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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. An effective report gets 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 rapidly […]
Written Advice: Should it be Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler When it comes to delivering our written advice to clients there is a tendency to be guided by the words used by the regulators, or law, in how that advice is framed or written. The written advice, be it financial plans or Statements Of Advice being delivered to clients, are however […]
by Tony Vidler One of the best marketing ideas I have come across is the “Second Opinion” service, because it positions you as a professional, and as an “adviser” rather than a product centric financial services person. The concept is brilliantly simple, and firmly centred upon providing sound professional advice. You provide […]
by Tony Vidler Disclaimers and fine print don’t ever really help in selling tough ideas, but visuals do sell complex or tough-to-swallow concepts quickly and easily. 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 […]
If It Is Not Simple, You Are Not Working Hard Enough
by Tony Vidler It takes a lot of work to make complex advice simple and succinct, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the creation of a financial plan or Statements of Advice. Those 40 page plans, or worse those 80 page plans and pieces of written advice, are barriers to consumer engagement […]
Best Practice Advice Means Meeting Client Expectations Too, doesn’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 do. In fact, there is a distinct probability that the gap between what professionals call best practice advice and what clients expectations of best practices are continue […]
by Tony Vidler If we can make more effective advice recommendations we increase comprehension and engagement and shorten the implementation timeframe. That’s good for everyone involved in the process. More people will follow our advice, we help more people get the outcomes they are looking for, and business is better for everyone. So […]
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 […]