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The Importance of Storytelling For Advisors
Impact Communications, Inc.
Monday, June 18, 2012
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Those who tell their stories rule the world. So say industry consultants and advisor coaches John Bowen, founder and CEO of CEG Worldwide, and Bo Eason, a former NFL player turned playwright and public speaker who is also a Senior Fellow with CEG.

“Story connects the human race,” Bowen said during a four-hour workshop he and Eason co-led at the Loring Ward 2012 National Education Conference, held June 5-7 in Monterey, Calif. “There is only one shortcut to success. You must be able to impact people emotionally with your story.”

All roads lead to your personal story, the duo said. As you “own” your voice and unleash your story, your creativity, performance and capacity in every area of your life will go to new heights.

“This is the age of storytellers,” Eason said. “We live in a dream society and those who capture the attention and hearts of their audience have immense power to lead and influence.”

Walking The Talk

Eason, who walked his talk by kicking off the conference with an evening performance the day before the workshop, had essentially bared his soul on stage for a full 90 minutes as approximately 100 Loring Ward employees and conference attendees sat in rapt attention as Eason dramatized challenging periods and turning points in his life.

Loring Ward CEO Alex Potts

“Essentially, we are bringing Broadway to Monterey,” said Loring Ward EVP Steve Atkinson during his introduction before Eason’s acclaimed one-man show began. “Prepare to be engaged and possibly disturbed by some of the elements in the show,” Atkinson warned. “If you get queasy from seeing needles or blood, avert your eyes.”

Hailed by the New York Times as, “one of the most powerful plays of the last decade”, The Runt of the Litter is a highly personal story performed by Eason. The performance set the context for Eason and Bowen’s half-day workshop the following day.

Celebrating Success

At the end of Eason’s opening night performance, the advisors in attendance had much to discuss over dinner and an awards ceremony that included singing “Happy Birthday” to Alan Werba, a former partner in Reinhardt Werba Bowen Inc. (acquired by Assante Capital Management Inc. in 1998 and later reconstituted as Loring Ward).

“Loring Ward has a rich and vibrant history that began over 20 years ago,” said Loring Ward CEO Alex Potts. “We were founded by 3 independent financial Advisors (Reinhardt, Werba and Bowen) who wanted to create a better advisory practice model. I’m happy to welcome John Bowen to the stage,” Potts said as he announced that Bowen was receiving the Loring Ward lifetime achievement award that night.

“All this reminiscing ties in nicely to our theme of ‘storytelling’ today,” Bowen said. I’m pleased to have been a part of the company’s success.”

Alan Werba and Alex Potts

Loring Ward provides investment management, comprehensive back office support, and practice management solutions to independent financial Advisors and their clients. In 1991, Loring Ward partnered with leading institutional money manager Dimensional Fund Advisors in order to bring institutional money management to the advisors it serves. In 1999, Loring Ward launched their own fund family, the SA Funds, which are sub-advised by Dimensional.

Establishing Trust

Over the course of the half-day storytelling workshop that took place the following day, Bowen and Eason offered the following tips:

1. Love your story.

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