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Best Practice Advice Means Meeting Client Expectations Too, doesn’t it?
by Tony Vidler What constitutes “Best Practice” advice process is a constant work in progress, but it does not develop as rapidly as either technology or client expectations do. In fact, there is a distinct probability that the gap between what professionals call best practice advice and what clients expectations of best practices are continue […]
by Tony Vidler Professional financial advisers know way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement. Yet too many think that how much you know is what matters. One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not […]
by Tony Vidler We can break a probable sale or make the sale in an instant. It can turn on a phrase or sometimes even a single word. The words we use matter. When it comes to the words we use in conversation we all have our own idiosyncracies and quirks of speech, and […]
Scope Creep: The Number 1 Problem In Fixed Fee Advice
by Tony Vidler “Scope Creep” is the killer for the Holy Grail of professional services business models: fixed fee advice. That ideal model which so many aspire to is having clients who agree to ongoing fixed fees, and the practice income just rolls in month after month. Fixed fee advice being delivered on […]
by Tony Vidler True professionals don’t just HAVE processes, they have processes they use everywhere in their work. All the time. Professionals are in fact process-driven. We need to learn from those professions where the outcome of a poor day on the job is literally life or death. That isn’t generally the case […]
The Customer Is NOT King; The Customer Is Not Always Right
by Tony Vidler The mantra of “customer is king” is rubbish. The customer is not always right, and the customer is definitely not the stakeholder who provides permission to practice. Yet we keep hearing that the customer is king from marketers and interest groups as if it were a commandment. A King or […]
by Tony Vidler I think it has always been true, but it is more true than ever: a needy adviser is a major turn off to potential clients. YOUR need will a sale. Sometimes, perhaps too many times, the reason why consumers do not buy is because of us. Whether we are trying […]
by Tony Vidler To get prospects to buy your advice and change direction you have to “sell emotion” and support it with logic, right? Not quite….there is a piece missing in this formula which is is largely accepted as the methodology for selling intangibles I believe. I believe that the missing ingredient is […]
Use Visual Aids To Create Better Advice Engagement
by Tony Vidler Advisers try to create simplicity from complexity, and the most effective way of doing that is to use visual aids. They create quicker understanding and better engagement simply because most people find it easier to comprehend new or difficult information when it is presented visually. We all know from personal […]
How To Deliver The “Right Advice” In The “Right” Way
by Tony Vidler Delivering the right advice consists of getting 2 things right: delivering advice that will work for the client, and delivering it in a manner which will result in the client taking action upon the advice. Getting both of those right is no simple thing. The first of them is […]