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Let’s be honest with our honesty
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 […]
by Tony Vidler What you think is the problem is not always actually the problem. Sometimes the person is the problem. Sometimes, maybe, the client is the problem rather than you. Before talking about clients though allow me to use a non-client example. Picture the scene: a partner in a practice is telling me […]
by Tony Vidler Clients often want advisers to deal with just one element of financial planning…their current “burning issue” that triggered the need for advice to begin with. Getting them to engage in full advice can be tough and they need to understand what you CAN do for them, and where your knowledge and skills […]
by Tony Vidler Coaching is about changing behaviour in order to change results. Advising is telling people what, and perhaps how, something should be done. Advising is basically “having the answer” and telling someone what it is in its most simple form. Coaching is a blend of telling and teaching, monitoring and managing, and, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Reward the right behaviour – or it will kill your practice
by Tony Vidler We tend to get the behaviour which we reward repeatedly. Kindergarten teachers know it, so why don’t the leaders of professional services firms know it and use it? Here are a couple of real examples of how this plays out: In one instance it was watching a previously excellent professional […]