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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 […]
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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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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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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 […]
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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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YOUR need will kill the sale
by Tony Vidler        I think it has always been true, but it is more true than ever before: a needy adviser is a major turn off to potential clients.  It kills sales.   Rather than talk about why customers buy, it is worth focusing upon why they do not buy as that doesn’t get […]
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Getting Prospects To Buy Your Advice
by Tony Vidler        To get prospects to buy you and your advice you have to “sell emotion” and support it with logic, right?   Not quite….there is a piece missing in this formula which is is largely accepted as the methodology for selling intangibles. The missing ingredient is “beliefs”, and it is understanding the […]
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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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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 […]
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The 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 are […]
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