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from the editor By Ayo Mseka How Winners Win I n my search for content for this great magazine, I often ask top agents the reasons for their phenomenal success. Their initial response is to mention tried-and-true "secrets" like hard work, perseverance and having the right attitude. But when they are probed for more, most of them hone in on these attributes, habits and processes: * T hey are on a mission to help make a positive difference in their clients' lives-and they remind themselves of this mission each and every day. * T hey are either mentors or were mentored by other agents. * T hey have learned to make the most of their most valuable asset-time. * T hey are long-time NAIFA members who make sure that year after year, they fully participate in the association's activities. For them, embracing NAIFA and all that it offers is the surest way to building a thriving practice and nurturing lifelong relationships. Even with all of these winning attributes, they make sure they have in place: * A sustainable prospecting system. This helps them to attract high-quality prospects. They focus on referrals, but also regularly turn to their centers of influence, seminars, email messages, and even the U.S. mail. * A sustainable customer-retention system. This involves putting in place a system that allows them to consistently offer impeccable service to their clients because they know that if they give unerring service, their clients will stay with them and encourage their friends and family to join them. Unbelievable service usually produces unbelievable production. * A high-tech system that supports their business-building activities. They know that automated systems help make them more efficient, gain new business, and stay in touch with clients 24/7. * A high-touch system that personalizes their service. They may be high-tech, but they are still high-touch. They know that reaching out and touching their clients personally is the great differentiator in a business that is built on relationships. High-tech, it turns out, goes only so far if it is not accompanied by high-touch. More tips for winning Oh, and one more thing that is good to know about winning agents-they don't wait for the economy to get better or for the market to become less volatile. They plough through thick and thin, knowing that "lucky breaks" often happen when there does not seem to be much luck floating around. Seeing opportunities where others see challenges, they do whatever it takes to support their vision and forge ahead. These attributes, systems, and procedures are at the core of all the strategies you will read about in this issue of Advisor Today-from our interviews on Page 22 with industry heavyweights, to the article on Page 41 on how to create brand magic. Winners win because they know what works and what doesn't. Now that you know what works, why not start doing them today so you too can make it to the top of your game? 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Advisor Today - July/August 2016

From the Editor
A Question of Ethics: Reflections on the Dol Fiduciary Rule
Getting the Wealthy Investor to Hire You
Positioning Whole Life for Success
Rewarding Clients for Engaging in Healthy Activities
Feel the Heat: Sizzling Strategies for Boosting Worksite Sales
The Challenges of Writing Business Insurance
A Lifetime of Success
Safeguarding Your Business Interests
NAIFA Presents Nominees for Election
What’s Behind Brand Magic?
Making an Effective Call Back
A Story for All Your Clients
Ideas to Expand Your Practice
Advertiser Index
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Advisor Today - July/August 2016