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Slow down to 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:  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 […]
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Use Visuals To “Pre-Sell” Bad News
by Tony Vidler        Disclaimers and fine print don’t ever really help in selling, and visuals or graphics nearly always do.   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 nasty surprises…or…so that everyone recognises opportunities! […]
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Why do 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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Written Advice: Should it be Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to communicating our advice to clients we are guided by the words used by the regulators, or law, to guide us in how that should be framed or delivered.   Or we think we do.   The written advice, be it financial plans or Statements Of Advice being […]
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The Benefits Of A Prepared “Sales Script” (and the steps to making one)
by Tony Vidler        Everyone you talk to hates sales scripts – especially clients and prospects.  Professionals hate them nearly as much.       I love them.  And I think professionals should love them too.       It is probably one of the most under-rated “steps to success”  because there is a perception […]
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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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Talk is cheap…but the returns are fantastic
by Tony Vidler        Word-of-mouth remains the best marketing professionals can use, or get. The next best is “talk”.  Talk to clients and prospects directly.  One-to-one…actually spending time communicating directly with each other…voice to voice…human to human.   While I love using digital and leveraging it to communicate to as many people as possible, and it […]
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How To Present Adverse Decisions
by Tony Vidler        That sinking feeling you get when an insurer comes back with an adverse decision and you have to present it…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.   Presenting these adverse decisions such as […]
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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
by Tony Vidler        Today’s professional knows way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement.  One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not useful to any particular client, and then not using it.   That shouldn’t […]
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7 Warning Signs That The Prospect Is Not Right For You
by Tony Vidler        No matter how hard you try to get it right, some prospects are just not right for you.  You are wasting your time and would be best to just cut your losses and move on quickly.   The problem we have is that often we don’t figure that out until we […]
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