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Ryan Sullivan

Managing Director, Applied Insights


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Ryan leads communication workshops around the country and speaks on a variety of financial topics, with a focus on retirement research from the MIT AgeLab. To date, he has provided insights to audiences in 46 states and Puerto Rico, as well as led hundreds of webinars. Given his unique background in both financial planning and applied improvisation, Ryan seeks to balance the very human aspects of planning for later life with appropriate humor—a necessity, given the opportunities and challenges we all face as we age.


 

Current Topics

How to Prepare for In-Person Events and Optimize Client Communication
Knowing best practices of virtual meetings can help you maximize the opportunities they offer
Learn four ways to sharpen your communication skills, overcome barriers, and better connect with clients and prospects
Help clients discover how their unique history with money can impact their financial decisions
Inclusive language is essential to communicating with clients and prospects whose life experiences differ from our own
For more than a decade, we’ve partnered with the MIT AgeLab to uncover what investors are thinking about lifestyle trends, who they trust, and the future of retirement—all of which influence their decision-making process. Our advisor consultants can provide coaching to help you deepen relationships with clients by applying AgeLab research and tools to your practice.

 

5 Things About Ryan

1

Ryan volunteers his time teaching public speaking at the University of North Carolina and at a memory care center in Charlotte where he helps engage people living with Alzheimer's and dementia in storytelling.

2

A standup and improv comedian, Ryan also plays guitar and bass guitar (and occasionally sings when the "more talented" singer needs a break) in a Charlotte-based rock band. His advice to all cover bands: Don't play "867-5309/Jenny" too early in the evening.

3

Ryan says a sign a meeting went well is when they ask you back.

4

His number one tip of the road: bring wet wipes on the road. (His wife Katie, is an infectious disease doctor in Charlotte, NC).

5

He chose a career in financial services because he saw confusion, misinformation, and intimidation, in the industry and felt that he could help people get over those hurdles.

Ryan's Articles

Happy Annivirtually!
Tips for increasing webinar engagement in 2021

Communicating Confidently in a Crisis
When communicating in a crisis, it’s not just what you say—it’s how you say it

The Dos and Don'ts of Effective Virtual Communication
Virtual meeting technology is a great option for staying in touch with clients

3 Tips for Avoiding Miscommunication
Our words used, body language, and tone of voice can all affect how even a simple message is received

Ryan's Podcasts

How to Turn Up the Turnout on Virtual Events
March 2, 2021 (25:55)

Communicating to Connect, Part 1
April 2, 2019 (37:52)

Communicating to Connect, Part 2
May 2, 2019 (36:00)

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