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Deal or No Deal? Advice is that simple at the beginning. Really.
by Tony Vidler One of the greatest challenges for professionals working with complex ideas and products is to keep initial advice 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 thought to be able to simplify complex information […]
by Tony Vidler We often find ourselves giving good advice only for clients to then dawdle over the implementation of it. Getting clients to act NOW is a challenge. Not acting on the advice presents a range of “risks” for clients of course as well as being frustrating for the adviser, and possiblu jeopardising […]
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 the WIIFM 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 […]
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: Slowing Down. Anyone who has played a lot of sport knows that when things get disjointed and are not quite working seamlessly, the trick is […]
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 terms and you have to present an adverse insurance decision…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. Not great for the client usually […]
Get enthusiastic if you want clients to engage you
by Tony Vidler Here’s a simple thing to do if you want to have more clients engage you: Get enthusiastic about it. Professional advisers have become dreadfully serious people with the focus on process and technical knowledge. Not surprisingly the work for many has become more of a drag and the whole process […]
by Tony Vidler We can break a probable sale or make the sale in an instant. It can turn on a phrase or sometimes even a single word. The words we use matter. When it comes to the words we use in conversation we all have our own idiosyncracies and quirks of speech, and […]
by Tony Vidler Voicemail messages which do not get responded to is without doubt the bane of most professionals working lives…frustrating, time consuming, inefficient….voicemail has become the “first line of defence” for prospects and clients alike. Their number 1 method of avoiding you. Too many minutes & hours are lost constantly leaving messages […]