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How to explain your Process and Fee to clients
by Tony Vidler        Many advisers have difficulty explaining their fee basis, and the client advice process, in a clear and logical way.   It becomes a barrier to engaging clients, and undermines our professional image, when we fumble and stumble on a fairly straightforward part of being in business.   As with most things […]
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Simplicity REQUIRES Sophistication
by Tony Vidler        One of the most popular articles I have written was a short piece on the necessity for reducing Statements of Advice in size.   It seems the message to reduce the complexity – to stop producing documents for a courtroom rather than a client – hit a collective nerve.   In […]
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How To Get Paid For Every Advice Step
by Tony Vidler        Here’s a simple strategy for getting paid fairly for the advice you give….and I mean getting paid for ALL the advice you give…every step of the way.   There are broadly three possible parts to any client work: 1.  Planning 2.  Implementing, or “putting in place” any planning recommendations 3.  Ongoing […]
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Written Advice: Should it be Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to communicating our advice to clients we are guided by the words used by the regulators, or law, to guide us in how that should be framed or delivered.   Or we think we do.   The written advice, be it financial plans or Statements Of Advice being […]
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The Art Of Giving Suitable Advice
by Tony Vidler         The most challenging area of financial advice which is subject to perpetual testing is the question of “suitability”.  WHY was a particular piece of advice appropriate for a particular client? What factors were considered, or even discarded, that led to a particular recommendation as being the right advice? It is an […]
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Sanity Check: A Statement Of Advice should be a “statement”
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to providing advice in writing to a client there is undoubtedly unnecessary complexity.  In fact the proverbial “Statement Of Advice” has become anything but a “statement”.  It generally takes the form of a tome…   A “tome is a scholarly work…usually large, heavy and laborious in its detail. A […]
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Meeting Client Expectations Is In The Clients Interests Too, isn’t it?
by Tony Vidler        What constitutes “Best Practice” advice process is a constant work in progress, but it does not develop as rapidly as either technology or client expectations.  In fact, there is a distinct probability that the gap between what professionals call best practice advice and what clients expectations are will continue to widen.   […]
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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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Client Focus or Compliance Focus?
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 […]
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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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