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The "service" bit in your service business just might be the best ROI
by Tony Vidler        The standout burning issue for most professional services firms remains attracting and developing new business, and advisers have a lot of distractions.  The thing that is often compromised is existing client service as advisers deal with all the change and try to remain commercially viable.   Yet, the most valuable investment […]
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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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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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You Can Become A Trusted Brand Before Clients Even Meet You
by Tony Vidler        For any individual adviser becoming “the trusted brand” in your target markets mind has to be the main marketing goal.  The importance of great engagement with prospective customers cannot be over-emphasised here…it is THE fundamental shift in effective marketing techniques over the last decade because it is the solution to the fundamental […]
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If it’s too expensive then there is a value gap
by Tony Vidler        If there is one objection which continually gets professionals in a tangle it is the client who says “it’s too expensive”.  When a client says “too expensive” YOU you haven’t done your job…there is a gap between the value being delivered and value being perceived by the client.  A value gap […]
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The Pathway To Professional Greatness
by Tony Vidler        There is a “pathway to greatness as an adviser”…and it’s an evolutionary journey, but one where the adviser largely controls how long it takes to evolve.   The professionals who consistently achieve exponential growth and performance results are superb on at least one of the following: know their clients personal lives incredibly […]
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Which would you rather be: a Brilliant Technician, and bored, or the Orchestrator running the show?
by Tony Vidler        Professional development is all the rage…the regulators and the professional associations and training providers in the compliance space are all putting it top of mind continuously.  And virtually all of them have an extremely narrow focus when it comes to the concept of developing a professional.   Virtually no emphasis upon […]
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New Adviser Hires: getting the relationship right
by Tony Vidler        One of the most common options for leveraging your professional practice is to hire more advisory personnel, however it is often a path to frustration and disappointment for business owners because it simply has not been thought through.   Everyone begins with great intent: the owner really does want new hires […]
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The best way to manage emotional clients
by Tony Vidler        There comes a time for all of us when we find ourselves dealing with a client who is not acting rationally, or logically, and is driven by their emotions. It’s tough to handle isn’t it?   There is every risk that whatever you do will be seen as confrontational, or dismissive […]
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Good? Fast? or Cheap? What sort of advice is it going to be?
by Tony Vidler        A few years ago a university in New Zealand conducted a study to find out where consumers were turning to for financial advice. At the time they found that the number one source of financial advice for most respondents was “newspapers and media”.   For 29% of the population that was […]
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