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Consumers won’t use Financial Planners until they know what we do…
by Tony Vidler        “Only 2% of consumers would go to a financial planner to take out life or other personal insurance” “Only 9% of consumers would go to a financial planner for retirement planning” “12% of consumers would seek investment advice from a financial planner” Wow.     What on earth do consumers think […]
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The Financial Advice Profession: Are we there yet?
by Tony Vidler        The incessant debate about whether financial advice can be called a profession or whether it is an “industry” keeps rolling along and mostly the debate is within the industry. Those who are not financial advisers don’t debate it because the answer is fairly clear to them I am guessing….after all; if it […]
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The Value Of The Financial Planner: Fixing finances, the future, and feelings
by Tony Vidler        Many question the value of the financial planner, and there has been plenty of research in recent years to attempt to quantify that value.  Quantifying value of advice is a recipe for debate, as the actual difference in net worth or security which can be attributed to the work of the […]
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Who Does That Adviser Work For?
by Tony Vidler        Which financial adviser is going to be right: the one who charges a fee; the one who is “free”; or; the one charging a commission?  Or is it the one who does all of these?     Well I suggest that it depends on what you are hoping for and what you […]
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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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