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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 Path To Becoming An Authority
by Tony Vidler        Becoming an authority is the thing that almost certainly guarantees you will continue to get enough business to have a decent livelihood, if not an outstandingly successful career.   It is one of the key principles of influence identified by Cialdini, and for many in professional services it is a career […]
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How can you value financial advice?
by Tony Vidler        Putting a value upon financial advice is a tough issue for advisers and consumers alike.  There is a pretty basic concept as far as “Value” goes for any consumer purchase though which is not a bad starting point, and it can be put into a formula: “Value = Benefits – Cost“ It […]
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The New Paradigm of Professional Services Marketing
by Tony Vidler        There has been a significant paradigm shift in how professional services marketing and sales functions interact.   A fundamental change to how we understand and use the knoweldge of the consumers emotional buying cycle has already happened.   The traditional view of “marketing generating leads” and then “sales converting leads into customers” […]
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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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Professional Positioning Powers Elite Performance
by Tony Vidler        The elite performing financial advisers are substantially better at positioning themselves professionally than average advisers are.   That positioning really pays off too: surveys suggest that they get 2.5 X MORE business from new clients than average advisers.  And to really highlight the performance difference they are getting vastly higher business levels […]
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The Professional’s Branding Challenge: how to look different while blending in (& why it matters)
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to creating a personal brand as a professional, the irony is we have to look different – while blending in and looking the same.   One cannot afford to look any less professional than your peers or competitors.  So to a large degree degree there is a market […]
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Simplicity REQUIRES Sophistication
by Tony Vidler        One of the most popular articles I have written was a short piece on the necessity for reducing Statements of Advice in size.   It seems the message to reduce the complexity – to stop producing documents for a courtroom rather than a client – hit a collective nerve.   In […]
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The BEST Prospecting Question Ever
by Tony Vidler        One of the areas which you would think would dominate our prospecting activities is one where many professionals struggle: getting friends and associates onboard as clients.   A fantastic adviser that I knew well and who is since retired working in rural town in New Zealand managed to be one of […]
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How To Get Paid For Every Advice Step
by Tony Vidler        Here’s a simple strategy for getting paid fairly for the advice you give….and I mean getting paid for ALL the advice you give…every step of the way.   There are broadly three possible parts to any client work: 1.  Planning 2.  Implementing, or “putting in place” any planning recommendations 3.  Ongoing […]
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