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Is it just a bad day or is it a bad job?
by Tony Vidler        How can you tell if you are just having a bad day on the job, or whether it is time to move on from the job completely?   There’s no escaping the fact that even in great jobs that we love, there are days where things just don’t go the way […]
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Beware of…well…just beware when giving advice!
by Tony Vidler        Times have never been more dangerous for giving advice..and it is a time for financial advisers themselves to beware of consumers.  Well, perhaps not consumers per se, but certainly all the interested parties who say they represent consumers interests.  It is not just the increasing oversight from regulators and professional scrutiny from […]
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How to get customers enthused when our products are boring
by Tony Vidler        How can we create or transfer enthusiasm to a customer when: Our products are as boring as the boring-est thing ever. The Value that customers receive from financial services products could be years and years and years away….if “physical value” actually ever turns up at all Our products are as boring as the […]
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What Financial Advisers Are Not Good At
by Tony Vidler        There is something that financial advisers are proving to be not good at doing: That is “Being There”. In this country Statistics NZ compile data from the census every few years and there is a standout statistic that should have financial advisers getting much busier: 7 out of 10 adult consumers […]
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You are probably closer to being “An Authority” than you realise.
by Tony Vidler        IF you have bought into the key concept of providing good quality content, or information, to prospects in order to engage them until they are ready to use your services, the inevitable question becomes: “what do I provide in the way of content?”   It seems a fair question too. Very […]
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Engagement Marketing is not asking “Will you marry me?”
by Tony Vidler        Many financial advisers have not yet grasped the fundamental of engagement marketing, and that is don’t race to ask someone if they want to buy something.  Seems a simple enough concept doesn’t it?  It is akin to asking a brand new dating partner “will you marry me?” when they haven’t yet decided […]
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Being A Thought Leader Does Not Mean Being “First”
by Tony Vidler        Creating a position as a thought leader is superb marketing for professionals, and all too often they confuse “being a thought leader” with simply “being first”.   The rush to be “first” to express an opinion or provide insight often produces disappointing results for the audience and the would-be-thought-leader.  The urgency […]
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A Great Adviser is, or should be, a Thought Leader
by Tony Vidler         “Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.”    The second sentence in the above quote seems particularly pertinent […]
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How to go about creating the RIGHT Strategic Alliance
by Tony Vidler        A good strategic alliance or two can be the thing that makes success for a professional services firm.  It can be a complete game changer.   In fact it is so important to get right that the key to finding and forging the right strategic alliance is thinking strategically to begin […]
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To Be a Recognised Expert You Must Be Willing To Be A Target
by Tony Vidler        If you become a recognised expert then business will find its way to you. Prospecting per se ceases to be a problem.   Getting to be that recognised expert can be a costless and effective way of marketing yourself as industry, local or national media is constantly looking for opinion-shapers and insight.  […]
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