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Slow down and get better results
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:  Slowing Down.   Anyone who has played a lot of sport knows that when things get disjointed and are not quite working seamlessly, the trick is […]
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Using Visuals To Sell Bad News And Complex Ideas
by Tony Vidler        Disclaimers and fine print don’t ever really help in selling tough ideas, but visuals do sell complex or tough-to-swallow concepts quickly and easily.   Nowhere is this more true than when you want to manage client expectations and “pre-sell” what is likely to happen in the future so that everyone avoids […]
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Understanding why people buy…anything.
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to advising clients to change course or do something new we should remember the reasons why people buy anything, including “advice”.  If we want our advice to be effective (and lead the client to do something better than they are currently doing) then it is best to make […]
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How to get Clients to agree to the right cover level
by Tony Vidler        It can be challenging getting clients to agree to what we know is the right cover level for their insurance needs.  Whatever numbers we come up with analytically and logically are greeted with disbelief more often than not.   Considering that most clients see most insurance most of the time as […]
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How To Present Adverse Insurance Decisions
by Tony Vidler        That sinking feeling you get when an insurer comes back with terms and you have to present an adverse insurance decision…basically telling the client that actually, they are a higher risk of something bad happening….it is an unpleasant and stressful time for a financial adviser. Not great for the client usually […]
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Get enthusiastic if you want clients to engage you
by Tony Vidler        Here’s a simple thing to do if you want to have more clients engage you:  Get enthusiastic about it.   Professional advisers have become dreadfully serious people with the  focus on process and technical knowledge.  Not surprisingly the work for many has become more of a drag and the whole process […]
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7 Warning Signs That The Prospect Is Wrong For You
by Tony Vidler        No matter how hard you try to get it right, sometimes the prospect is wrong for you.  You are wasting your time and would be best to just cut your losses and move on quickly.  They are not a right fit for you, or you are not a right fit for […]
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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
by Tony Vidler        Professional financial advisers know way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement.  Yet too many think that how much you know is what matters.  One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not […]
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The Words We Use Can Break Or Make The Sale
by Tony Vidler        We can break a probable sale or make the sale in an instant. It can turn on a phrase or sometimes even a single word. The words we use matter. When it comes to the words we use in conversation we all have our own idiosyncracies and quirks of speech, and […]
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How To Get Your Voicemail Message Responded To
by Tony Vidler        Voicemail messages which do not get responded to is without doubt the bane of most professionals working lives…frustrating, time consuming, inefficient….voicemail has become the “first line of defence” for prospects and clients alike.  Their number 1 method of avoiding you.   Too many minutes & hours are lost constantly leaving messages […]
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