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Should you give a sly kickback to referrers?
by Tony Vidler        One of the ethical challenges for professionals is how to appropriately recognise the value of a great referrer or Centre-Of-Influence. A little kickback on the sly? Hardly professional. Don’t talk about it and pretend there is no commercial significance? Not great for maintaining trust long term.   It doesn’t have to become […]
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It’s Prime Networking Time!
by Tony Vidler        There are two types of advisers at this time of year: 1.  those who begin finding it tough to close out the game 2.  those who are already started on a new game. Typically in December & January most clients are trying to close out their own business games….get THEIR jobs […]
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Time Management Problem? Try Planning Your "Perfect Week" To Begin With…
by Tony Vidler        Why is time management such an issue for professionals when they are good at planning? We can take it as a given that financial advisers and financial planners are good at planning generally.  And they are very good at operational planning, which is that stuff that often gets referred to as […]
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Choose your words carefully…they can change the choices that prospects make!
by Tony Vidler        There are decades of good quality research now which help us understand how people are influenced, and what words or language are most likely to influence them.  The words that financial advisers choose to use matter more than ever before if we want people to follow our advice given that professional advice […]
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How To Get Buy-In From Clients To Full Advice
by Tony Vidler        Clients often want advisers to deal with just one element of financial planning…their current “burning issue” that triggered the need for advice to begin with.  Getting them to engage in full advice can be tough and they need to understand what you CAN do for them, and where your knowledge and skills […]
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Clients need to be reasonable and meet expectations too
by Tony Vidler        It is not unreasonable to have reasonable expectations, is it? Whenever we enter into an agreement with somebody else to work together on anything it is fair to say that we both have expectations about how the arrangement is going to work. That applies whether the arrangement is moving into a […]
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How to do client video testimonials the right way!
by Tony Vidler        Testimonials are good for business – but we all know that. Video testimonials are even better for business – and not everyone has got THAT yet. Being able to see the body language, and hear the inflections in a clients voice as they talk about their positive experience, are far more […]
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10 Ways To Build Trust With Prospective Clients
by Tony Vidler        Trust is built over time.  It is earned.  It is not given automatically to most professionals by most prospective clients at the outset. That’s a reality.   The very best we can hope for when someone doesn’t really know us yet is to be trusted enough to be given a chance to prove […]
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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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