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A live stamp can get your marketing letter opened

One holiday season I was in a long line at a California post office. An elderly woman was in line in front of me. When she finally got to the counter, she ordered a book of stamps. After asking for the book, she qualified her statement by saying with a great deal of irritation, “And … Continue reading “A live stamp can get your marketing letter opened”

Weasel words can weaken your writing

Do you use “weasel words”? I don’t mean a furry critter that goes through your garbage in the late hours of the night. Weasel words are terms and phrases that are deliberately fuzzy. Rather than providing clarity, weasel words obscure your message. Weasel words get their name from the crafty weasel, which sucks eggs without … Continue reading “Weasel words can weaken your writing”

White Papers keep your business in your prospects’ minds

More and more insurance industry organizations turn to White Papers to spread their message. What is a white paper? A white paper is usually a “thought leadership” paper of about five-to-12 pages that highlights one or more of the benefits of your business. Insurance organizations use white papers to educate the public by delineating a … Continue reading “White Papers keep your business in your prospects’ minds”

Lose those adverbs and strengthen your writing

Part of our ability to promote and persuade in the insurance industry hinges on our ability to write clearly, concisely and unemotionally. By eliminating adverbs from our writing, we can reduce the clutter in our communications. What is an adverb and why should anyone care? An adverb is a part of speech that modifies several … Continue reading “Lose those adverbs and strengthen your writing”

How to get published in a professional journal

Most magazines have editorial calendars with monthly publication themes. A great way to get your message across to your public is to advertise in a trade journal. Before you pay to advertise, however, how would you like to receive several pages of free advertising? If you write a professional article for one of your favorite … Continue reading “How to get published in a professional journal”

Four tips to giving a great insurance speech

As insurance professionals, we must often deliver speeches in meetings or to large gatherings. It is never easy to find the time to prepare adequately for the talk. Even once prepared, many of us dread public speaking. These four tips will help you painlessly prepare your presentation. What is the theme of my talk? Always … Continue reading “Four tips to giving a great insurance speech”