How does a sole tax practitioner work his way up to a firm with $1.3 billion in assets? Larry Elkin chalks up his success to communication skills he honed as a reporter.

“Look at the job description,” says Elkin, president and founder of Palisades Hudson Financial Group. “You need to figure out what somebody wants or needs to know; gather the information and communicate it accurately and clearly so they can use it. It’s exactly the same for both professions.”

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