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How to go about creating the RIGHT Strategic Alliance
by Tony Vidler        A good strategic alliance or two can be the thing that makes success for a professional services firm.  It can be a complete game changer.   In fact it is so important to get right that the key to finding and forging the right strategic alliance is thinking strategically to begin […]
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Don’t know how to make great visuals? No worries…
by Tony Vidler        Visual aids sell. Great visuals increase comprehension and speed of information absorption. Apparently the brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text.   Well…I don’t know if the “60,000” is actually a fact but I found it on the internet, so it must be true.  I am sure too that […]
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The problem with Professional Development programs
by Tony Vidler Most training programmes for financial advisers end up being vaguely disappointing for the participants. Often the feeling is that the training is a bit too academic or theoretical and hard to implement in one’s practice…but the real reason why training fails is because it doesn’t address all the necessary components.  In order […]
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How to engage clients in a review of financial advice
How to get clients to act in the short term on long term advice
by Tony Vidler        It can be incredibly difficult to get some customers to act. Especially getting them to act on advice “now” which won’t pay off for quite a long time.   You know they should.  They know they should. They need to get on with it and take some action sometimes. Easier said than done […]
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Prospecting has never been easier…for some!
by Tony Vidler        Prospecting seems to remain the biggest day to day business problem for financial advisers, yet prospecting has never actually been easier.   If you polled 100 advisers with this simple question I would wager that more than half would answer: “getting enough new business prospects to meet my business objectives”.   Prospecting […]
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Which CRM is right for you?
by Tony Vidler        I am losing track of how often I get asked “which CRM do you recommend?”  It is a huge decision for a professional service business, and an area where every solution offered seems to fall a little short in one aspect or another.   The problem is that for a financial […]
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damned good advice for financial advisors
Maybe this is an opportunity: Picking a good financial adviser is harder than ever for consumers
by Tony Vidler        Choosing a good financial adviser has always been a bit of a leap of faith for consumers I guess, but picking one today is harder than ever.   With the tendency to use search to screen possible contenders, and with most contenders having to use the same acronyms and titles and so on, […]
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Making the move from Product Rep to a valued Personal Financial Adviser
by Tony Vidler        Being a valued financial adviser is the goal, right?  Well it is difficult to considered yourself “valued” if you don’t place a value upon your own expertise or worth to the client.  It is even more difficult for prospective clients to consider you valuable if you do not place value upon […]
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Consumers WANT to talk to you!
by Tony Vidler        The opportunity to grow your professional services firm by gaining new clients has probably never been better because consumers want to talk to you.   On the back of the sudden realisation in 2020 that markets do not go up forever, and cash reserves really do help, and it is worthwhile transferring […]
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Don’t overlook your low-hanging fruit
by Tony Vidler        Have you ever thought about where the easiest wins are in getting new business? Or if you prefer; where the low-hanging fruit is?   There will be latent opportunities inside most professionals businesses, and usually those opportunities are taken on an ad hoc, or reactive, basis rather than being pre-planned.   There […]
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