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5 ways to be different than the agency down the street

5 ways to be different than the agency down the street

By | Inspiration, Insurance

Insurance is like electricity. Or water. Or any other commodity.

At least that’s what most “non-insurance” people think, right?

Of course, we know this isn’t true and that one size policy doesn’t fit all. But, as independent insurance agencies, is it even possible to break through the “save 15%” noise to get others outside the industry to see it like we do?

I think so. Read More

Why I love technology (the story of ispott)

Why I love technology (the story of ispott)

By | Inspiration, Off the Cuff

It was 2005.

I was driving home from work, talking to my (now) wife Eileen, who was also commuting home. She just got a new cell phone. It was a flip phone (remember those?) and it had a camera on it.

She asked, “What am I going to do with this camera on my phone?”

In 2005, that was a good question.

Facebook was just getting started (they launched February 4, 2004) and Instagram surely wasn’t around (that happened in 2010).

I remember using a Motorola Q, which, for its day, was awesome. I could check email and install (crappy) apps and access (equally crappy) website-like sites (using WAP). So cool!

The iPhone wasn’t around either. It launched June 29, 2007 and completely changed how we use our mobile devices.

So, 10 years ago, having a camera on a cell phone was a novelty. Eileen’s question was a good one.

Little did I know that question would change my life. Read More

Do as I say, not as I do

Do as I say, not as I do

By | In the Office, Inspiration

Usually, I practice what we preach (and preach what we practice). Today, I didn’t.

Hence, I’m sitting at my computer, staring at a blank screen trying to come up with something interesting to share with you. All I see is a blinking cursor.

Blink. Blink. Blink.

And, to add to the fun, it’s 4:38PM and I need to leave early today.

The irony isn’t lost on me. The article that you’re now reading is about nothing, or, more specifically, about having nothing to write. Why? Because I dropped the ball. Other stuff got in the way this week.

It’s OK. Let’s create a life lesson out of it, shall we? Read More

The hidden power of (email) relationships

The hidden power of (email) relationships

By | Inspiration, Off the Cuff

Email is so last decade. Or is it? The world is talking about social media this and social media that. Likes, followers and tweets dominate the headlines. Most people think, “We need to be more active on social media.” They’re not thinking, “We need to use email more.”

In fact, when most of us think of email, we think of a never-ending stream of time-sucking requests, to-do’s and priorities that we swat away like little gnats on a humid day. We’re on a constant quest for the mythical “inbox zero”, that dreamlike scenario when we have no emails in our inboxes. Keep dreaming.

But, while email certainly isn’t perfect, there is a valuable, business-building secret hiding within it. We’re building a business on it, and you can, too. Here’s how. Read More

The importance of a handshake

The importance of a handshake

By | Inspiration, Off the Cuff, Quick Tips

We live in a digital world. In one afternoon, through LinkedIn research, I’ve made more contacts in one day than I have at some trade shows. But the truth is, we are all humans and we want to connect in person. Call me crazy, but I’ve always been a fan of networking in big crowds. It may be the reason I was first to volunteer to run the cash register on Black Fridays during my retail job in high school. Or, perhaps it’s the reason I was a top cookie seller in my Girl Scout troop. Through the years, I’ve taken this love of meeting new people to a new level with my professional networking. Here are a few things I’ve learned about connecting and developing meaningful relationships.

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Thoughts on iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

Thoughts on iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

By | Inspiration, Off the Cuff, The Web

Here’s a shocker. At Forge3, we love technology. All kinds of technology. Through technology, we see opportunity. A lot of opportunity. Technology connects us. It helps us communicate. It makes us more productive. It allows us to work remotely. We can do more with less. In fact, we can literally run the entire Forge3 business from a smartphone. So, there’s no doubt that we have access to some incredible tools. And, in many ways, Apple continues to push us all ahead. Case in point – this week’s announcement of iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay.

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Power to the Pita (a story of being different)

Power to the Pita (a story of being different)

By | Inspiration, Off the Cuff

Quick story. A few weeks ago, my parents were visiting from Florida. It’s always great to see them, especially now that we have two little kiddos for them to spoil. One night, we needed something quick for dinner, so we headed across the street to The Pita Pit. My wife Eileen stayed home with Connor (our little 7 month old), so it was just Ella (now 2.5 years old), my folks (older than 2) and me (somewhere in between). The last thing on my mind was business, but life has a funny way of surprising us, doesn’t it? Read More

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