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How To Generate Introductions Whenever You Want Them, To Whoever You Want
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. Introductions are even better. Most advisers sit back and wait for clients or centre’s of influence to refer, but you can generate the referrals – or introductions -you […]
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Understand The Buying Journey To Get More Clients
by Tony Vidler         The decision-making process – or buying journey as it has become known – that prospective clients go through today is complex, time-consuming for all parties, and is also often an incredibly  frustrating affair for all parties.  It is less frustrating if we understand what is actually going on and allow the […]
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Help Referrers Really Understand Who You Want To Meet
by Tony Vidler        One of the reasons referrers don’t give us quite the right quality referral most of the time is that we are often very poor at describing the person we work best with when we are having a referral discussion to begin with. It’s our fault; not theirs for the wrong sort […]
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Know and Use the Principles Of Influence Deliberately
by Tony Vidler        One of the most important pieces of work for professional advisers in the last 3 decades would have to be Robert Cialdini’s Principles Of Influence. Essentially he has distilled the lessons of human behaviour into a relatively small group of principles which most humans are influenced by.  There are exceptions of […]
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Financial Advisers Problem? Not doing the One Thing.
by Tony Vidler        Advisers have a few problems these days.  The biggest financial adviser problem though is getting prospects to engage with us to begin with. Despite a couple of decades of positioning, developing and improving technical knowledge and qualifications, many financial professionals are struggling to get enough clients to engage in holistic planning. We […]
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Clients need to be reasonable and meet expectations too
by Tony Vidler        It is not unreasonable to have reasonable expectations, is it? Whenever we enter into an agreement with somebody else to work together on anything it is fair to say that we both have expectations about how the arrangement is going to work. That applies whether the arrangement is moving into a […]
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How can you tell if your practice is winning?
by Tony Vidler        A financial advisory practice may be doing well and making money without knowing whether it is winning or losing compared to the rest of the market.  You can be profitable, but still lagging the level of profitability of the bulk of the market.  Or you could be borderline profitable but well ahead […]
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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 compelling value […]
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Who you know matters more than anything else
by Tony Vidler        There’s too much emphasis now placed upon “what you know“.   Who you know matters more if you want to have a successful business. I know…I know…heresy! (But hear me out). Most professional advisers today actually know enough.  Sure, we always need to improve and there’s always more to learn and continuous […]
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The Magnificent 7: who do you need if you want corporate clients?
by Tony Vidler        One of more unusual things that has been observed over the years is that usually there are 7 people you have to get onboard to get a corporate client. Exactly who is in the “Magnificent 7” depends on the size of the firm, and even small firms will often involve 7 […]
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