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Valuing the TIME you sell…and save.
by Tony Vidler One of the most valuable things that financial advisers do for clients is to save the clients own time. How powerful would it be to quantify that in dollar terms for a client? Everyone knows the maxim “time is money”. Everyone knows that all of us are perpetually trading […]
by Tony Vidler The elite performing financial advisers are substantially better at positioning themselves professionally than average advisers are. That positioning really pays off too: surveys suggest that they get 2.5 X MORE business from new clients than average advisers. And to really highlight the performance difference they are getting vastly higher business levels […]
The Professional’s Branding Challenge: how to look different while blending in (& why it matters)
by Tony Vidler When it comes to creating a personal brand as a professional, the irony is we have to look different – while blending in and looking the same. One cannot afford to look any less professional than your peers or competitors. So to a large degree degree there is a market […]
by Tony Vidler Knowing and working exclusively in your niche is nirvana for most professionals. Your niche is that absolute sweet spot where what you are fabulous at overlaps with what you love doing, and it is something that other people value and will pay you for. It is not a simple […]
3 questions you must answer to define your Uniqueness
by Tony Vidler The difference between a good (but not spectacular) professional and a truly magnificent performer is the ability to succinctly articulate what makes them special. This is often referred to as having a “Unique Selling Proposition”, or USP. While the concept has its detractors there is no doubt in my mind that in […]
by Tony Vidler Financial advisers genrally struggle to create a value proposition that accurately expresses how they work differently, or what makes them special compared to others. It isn’t that they don’t have points of difference, or that they struggle to put ideas into words…generally they are very good at both. Each adviser has […]
by Tony Vidler Nearly every professional gives an initial “no obligation meeting” to prospective clients, and nearly everyone delivers value to those prospects during that initial meeting. But hardly anyone seems to market that value being delivered, instead opting to focus upon one of the other 2 immediate benefits to the prospect. When we […]
Be like the Private Banker in order to become invaluable
by Tony Vidler Emulate “the Private Bankers” is the sage advice of Dr Phillip M. Randall for advisers when it comes to combatting the multiple pressure points of rising consumer expectations, technology-driven and cost-focussed solutions, and the trend for “self management” in all things by clients. I had the pleasure of spending a little […]
Innovate to Differentiate (it CAN be done by professional services firms)
by Tony Vidler There is a perception that in order to innovate one must receive a flash of inspiration. A blindingly brilliant epiphany-like moment. Sometimes that happens. More often than not innovation is a deliberate process of breaking down and reinventing, or rather, it is about re-imagining. The process is itself relatively […]
by Tony Vidler You will gain or lose potential clients in just 8 seconds….well, actually it is a lot less than that. The clock is ticking…and a lot faster than many realise. In reality you have 3 seconds or less to get them to engage with you and your message, or they are probably […]