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IFA Life launches networking and mentoring group for IFAs and financial planners

 * Private networking and mentoring group to share best practice amongst IFAs
 * Unparalleled access to expertise to help problem-solve, stimulate new thinking, establish personal and business development goals, and to drive IFA businesses forward

 Social networking site IFA Life has today launched Blue Sky - a private networking and mentoring group for IFAs and Financial Planners.

 IFA Life has established itself as a thriving online forum for financial advice professionals, where at the heart of the community has been networking, sharing of best practice and IFAs willingly providing help and support to one another.

 Every day on the IFA Life website, IFAs find answers to their questions from peers who freely give their time, experience and expertise.

 But while IFA Life is an online platform, IFAs and financial planners also obtain huge value from networking face-to-face.

 IFA Life founder Philip Calvert said today:

 "From our conversations with IFAs, there is also demand for private networking, where they can meet, discuss and share business issues and act as a sounding board amongst a select group of peers - and where privacy and confidentiality is a given."

 "Even the most successful and ‘RDR ready' IFA businesses face problems, issues and opportunities every day - but often they don't always have access to likeminded individuals who can help them to see the wood for the trees."

 "Blue Sky is a new IFA group which meets quarterly to network, share ideas, expertise, experience and knowledge - and most importantly to support and mentor each other within a professional, friendly, comfortable and respectful environment."

 Experience and expertise

 The wealth of experience in the group will provide members with a private, supportive environment with unparalleled access to expertise to help problem-solve, stimulate new thinking, establish personal and business development goals, and to drive IFA businesses forward without the need to resort to expensive outside consultancy.

 Each quarterly meeting will examine a key IFA business development issue, plus a valuable open session where members share specific opportunities, ask questions, discuss problems, practise skills or highlight current initiatives. Expert speakers will be invited to educate, inform and stimulate debate on specific business and personal development topics.

 Philip Calvert concluded:

 "To fully benefit from the Blue Sky group, members will be expected to be ‘givers'. That will mean being good listeners who can act as a sounding board - guiding and helping from real experience, willing to share skills, expertise and knowledge, demonstrate positive attitude and act as a role model, exhibit enthusiasm in their field, provide fresh perspective on problems and opportunities and to be authentic and practice what he or she preaches."

 "IFA Life has proved that IFAs gain huge value when they work together, and we believe that Blue Sky will take this to another level."

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