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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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Financial Advisers Problem? Offering To Do Too Much
by Tony Vidler        Advisers have a few problems these days.  The biggest financial adviser problem though is getting prospects to engage with us to begin with. Despite a couple of decades of positioning, developing and improving technical knowledge and qualifications, many financial professionals are struggling to get enough clients to engage in holistic planning.   […]
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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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Sales Technique Is The Key To Opening Minds
by Tony Vidler        Sales Technique…the very phrase sends shudders down the spines of professionals today it seems.  Despite the focus on our increased technical knowledge and the emphasis upon good process, financial advisers actually have to “sell”.   A large problem for many newer advisers is that nobody is teaching them effective sales technique anymore, […]
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One tactic to make people remember your message…in just another moment…
by Tony Vidler        Ever wondered why infomercials or news broadcasts come up with lines like this: “XYZ Corporation closed its doors on customers today leaving 10,000 without the products they had paid for already…more on that shortly.”   The “more on that shortly” part creates intrigue of course….but the reason why TV stations do this […]
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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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Nobody Believes Your Advice Can Be Impartial AND Free
by Tony Vidler        The problem with “FREE” is nobody believes that whatever you are offering is actually free. It might be free in terms of there being no invoice or obvious price tag, but that doesn’t mean it is “free” does it? Consumers today are alert, have a world of information in their pocket […]
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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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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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