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How to take the “R” out of FREE Advice
by Tony Vidler Traditionally the financial services sector has been almost entirely remunerated via commission, and many advisers are now grappling with the basic question of “how” to make the transition – even if only in their minds – from working solely on commissions to charging clients directly for advice and/or service. Consumers perceived […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler How to stay on top of your game, get the results that you want in business, and maintain peak performance….it all comes down to having a system, or a process. Consistent output does after all usually result from consistent inputs….but putting in the right amount of the right things is what […]
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 […]
Your FREE service is a barrier to getting the right business
by Tony Vidler Most professionals at some point offer complimentary initial meetings or consultations with clients as a “free service”. It simply isn’t true, and that in itself prevents the right sort of clients coming your way. The fundamental reason why this just doesn’t cut it with consumers is because they don’t believe it. […]
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 […]
Meeting Client Expectations Is In The Clients Interests Too, isn’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. In fact, there is a distinct probability that the gap between what professionals call best practice advice and what clients expectations are will continue to widen. […]
by Tony Vidler Today’s professional knows way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement. One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not useful to any particular client, and then not using it. That shouldn’t […]
by Tony Vidler I support a compliance focus 100% ….but I support a client focus 100% too. All too often it is impossible to achieve 100% for both simultaneously though. Where does a professional compromise? Or does one not compromise? I think this picture captures the challenge of delivering compliant “best […]
by Tony Vidler It has been proven repeatedly that providing a guarantee in your fees for prospective clients certainly helps them decide to engage – and it is not a difficult thing to do. Financial advice fees can seem to be enormously expensive to many prospective clients, and that becomes even scarier when […]