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Use Visual Aids To Create Better Advice Engagement
by Tony Vidler        Advisers try to create simplicity from complexity, and the most effective way of doing that is to use visual aids. They create quicker understanding and better engagement simply because most people find it easier to comprehend new or difficult information when it is presented visually.   We all know from personal […]
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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 […]
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Getting the right style and structure for an effective telephone track
by Tony Vidler        Being able to build an effective telephone track is a core skill for any adviser, and yet, so few seem to understand how to build one.  It is perhaps one of those “lost sales skills” from the last decade or so, where new entrants into the advice industry have veered away […]
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Show Prospects Your Advice Planning Process To Get CLIENTS
by Tony Vidler        The Challenge: Getting prospects to buy into your financial advice planning process.   The Solution: Show them HOW the process works before asking them to commit.   The keywords there are “show” and “how“….and it is because so many advisers do not focus on these 2 words in the earliest stages […]
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The first sale you have to make…
by Tony Vidler There is a sale that advisers have to make, before they make a sale.  The first sale that has to be made is YOU.   Advisers often tell me they are struggling to get potential clients to engage.  The increasing compliance and documentation of advice, and the need to establish professional credentials […]
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The Adviser as an Influencer
by Tony Vidler        The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our role is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made.   In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed.  But […]
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Lost Sales Skills: How to “get down to business” without drama
by Tony Vidler        The advice industry has lost a lot of sales skills, and it needs them. If we are to help consumers make better decisions and change behaviour then we have to be able to help convince them to change.   The first tension point for today’s professionals is how to transition from the […]
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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 […]
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Sales Technique Is The Key To Opening Minds
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, […]
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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 […]
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