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Sanity Check: A Statement Of Advice should be a “statement”
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to providing advice in writing to a client there is undoubtedly unnecessary complexity.  In fact the proverbial “Statement Of Advice” has become anything but a “statement”.  It generally takes the form of a tome…   A “tome is a scholarly work…usually large, heavy and laborious in its detail. A […]
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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.   […]
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What is YOUR Risk Tolerance as an Adviser?
by Tony Vidler        Asking financial advisers what THEIR risk tolerance is seems odd to many at first glance.  However, when contemplating what changes should be made in response to more regulatory reform this is the NEXT question which should be addressed after answering the “what do the new rules say I have to do?” question. […]
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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
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 […]
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Client Focus or Compliance Focus?
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 […]
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Big Ticks: Best Stories For Professionals This Week
by Tony Vidler         Information, ideas, tips…the articles for professional advisers which I spotted this week that generate fresh thinking or a deeper understanding of issues are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead.   These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read, as they […]
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How To Make Your Recommendations More Effective
by Tony Vidler        It is tough to get clients and prospects to follow our advice a lot of the time, and it makes a huge difference if we can figure out how to be more effective when giving recommendations.  More people will follow our advice, we help more people get the outcomes they are […]
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Use Visuals To Create Better Engagement With Advice
by Tony Vidler        Advisers try to create simplicity from complexity, and the most effective way of doing that is to use visuals. It creates quicker understanding and better engagement simply because most people find it easier to comprehend new or difficult information when it is presented visually.   We all know from personal experience […]
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Innovation in Advice: Why does it have to be this way?
by Tony Vidler        “Innovation” and “delivering advice” do not usually go together do they? The way advice is delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to gravitate to the same methodology.  There is safety hiding in the herd, right?   The type of advice delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to […]
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The Adviser as an Influencer
by Tony Vidler        The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our purpose is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made.   In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed.  But […]
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