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The 5 Levels Of Professional Competence
by Tony Vidler        A strange question to ask perhaps, but can a professional be assessed as having competence and incompetence as an adviser simultaneously?   I think so.   As new regulatory standards are embedded everywhere for professional services a word which frequently springs up as measure of professionalism is “competence”. Advisers everywhere grasp […]
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The Top Challenge In Shifting From Product Sales To Advice Delivery
by Tony Vidler        I was asked a simple, but loaded, question: What is the biggest future issue for financial advisers specialising in business insurance?   I qualified my answer by saying that the biggest issue is the same one that faces all financial advisers regardless of their area of specialisation.   The biggest issue […]
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Value is not Black and White, it is Shades of Grey
by Tony Vidler        At the most basic level “Value” can easily be defined: Value is Benefits less Costs.   That simple definition doesn’t highlight the enormous range of definitions for “Benefits” though, which is why trying to understand what value is results in everyone seeing a different shade of grey.   The range of […]
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How to create a MORE effective client report
by Tony Vidler        The typical financial planning report or statement of advice produced for clients is ineffective.   Being effective means getting the key points across as quickly and as simply as possible, so that the reader understands them, and is then able to make decisions relatively quickly and easily.  It will engage, motivate and […]
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Pro Bono work: is there a different professional standard?
by Tony Vidler        An odd question perhaps…however I have been questioned on whether pro bono work carries some lesser responsibility on the part of an adviser.  My answer: Why would pro bono clients deserve any lesser standards of ethical behaviour, professional competency or application of skill?   Furthermore; why would any adviser risk compromising […]
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Professional Selling: It is a real thing!
by Tony Vidler        Professional and selling are apparently 2 words which according to many just don’t go together these days…except they really do.  I’ll go further in fact and say that professionals MUST be selling, but, selling must be professional.   While there is an absolute requirement to place the clients interests above all […]
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Regulation of financial advisors
Time to get with the program on regulation
by Tony Vidler        For all the distractions, downtime and inefficiency that comes with new (or more) financial services regulation it is very easy to see it as an imposition.  Many advisers conclude that regulation is simply bureaucracy which in itself creates little to no value.   I am no fan of meaningless bureaucracy, but […]
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Did You Do A Good Days’ Work?
by Tony Vidler        With all the report writing and problem solving it is often difficult to feel like you did a good days’ work…you were busy for sure, but was it a good days’ work?  Or was it just being busy on “stuff”?   There is a simple test for any professional feeling buried […]
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Complicated products have owners manuals, why don’t ours?
by Tony Vidler        face it: our products are complicated as far as clients and prospects are concerned.   The funny thing is, nearly all of the products we buy are pretty complicated these days.  Even though we men folk tend to ignore them to begin with, most of the complicated products come with explanations […]
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Life Insurance: what do customers want?
by Tony Vidler        One of the questions that continually vexes professionals is “what do customers want?” In the life insurance area of financial services the answer is even tougher to find than usual, because insurance is for virtually all consumers an absolute grudge purchase.  When we think about it logically every person who buys […]
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