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When – and how – To Discount Your Fees
by Tony Vidler        As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount their fees, as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition.   Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with highly specialised and valuable knowledge to someone simply selling hours of billable time in a consumers mind. […]
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7 Warning Signs That The Prospect Is Not Right For You
by Tony Vidler        No matter how hard you try to get it right, some prospects are just not right for you.  You are wasting your time and would be best to just cut your losses and move on quickly.   The problem we have is that often we don’t figure that out until we […]
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The Words We Use Can Make Or Break The Sale
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to the words we use in conversation we all have our own idiosyncracies and quirks of speech, and often do not realise that they can make or break us in business.   The actual words that we use convey emotion, bias, judgement, attitude….all heavily  influential aspects in having […]
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How To Get Your Voicemail Message Responded To
by Tony Vidler        Voicemail messages which do not get responded to is without doubt the bane of most professionals working lives…frustrating, time consuming, inefficient….voicemail has become the “first line of defence” for prospects and clients alike.  Their number 1 method of avoiding you.   Too many minutes & hours are lost constantly leaving messages […]
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12 Prospect Barriers WE Must Negate
by Tony Vidler        “What do we have to get right for prospects to become clients?” “Remove or negate the barriers to them deciding to business” “What barrier?” “All of them…..”   There are many barriers which can prevent a prospect from engaging in the professional financial advice process, and WE have to try and […]
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How To “Up-Sell” Your Professional Services
by Tony Vidler        There are many services which most professionals can provide to clients, and a distinct area of opportunity is to look at combining those services where it makes sense to do so, and up-sell a higher value package of service to clients.   Up-selling is not the same as cross-selling however, and […]
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The Shortcut To Trust For Professionals
by Tony Vidler        Creating sufficient trust with a prospective client is the critical initial hurdle to having them engage with a professional advice process.   We need to have potential clients open up about their financial history, health and family issues, their future dreams and aspirations….all the deeply personal things that they generally don’t […]
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Fighting Off “Free” Advice
by Tony Vidler        “Free” advice is never actually “free”, is it?   None of us are silly – including the people we are talking to as prospective clients.  Everyone knows advice isn’t free…it is at someone’s expense, and someone is hoping to get a payday from delivering the “free stuff” at some point.   […]
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Productivity Tip: Prioritise the Activities that Yield the most
by Tony Vidler        To handle a significant workload AND get the results you want you need to prioritise the activities that yield the most, not waste time trying to manage time.  Time cannot be managed as such….the clock ticks inexorably onwards no matter what you do with the time.   Tasks can be managed. […]
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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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