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A surefire way to get a Prospect to choose You!
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 […]
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I sell…You sell…We ALL sell. Or should do…
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 […]
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Promo Gifts: Give quality AND useful things only
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 […]
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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 […]
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The emotions that drive client decisions
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 […]
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First, Become Famous In Your Neighbourhood
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 […]
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How To Generate Referrals When You Want Them
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 […]
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3 Is The Key To Effective Presentations
by Tony Vidler        3 is the magic presentation number.   It is a well established principle that people absorb information best when it is presented in 3 points…and while listing your best 3 features or benefits is more effective than listing your top 10 to most consumers, applying a bit of structure to the […]
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Presenting Professional Collaboration to Clients Simply
by Tony Vidler        Consumers increasing need solutions which require collaboration between professionals, and while plenty of suggestions can be found about how to collaborate with others from other professions, there is not quite so much suggestion about how to collaborate successfully with professionals from within the same sector.   Consumers usually want fairly straightforward […]
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How to create engaging conversations
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 […]
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