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Question: What’s the worst that could happen if you asked this?
by Tony Vidler Great questions are integral to client engagement, but what is a really GREAT question? One of the keys to success for any professional is having strong sales skills, or to put it another way, the ability to influence clients to shift their thinking. Is that “selling” though, or is that just […]
by Tony Vidler Sales Technique…the very phrase sends shudders down the spines of professionals today it seems. Despite the focus on our increased technical knowledge and the emphasis upon good process, financial advisers actually have to “sell”. A large problem for many newer advisers is that nobody is teaching them effective sales technique anymore, […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler some things are timeless simply because they have stood the test of time, and focusing upon sales activity is one of them. “Sales activity” as a concept is probably abhorrent to many professionals today, but it is simply about managing the inputs which provide the outputs that your business wants. […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler One of the questions that continually vexes professionals is “what do customers want?” In the life insurance area of financial services the answer is even tougher to find than usual, because insurance is for virtually all consumers an absolute grudge purchase. When we think about it logically every person who buys […]
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 […]
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 […]