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How financial advisors can be relevant to clients
Working out how to be relevant to your clients
by Tony Vidler        One of the key things that all professionals struggle with is remaining relevant.   Amongst the most common questions that arise when marketing or client servicing is discussed for professional service firms is: “what do I say or write?”   You know what you know…and you know what you want to […]
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Compliance & social media use for financial advisers
How Advisers can remain compliant while using social media
by Tony Vidler        The difficulty of using social media but remaining compliant as a financial adviser and not breaching any regulations seems to be a consistent objection to the use of social media by advisers.  Various aspects of “compliance” are cited: the provision of best practice advice, privacy constraints, or legal responsibilities to a […]
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A financial advisers best weapon: The Meeting Agenda
by Tony Vidler        One of the most powerful weapons in an advisers armory is the Client Meeting Agenda. Yet, so few use them regularly….   The client meeting agenda sets up the entire professional relationship – not just the next hour or so that you happen to be with a client. In addition;   […]
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financial advisers asking for referrals
How to get the RIGHT referrals
by Tony Vidler        We begin with the assumption that you deserve referrals….and thereafter it becomes a process of determining how best to position for the right referrals.   It is important that you generate the right sort of prospective new clients as not all prospects become the right clients for your firm, and you […]
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How to explain your Process and Fee to clients
by Tony Vidler        Many advisers have difficulty explaining their fee basis, and the client advice process, in a clear and logical way.   It becomes a barrier to engaging clients, and undermines our professional image, when we fumble and stumble on a fairly straightforward part of being in business.   As with most things […]
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How To Fix A Prospecting Problem
by Tony Vidler        The “prospecting problem” is the most frequently requested area for help amongst advisers…it is the p perennial problem.  There just never seems to be quite enough of them to meet the new client acquisition needs of the firm!   Often an adviser asks for help on prospecting right about the time […]
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Simplicity REQUIRES Sophistication
by Tony Vidler        One of the most popular articles I have written was a short piece on the necessity for reducing Statements of Advice in size.   It seems the message to reduce the complexity – to stop producing documents for a courtroom rather than a client – hit a collective nerve.   In […]
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Big Ticks: Best Stories For Professionals This Week
by Tony Vidler         Information, ideas, tips…the articles for professional advisers which I spotted this week that generate fresh thinking or a deeper understanding of issues are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead.   These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read, as they […]
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simplifying statements of advice
Written Advice: Should it be Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to communicating our advice to clients we are guided by the words used by the regulators, or law, to guide us in how that should be framed or delivered.   Or we think we do.   The written advice, be it financial plans or Statements Of Advice being […]
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The Art Of Giving Suitable Advice
by Tony Vidler         The most challenging area of financial advice which is subject to perpetual testing is the question of “suitability”.  WHY was a particular piece of advice appropriate for a particular client? What factors were considered, or even discarded, that led to a particular recommendation as being the right advice? It is an […]
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