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Scope Creep: The Number 1 Problem In Fixed Fee Advice
by Tony Vidler        “Scope Creep” is the killer for the Holy Grail of professional services business models.  That ideal model which so many aspire to is having clients who agree to ongoing fixed fees, and the practice income rolls in month after month.   Fixed fee advice being delivered on an ongoing basis is a […]
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How To Make Your Recommendations More Effective
by Tony Vidler        It is tough to get clients and prospects to follow our advice a lot of the time, and it makes a huge difference if we can figure out how to be more effective when giving recommendations.  More people will follow our advice, we help more people get the outcomes they are […]
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The Customer Is NOT King
by Tony Vidler        The mantra of “customer is king” is rubbish.  And I keep hearing it from professionals as if it were a commandment which, if breached, will send you straight to hell.   A King or Queen supposedly has absolute control. While we know that may not be constitutionally correct in most countries […]
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Re-think what you THINK you know about your customers
by Tony Vidler        I think that it is time to re-think what advisers think they know about their customers.   Insurance is sold, it isn’t bought, right?   People don’t value advice, right?   Really?   If you haven’t had a look at the excellent “World Insurance Report 2016” by Capgemini then you should, […]
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Creating a Value-Based Pricing Engagement
by Tony Vidler        For all the emphasis upon removing conflicts in client fees there is little being said about value-based pricing in professional services, and yet it is a concept which is most likely to match the clients perception of value with the professional’s desire to avoid conflicted models or time-based billing.   Perhaps […]
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Make your professional designation mean something to clients
by Tony Vidler        In a time where so many professionals struggle to identify and articulate their value to consumers I have to wonder why aren’t more professional financial advisers using their designations and qualifications better?   Does it mean anything to potential clients?   Often it doesn’t.  And the reason it doesn’t is because […]
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Professionals Have, And Use, Processes
by Tony Vidler        True professionals don’t just HAVE processes, they use the processes. All the time.   Or should do.   We need to learn from those professions where the outcome of a poor day on the job is literally life or death.  That isn’t generally the case for most professional services providers, however […]
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How to introduce a “Guarantee” into your fees
by Tony Vidler        It has been proven repeatedly that providing a guarantee in your fees for prospective clients certainly helps them decide to engage – and it is not a difficult thing to do.   Financial advice fees can seem to be enormously expensive to many prospective clients, and that becomes even scarier when […]
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Who is paying who?
by Tony Vidler        Who is paying who is becoming the biggest question in consumers minds as the public debate around fees and commissions  and conflicts of interest increases in financial services.   That’s a great thing for professional advisers.  It is however a question that many struggle to answer adequately when commission on products […]
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How To Deliver The “Right Advice” In The “Right” Way
by Tony Vidler        Delivering the right advice consists of getting 2 things right: delivering advice that will work for the client, and delivering it in a manner which will result in the client taking action  upon the advice.   Getting both of those right is no simple thing.   The first of them is […]
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