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Advisers Have To Be Effective AND Efficient Now
by Tony Vidler        Which is more important when running an advice business: being effective, or being efficient? You chose Effective? Wrong. You chose Efficient?  Wrong. The correct answer is that you have to balance both.   In days gone by plenty of people in financial services could build a business just be being effective, regardless […]
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5 Things You Need To Do Before Buying A Practice
by Tony Vidler        Buying a practice or buying another advisers book of business is, or will be, a really hot topic given the dramatic regulatory changes happening and the proportion of existing financial advisers who just don’t want to go through a few more years of change.   For manyt advisers buying another practice or […]
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The Challenge For The Adviser As A Coach
by Tony Vidler        Coaching is about changing behaviour in order to change results.  Advising is telling people what, and perhaps how, something should be done.  Advising is basically “having the answer” and telling someone what it is in its most simple form.  Coaching is a blend of telling and teaching, monitoring and managing, and, […]
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6 Things Banks Taught Us About Building A Super Profitable Business
by Tony Vidler         It seems obvious, yet somehow it isn’t.  The more you know about your customers the more business you can do with them.  Can.  Not “will do with them”….but “can”.   Market and customer intelligence provides potential business opportunities – if you are able to act upon it.   Take a tip […]
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How Often Should We Try To Engage With Clients?
by Tony Vidler        “How much is too much contact?”   “How often is too often?” Having bought into the need to engage with prospects and clients until they are ready to move ahead the next burning question from advisers centres upon what level of contact with customers is the “right amount”.   Much of […]
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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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