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Want Prospects To Open Up? Take a tip from the professional interviewers
by Tony Vidler        Once upon a time everyone was taught the difference between open and closed questions as the key to engaging prospects…and it worked for a fair while. In today’s world with it’s much greater emphasis upon individual opinion and with our professional focus having shifted entirely onto what the client cares about rather […]
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Maybe the client IS the problem
by Tony Vidler        What you think is the problem is not always actually the problem.  Sometimes the person is the problem. Sometimes, maybe, the client is the problem rather than you.   Before talking about clients though allow me to use a non-client example.  Picture the scene: a partner in a practice is telling me […]
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Why not have everyone as "A" Clients?
by Tony Vidler        A Clients are just your best ones, right? Why?   The concept of segmenting clients into different categories is driven by the desire to introduce efficiency into a practice while recognising that not all clients are of equal commercial value to the firm.  It is also a way of recognising that not […]
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How to take the “R” out of FREE Advice
by Tony Vidler        Traditionally the financial services sector has been almost entirely remunerated via commission, and many advisers are now grappling with the basic question of “how” to make the transition – even if only in their minds – from working solely on commissions to charging clients directly for advice and/or service. Consumers perceived […]
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Professional Triage: Targeting The Immediate Need
by Tony Vidler        A huge mistake many advisers make is trying to deliver comprehensive advice to a client concerned only with an immediate need.  We need to recognize when triage is required, as opposed to when ongoing nursing is needed.   The immediate need is the more often the trigger for an advice client to […]
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How To Get Buy-In From Clients To Full Advice
by Tony Vidler        Clients often want advisers to deal with just one element of financial planning…their current “burning issue” that triggered the need for advice to begin with.  Getting them to engage in full advice can be tough and they need to understand what you CAN do for them, and where your knowledge and skills […]
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How do you know your financial advice is suitable?
by Tony Vidler        Knowing that your financial advice is suitable for a client is something that every professional adviser is willing to attest to, but proving it when challenged can be incredibly dificult. Advisers are increasingly being challenged and therefore seeking assurance that their practices are robust and will withstand such scrutiny.  Whether that scrutiny […]
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Advisers Have To Be Effective AND Efficient Now
by Tony Vidler        Which is more important when running an advice business: being effective, or being efficient? You chose Effective? Wrong. You chose Efficient?  Wrong. The correct answer is that you have to balance both.   In days gone by plenty of people in financial services could build a business just be being effective, regardless […]
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How to create a PROCESS to validate your product recommendations
by Tony Vidler        Everyday the situation arises where one adviser recommends Company A as a solution for clients, and another adviser trying to work with the same clients suggests that Company B is better.   This always creates confusion for clients of course, but when it comes to deciding between insurance companies or products it […]
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Compliance: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler         Whenever the topic of the “advice process”, or compliance, comes up most advisers imagine themselves as the plane in this picture: Compiance is largely considered a burden – albeit a necessary one.  As is usually the way of these things a substantial body of documentation has blossomed over the years which […]
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