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sales skills for financial advice
The missing ingredient in professional development: SKILLS
by Tony Vidler        We are awash with recommendations on how to “improve the advice business” and enhance professional developement.  Regulators, politicians, consumer groups, product manufacturers…competing business models that look to bypass advice entirely….all of them are making a lot of noise about how advice delivery can be improved and where professionals involved in the […]
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Full Transparency? It pays to keep some secrets from clients
by Tony Vidler        In this age of full transparency for professional services there is a tendency for advisers to tell clients everything…but there are just some things you shouldn’t tell them in advance.   If you want to give yourself a reasonable chance of creating clients who are a little surprised and delighted with […]
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Regulatory Reform: The Danger Of Knee-Jerk Reactions
by Tony Vidler        Regulatory reform is everywhere (in the west at least) in financial services and the biggest distraction for advisers is what they need to do to adjust for it…again…and the focus is almost always entirely upon the short term.  Knee-jerk reactions become the norm as advisers grapple with the burning questions, such as: […]
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Coaches Get Higher Fees Than Advisers. Do That Then.
by Tony Vidler        As more financial advisers move into fee-based work the common question seems to revolve around what fee level is right for them and their clients. High fees are not great, but higher fees are needed to run the advisory firm.   So obviously the first thing is working out what fee […]
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Written Advice: Should it be Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to delivering our written advice to clients there is a tendency to be guided by the words used by the regulators, or law, in how that advice is framed or written. The written advice, be it financial plans or Statements Of Advice being delivered to clients, are however […]
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The 4 Step Ethical Test for Financial Professionals
by Tony Vidler        I attended a Rotary function as a guest and ‘discovered’ the best ethical test I’ve ever heard.  When I say ‘discovered’, I personally didn’t discover anything at all…but I was introduced to The Rotary Philosophy which was a discovery for me. It is hardly new, having been written in 1932, however amidst […]
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Compliance & social media use for financial advisers
How Advisers can remain compliant while using social media
by Tony Vidler        The difficulty of using social media but remaining compliant as a financial adviser seems to be a concerrn cited as a reason to not use social media by those advisers.  Various aspects of “compliance” are cited: the provision of best practice advice, privacy constraints, or legal responsibilities to a corporate stakeholder, […]
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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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A financial advisers best weapon: The Meeting Agenda
by Tony Vidler        One of the most powerful weapons in an advisers armory is the Client Meeting Agenda. Yet, so few use them regularly…. The client meeting agenda sets up the entire professional relationship – not just the next hour or so that you happen to be with a client. In addition; It minimises […]
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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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