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The first sale you have to make…
by Tony Vidler There is a sale that advisers have to make, before they make a sale. The first sale that has to be made is YOU. Advisers often tell me they are struggling to get potential clients to engage. The increasing compliance and documentation of advice, and the need to establish professional credentials […]
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 […]
The cost of convenience in insurance: Underwrite at proposal time, or claim time?
by Tony Vidler Convenience in insurance can come at a steep cost: When does your client want to have the drama with their insurance company? At underwriting time, or at claim time? The cover is going to get underwritten at some point, it really is just a matter of when. This is a confusing facet […]
by Tony Vidler Advisers are racing to use new technologies and modify engagement & busines processes, and that is totally understandable. But there is a real risk of losing sight of the essentials and overlooking some basics. Like, answering a customer enquiry. Or helping your community in the way you can help best – […]
by Tony Vidler The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our role is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made. In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed. But […]
Good? Fast? or Cheap? What sort of advice is it going to be?
by Tony Vidler A few years ago a university in New Zealand conducted a study to find out where consumers were turning to for financial advice. At the time they found that the number one source of financial advice for most respondents was “newspapers and media”. For 29% of the population that was […]
Describe Your Services In Practical Terms To Get More Buy-In
by Tony Vidler Advice should, almost by definition, be “practical”. It should be a clear course of action that a client can use to achieve a specific outcome. Why don’t we describe our advice services that way then? Consumers often struggle to understand what we can achieve for them (or help them achieve), […]
Sanity Check: A Statement Of Advice should be a “statement”
by Tony Vidler When it comes to providing advice in writing to a client there is undoubtedly unnecessary complexity. In fact the proverbial “Statement Of Advice” has become anything but a “statement”. It generally takes the form of a tome… A “tome is a scholarly work…usually large, heavy and laborious in its detail. A […]
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. That ideal model which so many aspire to is having clients who agree to ongoing fixed fees, and the practice income rolls in month after month. Fixed fee advice being delivered on an ongoing basis is a […]
by Tony Vidler To get prospects to buy you and your advice 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. The missing ingredient is “beliefs”, and it is understanding the […]