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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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Marketing your Professional Opinion
by Tony Vidler        One of the best marketing ideas I have come across is the “Second Opinion” service.   The concept is brilliantly simple, and firmly centred upon providing sound professional advice.   You provide a service to the colleagues of your clients which is a professional second opinion on the suitability of the […]
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Use Visuals To “Pre-Sell” Bad News
by Tony Vidler        Disclaimers and fine print don’t ever really help in selling, and visuals or graphics nearly always do.   Nowhere is this more true than when you want to manage client expectations and “pre-sell” what is likely to happen in the future so that everyone avoids nasty surprises…or…so that everyone recognises opportunities! […]
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Simplicity REQUIRES Sophistication
by Tony Vidler        One of the most popular articles I have written was a short piece on the necessity for reducing Statements of Advice in size.   It seems the message to reduce the complexity – to stop producing documents for a courtroom rather than a client – hit a collective nerve.   In […]
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Written Advice: Should it be Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to communicating our advice to clients we are guided by the words used by the regulators, or law, to guide us in how that should be framed or delivered.   Or we think we do.   The written advice, be it financial plans or Statements Of Advice being […]
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Sanity Check: A Statement Of Advice should be a “statement”
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to providing advice in writing to a client there is undoubtedly unnecessary complexity.  In fact the proverbial “Statement Of Advice” has become anything but a “statement”.  It generally takes the form of a tome…   A “tome is a scholarly work…usually large, heavy and laborious in its detail. A […]
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Meeting Client Expectations Is In The Clients Interests Too, isn’t it?
by Tony Vidler        What constitutes “Best Practice” advice process is a constant work in progress, but it does not develop as rapidly as either technology or client expectations.  In fact, there is a distinct probability that the gap between what professionals call best practice advice and what clients expectations are will continue to widen.   […]
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