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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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The Words We Use Can Make Or Break The Sale
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to the words we use in conversation we all have our own idiosyncracies and quirks of speech, and often do not realise that they can make or break us in business.   The actual words that we use convey emotion, bias, judgement, attitude….all heavily  influential aspects in having […]
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Creating Happy Clients Is Not Enough
by Tony Vidler        Creating and keeping happy clients IS essential for the success of a professional practice.  There is no question about that.  But is it enough to help a practice grow at a greater than industry average pace?   I don’t believe so.   Being a great practitioner and running an efficient & […]
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Scope Creep: The Number 1 Problem In Fixed Fee Advice
by Tony Vidler        “Scope Creep” is the killer for the Holy Grail of professional services business models.  That ideal model which so many aspire to is having clients who agree to ongoing fixed fees, and the practice income rolls in month after month.   Fixed fee advice being delivered on an ongoing basis is a […]
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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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YOUR need will kill the sale
by Tony Vidler        I think it has always been true, but it is more true than ever before: a needy adviser is a major turn off to potential clients.  It kills sales.   Rather than talk about why customers buy, it is worth focusing upon why they do not buy as that doesn’t get […]
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Getting Prospects To Buy Your Advice
by Tony Vidler        To get prospects to buy you and your advice you have to “sell emotion” and support it with logic, right?   Not quite….there is a piece missing in this formula which is is largely accepted as the methodology for selling intangibles. The missing ingredient is “beliefs”, and it is understanding the […]
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Professionals Have, And Use, Processes
by Tony Vidler        True professionals don’t just HAVE processes, they use the processes. All the time.   Or should do.   We need to learn from those professions where the outcome of a poor day on the job is literally life or death.  That isn’t generally the case for most professional services providers, however […]
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