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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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3 ways to get the low-hanging fruit
by Tony Vidler        Everyone wants business to be as easy as possible, yet we so often make it harder than it has to be.   What’s wrong with living on some low hanging fruit if there is more of it than you can eat? Nothing is wrong with it – it’s smart business.  And […]
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For Better Conversion, Leads need 2 speeds!
by Tony Vidler        Every lead is gold, and ideally every lead would result in conversion to a client.  The conversion rate really is often the difference between getting a good return on your prospecting and marketing efforts, or perhaps getting no return at all.   The short cut to better conversion is often a […]
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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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Why do people buy anything?
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to advising clients to change course or do something new we should remember the reasons why people buy anything, including “advice”.  If we want our advice to be effective (and lead the client to do something better than they are currently doing) then it is best to make […]
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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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Which Prospects Are Worth YOUR Time?
by Tony Vidler        The way prospects engage with professionals has changed, and it is logical for us to change how we engage with prospects also.   In the old days we qualified prospects on the basis of a clearly identifiable need, the capacity to pay, approachability, and “insurability”.  This last one evolved over time […]
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How to get Clients to agree to the right cover level
by Tony Vidler        It can be challenging getting clients to agree to what we know is the right cover level for their insurance needs.  Whatever numbers we come up with analytically and logically are greeted with disbelief more often than not.   Considering that most clients see most insurance most of the time as […]
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How To Present Adverse Decisions
by Tony Vidler        That sinking feeling you get when an insurer comes back with an adverse decision and you have to present it…basically telling the client that actually, they are a higher risk of something bad happening….it is an unpleasant and stressful time for a financial adviser.   Presenting these adverse decisions such as […]
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