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10 Mistakes That Advice Businesses Keep Making
by Tony Vidler        So many advisory firms do not realise their potential, and the top mistakes which hold them back are more often than not nothing to with their ability to be great advisers. They tend to fall into the category of being basic commercial mistakes.   So the main mistakes that advice businesses […]
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A Good Financial Adviser MUST Consider Risk Management
by Tony Vidler         Financial planners and professional advisers who do not tackle risk management issues thoroughly for clients do the clients a disservice.   Perhaps that is a little challenging to some of todays professionals, however too many advisers seem to struggle with positioning risk management in their suite of services to clients.  It seems […]
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Why Lawyers sell more than Financial Planners
by Tony Vidler        Why is it that everyone tells jokes about lawyers and begrudges their work, yet lawyers tend to do pretty well in business?   How is it that lawyers who tend to be pretty awful at marketing their services get so much business?   Why is it that so many financial advisers […]
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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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The 5 Levels Of Professional Competence
by Tony Vidler        A strange question to ask perhaps, but can a professional be assessed as having competence and incompetence as an adviser simultaneously?   I think so.   As new regulatory standards are embedded everywhere for professional services a word which frequently springs up as measure of professionalism is “competence”. Advisers everywhere grasp […]
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The Top Challenge In Shifting From Product Sales To Advice Delivery
by Tony Vidler        I was asked a simple, but loaded, question: What is the biggest future issue for financial advisers specialising in business insurance?   I qualified my answer by saying that the biggest issue is the same one that faces all financial advisers regardless of their area of specialisation.   The biggest issue […]
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Full Transparency: It pays to keep some secrets from clients
by Tony Vidler        In this age of complete transparency for professional services there is a tendency to tell clients everything…and there are just some things you shouldn’t tell them in advance.   If you want to give yourself a reasonable chance of creating clients who are a little surprised and delighted with your service […]
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How to create a MORE effective client report
by Tony Vidler        The typical financial planning report or statement of advice produced for clients is ineffective.   Being effective means getting the key points across as quickly and as simply as possible, so that the reader understands them, and is then able to make decisions relatively quickly and easily.  It will engage, motivate and […]
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Pro Bono work: is there a different professional standard?
by Tony Vidler        An odd question perhaps…however I have been questioned on whether pro bono work carries some lesser responsibility on the part of an adviser.  My answer: Why would pro bono clients deserve any lesser standards of ethical behaviour, professional competency or application of skill?   Furthermore; why would any adviser risk compromising […]
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Professional Selling: It is a real thing!
by Tony Vidler        Professional and selling are apparently 2 words which according to many just don’t go together these days…except they really do.  I’ll go further in fact and say that professionals MUST be selling, but, selling must be professional.   While there is an absolute requirement to place the clients interests above all […]
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