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How to influence clients with “Social Proof”
by Tony Vidler        One of the primary functions of the professional adviser is to influence people to make change.  Or sometimes, influence them not to change things.   Our role is to manage client behaviour to help generate the desired outcomes that clients want.  We must get them to act, or not act, in order to […]
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Why Lawyers sell more than Financial Planners
by Tony Vidler        Why is it that everyone tells jokes about lawyers and begrudges their work, yet lawyers tend to do pretty well in business?   How is it that lawyers who tend to be pretty awful at marketing their services get so much business?   Why is it that so many financial advisers […]
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Blending Old Ways With Modern Comms To Get Attention
by Tony Vidler        Blending the old and the new can be a great way to stand out in the digital world, and there are few better examples than this one from an older adviser who was happy for me to share it.  He generates excellent engagement and responses…and it is so simple!   Remember […]
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How to create a MORE effective client report
by Tony Vidler        The typical financial planning report or statement of advice produced for clients is ineffective.   Being effective means getting the key points across as quickly and as simply as possible, so that the reader understands them, and is then able to make decisions relatively quickly and easily.  It will engage, motivate and […]
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One sure way to build an audience
by Tony Vidler        As more professionals start to tap into the power and reach of social media a common question is “how do I get more people following me?”     There are a lot of ways to create an audience of course, but there is one method which doesn’t get spoken of very […]
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3 Is The Key To Effective Presentations
by Tony Vidler        3 is the magic presentation number.   It is a well established principle that people absorb information best when it is presented in 3 points…and while listing your best 3 features or benefits is more effective than listing your top 10 to most consumers, applying a bit of structure to the […]
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Why Professionals struggle to get referrals consistently
by Tony Vidler        Getting referrals consistently is how many great advice businesses achieve systematic growth.  “Consistently” is the key word that should be linked to “growth” here…and some research a little while ago in Australia highlighted why so many firms struggle with this.   It is because they are not systematic in their approach […]
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Great Advisers Stay Simple
by Tony Vidler        One of my favourite quotes of all time is by Einstein: “If you cannot explain it simply then you do not understand it well enough” and nowhere is this more true than in providing advice in complex areas. Great advisers stay simple when handling complex matters.   It is not easy […]
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How to work out who to keep on your team
by Tony Vidler        One of the toughest areas of practice management is building the right team around you.  So it is best to begin with an unpalatable truth: It is inevitable that at some point you will get team selections wrong.  You will get hiring decisions wrong….and sometimes firing decisions wrong too.   More […]
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If you have repeated problems, you need a process!
by Tony Vidler        For financial advisory firms the word “process” has become synonymous with “best practice advice”, but good process is so much more than just a compliant and well-documented series of advice documents.   Process is what builds franchise businesses.  Process is what creates turnkey operations that are highly valued by prospective purchasers. […]
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