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The Value Of The Financial Planner: Fixing finances, the future, and feelings
by Tony Vidler        Many question the value of the financial planner, and there has been plenty of research in recent years to attempt to quantify that value.  Quantifying value of advice is a recipe for debate, as the actual difference in net worth or security which can be attributed to the work of the […]
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Making the move from Product Rep to a valued Personal Financial Adviser
by Tony Vidler        Being a valued financial adviser is the goal, right?  Well it is difficult to considered yourself “valued” if you don’t place a value upon your own expertise or worth to the client.  It is even more difficult for prospective clients to consider you valuable if you do not place value upon […]
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Here is how to explain, and show, your value to a client in 10 seconds
by Tony Vidler        I am a massive fan of drawing little diagrams to explain technical ideas, but they are also a fabulous way of articulating the more nebulous concepts that people struggle to grasp.   One of my favourites is a very simple picture that anyone can scribble on a cocktail napkin in 10 […]
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If it’s too expensive then there is a value gap
by Tony Vidler        If there is one objection which continually gets professionals in a tangle it is the client who says “it’s too expensive”.  When a client says “too expensive” YOU you haven’t done your job…there is a gap between the value being delivered and value being perceived by the client.  A value gap […]
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The Top Challenge In Shifting From Product Sales To Advice Delivery
by Tony Vidler        I was asked a simple, but loaded, question: What is the biggest future issue for financial advisers specialising in business insurance?   I qualified my answer by saying that the biggest issue is the same one that faces all financial advisers regardless of their area of specialisation.   The biggest issue […]
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Value is not Black and White, it is Shades of Grey
by Tony Vidler        At the most basic level “Value” can easily be defined: Value is Benefits less Costs.   That simple definition doesn’t highlight the enormous range of definitions for “Benefits” though, which is why trying to understand what value is results in everyone seeing a different shade of grey.   The range of […]
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How to engage clients in a review of financial advice
Your Philosophy MIGHT Be Your Real Point of Difference
by Tony Vidler        Advisers often struggle to articulate their point of difference, yet they usually can easily express well thought out beliefs and philosophies about money and planning.   So most advisers think carefully about such things and build up a philosophy based upon their formal learning and real world experience that shapes their advice […]
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The most powerful word in marketing!
by Tony Vidler        What is the most powerful word in marketing?   It is “Guarantee“   How can we tap into the power of providing a guarantee in professional services, especially in these increasingly litigious and compliance-focussed times?   We can use it by understanding the fears of prospective customers and then addressing them […]
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Valuing the TIME you sell…and save.
by Tony Vidler        One of the most valuable things that financial advisers do for clients is to save the clients own time.   How powerful would it be to quantify that in dollar terms for a client?   Everyone knows the maxim “time is money”.  Everyone knows that all of us are perpetually trading […]
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The Professional’s Branding Challenge: how to look different while blending in (& why it matters)
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to creating a personal brand as a professional, the irony is we have to look different – while blending in and looking the same.   One cannot afford to look any less professional than your peers or competitors.  So to a large degree degree there is a market […]
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