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How to challenge clients thinking without being confrontational
by Tony Vidler Perhaps the toughest task any adviser faces is to challenge clients’ own thinking, but without getting into a confrontation that threatens the entire relationship. Most of us find ourselves occasionally dealing with a client who already thinks they know the answers – they haven’t come to us for advice, they have […]
Describe Your Advice Services In Practical Terms To Get More Buy-In
by Tony Vidler Advice should, almost by definition, be “practical”. Your advice services should be practical in that can be applied in the real world to achieve real differences, and any advice in any of your areas of expertise should be a clear course of action that a client can use to achieve a […]
Best Practice Advice Means Meeting Client Expectations Too, doesn’t it?
by Tony Vidler What constitutes “Best Practice” advice process is a constant work in progress, but it does not develop as rapidly as either technology or client expectations do. In fact, there is a distinct probability that the gap between what professionals call best practice advice and what clients expectations of best practices are continue […]
by Tony Vidler That sinking feeling you get when an insurer comes back with terms and you have to present an adverse insurance decision…basically telling the client that actually, they are a higher risk of something bad happening….it is an unpleasant and stressful time for a financial adviser. Not great for the client usually […]
by Tony Vidler Experience reviews…consumer reviews…I blame TripAdviser for it; but maybe it wasn’t them…Whatever, everyone out there now expects to be able to give a review of any business, and read others reviews of that business. In fact they can’t wait to provide their opinion of your business. It has become the norm. […]
by Tony Vidler If we can make more effective advice recommendations we increase comprehension and engagement and shorten the implementation timeframe. That’s good for everyone involved in the process. More people will follow our advice, we help more people get the outcomes they are looking for, and business is better for everyone. So […]
by Tony Vidler To get prospects to buy your advice and change direction you have to “sell emotion” and support it with logic, right? Not quite….there is a piece missing in this formula which is is largely accepted as the methodology for selling intangibles I believe. I believe that the missing ingredient is […]
Create Top Of Mind Awareness With Your Own Clients First
by Tony Vidler Who do most people turn to first for financial advice? Whoever is “top of mind”…and who is that usually? Their family. Research in multiple countries and jurisdictions repeatedly shows that the number one source of advice for consumers who do not currently take financial advice from a professional […]
How To Deliver The “Right Advice” In The “Right” Way
by Tony Vidler Delivering the right advice consists of getting 2 things right: delivering advice that will work for the client, and delivering it in a manner which will result in the client taking action upon the advice. Getting both of those right is no simple thing. The first of them is […]
by Tony Vidler There is a sale that advisers have to make, before they make a sale. The first sale that has to be made is YOU. Advisers often tell me they are struggling to get potential clients to engage. The increasing compliance and documentation of advice, and the need to establish professional credentials […]