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Imagine if we were REALLY 100% honest with clients
by Tony Vidler Total honesty with clients is a wonderful idea….but 100% honesty in all things with clients would kill us commercially. And frankly the consumers, regulators and politicians wouldn’t like it much….despite how much they ask for 100% honesty in all things. Don’t get me wrong: I believe in full transparency and […]
by Tony Vidler Compliance has a lot to answer for. One of the truly negative consequences of evolving best practice advice standards is the trend to torture clients. Now torture is a rather harsh word, and I am sure that globally there is no particular agenda on the part of regulators or professional advisers […]
by Tony Vidler A strange question to ask perhaps, but can a professional be assessed as having competence and incompetence as an adviser simultaneously? I think so. As new regulatory standards are embedded everywhere for professional services a word which frequently springs up as measure of professionalism is “competence”. Advisers everywhere grasp […]
Full Transparency: It pays to keep some secrets from clients
by Tony Vidler In this age of complete transparency for professional services there is a tendency to tell clients everything…and 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 your service […]
by Tony Vidler The typical financial planning report or statement of advice produced for clients is ineffective. Being effective means getting the key points across as quickly and as simply as possible, so that the reader understands them, and is then able to make decisions relatively quickly and easily. It will engage, motivate and […]
Pro Bono work: is there a different professional standard?
by Tony Vidler An odd question perhaps…however I have been questioned on whether pro bono work carries some lesser responsibility on the part of an adviser. My answer: Why would pro bono clients deserve any lesser standards of ethical behaviour, professional competency or application of skill? Furthermore; why would any adviser risk compromising […]
by Tony Vidler Professional and selling are apparently 2 words which according to many just don’t go together these days…except they really do. I’ll go further in fact and say that professionals MUST be selling, but, selling must be professional. While there is an absolute requirement to place the clients interests above all […]
by Tony Vidler For all the distractions, downtime and inefficiency that comes with new (or more) financial services regulation it is very easy to see it as an imposition. Many advisers conclude that regulation is simply bureaucracy which in itself creates little to no value. I am no fan of meaningless bureaucracy, but […]
Complicated products have owners manuals, why don’t ours?
by Tony Vidler face it: our products are complicated as far as clients and prospects are concerned. The funny thing is, nearly all of the products we buy are pretty complicated these days. Even though we men folk tend to ignore them to begin with, most of the complicated products come with explanations […]
The missing ingredient in professional development: SKILLS
by Tony Vidler We are awash with recommendations on how to “improve the advice business”. 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. Much of what they say has merit of course, […]