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How can you be sure your advice passes the test?
by Tony Vidler The perpetual worry for financial advisers in the often over-regulated environment is “how can I be sure that my advice will pass the test?” The concern is understandable given that policymakers typically do not understand the difficulty of applying any sort of objective assessment of suitability to professional opinions – which […]
by Tony Vidler Is there a cunning plan for your practice to thrive amidst the changes coming at the financial advice sector from all directions? What is the plan then? What is the strategy? Those 2 questions might look like the same question, but they are not quite. The cunning idea, or the strategy, is […]
Choose your words carefully…they can change the choices that prospects make!
by Tony Vidler There are decades of good quality research now which help us understand how people are influenced, and what words or language are most likely to influence them. The words that financial advisers choose to use matter more than ever before if we want people to follow our advice given that professional advice […]
Grow Great People If You Want To Grow A Great Business
by Tony Vidler It is terribly simplified of course, but if you want to grow a great business then you need to grow some great people at some point in the process. If we want to learn how to grow great people then it seems a good idea to think about how the people who […]
Professional Practice Evolution: What Separates Modern Professionals From The Past?
by Tony Vidler There are lessons to be learned from the evolution of the modern professional practice for those who are not there yet. There is also no doubt that a number of financial advisers and practices are still evolving, or yet to begin the journey if they are to avoid being rendered redundant. When […]
There are 2 big questions before you fire a client.
by Tony Vidler I encourage you to try this: fire a client. It is liberating, and it moves your thinking and sense of self worth onto a different professional plane. Pretty much everyone who has been in professional practice for more than a year has at least one or two clients who are just a […]
Practice Growth Requires Leadership More Than Management
by Tony Vidler The most frequent thing I see that prevents great practice growth and holds advisers back from developing their dream business is a lack of vision. I don’t mean “vision” in the namby-pamby buzz-word sense of having a beautiful set of words on a plaque on a wall that nobody really cares […]
Helping Consumers Compare Solutions Will Lead Them To You
by Tony Vidler Todays consumers will compare before deciding who to use, so help them do it. If you help consumers compare solutions well, it will lead them to choose you. And it can streamline your advice when you do get chosen. Use the generic product or strategy information from your financial plans or statements […]
by Tony Vidler What you think is the problem is not always actually the problem. Sometimes the person is the problem. Sometimes, maybe, the client is the problem rather than you. Before talking about clients though allow me to use a non-client example. Picture the scene: a partner in a practice is telling me […]
by Tony Vidler A Clients are just your best ones, right? Why? The concept of segmenting clients into different categories is driven by the desire to introduce efficiency into a practice while recognising that not all clients are of equal commercial value to the firm. It is also a way of recognising that not […]