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Which would you rather be: a Brilliant Technician, and bored, or the Orchestrator running the show?
by Tony Vidler Professional development is all the rage…the regulators and the professional associations and training providers in the compliance space are all putting it top of mind continuously. And virtually all of them have an extremely narrow focus when it comes to the concept of developing a professional. Virtually no emphasis upon […]
"Be Someone" if you want to stand out and succeed.
by Tony Vidler A professional service business built around a product is not a good service business. A professional service business should be built around either the “service” part, or the “professional” part. Or perhaps both. Many of todays professionals seem to still not get it though, and think marketing is about […]
by Tony Vidler Why is it that everyone tells jokes about lawyers and begrudges their work, yet lawyers tend to do pretty well in business? How is it that lawyers who tend to be pretty awful at marketing their services get so much business? Why is it that so many financial advisers […]
Blending Old Ways With Modern Comms To Get Attention
by Tony Vidler Blending the old and the new can be a great way to stand out in the digital world, and there are few better examples than this one from an older adviser who was happy for me to share it. He generates excellent engagement and responses…and it is so simple! Remember […]
by Tony Vidler A strange question to ask perhaps, but can a professional be assessed as having competence and incompetence as an adviser simultaneously? I think so. As new regulatory standards are embedded everywhere for professional services a word which frequently springs up as measure of professionalism is “competence”. Advisers everywhere grasp […]
by Tony Vidler You are ALWAYS competing to have the next prospective client choose you. In fact, even with existing clients who are still deciding on whether to follow the next piece of advise, there is a decision being made about whether to choose to follow it…or choose “you” as it were. We are […]
by Tony Vidler I am a professional. I am a salesman. These two things are not contradictory. I sell stuff. It seems like I’m selling my time these days…sometimes a product….sometimes it is just selling concepts and possibilities. But I sell. And I think I am a professional too. Why do we […]
by Tony Vidler Where are your advertising dollars, and efforts, going to get the best return? It seems that the majority of small businesses get the majority of their new clients from their local area, which is not terribly surprising given that most professional service businesses largely compete on “convenience”. Without a […]
Presenting Professional Collaboration to Clients Simply
by Tony Vidler Consumers increasing need solutions which require collaboration between professionals, and while plenty of suggestions can be found about how to collaborate with others from other professions, there is not quite so much suggestion about how to collaborate successfully with professionals from within the same sector. Consumers usually want fairly straightforward […]
Outsourcing: Can that “expert” actually walk the talk?
by Tony Vidler They say that the easiest people to sell to are the people who sell for a living, and there is a bit of truth to that. Who the advisers turn to for advice in their business affairs often astounds me. Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to […]