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Guiding Clients Beyond Money with Paul Armson
Episode 16920th June 2024 • Bridging The Gap • Bridging The Gap
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In this episode of Bridging the Gap, Matt Reiner sits down with Paul Armson, a financial advisor who has transitioned his approach to focus on lifestyle financial planning. Initially drawn to the industry by the potential income from selling financial products, Paul had a major wake-up call after his mother's sudden death. This event prompted him to reevaluate his career priorities and redirect his strategy towards helping clients live their lives to the fullest in the present, rather than deferring enjoyment to the future. Paul now emphasizes the importance of understanding clients' current lifestyle and their deeper, more meaningful life goals.

Paul advocates to move away from the traditional, product-centric approach typical in the financial services industry. He underscores the importance of advisors focusing on understanding the client's needs and guiding them towards a richer, more fulfilling life. Paul introduces the concept of lifestyle financial planning, which aims to help clients figure out "how much is enough" to live their desired life. By understanding and connecting with clients on a more personal level, advisors can provide a service that goes beyond simple financial advice, fostering trust and a more profound impact on the client's life.

Matt and Paul discuss various tools and methodologies that can aid advisors in this client-centric approach, including surveys to gauge clients' financial confidence and specific tools Paul has developed to track clients' progress. They also touch on the challenges that come with changing clients' expectations from traditional financial conversations to more holistic life planning discussions. Paul encourages advisors to recognize the influence of the financial industry on their thinking and to prioritize the overall client experience over the narrow focus on financial products. This episode underscores the importance of advisors being life planners first, truly understanding their clients' stories, and helping them achieve their desired lifestyles.

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