Being in the people business of personal financial planning often requires shifting from an expert with all the answers to a coach who ask questions and listens. In this episode of the PFP Section podcast, Mackey McNeill, CPA/PFS, gives you the framework she uses for her first meeting with her retirement clients, including:

  • Asking open ended questions to get the conversation started and active listening
  • Addressing the fear that comes with money discussions head on
  • Setting a frame by laying out the game plan, your role, and the client’s role
  • Encouraging the client to set intentions that guide the financial plan forward

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