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Aviva launches New Thinking book to help advisers’ conversations about charging


Aviva has launched a book entitled New Thinking, which is designed to help advisers facilitate better conversations with their clients in the post RDR world.

Written by one of the UK’s leading behavioural scientists, Professor Paul Dolan of the London School of Economics, and best-selling business author Steve Martin, the book will help advisers understand how behavioural science can help engender more successful conversations for both the customer and the adviser.

New Thinking uses the mnemonic Mindspace which describes nine of the most robust effects that can be employed to influence behavioural change. By drawing on additional insights gleaned during a number of focused interviews with financial advisers, the book offers practical suggestions and insights on how advisers can use Mindspace to more effectively talk about fees with both new and existing clients.

In addition to the book, Aviva has also produced a series of bite sized videos which deal with the individual elements of Mindspace. Advisers can also use this activity towards the unstructured element of their CPD.

Andy Beswick (pictured), intermediary director at Aviva, says: “We know that many advisers are concerned about how best to communicate the changes brought about by RDR to both new and existing clients. This is especially the case with charging, as getting it right is absolutely key.

“We have worked closely with Professor Paul Dolan and Steve Martin, who are both experts in behavioural science, to come up with clear guidance and practical support for advisers as they tackle this transition.

“In the wider context, understanding customer’s individual needs is more important than ever. New Thinking also offers ideas to help advisers develop deeper relationships to ensure the right outcomes for their clients.”

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