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Compliance: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler         Whenever the topic of the “advice process”, or compliance, comes up most advisers imagine themselves as the plane in this picture: Compiance is largely considered a burden – albeit a necessary one.  As is usually the way of these things a substantial body of documentation has blossomed over the years which […]
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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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Why Good Content Matters (and what it looks like)
by Tony Vidler        Pretty much every time I get into a discussion with professionals about building up their business they begin by thinking that the answer is “get more prospects“.  There is no doubt that getting more prospective customers helps build a business of course, but what builds a business faster and less stressfully […]
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Blending Old Ways With Modern Comms To Get Attention
by Tony Vidler        Blending the old and the new can be a great way to stand out in the digital world, and there are few better examples than this one from an older adviser who was happy for me to share it.  He generates excellent engagement and responses…and it is so simple!   Remember […]
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Sales management is more than “make the troops jump through hoops”
by Tony Vidler        The majority of professionals running practices have superb technical competency, and often have significant commercial management skills, but a very common shortcoming is “Sales Management” experience or skills.   The typical result of this shortcoming is that management of the revenue producers in a professional practice becomes a matter of making […]
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Life Insurance: what do customers want?
by Tony Vidler        One of the questions that continually vexes professionals is “what do customers want?” In the life insurance area of financial services the answer is even tougher to find than usual, because insurance is for virtually all consumers an absolute grudge purchase.  When we think about it logically every person who buys […]
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How to work out who to keep on your team
by Tony Vidler        One of the toughest areas of practice management is building the right team around you.  So it is best to begin with an unpalatable truth: It is inevitable that at some point you will get team selections wrong.  You will get hiring decisions wrong….and sometimes firing decisions wrong too.   More […]
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Here’s how to move into "Stealth Mode" when doing your prospecting research on LinkedIN.
by Tony Vidler        It seems that while a lot of professionals now have a presence on LinkedIn they are often not actually using it to prospect for potential new clients.  That seems odd to me given that Linkedin is a Business-2-Business networking platform: it exists to assist people in business network with other people […]
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The Professional Services Firm Model Of The Future Is Possibly A “Fast Food Alley”
by Tony Vidler        Ever noticed how the fast food stores tend to cluster together as some sort of “fast food alley”? Have you ever wondered why? There is a “convenience” element for the typical customer of course, however there is a more important reason – which might just be a useful lesson for professionals […]
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