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Oct 11, 2009 12:24 am

I'm not talking andex charts, designations, or Ted Jones and his horse pictures. Something that stood out for me was a guy with a collage of newspaper clippings going back to the early 80's forecasting the end of the world. Far more effective than an antique commode in my opinion.

Oct 11, 2009 12:45 am

I think anyone who thinks that putting something in their office that will "set them apart" from other advisors is spending too much time thinking about stuff that really doesn't matter.  There's a restaurant in my town that has framed front page sections of the Washington Post for about 100 events that have happened over the last 50 years (Watergate, Cal Ripken breaking his record, Monica Lewinsky, etc.), and it looks real cool and is nostalgiac, but their food is "ok", and the prices aren't real good, so I don't go there.  I wouldn't think many people choose their advisor based on the thinking of "I gotta become this guy's client, that way a few times a year I can come in and look at his cool wall photos!"  Just my 2 cents though.

Oct 11, 2009 1:57 am
3rdyrp2:

I think anyone who thinks that putting something in their office that will "set them apart" from other advisors is spending too much time thinking about stuff that really doesn't matter.  There's a restaurant in my town that has framed front page sections of the Washington Post for about 100 events that have happened over the last 50 years (Watergate, Cal Ripken breaking his record, Monica Lewinsky, etc.), and it looks real cool and is nostalgiac, but their food is "ok", and the prices aren't real good, so I don't go there.  I wouldn't think many people choose their advisor based on the thinking of "I gotta become this guy's client, that way a few times a year I can come in and look at his cool wall photos!"  Just my 2 cents though.


Allow me to re-phrase. If this business was as easy as putting something cool on your wall, I'd put the playmate of the year on my wall like mechanics do at the garage.
 
There was another advisor I met that played football with a famous NFL quarterback and had a picture of him scoring a touchdown with said football player in the background. I wouldn't trust this advisor with a dime, but won't forget that picture. IMHO, I can see that most clients would resonate more with the guy playing football than they would with someone with a CFA, and that's coming from someone with a CFP and enrolled in the CFA program. Just my .02.
Oct 11, 2009 5:04 pm
mlgone:

The stripper pole in the corner?

 
Dear god, man.  Most of the HNW, UHNW clients that are out there are pre-retiree's/retirees.  Do you really want your 68 year widow or 54 year old cougar getting busy on the stripper pole in your office?!?!
Oct 11, 2009 6:25 pm
3rdyrp2:
mlgone:

The stripper pole in the corner?

 
Dear god, man.  Most of the HNW, UHNW clients that are out there are pre-retiree's/retirees.  Do you really want your 68 year widow or 54 year old cougar getting busy on the stripper pole in your office?!?!



Depends on her chops, I guess...

Oct 11, 2009 10:23 pm

This is probably not what you're thinking about, but the thing I'm most excited about in my new office set-up is the 42" hi-def flatscreen on the wall at the end of my conference table that's hooked up to both the satellite TV service and the conference room Dell.  I'll be able to shoot some nice full-color reports onto the wall when I do client reviews.  Sure, I know that I'm not the first to do something like that, but I'm definitely the first in my market and I see it making the review/presentation process that much better.

Oct 11, 2009 10:42 pm

Put up on the wall whatever you want your clients to talk about/think about you. It should be some reflection of you, not what you think your potential clients might like.

Oct 11, 2009 11:04 pm
3rdyrp2:
mlgone:

The stripper pole in the corner?

 
Dear god, man.  Most of the HNW, UHNW clients that are out there are pre-retiree's/retirees.  Do you really want your 68 year widow or 54 year old cougar getting busy on the stripper pole in your office?!?!



We're joking here, but seriously most preretirees are boomers who have defined their generation by informality and non-conformity and permissiveness, so, yeah, the stripper pole might loosen their checkbooks.
By the way, have you noticed that 60-year-old women who look 50 have money and 60-year-old women who look 70 don't. My working class women clients look beat up.
Getting further off subject, I met with a woman, 53, still attractive, who turned out to have no money. I felt like asking her how come with her looks and body she couldn't have found some rich dentist to marry along the way.


Oct 11, 2009 11:26 pm

http://www.insurancenewsnet.com/wallart/



 
http://www.despair.com/economics.html
Oct 12, 2009 12:49 am
Gordon Ramsey:

http://www.insurancenewsnet.com/wallart/



 
http://www.despair.com/economics.html

What's your point?
Oct 12, 2009 6:29 pm
Indyone:

This is probably not what you're thinking about, but the thing I'm most excited about in my new office set-up is the 42" hi-def flatscreen on the wall at the end of my conference table that's hooked up to both the satellite TV service and the conference room Dell.  I'll be able to shoot some nice full-color reports onto the wall when I do client reviews.  Sure, I know that I'm not the first to do something like that, but I'm definitely the first in my market and I see it making the review/presentation process that much better.

 
I'm with you, I run 7 LG 20 inch, 6 on wall 3 over 3, one on my desk that's mobile, a 42 over the window and a laptop running my software. I'm of the opinion you can never get enough PC real-estate.
 
After they leave my office that looks like a 1980 version of NORAD lite the next guy with one or two 17 inchers looks a bit prostrate.
 
I also have a magic eight ball I use to good effect, I think, and an antique boxing bell, it's huge and loud. I ring it when I get price improvement or put one home with a good profit. I have a money plant, some lucky bamboo where my snails Bernard (as in Baruch) and Winston as in Churchil live and a horse shoe over the door.
 
Another thing I think clients think is cool is the live audio feed from the S&P pit running in the background.
 
All the world's a stage
 
Oh yeah, a book shelf that's packed to the point the shelves are bending from the weight with books about trading etc. On top they are almost stacked to the ceiling.
Oct 12, 2009 8:08 pm

I dare say now that's unique. Do you do lines on a half wet round black table wearing tacky funky threads?

Oct 12, 2009 9:10 pm

gaddock-



where did you get your set up? Did you build the system yourself, or buy it from one of the trading sites

Oct 12, 2009 9:36 pm
CALI123:

gaddock-

where did you get your set up? Did you build the system yourself, or buy it from one of the trading sites

 
It was a custom job. I bought the hardware and had a client of mine who's a fix it kind of guy on steroids. He hooked me up big. If you need any names to help you with the same PM me.
Oct 13, 2009 12:18 am

I stopped in an EJ office in Cortez, CO about 12 years ago and the FA had a mounted cougar in his office (no, not 54 years old though!)

I personally have fine art oil, acrylic, and pastel paintings that draw appreciative comments, not the typical EJ schlock cookie cutter posters for posers.  I also have no product literature in my lobby or office.  They're there for MY professional guidance, not for self medication or to tell me what to prescribe for them. 

Gaddock:
...I run 7 LG 20 inch, 6 on wall 3 over 3, one on my desk that's mobile, a 42 over the window and a laptop running my software. I'm of the opinion you can never get enough PC real-estate.  



Gaddock, sounds nice.  I'm really intrigued.  Do you use software that patches all 6 screens into one view or do you run different images on different screens?  What software IS necessary?  Please let us know more about how you use this technology.
thank you
Supe



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Oct 22, 2009 8:08 pm
SupermanFan:

I stopped in an EJ office in Cortez, CO about 12 years ago and the FA had a mounted cougar in his office (no, not 54 years old though!)

I personally have fine art oil, acrylic, and pastel paintings that draw appreciative comments, not the typical EJ schlock cookie cutter posters for posers.  I also have no product literature in my lobby or office.  They're there for MY professional guidance, not for self medication or to tell me what to prescribe for them. 

Gaddock:
...I run 7 LG 20 inch, 6 on wall 3 over 3, one on my desk that's mobile, a 42 over the window and a laptop running my software. I'm of the opinion you can never get enough PC real-estate.
 



Gaddock, sounds nice.  I'm really intrigued.  Do you use software that patches all 6 screens into one view or do you run different images on different screens?  What software IS necessary?  Please let us know more about how you use this technology.
thank you
Supe

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