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Practice Development: The Danger Of Promoting A Competent Adviser
by Tony Vidler A genuine danger in practice development is promoting a competent adviser to a role which they are unable to perform well in. In any organisation there is a real risk that a person is encouraged to rise to their level of incompetence. This is just as true for the self […]
by Tony Vidler Everyone is busy being busy, but what is the point of it all? What is the purpose that drives all the business building activity? Businesses that experience superb growth typically have an owner, or owners, who have clarity of purpose and that purpose sits at the heart of everything they do. […]
by Tony Vidler As advisers, we talk a lot. And when we aren’t talking we are writing. Visual aids, or graphics, tend to get overlooked by us but there is LOADS of research which suggests we should be using loads of visual aids, and perhaps less talk and less writing. If you doubt the […]
by Tony Vidler When you are presenting quotes or recommending product solutions, are you still giving the prospect a few choices, like 3 perhaps? Don’t do it. Consumers are onto it, so as a “sales technique” it loses impact…and it was never fabulous technique to begin with. More importantly, it undermines your professional […]
by Tony Vidler One of the ethical challenges for professionals is how to appropriately recognise the value of a great referrer or Centre-Of-Influence. A little kickback on the sly? Hardly professional. Don’t talk about it and pretend there is no commercial significance? Not great for maintaining trust long term. It doesn’t have to become […]
by Tony Vidler Advisers: Good advice process is not enough. Being technically competent is not enough. You have to get selling. I know that “Sell” is seen as a bit of a diry word these days, but we cannot back away from it. You have to sell if you are going to be effective at […]
Don’t rush to go “The Extra Mile” in client service just yet…
by Tony Vidler Go the extra mile and clients will love you, right? Maybe not. While I would be the first to say that an area of opportunity for professional services firms to excel in comparison to their competitors is in “providing service”…the answer to getting to more clients on the “satisfied” […]
by Tony Vidler Disclosure is back on the regulatory agenda again, and the rules will undoubtedly be changing yet again. There is no doubt in my mind that disclosure of costs, fees and conflicts enhances trust and professional credibility. However, there is also no doubt in mind that disclosure can be taken so far that […]
by Tony Vidler There are two types of advisers at this time of year: 1. those who begin finding it tough to close out the game 2. those who are already started on a new game. Typically in December & January most clients are trying to close out their own business games….get THEIR jobs […]
Choose your words carefully…they can change the choices that prospects make!
by Tony Vidler There are decades of good quality research now which help us understand how people are influenced, and what words or language are most likely to influence them. The words that financial advisers choose to use matter more than ever before if we want people to follow our advice given that professional advice […]
Insurers launch products for some pandemic risks
Insurers are creating products for a world where virus outbreaks could become the new normal after many businesses were left out in the cold during the COVID-19 crisis.