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Reward the right behaviour – or it will kill your practice
by Tony Vidler        We tend to get the behaviour which we reward repeatedly.  Kindergarten teachers know it, so why don’t the leaders of professional services firms know it and use it?   Here are a couple of real examples of how this plays out: In one instance it was watching a previously excellent professional […]
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Know and Use the Principles Of Influence Deliberately
by Tony Vidler        One of the most important pieces of work for professional advisers in the last 3 decades would have to be Robert Cialdini’s Principles Of Influence. Essentially he has distilled the lessons of human behaviour into a relatively small group of principles which most humans are influenced by.  There are exceptions of […]
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Deal or No Deal? Advice is really that simple at the beginning.
by Tony Vidler        One of the greatest challenges for professionals working with complex ideas and products is to keep conversations and explanations 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 through to be able to simplify complex […]
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How One Successful Financial Planner Gets New Business
by Tony Vidler         The one question that continually gets thrown to me is “What are other advisers doing that is successful for them?” Every so often one is willing to share their trade secrets, and this is how one leading financial planner that I know gets his business, and that he was happy to […]
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Understanding The Client Buying Journey Will Get You More Of Them
by Tony Vidler         The decision-making process – or buying journey as it has become known – that prospective clients go through today is complex, time-consuming for all parties, and is also often an incredibly  frustrating affair for all parties.  It is less frustrating if we understand what is actually going on and allow the […]
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How to do client video testimonials the right way!
by Tony Vidler        Testimonials are good for business – but we all know that. Video testimonials are even better for business – and not everyone has got THAT yet. Being able to see the body language, and hear the inflections in a clients voice as they talk about their positive experience, are far more […]
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Making the move into charging fees for advice
by Tony Vidler        The easiest way for advisers who are worried about trying to charge fees for their expertise or time is to sell a service which is not product related at all.  This seems daunting to the many financial advisers who have “grown up” in an environment where they were paid by commissions […]
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Here is how to explain, and show, your value to a client in 10 seconds
by Tony Vidler        I am a massive fan of drawing little diagrams to explain technical ideas, but they are also a fabulous way of articulating the more nebulous concepts that people struggle to grasp.   One of my favourites is a very simple picture that anyone can scribble on a cocktail napkin in 10 […]
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how many leads do you need for your marketing
Do you know what you actually need from your marketing?
by Tony Vidler        It might seem like a dumb question: but “How many leads do you need?”   One of the most common questions I get asked is “what sort of marketing should I be doing?”…and my response is “well, how many leads do you need?”   Here’s the point: you can’t begin to […]
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Your brilliance doesn’t matter as much as who you know
by Tony Vidler        There’s too much emphasis now placed upon “what you know“. I know…I know…heresy!   But here’s a radical thought: most professional advisers today actually know enough.  Sure, we always need to improve and there’s always more to learn and continuous learning is simply a part of being a professional…BUT…the balance between […]
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