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WOW – What a wonderful turnout we had at our annual ASI Sales Symposium yesterday!

All of the attendees raved about the content of the presentations. Our speakers and presenters will well-prepared and provided rich and worthwhile ideas and content.

If you missed anything or need a refresher on any of the topics covered, please call anyone on our staff. 

Thanks for attending and if you missed it……you missed a great chance to pick up money making sales ideas and concepts. We are already starting to think about next year’s event.

Happy Selling, and thanks for your confidence in ASI.

Two Weeks and Counting

Constant Connections 2012 Sales Symposium

In less than two weeks, ASI will be hosting our annual Sales Symposium on March 1, 2012. We promise a ½ day full of great sales ideas, networking and exposure to money making concepts and techniques. Last year we had over 100 attend this event, as already have more RSVP’s than that for this year.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!

Click our logo above and check out this power-packed agenda and make your reservation TODAY.

16 Years, and What Do You Get?…Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt

That Country & Western song was made famous by the late Tennessee Ernie Ford. Well almost – his version was “16 Tons” instead of “16 Years”!

16 Years – that is a really long time. I remember when my son turned 16 and learned to drive. My daughter will soon be “Sweet 16” and will want to drive too, I’m sure.

Who doesn’t have concern about “debt”? Of course, most people think about debt in terms of how much they owe someone else – as in a certain dollar amount owed on a mortgage, a car note, or perhaps a credit card balance.

Another way to look at a debt is to consider what someone or something has done for you. Maybe it has been a huge favor or even an important introduction. Maybe someone has forgiven a financial or time debt or made things better by smoothing out a problem or helping finesse a delicate situation.

Last week, I was on a Delta Airlines flight back to Memphis from Washington D.C., after attending my final Board of Directors meeting at the LIFE Foundation. The two-hour flight home left me staring out the window as we took off and reflecting on our great industry. Some of the readers of this blog may recall that I served as LIFE’s volunteer Board Chairman in 2010. My first exposure to the LIFE Foundation was through my involvement in NAILBA (National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies) in 2003. My early service to NAILBA as a committee chair and board member began in 1995.

1995 to 2011 – that is 16 years!

16 years of traveling back and forth to D.C. 16 years of committee meetings, board meetings, executive committee meetings, speeches, interviews, lobbying and being mentored, as well as doing some mentoring myself.

16 years to help engrave in my mind one thing: How “in debt” I remain to this great business we call the LIFE INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

Who else can make so much out of so little? A piece of paper, some ink, a promise to pay, and like magic: dollars are created out of nothing more than a small premium! What other industry helps bring clarity and calm into the chaotic time of death and loss? Who else helps families and businesses feel secure in the knowledge that a guarantee to pay will prevent loved ones from insecurity and undue financial risk?

Although I’m coming up on my 30-year anniversary of entering this great business, these past 16 years of leadership and volunteerism have helped me appreciate that the more I know about what we do, the more in debt I become to a career that helps so many with so much! It has been a great ride. Now I need to figure out my next place to “plug in”!!

What’s in a Legacy? Remembering Steve Jobs.

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I’ve watched with respect and amazement how people all over the world have reacted to the death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Sure, he was an innovator and the products that Apple sells certainly contribute to an easier and more enjoyable way of life for many people. I’m even typing this blog post on my IPad. Steve Jobs was worth billions, so his family is certainly financially secure.

However, he was just a man.

Reminds me of how people reacted when Elvis Presley died. Here in my hometown of Memphis, folks come from all over the world each year to celebrate the anniversary of Elvis’ death. We call that week “Dead Elvis Week.” I’ve gotta wonder if Apple fans will do the same on the anniversary of Mr. Jobs passing.

Famous and influential people have that effect on others.

However, the real question is: How will YOU will be remembered by your family and friends? Sure, things like memories, caring friends, and confidence your family has in how faith assured your eternal well being are all important and will likely help ease the emotional trauma your family will feel when you, like Steve Jobs, are no longer with us.

Most mere mortals that I know do not have the financial wealth that Steve Jobs had…so how we plan for the “financial after life” our family will have is absolutely essential.

Life insurance serves that purpose better than any other product I know of. I know, I know…you are thinking “life insurance?”

Don’t think about what life insurance is…think about what it does:

Life Insurance funds the future, allows dreams to continue, keeps families in homes and schools, replaces lost income, provides peace of mind, allows time to adjust, and, if I can bluntly claim, even creates your financial legacy.

Legacies last forever…will yours be one of comfort, ease and financial security for your family…or will others be able to tell of your lack of planning by the changes your family might be forced to make because all they have is nice memories and caring friends and neighbors, but no financial ability to maintain their way of life? Is that what your family would want? Is that what you feel they need?

Call your financial advisor today if you want to know how to use life insurance to fund your financial legacy. 

Happy LIAM!!

 

Folks:

 

Today is September 1 and that means LIFE Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) begins today.

 

The LIFE Foundation has TONS of material you can use in your sales and marketing campaigns to help communicate how life insurance can protect and preserve.

 

I urge you to take time to click on the links below and use these valuable resources.

 

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Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) LIFE Foundation

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September is Life Insurance Awareness Month

Life Insurance Awareness Month is an opportunity to talk to people about their life insurance needs at a time when life insurance may already be on their minds. And the need couldn’t be greater. A recent LIMRA study found that 30 percent of households (35 million) have no life insurance coverage. September is your chance to do something about this growing problem. Use the resources in the Producer Toolkit  to help you put together a fantastic LIAM marketing program.

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NBA Champion, Lamar Odom is this Year’s LIAM Spokesperson

NBA Champion and reality TV star Lamar Odom is the 2011 LIAM spokesperson. LIFE offers two great resources to help you share his compelling story with clients and prospects.

Lamar Odom PSA Lamar Odom Public Service Announcement – Send emails directing clients and prospects to view Lamar’s 60-second TV PSA at www.lifehappens.org/lamar-video, or put a link to the PSA on the homepage of your website.

Lamar Odom realLIFEstory FlyerLamar Odom realLIFEstory Flyer – Share Lamar’s realLIFEstory by mailing, emailing or handing out this free, one-page flyer during September.

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Insure Your Love Picture Mosaic

LIFE has created a Facebook-based picture mosaic that, in time, will feature thousands of photos of families and individuals whose financial well-being is safeguarded by life insurance. The mosaic offers you a great reason to reach out to existing life insurance clients. Congratulate them for the wonderful thing they’ve done for their loved ones by owning life insurance, and then ask them to contribute a photo to the picture mosaic. For every photo added, LIFE will donate $1 to the  LIFE Lessons College Scholarship Fund.

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The Importance of Life Insurance When Tragedy Strikes

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Every citizen of Memphis, Tennessee was saddened and shocked to hear of the death of Memphis police officer Timothy Warren, brutally killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic dispute at a local hotel.

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t appreciate all the sacrifices that local police officers make every day to keep our city safe and secure. I can’t imagine the family stress that hangs every day where loved ones never know whether an officer will make it safely home to his/her family. It’s a job that is essential, and I thank each and every officer for their professionalism and dedication to the safety of our citizens.

As we all know, this tragic death has been front-page news for days, and our community is grieving along with Officer Warren’s fellow officers and his family. The loss is unimaginable, and very tragic. 

Recently, our local NBC affiliate, held a daylong “fallen officer’s drive” to help the officer’s family in their time of grief. Many of Memphis’ corporate and individual leaders participated. One of the TV anchors was encouraging every citizen to stop by and drop off a donation, “even if it’s just the change in your car’s ashtray.”

I applaud WMC-TV for taking the lead and organizing such an effort. It’s no doubt, an important gesture to Officer Warren’s family, and it’s a very effective way for our entire community to emotionally cope with such a tragic loss—as every citizen gets the chance to participate in a personal way that will be big and impactful. It also allows the community to show support to our entire police force.

Now don’t get me wrong here: but my mind immediately races to this question: Did the officer have enough life insurance so that his family is financially secure? Even if he did have coverage, the fund drive is still a great idea because of the community effect and need to show support. Hopefully, the proceeds of the fund drive will be more emotional than financial support to the family. In addition, the city provides a nice benefit package to all employees, so I have to assume some coverage exists via the employee benefit plan.

While not everyone is a police officer or fireman, the chance of a sudden, even tragic death is just as real for any of our clients. The shock and results to any family would be exactly as real as what the Warren family is coping with.

As advisors, it’s important that we stay in touch with our clients to remind them there is an easy way to plan ahead and not have to count on the charity and generosity of others. Planning today avoids financial loss when or if tragedy strikes.

Rest in Peace, Officer Timothy Warren. Our city mourns your loss and prays for your family’s strength and stamina in the days ahead.

And, oh yeah, to anyone reading this: thank an officer TODAY for all they do to protect us!

 

“Daddy – don’t you know??…..MY do what MY wants to!!!”

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I was having lunch with one of my very best friends yesterday. We were discussing how quickly our kids grow up. He and his wife had just returned the day prior from attending their oldest son’s college graduation. As he was telling me about the fun of the graduation process and the self-centeredness that is so apparent in youth, he chuckled and shared a cute story…

In 1990, when their son was only 2 years old, my buddy had been correcting his young son (as most 2-year-olds need to be corrected). My friend had told his son repeatedly to stop doing something that was dangerous…and after being told 4 or 5 times, the young lad calmly walked over to his daddy – put his young hands on either side of dad’s face and said with all the sincerity he could muster, “Daddy – don’t you know?…”MY do what MY wants to!!”

That story has been told in my friend’s family time and time again. While they raised two additional kids, the story served as a constant reminder that while kids may think that the world revolves around them and allows them to do anything and everything they want, we, as parents and adults, really do know what is best for our children…and our family.

Kind of gives me this visual picture of my own family…or for that matter, any family growing together: parents struggling to raise the kids the right way and kids struggling to understand why Mom and Dad have to make hard decisions, yet watching how hard Mom and Dad work to provide for and nurture their family. It’s not until the kids get much older that they really understand all the sacrifices and selflessness that parents must invest to keep the family safe, secure and on the path to maturity.

A key part of that sacrifice is financial security. I won’t get on my soap box, but as you have this mental picture in your mind of your family, or for that matter, any family…pause for just a minute to consider what happens if mom or dad should die while the kids are young. Happiness and financial security become much less certain. The remaining parent has to double down on the family effort with little time for themselves to grieve and mourn the loss of a spouse.

Life insurance, if purchased previously, can’t help with emotional side of loss, but it sure can help provide security, peace of mind, time to adjust, educational funds, housing, and other expenses associated with the loss of income of the deceased parent.

Think about this way…if PARENTS were to take the same selfish approach of “MY do what MY wants to,” the family unit would be much less stable. Thankfully, many parents make that insurance decision…just in case.

Have you?

 

Loss doesn’t have to mean desperation

Well, I just completed judging my portion (over 40) of the nearly 1500 total applications, which The LIFE Foundation received this year from college age kids applying for over $100,000 of scholarship funds.

 

Each year, LIFE solicits applications for its LIFE LESSON’S Scholarship Program – the applicants submit stories about how one or both of their parents died with no life insurance in place (or not enough life insurance.)

 

The judging is absolutely gut-wrenching.  Every story is unique and emotional, but they all contain certain core elements:

          disrupted families

          dreams denied

          inability to stay in the family home

          surviving parents taking on more than one job to make ends meet

          siblings often being split up to live with family

          reliance upon good neighbors and family for support

          realization that after the funeral is over, everyone else’s life continues

          sometimes there is addiction and pain among other family members

          kids having to work way too early in life to help support their family

          kids missing out on “growing up” and normal school activities

          abrupt changes in plans

          relocation to other cities to be near family

          grandparents, aunts and uncles being put in positions they didn’t seek

          kids saying “if my mom or dad only knew the problem this caused”

          realization that life will never be what they had hoped and dreamed for

          kids saying “I’ll never leave my family is this type situation”

          kids saying “if only an agent had talked my dad into buying more”

          the burden of long-term debt due to mounting student loans

 

Folks – it doesn’t have to be this way.  While LIFE is pleased to be able to give a few of these deserving kids an opportunity for some financial assistance, it would be a whole lot better if there were no kids who needed our help.

 

Last month, ASI provided a young lady from Dyersburg, TN with a $500 scholarship.  Her mom, unfortunately, died way too early.  We are trying to help a local student several times throughout the year.  If you want to partner with ASI, give me a call.

 

My charge to you:   Pick up the phone RIGHT NOW and make an appointment with someone you know that has TOO LITTLE or NO life insurance. You don’t want to have to watch their kids apply for handouts and scholarships.  Do it NOW.  It’s our professional obligation.

In an INSTANT—Washed Away…

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Watching the news this past week about events happening in Japan has been disturbing. The damage left by the earthquakes in Japan, as well as the utterly unbelievable images of the tsunami literally sweeping entire cities and villages away in an instant—these events present lasting mental images to me. Homes, cars and people also were literally washed away in an instant. The damage and destruction will take years to clean up and rebuild. Some people may never recover.

Close your eyes for just a moment and transform that mental image from the tsunami/earthquake damage to an image of what happens to a family or a business when the breadwinner dies unexpectedly or becomes disabled. A family or business sees the very foundation of itself, washed out by a sudden death or a lingering disability. Where stable ground once existed, now there is a gaping hole. The breadwinner is either “gone,” or the foundation of family (income) is so damaged that the household and its’ contents now sit upon a very shaky layer of mounting debt, tension, and emotional and financial instability.

It doesn’t have to be that way for our clients and prospects.

The products we sell—life and disability insurance—can magically and instantly help replace a washed out financial foundation or be “reinforcement” for surviving family members and key business associates. Money certainly can never solve the emotional issues associated with premature death and/or disability, but it can buy time and stability for those left to deal with a “washed away” foundation.

The events in Japan remind me of the devastation Americans have experienced in our own country, like the bombing of Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. My heart aches for those Japanese citizens who are in a complete daze and whose dreams, futures and memories have literally been “washed away.”

These images can be powerful tools to help people realize that while earthquakes and tsunami’s can happen, often with catastrophic results, the much more likely scenario is the sudden death or disability of a loved one right here on our home soil. Every day, our newspapers are full of obituary stories of those who died and left behind family members who didn’t expect to deal with a sudden and unexpected death.

We can do something to help. Mental images often help clients and prospects deal with reality. While it’s not likely that we will soon see the type and breadth of destruction here in the U.S. that our friends in Japan are now dealing with, it is much more certain that you or your clients will have a family member or a friend become suddenly ill or pass away. The time may not be now, but sometime in the not too distant future, it is bound to happen.

Let’s help our clients pre-solve that image of family and business being swept away by sudden news…. let’s help them plan now to insure their loved ones are not ‘dazed’ by news that sweeps them off their feet. Let’s help build solid financial foundations.

The 2011 Sales Symposium: Constant Connections

 

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Our big day is coming soon!

On Thursday, March 10th,  ASI will host our annual Sales Symposium “CONSTANT CONNECTIONS”  event at the Holiday Inn East in Memphis TN. You won’t want to miss it.

 As we deal with agents and advisors, one common theme I continue to hear is “give us stuff that is useful, can help us make more money, and can be useful for us to share with our clients and prospects.” We always strive to give you things that help “CONNECT” you to ASI … well, we won’t disappoint on March 10th!

We’ll start off at 8:30am with 4 or 5 quick sales ideas, followed by an inspiration talk by Jacinda Dunn, now a student at UT Knoxville, who will share with us how the lack of life insurance her father had has proved to be a real burden to her after his death, as she and her family have dealt with lost income, changes in lifestyles and other issues that could have been easily avoided. ASI will be giving her a small scholarship.

We’ll then have 3 optional break-out sessions:

  • A neat session on profiling your client block and mining it for revenue sources
  • A session on marketing to the women’s marketplace
  • A session on using Social Media in the marketplace

All 3 sessions will be led by outside speakers we are bringing in just for you. You’ll have the chance to attend 2 of the 3 optional sessions.

After the breakouts are over, we’ll wrap up with our Keynote luncheon speaker, Wendy Boglioli. Wendy is Genworth Financial’s national spokesperson on Long Term Care Insurance.

Wendy is a gold-medal Olympic Swimmer and has a profound message about her Olympic training and dedication and how it impacts her today as she cares for a mother without Long Term Care Insurance. Yes…Wendy will bring her Gold & Bronze Medals for you to see.

Genworth, Prudential, Humana, West Coast Life and many of our other carriers are providing speakers, sponsorships and door prizes.

This is a day you won’t want to miss.  We’ll have room for only 125 attendees and we already have almost 60 reservations as of 2/14/11.

ASI always strives to give you the best of product, compensation, point-of-sale help, and of course, resources like this FREE event for you. 

Good selling and I’ll hope to see you on the 10th of March.