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The Value Of The Financial Planner: Fixing finances, the future, and feelings
by Tony Vidler Many question the value of the financial planner, and there has been plenty of research in recent years to attempt to quantify that value. Quantifying value of advice is a recipe for debate, as the actual difference in net worth or security which can be attributed to the work of the […]
by Tony Vidler Putting a value upon financial advice is a tough issue for advisers and consumers alike. There is a pretty basic concept as far as “Value” goes for any consumer purchase though which is not a bad starting point, and it can be put into a formula: “Value = Benefits – Cost“ It […]
Innovation in delivering Financial Advice: Does it have to be this way?
by Tony Vidler “Innovation” and “delivering financial advice” do not usually go together for the majority in the industry. The way advice is delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to gravitate to the same methodology. There is safety hiding in the herd, right? Then the type of advice delivered by tens […]
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 […]
How clients choose when Advisers all seem the same
by Tony Vidler How do clients choose which adviser to use when to outsiders looking at the profession as a whole, everyone looks about the same? Sure there are individual differences in the human beings, with the full range of beautiful people, and those who are beautiful only to their mothers perhaps, and all […]
Here is how to explain, and show, your value to a client in 10 seconds
by Tony Vidler I am a massive fan of drawing little diagrams to explain technical ideas, but they are also a fabulous way of articulating the more nebulous concepts that people struggle to grasp. One of my favourites is a very simple picture that anyone can scribble on a cocktail napkin in 10 […]
by Tony Vidler If there is one objection which continually gets professionals in a tangle it is the client who says “it’s too expensive”. When a client says “too expensive” YOU you haven’t done your job…there is a gap between the value being delivered and value being perceived by the client. A value gap […]
Value is not Black and White, it is Shades of Grey
by Tony Vidler At the most basic level “Value” can easily be defined: Value is Benefits less Costs. That simple definition doesn’t highlight the enormous range of definitions for “Benefits” though, which is why trying to understand what value is results in everyone seeing a different shade of grey. The range of […]
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 […]
Your Philosophy MIGHT Be Your Real Point of Difference
by Tony Vidler Advisers often struggle to articulate their point of difference, yet they usually can easily express well thought out beliefs and philosophies about money and planning. So most advisers think carefully about such things and build up a philosophy based upon their formal learning and real world experience that shapes their advice […]