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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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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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Get More Business By Unbundling Planning
by Tony Vidler        Planning is often HUGE to a client, and that is itself a barrier to engagement. Unbundling the planning process can create higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging with you, and lead to higher plan fees.  That’s a surefire recipe for greater revenue levels for a practice.   When we try […]
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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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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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The Number 1 Negotiating “Skill” That You Need
by Tony Vidler        Every professional needs to use negotiating skills every week…if not every day. We are constantly negotiating with clients, or on behalf of clients, for a host of things, and it often becomes a source of stress and angst for all parties, with latent dissatisfaction underlying.   The reason why that is […]
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Get enthusiastic if you want clients to engage you
by Tony Vidler        Which one of these 3 is most likely to get the job?   Which one are you when meeting a prospective client for the first time, or at the start of an actual client engagement?   Professional advisers have become dreadfully serious people in recent years with the shift to a […]
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