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How do you know your financial advice is suitable?
by Tony Vidler Knowing that your financial advice is suitable for a client is something that every professional adviser is willing to attest to, but proving it when challenged can be incredibly dificult. Advisers are increasingly being challenged and therefore seeking assurance that their practices are robust and will withstand such scrutiny. Whether that scrutiny […]
by Tony Vidler Which is more important when running an advice business: being effective, or being efficient? You chose Effective? Wrong. You chose Efficient? Wrong. The correct answer is that you have to balance both. In days gone by plenty of people in financial services could build a business just be being effective, regardless […]
How to create a PROCESS to validate your product recommendations
by Tony Vidler Everyday the situation arises where one adviser recommends Company A as a solution for clients, and another adviser trying to work with the same clients suggests that Company B is better. This always creates confusion for clients of course, but when it comes to deciding between insurance companies or products it […]
Paying COI’s: Perhaps prepare for the harvest before you prepare for the feast
by Tony Vidler Is it appropriate to be paying COI’s a share of your success from their influences? Or, to put it bluntly, nother way, should you share remuneration or the spoils of the sale with referrers? Personally, I think not. However, it is actually just a little more complicated than that […]
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 […]
Building Your Reputation: Talk About The Elephants In The Room
by Tony Vidler When Accountants struggle to create a universally good reputation for their industry then we are going to have a real battle doing so. If they only get rated as “High” or “Very High” in professional ethics and honesty by half the population then what chance that an Insurance Broker will rank […]
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 […]
Deal or No Deal? Advice is really that simple at the beginning.
by Tony Vidler One of the greatest challenges for professionals working with complex ideas and products is to keep conversations and explanations as simple as possible, without being patronising to the client or skipping the detail that compliance demands. After all, it takes great skill and careful through to be able to simplify complex […]
Understanding The Client Buying Journey Will Get You More Of Them
by Tony Vidler The decision-making process – or buying journey as it has become known – that prospective clients go through today is complex, time-consuming for all parties, and is also often an incredibly frustrating affair for all parties. It is less frustrating if we understand what is actually going on and allow the […]