As we go through September and wind down another Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM), I hope you all are doing well and keeping your spirits high. There is a lot going on in the world that can add stress to all of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic, racial strife and political tensions are just a few things that are in the news. But there is also all of the daily issues we deal with personally, such as employment and financial burdens.
The holiday season can be crazy in a normal year. As I watched the news a few nights ago I was struck by a story about how shopping for gifts will be different this year. A lot more online sales, less people in the malls and shopping centers. Of course, we all know that the emphasis should be on our families and loved ones, not spending money we don't have.
I think back to a sales meeting years ago when I was working with a large insurance company. Most of the agents, myself included, were bemoaning the fact that no one wanted to buy life insurance during the holidays. No one wants to take on another bill when there's a flatscreen TV to be purchased.
Our manager was leading the meeting and rolled his eyes at our complaining. "You don't get it," he said as if we were a bunch of crybabies. "You say you sell life insurance, but you don't understand who you are selling it for or why you are selling it!"
Then the manager launched into a lengthy diatribe which made sense to me. I will spare you all of the details but the essence was that we, as life insurance agents, were not communicating our message properly, that we were not selling something to be used by the client (assuming that was who we are insuring), but instead it would be used by the client's family. The only thing the client would get out of it was the peace of mind knowing that if something should happen to them, their spouse and children would be able to stay in their home and continue their lifestyle without more financial worries thrown onto them.
It all made sense to me, but how does one communicate that message during the holidays? As a father and husband I have my policies in place, but I also want my family to enjoy a few gifts that I can offer. The most important present, of course, is not one that can be opened (unless one opens a policy packet).
So I ask you to do one thing for your family from now. If you do not have life insurance, use our life insurance quoting calculator in the upper right of this blog and get a ballpark estimate* on how much it would cost to ensure your family would be okay if something were to happen to you. There's even a button on there to find out how much you need.
And if you do have insurance already, check to see if you have enough. Odds are you don't, and that is okay, as long as you do something about it.
Check out the video and book a phone appointment with us to discuss how we can help you can give your family the best gift this year.
*All rates are subject to underwriting.
Chris Castanes is the president of Surf Financial Brokers, helping people find affordable life and disability insurance coverage. He's also is a professional speaker helping sales people be more productive and efficient and has spoken to professional and civic organizations throughout the Southeast. And please subscribe to this blog!