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Is that Prospect really a prospect?
by Tony Vidler        How do you know if a prospect is really a prospect, or if they are just yanking your chain? We’ve all had the prospects who seem to be engaged but turn out to be complete time-wasters.  They just cannot bring themselves to say “no thanks”.   They cost a ton in […]
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You got the prospects attention…now what?
by Tony Vidler        Advisers do not have a prospecting problem in todays world.  They have an “attention-keeping problem”.  Prospects have never been easier to find or reach out to, and getting their attention is not so hard – but keeping their attention most certainly is. It is probably the most critical step in developing a […]
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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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The Continuous Cycle That Is Social Media Marketing
by Tony Vidler         Marketing via social media is a bit like riding a bike: you have to keep pedalling that cycle or the lack of momentum will make it fall over. Many professionals beginning with social media as part of their marketing mix fail to recognise that continual movement is a critical part of making […]
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Lost Sales Skills: How to “get down to business” without drama
by Tony Vidler        The advice industry has lost a lot of sales skills, and it needs them. If we are to help consumers make better decisions and change behaviour then we have to be able to help convince them to change.   The first tension point for today’s professionals is how to transition from the […]
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There is a need for speed with leads…
by Tony Vidler        Speed kills…except in sales….there IS a need for speed with leads.  By calling a lead personally within 5 minutes of receiving a lead you can increase your chances of getting them as a customer by 100 times for example.   Unbelievable, right?   Research shows it to be absolutely true.  Perhaps Maverick […]
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Sales Technique Is The Key To Opening Minds
by Tony Vidler        Sales Technique…the very phrase sends shudders down the spines of professionals today it seems.  Despite the focus on our increased technical knowledge and the emphasis upon good process, financial advisers actually have to “sell”.   A large problem for many newer advisers is that nobody is teaching them effective sales technique anymore, […]
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How to create engaging conversations
by Tony Vidler        Creating engaging conversations with people you don’t know well, or who feel they don’t know you well enough, is difficult.  It can be even more difficult when they are guarded…thinking maybe that you are just there to sell them something.   You can engage even the most guarded and difficult prospects […]
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Sales Activity Can Be Gamified
by Tony Vidler        some things are timeless simply because they have stood the test of time, and focusing upon sales activity is one of them.  “Sales activity” as a concept is probably abhorrent to many professionals today, but it is simply about managing the inputs which provide the outputs that your business wants.   […]
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Improve your sales results with a quick “Kerbside Review”
by Tony Vidler        One of the most effective ways to improve sales results is to spend 2 minutes on a reflective process after each client meeting – whether it was a good or bad one.   It is the “kerbside review” (hat tip to the USA with the spelling, but this concept did originate […]
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