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The Strategic Approach To Practice Development
by Tony Vidler        For any professional services business to realise it’s full potential the owner must take a strategic approach to the development of the practice.  In doing so there are 3 general areas of the firm which drive growth and value of the business, and each of those has some sub-sections.   The […]
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A Value Creation Model For Advisory Firms
by Tony Vidler        “Innovate or die” said Peter Drucker.  Innovation is of course about finding new ways to create value.   Have financial advisers been innovating in recent years?  Have they been finding new ways to create value?  If not, does it mean they are slowly slipping towards their commercial death?   Many have […]
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Give clients the Red Carpet. (But only a small one!)
by Tony Vidler        What is more effective: running a client seminar with 100 guests, or running 5 client events of only a dozen or so at a time?   Research suggests that the best financial advisers tend to run smaller and more intimate client appreciation events, and do them regularly.   The best advisers […]
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The Next Strategic Evolution For Advice Firms
by Tony Vidler        There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for advice firms when it comes to how they must evolve.  It is called “The evolution of an entrepreneur” and even though it is aimed at those starting out, it captures where the advice industry has come from and where it currently sits […]
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How To Present Adverse Decisions
by Tony Vidler        That sinking feeling you get when an insurer comes back with an adverse decision and you have to present it…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.   Presenting these adverse decisions such as […]
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Productivity Tip: Prioritise the Activities that Yield the most
by Tony Vidler        To handle a significant workload AND get the results you want you need to prioritise the activities that yield the most, not waste time trying to manage time.  Time cannot be managed as such….the clock ticks inexorably onwards no matter what you do with the time.   Tasks can be managed. […]
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Here is how to work out WHERE to compete in the market
by Tony Vidler        A problem for many of todays professionals is figuring where to compete in the market…or rather, which area of expertise or service offering to lead with in their marketing efforts.   Once the target market clients have been worked out (so we know who we want to appeal to) we have […]
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5 Points Of Competitive Difference
by Tony Vidler        Talking recently with some institutional people the topic of differentiating, or competing successfully, in financial services was raised and I suggested that there were just 5 key areas that one must consider competing in.   To truly excel and outperform the competition I believe that you need to aim to be […]
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YOUR need will kill the sale
by Tony Vidler        I think it has always been true, but it is more true than ever before: a needy adviser is a major turn off to potential clients.  It kills sales.   Rather than talk about why customers buy, it is worth focusing upon why they do not buy as that doesn’t get […]
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How will next year be better?
by Tony Vidler        Just one question should be dominating practitioners minds at this stage of the year:   How will next year be better? HOW is the critical word here. Professionals are great at setting goals and targets.  They are great at analysing and doing the numbers that tell them what activity at the […]
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