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Should you give a sly kickback to referrers?
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
How to do client video testimonials the right way!
by Tony Vidler Testimonials are good for business – but we all know that. Video testimonials are even better for business – and not everyone has got THAT yet. Being able to see the body language, and hear the inflections in a clients voice as they talk about their positive experience, are far more […]
by Tony Vidler If you believe in the value of advice, then it makes sense to believe in the value of getting advice for yourself – or rather, for your business. Nearly every small business can benefit from having a robust governance structure providing strategic input (and insight), additional skills, accountability and excellent risk […]