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Working out how to be relevant to your clients
by Tony Vidler One of the key things that all professionals struggle with is remaining relevant. Amongst the most common questions that arise when marketing or client servicing is discussed for professional service firms is: “what do I say or write?” You know what you know…and you know what you want to […]
by Tony Vidler Fact: some customers you just don’t want. Most of us would agree that we should contribute to the greater good of society, and engage in pro bono work to help some of those who can’t afford us, but we are are running commercial enterprises. Not all customers are good customers […]
A financial advisers best weapon: The Meeting Agenda
by Tony Vidler One of the most powerful weapons in an advisers armory is the Client Meeting Agenda. Yet, so few use them regularly…. The client meeting agenda sets up the entire professional relationship – not just the next hour or so that you happen to be with a client. In addition; […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Benefits Of A Prepared “Sales Script” (and the steps to making one)
by Tony Vidler Everyone you talk to hates sales scripts – especially clients and prospects. Professionals hate them nearly as much. I love them. And I think professionals should love them too. It is probably one of the most under-rated “steps to success” because there is a perception […]
by Tony Vidler How much do you really think a good client is worth to you? Most financial advisers will easily work through the basic formula of the average fee/sale per client multiplied by the number of transactions they have with you each year, and then multiplied by the number of years you expect […]
Your FREE service is a barrier to getting the right business
by Tony Vidler Most professionals at some point offer complimentary initial meetings or consultations with clients as a “free service”. It simply isn’t true, and that in itself prevents the right sort of clients coming your way. The fundamental reason why this just doesn’t cut it with consumers is because they don’t believe it. […]
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 […]