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The 5 Essential Soft Skills For Professional Advisers
by Tony Vidler        Technical knowledge will only take you so far, and sometimes (like when the world is in lockdown and there are no rational markets) they won’t tyake you anywhere at all. There are times when what you know just doesn’t matter.  Knowing how to deal with people is all that matters sometimes.  They […]
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The Words We Choose To Use Have Power
by Tony Vidler        If we want to give ourselves the best chance possible of influencing clients and prospects to change course, which is what professional advice is all about really, then there is no doubt that the words we choose to use can make an enormous difference.   Enough experts have done enough research over […]
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The Right Way To Present An Advice Recommendation
by Tony Vidler        When you are presenting quotes or recommending product solutions, are you still giving the prospect a few choices, like 3 perhaps? Don’t do it.   Consumers are onto it, so as a “sales technique” it loses impact…and it was never fabulous technique to begin with.  More importantly, it undermines your professional […]
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Compliant Advice: Paper Beats Scissors Every Time
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to compliant advice Advisers really need to grasp that they are playing a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” with every client engagement now. There almost certainly will be an instance where a client throws the Rock…. We try to beat it with Paper. Complaints authority or regulator takes to […]
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Demonstrate Value And Prospects Will Choose You
by Tony Vidler        Smart advisers today make sure they are demonstrating their value to prospects.   Having a prospect who is interested enough to hear what you have to offer has always been a necessary step on the path to getting a client, and it obviously remains so today. However, who the prospect decides […]
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If you need more clients then you probably need different skills
by Tony Vidler        Financial advisers who need more clients need to be better marketers than salespeople in todays environment.  For most that means they probably need new, or more, skills.  Not more technical skills; more commercial skills.   While financial advisers have been figuring out how to get ever-more-compliant and deliver yet-more-paper over the […]
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Should you give a sly kickback to referrers?
by Tony Vidler        One of the ethical challenges for professionals is how to appropriately recognise the value of a great referrer or Centre-Of-Influence. A little kickback on the sly? Hardly professional. Don’t talk about it and pretend there is no commercial significance? Not great for maintaining trust long term.   It doesn’t have to become […]
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Becoming Elite Comes From Being Just 1% Better
by Tony Vidler        Becoming an elite adviser, or building an elite practice doesn’t come about by chance.  It takes graft and grit…and help. Building a great business is rarely the result of a single champion taking on the world.  The champion business owner is usually the captain of a team that has taken on the […]
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If you want people to buy your advice, then dumb it down!
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to getting someone to buy your advice one of the best tips I can give is “dumb it down- but don’t treat them like dummies“.   There is a big difference between “dumbing it down” and treating people like dummies.  The first is about simplifying the message in order […]
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Want to Cross-Sell? Then put a bit of planning into it…
by Tony Vidler        We all know that cross-selling services and products to clients is critical to maximising the value of the client relationship as well as ensuring you are delivering full value to your clients.   So why is it so often neglected?   In part cross-selling is skipped because so many professional advisers […]
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