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by Tony Vidler One of the most powerful words in sales and marketing is “because”….and it doesn’t get used enough. …with BECAUSE we can link ideas of logic and emotion. The linking of logic and emotion makes ideas far more powerful and memorable because we can feel and analyse simultaneously. More importantly though it […]
by Tony Vidler How often do financial advisers struggle to explain to prospective clients, or audiences at large, what it is they do? Providing clarity so that clients do not struggle to understand the explanation must be the objective, surely? This diagram pictured on the left is an excellent tool that works well (even […]
The Top Challenge In Shifting From Product Sales To Advice Delivery
by Tony Vidler I was asked a simple, but loaded, question: What is the biggest future issue for financial advisers specialising in business insurance? I qualified my answer by saying that the biggest issue is the same one that faces all financial advisers regardless of their area of specialisation. The biggest issue […]
by Tony Vidler You are ALWAYS competing to have the next prospective client choose you. In fact, even with existing clients who are still deciding on whether to follow the next piece of advise, there is a decision being made about whether to choose to follow it…or choose “you” as it were. We are […]
by Tony Vidler I am a professional. I am a salesman. These two things are not contradictory. I sell stuff. It seems like I’m selling my time these days…sometimes a product….sometimes it is just selling concepts and possibilities. But I sell. And I think I am a professional too. Why do we […]
by Tony Vidler Giving promotional items as “thank you’s” is not as straightforward as many professionals seem to think. The promo gift seems more often to be “promo” than “gift”. I’d suggest that is a waste of money in the main, as most consumers today are very quick indeed to dump stuff that […]
The Magnificent 7: who you need if you want corporate clients
by Tony Vidler One of more unusual things that has been observed repeatedly over the years is that usually there are 7 people you have to get onboard to get a corporate account as a new client…. Exactly who is in the “Magnificent 7” depends on the size of the firm, and even […]
by Tony Vidler There are three basic emotions that drive most client purchases, or actions, in financial services: 1. Fear 2. Greed 3. Love The one we often shy away from is the first one: Fear. I am going to suggest you might want to consider “slapping” some clients with it sometimes…not […]
by Tony Vidler Where are your advertising dollars, and efforts, going to get the best return? It seems that the majority of small businesses get the majority of their new clients from their local area, which is not terribly surprising given that most professional service businesses largely compete on “convenience”. Without a […]
by Tony Vidler Referral business is pure gold…it is the Holy Grail for advisers to be running a business where they are only working with referrals. Most have the problem of having to sit back and wait for clients or centre’s of influence to refer, but you can generate the referrals you want […]