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How To Present Adverse Decisions
by Tony Vidler        That sinking feeling you get when an insurer comes back with an adverse decision and you have to present it…basically telling the client that actually, they are a higher risk of something bad happening….it is an unpleasant and stressful time for a financial adviser.   Presenting these adverse decisions such as […]
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When – and how – To Discount Your Fees
by Tony Vidler        As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount their fees, as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition.   Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with highly specialised and valuable knowledge to someone simply selling hours of billable time in a consumers mind. […]
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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 Contact Frequency: does it really matter?
by Tony Vidler        The question of whether client contact frequency makes a discernible difference to the strength of the adviser-client relationship, or enhances the perceived value of the adviser to the client, is one which still perplexes the industry.   Professional opinions from marketers and consultants, and amongst advisers themselves, vary enormously on the […]
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Get More Business By Unbundling Planning
by Tony Vidler        Planning is often HUGE to a client, and that is itself a barrier to engagement. Unbundling the planning process can create higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging with you, and lead to higher plan fees.  That’s a surefire recipe for greater revenue levels for a practice.   When we try […]
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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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Creating a Value-Based Pricing Engagement
by Tony Vidler        For all the emphasis upon removing conflicts in client fees there is little being said about value-based pricing in professional services, and yet it is a concept which is most likely to match the clients perception of value with the professional’s desire to avoid conflicted models or time-based billing.   Perhaps […]
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Make your professional designation mean something to clients
by Tony Vidler        In a time where so many professionals struggle to identify and articulate their value to consumers I have to wonder why aren’t more professional financial advisers using their designations and qualifications better?   Does it mean anything to potential clients?   Often it doesn’t.  And the reason it doesn’t is because […]
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An advisers engagement process might look something like this…
by Tony Vidler        It is a rarity for a new customer to walk in off the street and just decide to buy some insurance or an investment product or a bit of planning from you, right?   That probably hasn’t happened for 10 years (if ever!).   So how do they decide to buy […]
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Soft Dollars are terminally ill….thankfully
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC I’m calling it: Soft dollars for financial advisers as we know them today is officially “terminally ill”.  Their death is not quite guaranteed, but the odds are very high that they shall die soon’ish…  But I personally think they will die far faster than most expect.  And thank God […]
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