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Be Your Client’s Consigliere
by Tony Vidler Which is the more effective style for a financial adviser to adopt: 1. The Expert OR 2. The Counselor It is a question many struggle with, and the ideal position is actually: “be either depending on what is required” This choice is not really […]
What you need to know if you’re going to 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 […]
A financial advisers best weapon: The Meeting Agenda
by Tony Vidler One of the most powerful weapons in an advisers armory is the Client Meeting Agenda. Yet, so few use them regularly…. The client meeting agenda sets up the entire professional relationship – not just the next hour or so that you happen to be with a client. In addition; […]
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 […]
The Professional’s Branding Challenge: how to look different while blending in (& why it matters)
by Tony Vidler When it comes to creating a personal brand as a professional, the irony is we have to look different – while blending in and looking the same. One cannot afford to look any less professional than your peers or competitors. So to a large degree degree there is a market […]
by Tony Vidler One of the most popular articles I have written was a short piece on the necessity for reducing Statements of Advice in size. It seems the message to reduce the complexity – to stop producing documents for a courtroom rather than a client – hit a collective nerve. In […]
Give clients the Red Carpet. (But only a small one!)
by Tony Vidler What is more effective: running a client seminar with 100 guests, or running 5 client events of only a dozen or so at a time? Research suggests that the best financial advisers tend to run smaller and more intimate client appreciation events, and do them regularly. The best advisers […]
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 a […]
How Big Is The Goldmine WITHIN An Advisers’ Practice?
by Tony Vidler Just how much opportunity is sitting inside the typical adviser practice? How much new business is waiting inside that existing database? It Is Usually A Goldmine. A report from a couple of years ago highlights the point: A lot of clients do not give advisers all their investable funds. […]
by Tony Vidler Here’s a simple strategy for getting paid fairly for the advice you give….and I mean getting paid for ALL the advice you give…every step of the way. There are broadly three possible parts to any client work: 1. Planning 2. Implementing, or “putting in place” any planning recommendations 3. Ongoing […]