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Patience Pays Off! (More than ever before)
by Tony Vidler        How patient do you have to be in today’s world to turn an enquiry into a customer?   A lot more patient than ever before…but it pays off!   Research consistently shows that around 79% of the time “salespeople” have around 3 contacts with a prospective customer before they give up.  […]
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Business planning a struggle? Perhaps you should plan “life” instead…
by Tony Vidler        Why did you go into business?   You could have had an easy job somewhere, and just made a living….but you would have gone into business for yourself because you saw it as your best chance of building the life you want.   This a particularly pertinent issue as many financial […]
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How to challenge a clients thinking without actually getting into a challenge
by Tony Vidler        Perhaps the toughest task any adviser faces is challenging a clients’ own thinking, but without getting into a confrontation.  Most of us find ourselves occasionally dealing with a client who already thinks they know the answers – they haven’t come to us for advice, they have come to us for validation […]
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Buildong a COI referral system for financial advisors
How to build a COI referral system
by Tony Vidler        If you want to get a regular, repeatable, stream of well qualified prospects for your business then nothing beats having  a Centre of Influence (COI) driving the right types of ideal clients to you.   A good COI will be an advocate for you and your business, and be proactively recommending […]
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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;   […]
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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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