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How To Fix A Prospecting Problem
by Tony Vidler        The “prospecting problem” is the most frequently requested area for help amongst advisers…it is the p perennial problem.  There just never seems to be quite enough of them to meet the new client acquisition needs of the firm!   Often an adviser asks for help on prospecting right about the time […]
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Use Visuals To “Pre-Sell” Bad News
by Tony Vidler        Disclaimers and fine print don’t ever really help in selling, and visuals or graphics nearly always do.   Nowhere is this more true than when you want to manage client expectations and “pre-sell” what is likely to happen in the future so that everyone avoids nasty surprises…or…so that everyone recognises opportunities! […]
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Dropping the “Who Do You Know” bomb is dumb.
by Tony Vidler        One of the time-tested techniques of sales is to obtain referrals by dropping a “who do you know” bomb on them…and it is dumb.   It has never actually worked all that well really, and it works even less well today.   Adding an extra word in there doesn’t make it […]
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The BEST Prospecting Question Ever
by Tony Vidler        One of the areas which you would think would dominate our prospecting activities is one where many professionals struggle: getting friends and associates onboard as clients.   A fantastic adviser that I knew well and who is since retired working in rural town in New Zealand managed to be one of […]
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The 6 P’s of Sustained Peak Performance
by Tony Vidler        How to stay on top of your game, get the results that you want in business, and maintain peak performance….it all comes down to having a system, or a process.   Consistent output does after all usually result from consistent inputs….but putting in the right amount of the right things is what […]
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Fix the prospecting problem forever
by Tony Vidler        The single marketing topic that advisers WANT to know how to absolutely nail it is how to get more referrals.  Get this right, and prospecting problems are fixed forever.   The theory really isn’t all that hard.  Applying it might be, but understanding it isn’t.   Pretty much everyone involved in […]
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The Benefits Of A Prepared “Sales Script” (and the steps to making one)
by Tony Vidler        Everyone you talk to hates sales scripts – especially clients and prospects.  Professionals hate them nearly as much.       I love them.  And I think professionals should love them too.       It is probably one of the most under-rated “steps to success”  because there is a perception […]
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Describe Your Services In Practical Terms To Get More Buy-In
by Tony Vidler        Advice should, almost by definition, be “practical”.  It should be a clear course of action that a client can use to achieve a specific outcome.  Why don’t we describe our advice services that way then?   Consumers often struggle to understand what we can achieve for them (or help them achieve), […]
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You Deliver Value, So Why Not Promise It?
by Tony Vidler        Nearly every professional gives an initial “no obligation meeting” to prospective clients, and nearly everyone delivers value to those prospects during that initial meeting.  But hardly anyone seems to market that value being delivered, instead opting to focus upon one of the other 2 immediate benefits to the prospect.   When we […]
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More Referrals Are Created By Repetition
by Tony Vidler        Referrals remain the most powerful marketing for professionals despite the plethora of advertising and marketing tactics we have available today.  The “transfer of trust” which is created by positive endorsement and personalised introduction or recommendation results in he highest likelihood of a prospective client choosing to do business with you.   Referrals […]
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