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Why 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 […]
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If It Is Not Simple, You Are Not Working Hard Enough
by Tony Vidler        It takes a lot of work to make complex advice simple and succinct, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the creation of  a financial plan or  Statements of Advice. Those 40 page plans, or worse those 80 page plans and pieces of written advice, are barriers to consumer engagement […]
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How To Get Paid For Each Piece Of Advice You Give
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 […]
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The Art Of Giving Suitable Advice Which Is Defensible
by Tony Vidler         The most challenging area in forming a professional opinion is ensuring that it is “suitable advice”, as what is suitable is subjective – until the time comes somewhere in the future to see if the advice actually worked.   Despite the issue of nobody actually knowing whether advice really was suitable much […]
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Describe Your Advice Services In Practical Terms To Get More Buy-In
by Tony Vidler        Advice should, almost by definition, be “practical”.  Your advice services should be practical in that can be applied in the real world to achieve real differences, and any advice in any of your areas of expertise should be a clear course of action that a client can use to achieve a […]
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Humans will beat the machines, but not at their own game
by Tony Vidler        Will the machines beat the humans in financial advice? Nah…the humans will beat the machines I reckon. There’s 2 key problems for the robo-advisers: they generally don’t advise, and nor have they evolved enough to substitute for human-to-human communication.   Artificial Intelligence may well change all that, but for now it is […]
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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
by Tony Vidler        Professional financial advisers know way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement.  Yet too many think that how much you know is what matters.  One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not […]
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Client Contact Frequency: How much is enough?
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 is still debated continuously.   How often is often enough is the burning question.   Some research done on […]
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Unbundling Planning To Get More Client Engagement
by Tony Vidler        Unbundling planning creates higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging in full financial planning, and can lead to higher revenue per client as well.  More clients engaging in more comprehensive advice and creating higher lifetime value per client.  That has to be worth thinking about doesn’t it?   When we try […]
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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 fees as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition whilst also creating a mindset for the client that the adviser is a price-taker rather than the price-setter.   Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with […]
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