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Deal or No Deal? Advice is really that simple at the beginning.
by Tony Vidler One of the greatest challenges for professionals working with complex ideas and products is to keep conversations and explanations as simple as possible, without being patronising to the client or skipping the detail that compliance demands. After all, it takes great skill and careful through to be able to simplify complex […]
by Tony Vidler Creating engaging conversations with people you don’t know well, or who feel they don’t know you well enough, is difficult. It can be even more difficult when they are guarded…thinking maybe that you are just there to sell them something. You can engage even the most guarded and difficult prospects […]
Improve your sales results with a quick “Kerbside Review”
by Tony Vidler One of the most effective ways to improve sales results is to spend 2 minutes on a reflective process after each client meeting – whether it was a good or bad one. It is the “kerbside review” (hat tip to the USA with the spelling, but this concept did originate […]
Client Engagement: The WIIFM Question Is Really 3 Questions
by Tony Vidler WIIFM. What’s In It For Me? No sale is ever made, no client ever signs on, until you’ve clearly addressed this question as it is the dominant question running through every prospects mind. Most of us know this….and despite knowing it, most people in professional services struggle to address […]
by Tony Vidler We often find ourselves giving good advice only for clients to then dawdle over the implementation of it. That of course presents a range of “risks” for clients as well as being frustrating for the adviser. Whether that risk is the “time cost of their money”, or an opportunity cost, or […]
How to challenge a clients thinking without actually getting into a challenge
by Tony Vidler Perhaps the toughest task any adviser faces is challenging a clients’ own thinking, but without getting into a confrontation. Most of us find ourselves occasionally dealing with a client who already thinks they know the answers – they haven’t come to us for advice, they have come to us for validation […]
by Tony Vidler To get better results one usually has to change something, and sometimes it strangely enough better results can be achieved from doing something which seems counter-intuitive: Slow Down. Anyone who has played a lot of sport knows that when things get disjointed and are not quite working seamlessly, the trick is […]
by Tony Vidler Disclaimers and fine print don’t ever really help in selling, and visuals or graphics nearly always do. Nowhere is this more true than when you want to manage client expectations and “pre-sell” what is likely to happen in the future so that everyone avoids nasty surprises…or…so that everyone recognises opportunities! […]
by Tony Vidler When it comes to advising clients to change course or do something new we should remember the reasons why people buy anything, including “advice”. If we want our advice to be effective (and lead the client to do something better than they are currently doing) then it is best to make […]
The Benefits Of A Prepared “Sales Script” (and the steps to making one)
by Tony Vidler Everyone you talk to hates sales scripts – especially clients and prospects. Professionals hate them nearly as much. I love them. And I think professionals should love them too. It is probably one of the most under-rated “steps to success” because there is a perception […]