At a social gathering or party, what do you say

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May 9, 2009 2:27 pm
HAAIC:
MISS JONES:
HAAIC:
MISS JONES:

I say I help people save for retirement, Save money on their taxes, plan for education.. etc..

Yawnnnnn........



I don't give a f*** it you think it's boring.. Guess what? This business is boring and we are boring. It works for me. What works for you 'Brain Child'? I get loads of business from networking events. Maybe I just run with a better crowd than you! Don't hold that against me. J/K

Miss J




Sounds like you DO give a f***.

 
Are AA meetings considered social gatherings Bobby?
May 9, 2009 9:06 pm

"I specialize in claiming to manage your money when all I really do is let someone else do it and you pay me a fee."

May 10, 2009 1:06 pm

Please, trying to gather assets at a social event is just completely inappropriate. How many doctors do you meet and they say "I'm a physician, a proctologist to be exact, and I specialize on that part of your prostate that's kind of oblong on the cranianium side. Next time your in town let me stick my finger up your ass".

May 10, 2009 1:11 pm
MinimumVariance:

Please, trying to gather assets at a social event is just completely inappropriate. How many doctors do you meet and they say "I'm a physician, a proctologist to be exact, and I specialize on that part of your prostate that's kind of oblong on the cranianium side. Next time your in town let me stick my finger up your ass".

 
When the money starts to hit my bank account, I don't give a f*ck where gathered the assets from.
May 10, 2009 1:23 pm
MinimumVariance:

Please, trying to gather assets at a social event is just completely inappropriate. How many doctors do you meet and they say "I'm a physician, a proctologist to be exact, and I specialize on that part of your prostate that's kind of oblong on the cranianium side. Next time your in town let me stick my finger up your ass".

 
LOL ! Totally agree! When I hear some schmuck talking shop or selling his craft at a social event I immediately think that he sucks at what he does.
May 10, 2009 1:25 pm
MinimumVariance:

Please, trying to gather assets at a social event is just completely inappropriate. How many doctors do you meet and they say "I'm a physician, a proctologist to be exact, and I specialize on that part of your prostate that's kind of oblong on the cranianium side. Next time your in town let me stick my finger up your ass".

 
If the doctors schedule wasn't full and they thought that the line would work, I imagine that most would say that.
 
At a social event, I'm not trying to gather assets, but I do on many occasions try to see who would make a good prospect. 
May 11, 2009 12:00 am
Thanks for your input. I can totally understand that point of view.
 
I guess he could say "I'm a physician." and if I was looking for a doctor, then I would ask what he specialized in and then make it a point myself to get in contact with him later.
 
So in our field, what I am finding is that many people don't have a clue what "I'm a financial planner" means...I think it's too vague a title. Whereas most everyone has at least a little clue what a physician does. That's why I asked the question in the first place.
 
MinimumVariance:

Please, trying to gather assets at a social event is just completely inappropriate. How many doctors do you meet and they say "I'm a physician, a proctologist to be exact, and I specialize on that part of your prostate that's kind of oblong on the cranianium side. Next time your in town let me stick my finger up your ass".

May 11, 2009 12:04 am
MinimumVariance,
At a social event where it was not appropriate to sell your craft, what do you say to someone that asks what you do?
 
MinimumVariance:

Please, trying to gather assets at a social event is just completely inappropriate. How many doctors do you meet and they say "I'm a physician, a proctologist to be exact, and I specialize on that part of your prostate that's kind of oblong on the cranianium side. Next time your in town let me stick my finger up your ass".

May 11, 2009 6:16 am

If you are trying to prospect in a social setting, I think that it's more important to find out about them and whether they are someone with whom you would want as a client.  Let them talk about themselves instead. 

May 11, 2009 9:29 am
jkl1v1n6:

Miss Jones I notice your posts as of late have a little attitude to them. I feel the same way, I'm tired of the bullsh*t, but you need to find your "happy place" this last 18 months has been stressful for us all and have probably taken years off our lives. I will disagree that this business we are in is boring and I know I'm definately not boring. From what I read, you're not boring either, a little testy right now but not boring. You don't really think the last couple of years have been boring do you? I will also agree with half of Tenacious D, this may be a curse we are living in.





You are right. I am normally the total optimist but this market hasn't allowed me that leisure. I am happy the market is ticking up but I feel it is a false start and so I am bracing myself the next fall. I haven't taken a vacation in two years. I felt bad about leaving my clients in their darkest financial hours to have fun on the beach or running around Europe. My pay has been cut, my hours have increased and I have lost tons of peoples money. That has to take a toll after some time. Now is that time.

I have taken it out on some posters here but seriously.. its the same story with new people asking the same sh*t all the time. I am just tired. Not just of those same ole questions but in general. I should be in a better mood in two weeks. That is when I will return from my first vacation in two years. I am so excited, but first I have to make some money so I can go..



I love Edward Jones and my job. I feel blessed to have the office that I do, the staff that I have and the clients that trust me. However, I am tired and need a restart.



Miss J

May 11, 2009 9:32 am

I am with you 100%.  This has been a real drag.  I think we might all need a restart.  Enjoy your vacation!

May 11, 2009 9:43 am
MISS JONES:
jkl1v1n6:

Miss Jones I notice your posts as of late have a little attitude to them.  I feel the same way, I'm tired of the bullsh*t, but you need to find your "happy place"  this last 18 months has been stressful for us all and have probably taken years off our lives.  I will disagree that this business we are in is boring and I know I'm definately not boring.  From what I read, you're not boring either, a little testy right now but not boring.  You don't really think the last couple of years have been boring do you?  I will also agree with half of Tenacious D, this may be a curse we are living in. 





You are right. I am normally the total optimist but this market hasn't allowed me that leisure. I am happy the market is ticking up but I feel it is a false start and so I am bracing myself the next fall. I haven't taken a vacation in two years. I felt bad about leaving my clients in their darkest financial hours to have fun on the beach or running around Europe. My pay has been cut, my hours have increased and I have lost tons of peoples money. That has to take a toll after some time. Now is that time.

I have taken it out on some posters here but seriously.. its the same story with new people asking the same sh*t all the time. I am just tired. Not just of those same ole questions but in general. I should be in a better mood in two weeks. That is when I will return from my first vacation in two years. I am so excited, but first I have to make some money so I can go..



I love Edward Jones and my job. I feel blessed to have the office that I do, the staff that I have and the clients that trust me. However, I am tired and need a restart.



Miss J



If you're ever in Dallas, I'd be glad to give you a massage.

May 11, 2009 9:56 am

Come on Ice, it's Monday morning and as men we're always thinking with the wrong part of our anatomy.  If it were coming from a guy he'd throw out the annuity bit. 

May 11, 2009 11:49 am

I usually say that I help people manage their wealth. It works better with high net worth people who dont really want to hear that you help people plan for retirement because they usually have more than enough and don't worry about retirement. It may be sound like a general statement but it always gets people to ask more questions.

May 11, 2009 12:06 pm
Bank of Amerrill:

I usually say that I help people manage their wealth. It works better with high net worth people who dont really want to hear that you help people plan for retirement because they usually have more than enough and don't worry about retirement. It may be sound like a general statement but it always gets people to ask more questions.

 
I have to disagree with this.  I have encountered a few people with net worth of $10MM, $20MM, and even $30MM.  They are concerned about their money lasting too, and more so their lifestyle.
 
When you have $1MM, you might have some nice cars.  When you have $20MM, you might have a private plane.  The only difference is the fuel. 
 
People of all net worth levels have some concern of running out of money.
 
Off topic a little, but I remember a study done that asked people how much money someone needed to make to consider them "rich".  They asked people making $50k, they said rich people make $100k.  They asked people making $100k, they said rich people make $200k.  They asked people making $500k, they said rich people make $1MM.  The point was that generally people think others are "rich" when they make twice what they do...it's all relative.
May 11, 2009 1:45 pm

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May 11, 2009 4:06 pm
I guess I'm the anti prospecting type.  I very rarely tell anyone what I do, if I can avoid it. The less they know the more they want to know.  My wife always says exclusivity and a bit of mystery draws people to you.  It works. 
May 11, 2009 4:12 pm
bspears:
I guess I'm the anti prospecting type.  I very rarely tell anyone what I do, if I can avoid it. The less they know the more they want to know.  My wife always says exclusivity and a bit of mystery draws people to you.  It works. 
 
I don't think anyone in this topic is saying they are outright prospecting at say a c***tail party. 
 
It's just what to say when someone asks you what you do.  Obviously you aren't going to stand there like Helen Keller would and not say anything. 
 
But yes, exclusivity works.  Reference Bernie Madoff or any dude who's good with the ladies.
May 11, 2009 4:19 pm

Oh..social gathering...is that like a church dinner or prom...I thought we were talking about a wine tasting or murder mystery dinner..country club social.  My bad...

 
Point is our industry, along with lawyers, are some of the least respected.  If I come out and say I'm a "Financial Advisor"...I already have an uphill battle.  Get to know me and the wife after a few c***tails and some good food, maybe a stogie and then when it gets around to what you do, they will open up and invite your opinions.  Otherwise the response is ..yah..the market sucks, my broker is a dumbass.  Where do you go from there..."Is his name Spiff?"LOL
May 11, 2009 5:13 pm

And he responds, no his name is spears something or other.  You resemble him, but he's a good 30lbs lighter and has more hair.