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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 […]
Want Prospects To Open Up? Take a tip from the professional interviewers
by Tony Vidler Once upon a time everyone was taught the difference between open and closed questions as the key to engaging prospects…and it worked for a fair while. In today’s world with it’s much greater emphasis upon individual opinion and with our professional focus having shifted entirely onto what the client cares about rather […]
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 I am a professional. I am a salesman. These two things are not contradictory. I sell stuff. It seems like I’m selling my time these days…sometimes a product….sometimes it is just selling concepts and possibilities. But I sell. And I think I am a professional too. Why do we […]
by Tony Vidler Professional and selling are apparently 2 words which according to many just don’t go together these days…except they really do. I’ll go further in fact and say that professionals MUST be selling, but, selling must be professional. While there is an absolute requirement to place the clients interests above all […]
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 […]
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. […]
How to challenge a clients thinking without actually getting into a challenge
by Tony Vidler Perhaps the toughest task any adviser faces is challenging a clients’ own thinking, but without getting into a confrontation. Most of us find ourselves occasionally dealing with a client who already thinks they know the answers – they haven’t come to us for advice, they have come to us for validation […]
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 […]