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Pro Bono Pays In The Long Run
by Tony Vidler        Pro bono is a novel concept for many in an evolving profession – working for free for the public good.  But pro bono pays in the long run in a number of ways for a professional.  It may sound counter-intuitive but giving away your knowledge, skill and time for free is a […]
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Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?
by Tony Vidler        Old folk don’t take on new technology and new ideas, right? You just can’t teach them. Or is that “us”? Well that theory is getting blown away in a pandemic-like-way…   There has been a continuous lament for years about the ageing of the financial advisory business and it is certainly true when […]
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The Adviser as an Influencer
by Tony Vidler        The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our role is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made.   In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed.  But […]
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Position Advice Properly as Success Coaching
by Tony Vidler        The perennial challenge in selling advice is positioning it as valuable, and we should think about it and describe it the right way: great advice is about coaching. It IS coaching.   Giving advice is all about analysing the desired outcomes for clients, weighing up the possibilities, deciding on the optimal […]
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Crisis Communications: Sending Virtual Hugs Is Not Silly
by Tony Vidler        ok…maybe it isn’t appropriate for professionals to actually send virtual hug memes.  But then, maybe it is.  It all depends on the relationship you have with the client doesn’t it?  For some it might indeed be right….but that isn’t really the point of this article.   It is the concept of “sending […]
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Do you want to be seen as independent? Then don’t make this BIG mistake…
by Tony Vidler        There is one really big mistake that many advisers who wish to be seen as fully independent make repeatedly.  By “independent”, I am not referring to a regulators interpretation of the word, but being an independent business which is not overtly aligned to one or product manufacturers.   Running an independent business, […]
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If you want people to buy your advice, then dumb it down!
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to getting someone to buy your advice one of the best tips I can give is “dumb it down- but don’t treat them like dummies“.   There is a big difference between “dumbing it down” and treating people like dummies.  The first is about simplifying the message in order […]
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You are a professional? That doesn’t mean I trust you.
by Tony Vidler        You’re a professional. Should I trust you? Nope. As a consumer, a user of professional services myself, I’m tired of hearing from professionals that they should be trusted just because they are labelled professionals.  Let’s face it; many carry the label “professional” only by association anyway. The industry they are in […]
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New Thinking In Professional Development For Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        One of the positive changes for financial advisers in this part of the world in the last year was a broadening of what can be considered Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Now, instead of solely focussing upon technical learning, we are entering a regime where advisers have to map out their own […]
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Why we get price resistance
by Tony Vidler        Whether we like it or not there is nearly always price resistance in delivering financial advice, and how we present our service is a large part of that problem.  It doesn’t have to be…we just need to think through the differences between “what we say” and “what they hear”.   I often […]
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