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The Number 1 Negotiating “Skill” That Advisers Need
by Tony Vidler Every adviser needs to use negotiating skill every day…if not every single meeting in every day. We are constantly negotiating with all stakeholders of course but it is the constant negotiating with clients, or on behalf of clients, that often becomes a source of stress and angst for all parties, with […]
Bring Back The Long Lunch…it will be good for your business!
by Tony Vidler Tom Peters suggested many years ago that one of the most effective marketing activities a professional could engage in were weekday lunches. 250 of them in fact over the course of the year. That is perhaps a bit excessive in today’s environment (and for ageing waistlines), but the concept […]
by Tony Vidler I think it has always been true, but it is more true than ever: a needy adviser is a major turn off to potential clients. YOUR need will a sale. Sometimes, perhaps too many times, the reason why consumers do not buy is because of us. Whether we are trying […]
by Tony Vidler Sometimes the best thing an adviser can do is admit to themselves that their sales numbers just suck. It’s the age-old “you can’t improve something until you admit that there is something wrong with it“. The reason for pointing out the obvious here is that there are plenty of […]
Use Visual Aids To Create Better Advice Engagement
by Tony Vidler Advisers try to create simplicity from complexity, and the most effective way of doing that is to use visual aids. They create quicker understanding and better engagement simply because most people find it easier to comprehend new or difficult information when it is presented visually. We all know from personal […]
by Tony Vidler Creating engaging conversations with people you don’t know well, or who feel they don’t know you well enough, is difficult. It can be even more difficult when they are guarded…thinking maybe that you are just there to sell them something. You can engage even the most guarded and difficult prospects […]
Getting the right style and structure for an effective telephone track
by Tony Vidler Being able to build an effective telephone track is a core skill for any adviser, and yet, so few seem to understand how to build one. It is perhaps one of those “lost sales skills” from the last decade or so, where new entrants into the advice industry have veered away […]
Priorities: Which urgent AND important person comes first?
by Tony Vidler The classic urgent AND important dilemma: your best client is on the phone talking to you. An incoming call from your top Centre-of-Influence comes in while talking to your best client. Do you “end and accept” – hanging up on your best client? Do you ignore your COI? Are you […]
How to close out the phone call to get your desired action
by Tony Vidler Bringing the phone call to a close successfully, and achieving your initial objective, is the ultimate point of a structured telephone track. It is the end goal. There is just a little bit of thought and structure to it – but not too much – and it is probably […]
by Tony Vidler I remain amazed that there are still financial advisers who say they do not see the point of social media when it comes to their business. Most of those advisers also keep saying that they could do with more prospects and customers. Is there any chance that these two concepts might […]
The wealthy may avoid $163 billion in taxes every year. Here’s how they do it
The wealthiest Americans may be avoiding $163 billion in income taxes every year, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Here’s how