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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. “Someone” is the best service business. A professional service business should be built around either the “service” part, or the “professional” part. Or perhaps both. It is either a “someone” or a “something”, and “someone” is much […]
by Tony Vidler Advisers attend plenty of webinars, but very few seem to use a webinar marketing program themselves for marketing to potential clients, and it is a marvellous opportunity (if done well) to really position your expertise. Prospects generally have no issue tuning in to watch broadcasts on any number of areas of interest, […]
by Tony Vidler Coaching is about changing behaviour in order to change results. Advising is telling people what, and perhaps how, something should be done. Advising is basically “having the answer” and telling someone what it is in its most simple form. Coaching is a blend of telling and teaching, monitoring and managing, and, […]
Compliant Advice: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler Whenever the topic of compliance, or the “advice process”, comes up most advisers see themselves like this: Everyone is throwing everything at you with the sole intention of destroying you, right? As a consequence, compliance is largely considered a burden. As is usually the way of these things a substantial body […]
Clients need to be reasonable and meet expectations too
by Tony Vidler It is not unreasonable to have reasonable expectations, is it? Whenever we enter into an agreement with somebody else to work together on anything it is fair to say that we both have expectations about how the arrangement is going to work. That applies whether the arrangement is moving into a […]
by Tony Vidler Professional competence is now a clearly demonstrable thing isn’t it? Or is it? Can an adviser be considered as having competence and incompetence simultaneously? I think so. Competence has been a primary focus of regulatory reform, and that’s fair enough. Consumers have a right to expect it from their advisers and […]
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 compelling value […]
Where should your Professional Development focus be: becoming a Brilliant Technician or an 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. They want to develope brilliant […]
How to do client video testimonials the right way!
by Tony Vidler Testimonials are good for business – but we all know that, right? Video testimonials are even better for business – and not everyone has got THAT yet. Being able to see the body language, and hear the inflections in a clients voice as they talk about their positive experience, are far […]
The Basics Of “Looking Good” – Professionally Speaking
by Tony Vidler Looking good professionally is critical in today’s world. It has always been important of course, but in the era of online search throwing up that awful photo from your party days…well… These days our image precedes us…people are forming impressions about us from the initial contact and their initial search results. […]