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R.I.P. To Some Accepted Wisdom For Growing A Practice
by Tony Vidler In challenging times growing an advisory practice is incredibly difficult, and one of the methods has become conventional wisdom – but that doesn’t mean it is right in these days of fundamental and structural change. The concept of a professional firm requiring 3 distinctly different roles of a Finder, Minder […]
by Tony Vidler Given some of the trends beginning to take shape in financial services there must be serious questions about how to accurately value an advisory firm. The short answer to what is an accurate value will of course always be “whatever a buyer is willing to pay, and which you are willing […]
by Tony Vidler There are a number of traps that professionals consistently fall into when selling (or buying) a book of business. The mistakes are so consistent and prevalent that there is are some golden rules evolving on how to make sure any sale is successful. The Top 5 are: 1. Get […]
If you have repeated problems, you need a process!
by Tony Vidler For financial advisory firms the word “process” has become synonymous with “best practice advice”, but good process is so much more than just a compliant and well-documented series of advice documents. Process is what builds franchise businesses. Process is what creates turnkey operations that are highly valued by prospective purchasers. […]
by Tony Vidler There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for advice firms when it comes to how they must evolve. It is called “The evolution of an entrepreneur” and even though it is aimed at those starting out, it captures where the advice industry has come from and where it currently sits […]
The 3 Barriers To Adviser Business Success (& one can be deadly)
by Tony Vidler There are 3 distinct barriers every adviser must manage in their career. Each of them is a defining point which can see the end of the advisory career….but Barrier 3 is where most founders flounder. Barrier 1 is simply getting enough new business and clients to earn a living and survive […]
by Tony Vidler Building a profitable practice is is the first objective for practitioners, but building a sustainable profitable practice which has significant capital value is even better isn’t it? Many good practitioners achieve the objective of building a profitable practice easily enough. After all, that is little more than keeping the sales […]
The 9 Building Blocks of a Business Which Will Stand the Test Of Time
by Tony Vidler When it comes to building something to last the ancient civilisations can teach us a thing or two. Anybody who has had the privilege of seeing the Great Pyramids up close will recall how perfectly symmetrical and “in balance” they are from a distance as you approach them. When you are right […]
Robo-Advice has as much chance of catching on as Online Dating does
by Tony Vidler Try as I might I just cannot remember the first time I received or sent a text. Or an email. But I do remember being a young communications specialist in the navy and looking in wonder at the technology we had at our disposal….it was awesome. We could type messages directly […]
An easy way to get a client to pay you for insurance advice – and be happy doing it!
by Tony Vidler There is a remarkably simple way to use the high up-front commission system on life insurance products (as it exists in this part of the world anyway) for the benefit of the client and the adviser. And it sure doesn’t hurt the insurer. In fact, I can’t imagine regulators having too many […]