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How to create engaging conversations
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 […]
by Tony Vidler One of the biggest issues for advisers is to get clients saving more. Getting them to do now what will be good for later means deferring instant gratification and the constant “we wants”, even in countries where compulsory or incentivised retirement savings schemes exist. A fascinating piece of work for any […]
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 […]
Client Engagement: The WIIFM Question Is Really 3 Questions
by Tony Vidler WIIFM. What’s In It For Me? No sale is ever made, no client ever signs on, until you’ve clearly addressed this question as it is the dominant question running through every prospects mind. Most of us know this….and despite knowing it, most people in professional services struggle to address […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler When it comes to the words we use in conversation we all have our own idiosyncracies and quirks of speech, and often do not realise that they can make or break us in business. The actual words that we use convey emotion, bias, judgement, attitude….all heavily influential aspects in having […]