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For Client Presentations Going Low-Tech Works
by Tony Vidler        As client presentations become more compliance-focused, lengthy, and technical in nature there is an corresponding increase in client dissatisfaction with financial advice.  Coincidence?  I think not. There has been a trend for years for financial advice, particularly comprehensive financial plans, when presented to clients to be “too clever” with clients not necessarily understanding […]
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Who Does Your Adviser Work For?
by Tony Vidler        Which financial adviser is going to be right: the one who charges a fee; the one who is “free”; or; the one charging a commission?  Or is it the one who does all of these?     Well I suggest that it depends on what you are hoping for and what you […]
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Are you a GOOD Adviser?
by Tony Vidler        Another week and another bad adviser horror story in the local press…yet, another week and thousands more consumers work with their good adviser privately and attract no headlines. They just make progress quietly towards their savings or investment goals, or protecting their families, or building financial safety nets, and so it goes […]
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Make your client testimonials REALLY stand out!
by Tony Vidler        Yeah, yeah, yeah….Client testimonials are good. We should all collect them. We should all display them on our website and stuff….   …but then line after line of typed text just looks the same as everyone else’s, and they lose impact don’t they?  Especially when potential clients know that we aren’t […]
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Do You Practice Enough To Be Elite?
by Tony Vidler         Elite financial advisers do things that average advisers won’t do.  They practice stuff before going to market with it for instance.   The best in any field practice before trying to win out on the field.  In the advisory business that means practicing presentations of course…but it also means embracing roleplay to […]
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“Always Be Coaching”, NOT “Always Be Closing”
by Tony Vidler        Coaching clients is a concept which is beginning to gain traction with financial advisers, and for many this is a new line of thinking.  After all, they were taught that “you should always be closing”, right?  No matter what else you are doing with prospective customers, and no matter what they […]
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How to make yourself scarce…and more valuable!
by Tony Vidler        A well established economic AND behavioural principle is that people generally will have higher demand for that which is relatively scarce.  Less of something makes it more valuable, right?  It is a pretty sound principle that consumers tend to have a higher want for what is perceived to be harder to get […]
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Professional Service: There’s extra money going the extra mile
by Tony Vidler         Often professionals forget how valuable the service bit is in a “professional service” business. Everyone has heard some story about how a business did well from going the extra mile for a customer…but rarely do you hear about a professional services business that has a standing process for going the extra […]
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Is that Prospect really a Prospective Client YET?
by Tony Vidler        Oddly, many advisers do not quite get what a prospect is. They often think it is a name with a phone number.  But is that enough for a prospect to really be a “prospective client”?   Knowing their name and how to contact them?   Somewhere on the path to professionalism some of […]
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The Power of Visual Aids
by Tony Vidler        As advisers, we talk a lot.  And when we aren’t talking we are writing. Visual aids, or graphics, tend to get overlooked by us but there is LOADS of research which suggests we should be using loads of visual aids, and perhaps less talk and less writing.   If you doubt the […]
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