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What you should expect from good coaching
by Tony Vidler        It is a peculiar thing…most of us recognize the difference that getting good coaching – or poor coaching – can make to any athlete or sports teams performance.  In fact most of us have often held quite passionate views about the merits of coaches…Very few professionals however seem to make the […]
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6 Steps to becoming the “Go To” Adviser
by Tony Vidler        “The modern sales professional doubles as an information concierge – providing the right information to the right person at the right time in the right channel.  Socially surround your buyers and their “sphere of influence”…”   Jill Rowley; Oracle.   The phrase “information concierge” captures the essential strategy for professional positioning […]
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How to work out who to keep on your team
by Tony Vidler        One of the toughest areas of practice management is building your team and keeping the team “right for you”.  So it is best to begin with an unpalatable truth: It is inevitable that at some point you will get team selections wrong.  You will get hiring decisions wrong….and sometimes firing decisions […]
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Coaches Get Higher Fees Than Advisers. Do That Then.
by Tony Vidler        As more financial advisers move into fee-based work the common question seems to revolve around what fee level is right for them and their clients. High fees are not great, but higher fees are needed to run the advisory firm.   So obviously the first thing is working out what fee […]
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Be an Authority to get the spotlight
by Tony Vidler        Many professionals believe that the peak of their career, and business prospects, are achieved when they attain “expert” status.  Actually, your objective should “be An Authority” – or better yet; “Be The Authority”.   In financial services expertise is often defined as having attained one of the rigorous formal and technical […]
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Written Advice: Should it be Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to delivering our written advice to clients there is a tendency to be guided by the words used by the regulators, or law, in how that advice is framed or written. The written advice, be it financial plans or Statements Of Advice being delivered to clients, are however […]
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To Improve Lead Conversion You Need 2 Speeds
by Tony Vidler          Every lead is gold, and ideally every lead would result in conversion to a client.  The conversion rate really is often the difference between getting a good return on your prospecting and marketing efforts, or perhaps getting no return at all.   The short cut to better conversion is often […]
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How to Build Your Brand Influence
by Tony Vidler        Every Adviser has a brand, whether they realise it or not.  That brand influences prospects to engage you…or not.  You may as well manage it to get more positive outcomes then, right? We recognise the power and importance of the personal branding in athletes, celebrities and politicians, and yet, all too […]
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What you need to know if you buy to grow
by Tony Vidler        As many advice businesses reach maturity it is common to consider whether they should “buy to grow”.  Should they buy another practice, or more commonly, should just buy a book of business from another practice.     The typical reasons suggested for wanting to grow through acquisition are: 1.  Get new […]
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If It Is Not Simple, You Are Not Working Hard Enough
by Tony Vidler        It takes a lot of work to make complex advice simple and succinct, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the creation of  a financial plan or  Statements of Advice. Those 40 page plans, or worse those 80 page plans and pieces of written advice, are barriers to consumer engagement […]
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