Jenkin, CEO of oXYGen Financial, about the three E’s of successfully liquidating a business. They highlight steps advisors must take today to have a successful business exit in the future.

Ted discusses:

  • How liquidity events create a sense of self-actualization and personal fulfillment
  • Major drivers of enterprise value (and how to achieve them)
  • Negotiation tactics to secure the best deal for your business sale
  • Why now is an opportune time to consider selling your business
  • And more

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Ted Jenkin is the CEO of oXYGen Financial, CEO of Hyperchat Social, co-owner of Complete Concrete & Hardscapes, and a serial entrepreneur. With 26 years of experience and six advanced designations including the Certified Financial Planner degree, Ted is a featured columnist on the Wall Street Journal and can be seen regularly on CNN/Headline News. He is also featured locally on 93.7FM, 106.3FM, 680 The Fan, and NBC 11 Alive News. Ted is the author of “The 21 Day Budget Cleanse” and “100 Smart Money Moves To Make Now.”