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Paying COI’s: Perhaps prepare for the harvest before you prepare for the feast
by Tony Vidler        Is it appropriate to be paying COI’s a share of your success from their influences?   Or, to put it bluntly, nother way, should you share remuneration or the spoils of the sale with referrers?   Personally, I think not.  However, it is actually just a little more complicated than that […]
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Compliance: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler         Whenever the topic of the “advice process”, or compliance, comes up most advisers imagine themselves as the plane in this picture: Compiance is largely considered a burden – albeit a necessary one.  As is usually the way of these things a substantial body of documentation has blossomed over the years which […]
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6 Things Banks Taught Us About Building A Super Profitable Business
by Tony Vidler         It seems obvious, yet somehow it isn’t.  The more you know about your customers the more business you can do with them.  Can.  Not “will do with them”….but “can”.   Market and customer intelligence provides potential business opportunities – if you are able to act upon it.   Take a tip […]
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Building Your Reputation: Talk About The Elephants In The Room
by Tony Vidler        When Accountants struggle to create a universally good reputation for their industry then we are going to have a real battle doing so.  If they only get rated as “High” or “Very High” in professional ethics and honesty by half the population then what chance that an Insurance Broker will rank […]
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Why Good Content Matters (and what it looks like)
by Tony Vidler        Pretty much every time I get into a discussion with professionals about building up their business they begin by thinking that the answer is “get more prospects“.  There is no doubt that getting more prospective customers helps build a business of course, but what builds a business faster and less stressfully […]
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Reward the right behaviour – or it will kill your practice
by Tony Vidler        We tend to get the behaviour which we reward repeatedly.  Kindergarten teachers know it, so why don’t the leaders of professional services firms know it and use it?   Here are a couple of real examples of how this plays out: In one instance it was watching a previously excellent professional […]
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How One Successful Financial Planner Gets New Business (part 2)
by Tony Vidler         Professionals are always interested in what other professionals are doing that leads to new business and becoming more successful.  The constant question is: “What are others doing that are successful for them?”   In a previous post one leading financial planner shared where he gets his new business from, and the […]
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Not All Consumers Make Good Advice Clients
by Tony Vidler        Everyone is after the good advice clients it seems…or are they?  Robo-advisers, direct marketing, 24/7 online transaction facilities, product kiosks and over the counter solutions to shoppers at supermarkets…these are all “financial advice” choices for consumers today.  (for “Financial Advice” read “anything associated with a financial services product or service which […]
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Deal or No Deal? Advice is really that simple at the beginning.
by Tony Vidler        One of the greatest challenges for professionals working with complex ideas and products is to keep conversations and explanations as simple as possible, without being patronising to the client or skipping the detail that compliance demands.  After all, it takes great skill and careful through to be able to simplify complex […]
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How One Successful Financial Planner Gets New Business
by Tony Vidler         The one question that continually gets thrown to me is “What are other advisers doing that is successful for them?” Every so often one is willing to share their trade secrets, and this is how one leading financial planner that I know gets his business, and that he was happy to […]
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