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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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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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Do you really know what your clients want?
by Tony Vidler        Do you really know what your clients want?   A classic mistake that professionals tend to repeat is assuming that their clients all want the same thing, which coincidentally is the very thing that the professional specialises in.  There are usually 2 things wrong with this assumption:    clients are not all […]
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The Path To Becoming An Authority
by Tony Vidler        Becoming an authority is the thing that almost certainly guarantees you will continue to get enough business to have a decent livelihood, if not an outstandingly successful career.   It is one of the key principles of influence identified by Cialdini, and for many in professional services it is a career […]
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8 Reasons Financial Advisers Should Have A Blog
by Tony Vidler        Every financial adviser should have a blog by now…especially now when so many consumers have so many questions about money, and so much time to google them, and so many opinions to read that it is overwhelming.  Becoming a trusted voice online has probably never been easier for an adviser in […]
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Position Advice Properly as Success Coaching
by Tony Vidler        The perennial challenge in selling advice is positioning it as valuable, and we should think about it and describe it the right way: great advice is about coaching. It IS coaching.   Giving advice is all about analysing the desired outcomes for clients, weighing up the possibilities, deciding on the optimal […]
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Eliminate tyre kickers, and value your expertise
by Tony Vidler        Being properly valued for your expertise and eliminating the time-wasting tyre-kickers is an ongoing problem for most financial advisers.  That is even more true for those making the transition from purely commission-based remuneration to generating fee-paying work where they are charging for that time or expertise. Managing the remuneration transition whilst also […]
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Ask the expert? Be The Expert That Gets Asked!
by Tony Vidler        It is so easy today to get yourself “in print” and be positioned as the expert that target market customers ask for advice. and being the expert that gets asked leads to those customers doing business with you.   Setting up chat forums, blogs, ezines and so on are all relatively easy […]
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One Fast-Track Method To Establishing A Reputation As An Expert
by Tony Vidler        Personal reputation is more important than ever before, and not just because more people are googling you before deciding to meet with you.   One of the other main reasons your professional reputation matters so much is because it is increasingly a driver of professional referrals.   Professional referrals are those where […]
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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.   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 […]
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