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The 5 Essential Soft Skills For Professional Advisers
by Tony Vidler        Technical knowledge will only take you so far, and sometimes (like when the world is in lockdown and there are no rational markets) they won’t tyake you anywhere at all. There are times when what you know just doesn’t matter.  Knowing how to deal with people is all that matters sometimes.  They […]
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The Words We Choose To Use Have Power
by Tony Vidler        If we want to give ourselves the best chance possible of influencing clients and prospects to change course, which is what professional advice is all about really, then there is no doubt that the words we choose to use can make an enormous difference.   Enough experts have done enough research over […]
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Prospecting: Reconnect to Create New Opportunities
by Tony Vidler        A simple prospecting idea which usually pays off is simply re-connecting with those who you have spent time with, but did not do any business with.  I am talking about “prospects” from 6 months ago…or 12 months ago.   There are always people we are seeing who are potentially great customers, but […]
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The Right Way To Present An Advice Recommendation
by Tony Vidler        When you are presenting quotes or recommending product solutions, are you still giving the prospect a few choices, like 3 perhaps? Don’t do it.   Consumers are onto it, so as a “sales technique” it loses impact…and it was never fabulous technique to begin with.  More importantly, it undermines your professional […]
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Demonstrate Value And Prospects Will Choose You
by Tony Vidler        Smart advisers today make sure they are demonstrating their value to prospects.   Having a prospect who is interested enough to hear what you have to offer has always been a necessary step on the path to getting a client, and it obviously remains so today. However, who the prospect decides […]
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Do you want to be seen as independent? Then don’t make this BIG mistake…
by Tony Vidler        There is one really big mistake that many advisers who wish to be seen as fully independent make repeatedly.  By “independent”, I am not referring to a regulators interpretation of the word, but being an independent business which is not overtly aligned to one or product manufacturers.   Running an independent business, […]
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If you need more clients then you probably need different skills
by Tony Vidler        Financial advisers who need more clients need to be better marketers than salespeople in todays environment.  For most that means they probably need new, or more, skills.  Not more technical skills; more commercial skills.   While financial advisers have been figuring out how to get ever-more-compliant and deliver yet-more-paper over the […]
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Knowing Your Professional Purpose Is Your Game Changer
by Tony Vidler        All the regulatory change has many advisers seriously thinking about how to position for the future, and how to lift performance in a time of squeezed practice margins.  Many are stuck in their existing paradigm of doing business though, and struggle to accept things like remuneration models changing rapidly, long term shifts […]
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Should you give a sly kickback to referrers?
by Tony Vidler        One of the ethical challenges for professionals is how to appropriately recognise the value of a great referrer or Centre-Of-Influence. A little kickback on the sly? Hardly professional. Don’t talk about it and pretend there is no commercial significance? Not great for maintaining trust long term.   It doesn’t have to become […]
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Details Matter: They Can Double The Return On Your Marketing
by Tony Vidler        Details matter. That attitude was a significant contributor to Apple’s success.  It was the centrepiece of Steve Jobs approach to design.  It made him (and Apple) swags of money.   While beautiful design is not really the forte of professional services firms, we do share something in common with Apple back when […]
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