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Get clients saving more with the 10/30/60 Rule
by Tony Vidler        One of the biggest issues for advisers is to get clients saving more.  Getting them to do now what will be good for later means deferring instant gratification and the constant  “we wants”, even in countries where compulsory or incentivised retirement savings schemes exist.   A fascinating piece of work for any […]
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Building A Business: Lessons from Championship Teams
by Tony Vidler        Building a great advice business means building systems and capacity and people which leave as little as possible to chance. It is about building a dependable service and advice delivery system that continually generates sufficient revenue and happy customers, right?  Consistent results from consistent performance equals a great advice business.   […]
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Generalist V Specialist: Is it harder to be a sprinter or a decathlete?
by Tony Vidler        Generalist or specialist?  This is an ongoing dilemma for many financial advisers and there is a widely held belief that becoming the specialist is harder to do.   But is it really?   Let’s look outside the world of professional services and into the highly competitive, no-room-for-mistakes, world of the Olympic athlete […]
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Which CRM is right for you?
by Tony Vidler        I am losing track of how often I get asked “which CRM do you recommend?”  It is a huge decision for a professional service business, and an area where every solution offered seems to fall a little short in one aspect or another.   The problem is that for a financial […]
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The simple prospecting system from the worlds greatest ever salesman
by Tony Vidler        According to the Guiness Book Of World Records the greatest salesman in the world was Joe Girard.   Joe sold cars…an incredible 13,001 cars sold in his career.  One at a time…working “retail” with high priced items.  And selling the same things, at the same price, as a heck of a […]
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What You Need To Do To Build An Elite Practice
by Tony Vidler        Not everyone wants to have an elite advisory practice, and that is ok.  Having a good lifestyle business is fine if that’s what you want. Having a great practice is great too. But if you want to have an elite practice then you have to be prepared to pay the price, […]
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Staying The Course: The Importance Of Purpose
by Tony Vidler        Everyone is busy being busy, but what is the point of it all? What is the purpose that drives all the business building activity? Businesses that experience superb growth typically have an owner, or owners, who have clarity of purpose and that purpose sits at the heart of everything they do. […]
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How To Get Buy-In From Clients To Full Advice
by Tony Vidler        Clients often want advisers to deal with just one element of financial planning…their current “burning issue” that triggered the need for advice to begin with.  Getting them to engage in full advice can be tough and they need to understand what you CAN do for them, and where your knowledge and skills […]
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10 Reasons why an Advisory Practice just stays “practicing”
by Tony Vidler        Finally I’ve worked it out after years of wondering why a “Practice” is called a “Practice”. I think it is because the business is mostly practicing to be a business.  When a “practice” has made it everyone calls it “a firm”.   THE common denominator in a Practice appears to be […]
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10 Mistakes That Advice Businesses Keep Making
by Tony Vidler        So many advisory firms do not realise their potential, and the top mistakes which hold them back are more often than not nothing to with their ability to be great advisers. They tend to fall into the category of being basic commercial mistakes.   So the main mistakes that advice businesses […]
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