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How One Successful Financial Planner Gets New Business (part 2)
by Tony Vidler         Professionals are always interested in what other professionals are doing that leads to new business and becoming more successful.  The constant question is: “What are others doing that are successful for them?”   In a previous post one leading financial planner shared where he gets his new business from, and the […]
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Be Prepared To Get The 80% Of Practice Revenue That Is Just Waiting For You
by Tony Vidler         You know that there is a good chance that something like 80% of your practice revenue will come from about 20% of your clients…but do you leave that to chance?   We are talking about your best clients of course being that 20% who produce the lion’s share of the income, […]
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2 things to look for when hiring a Virtual Assistant
by Tony Vidler        As cost pressures mount and margins decrease for many professional service firms they are increasingly looking to hire “virtual” staff.  That is, staff who are not necessarily permanently on the payroll, and definitely not permanently on the premises needing “housing”.   India and the Philippines are probably leading the charge in […]
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R.I.P. To Some Accepted Wisdom For Growing A Practice
by Tony Vidler        In challenging times growing an advisory practice is incredibly difficult, and one of the methods has become conventional wisdom – but that doesn’t mean it is right in these days of fundamental and structural change.   The concept of a professional firm requiring 3 distinctly different roles of a Finder, Minder […]
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The Value of GETTING Good Advice
by Tony Vidler        If you believe in the value of advice, then it makes sense to believe in the value of getting advice for yourself – or rather, for your business. Nearly every small business can benefit from having a robust governance structure providing strategic input (and insight), additional skills, accountability and excellent risk […]
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The most preferred, and most effective, client communication tool?
by Tony Vidler        Engaging with clients and prospects is critical to getting the right business from the right people, and there is a surefire client communication winner (still): The humble electronic newsletter.   Let’s begin by thinking about what you are trying to achieve with any client engagement method and you will probably come […]
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Here is how to explain, and show, your value to a client in 10 seconds
by Tony Vidler        I am a massive fan of drawing little diagrams to explain technical ideas, but they are also a fabulous way of articulating the more nebulous concepts that people struggle to grasp.   One of my favourites is a very simple picture that anyone can scribble on a cocktail napkin in 10 […]
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Different communications are methods needed for different clients
by Tony Vidler         Different people learn and comprehend in different ways, and different sorts of clients need different sorts of communications methods and styles if messaging is to be truly effective.   One size really does not fit all.   A Little while ago LIMRA did some research on preferred methods of communications by […]
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Lead Nurturing: “Me luv you long time” actually pays off
by Tony Vidler        It’s funny how the phrase “me luv you long time” has become iconic while being used as a blatant untruth.  The way it is used in modern pop culture is to highlight precisely the opposite attitude – me no luv you much at all, but me luv your money.  Adopting this […]
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What Price Is My Practice?
by Tony Vidler        Given some of the trends beginning to take shape in financial services there must be serious questions about how to accurately value an advisory firm.   The short answer to what is an accurate value will of course always be “whatever a buyer is willing to pay, and which you are willing […]
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