If it’s too expensive then there is a value gap

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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 is deadly when it comes to […]

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Which would you rather be: a brilliant technician, and bored, or the orchestrator running the show?

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Professional development is all the rage…the regulators and the professional associations and training providers in the compliance space are all putting it top of mind continuously. And virtually all of them have an extremely narrow focus when it comes to the concept of developing a professional. Virtually no emphasis upon developing skills, and almost no […]

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Work out where the real money is in your book of business

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Let’s talk about one of those elephant in the room things: not all clients are equal for a professional service firm. As human beings they might all be equal, but as clients they are not. Each client relationship has a commercial value….and a commercial cost.  Each therefore has varying profitability, and at the extremes it is […]

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Good? Fast? or Cheap? What sort of advice is it going to be?

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A few years ago a university in New Zealand conducted a study to find out where consumers were turning to for financial advice. At the time they found that the number one source of financial advice for most respondents was “newspapers and media”. For 29% of the population that was their “go to” source for […]

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More referrals are created by repetition

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Referrals remain the most powerful marketing for professionals despite the plethora of advertising and marketing tactics we have available today.  The “transfer of trust” which is created by positive endorsement and personalised introduction or recommendation results in the highest likelihood of a prospective client choosing to do business with you. Referrals are gold and we […]

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Your FREE service is a barrier to getting the right business

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Most professionals at some point offer complimentary initial meetings or consultations with clients as a “free service”. It simply isn’t true, and that in itself prevents the right sort of clients coming your way. The fundamental reason why this just doesn’t cut it with consumers is because they don’t believe it. Nothing worthwhile is “free”. […]

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How to find your Niche

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Knowing and working exclusively in your niche is nirvana for most professionals. Your niche is that absolute sweet spot where what you are fabulous at overlaps with what you love doing, and it is something that other people value and will pay you for. It is not a simple thing to define…and many professionals fall into the trap of doing what all […]

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Why settle for average?

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Advisers frequently settle for being average, and it is definitely not because they want to be average, but because they don’t really know what it takes to elevate their performance exponentially. They often ask how one professional can be so much more successful than they are and assume that there is some magic at work. […]

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The art of giving suitable advice

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The most challenging area of financial advice which is subject to perpetual testing is the question of “suitability”.  WHY was a particular piece of advice appropriate for a particular client? What factors were considered, or even discarded, that led to a particular recommendation as being the right advice? It is an area that holds the […]

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Three questions you must answer to define your Uniqueness

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The difference between a good (but not spectacular) professional and a truly magnificent performer is the ability to succinctly articulate what makes them special. This is often referred to as having a Unique Selling Proposition, or USP.  While the concept has its detractors there is no doubt in my mind that in professional services those […]

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