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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
by Tony Vidler Today’s professional knows way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement. One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not useful to any particular client, and then not using it. That shouldn’t […]
by Tony Vidler I support a compliance focus 100% ….but I support a client focus 100% too. All too often it is impossible to achieve 100% for both simultaneously though. Where does a professional compromise? Or does one not compromise? I think this picture captures the challenge of delivering compliant “best […]
Big Ticks: Best Stories For Professionals This Week
by Tony Vidler Information, ideas, tips…the articles for professional advisers which I spotted this week that generate fresh thinking or a deeper understanding of issues are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead. These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read, as they […]
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 […]
Use Visuals To Create Better Engagement With Advice
by Tony Vidler Advisers try to create simplicity from complexity, and the most effective way of doing that is to use visuals. It creates quicker understanding and better engagement simply because most people find it easier to comprehend new or difficult information when it is presented visually. We all know from personal experience […]
Innovation in Advice: Why does it have to be this way?
by Tony Vidler “Innovation” and “delivering advice” do not usually go together do they? The way advice is delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to gravitate to the same methodology. There is safety hiding in the herd, right? The type of advice delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to […]
by Tony Vidler The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our purpose is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made. In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed. But […]
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC I’m calling it: Soft dollars for financial advisers as we know them today is officially “terminally ill”. Their death is not quite guaranteed, but the odds are very high that they shall die soon’ish… But I personally think they will die far faster than most expect. And thank God […]
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC Churning is a topic guaranteed to generated heated debate. At one extreme there are advisers whose entire business seems to exist by churning anything and everything that they can get their hands on…regardless of consequences to the consumer. At the other extreme are advisers who refuse to replace any […]
Commissions, Conflicted Advice…and finding common ground
by Tony Vidler Well..it has happened. Life Insurance sales commission in Australia is regulated to lower levels, albeit with a phase in period. (See: Life Insurance Commission Reform is Happening In Australia) The arguments have at times been ferocious, and those arguments are being watched closely in other jurisdictions such as New Zealand. Here one […]