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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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customer service pays for financial advisors
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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financial advisory prospecting
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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The cost of convenience in insurance: Underwrite at proposal time, or claim time?
by Tony Vidler        Convenience in insurance can come at a steep cost: When does your client want to have the drama with their insurance company? At underwriting time, or at claim time? The cover is going to get underwritten at some point, it really is just a matter of when. This is a confusing facet […]
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How to position yourself for referrals from clients
by Tony Vidler        Getting referrals on an ongoing basis from happy clients largely comes down to positioning for them correctly.   Put some thought into how you will position the expectation, and when you will do it in your client engagement, to increase your chances of success.   Most importantly though, earn the right to […]
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influencer soft skills
The Adviser as an Influencer
by Tony Vidler        The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our role is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made.   In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed.  But […]
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Lost Sales Skills? Trial Closing Techniques Are Still Very Useful
by Tony Vidler        Trial closing techniques from the world of sales are still very useful for modern professionals wanting to figure out whether their prospective client is getting onboard with the advice or not.   Nobody likes to be “closed” by a sales person, and we sure don’t want prospects to feel like we […]
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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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