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September 2007 
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In this issue
Quote of the Month
Joke Time
Dingbats Corner
News Flash: World Insurance Organization: Insurance Contracts "Not Fair"
An Agent Speaks (More like 'Vents' Actually)!
Greatest Insurance Story Never Told: Harmony, Not Noise
Insurance: The Music
Brand Tip: Cavemen, Lizards, and Ducks
Tales from the HR Crypt: "Why Fear? I Was Afraid You Would Ask"
Book of the Month: Eat that Frog!"
Product Deal - Buttons Buttons Who's Got IIF Buttons?
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Quote of the Month
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Airplane Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute."
  1. -        -- G. B. Stern

Source: This Week Magazine

Joke Time
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An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun in one hand and a bucket of buffalo manure in the other. He says to the waiter, "Me want um coffee".

The waiter says, "Sure chief, coming right up".

He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee, and the Indian drinks it down in one gulp, picks up the bucket of manure, throws it into the air, blasts it with the shotgun, then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns. He has his shotgun in one hand and a bucket of buffalo manure in the other. He walks up to the counter and says to the waiter, "Me want um coffee".

The waiter says, "Whoa, we're still cleaning up your mess from the last time you were here. What the heck was all that about, anyway"?

The Indian smiles and proudly says, "Me training for upper management position. Come in, drink coffee, shoot %*&, leave a mess for others to clean up, and disappear for rest of day.

Source: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/quotes/business_jokes.html

 
Dingbats Corner (Remember, these are true!)
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Lazy

A Swedish court has slashed the unemployment benefits of a married couple who say neither one can hold down a job because they don't like working. "Conventional work is out of the question for me -- both in terms of my conscience and on an intellectual level", the husband testified. "emotionally, too, it creates unbearable pain." The court, in rural Otergotland, was also unmoved by the couple's claim that without benefits they might have to move back to the city, whose "atmosphere" they find unpalatable.

Source: This Week Magazine
News Flash: World Insurance Organization: Insurance Contracts "Not Fair"
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Confusion "The World Insurance Organization is pushing for contract reform, particularly in the area of sensible wording" were the sentiments expressed at a recent conference in Otergotland, Sweden by organization goon Geronimo Wescoot. The theme of this year's conference: "Insureds beginning to understand policy language: how could this happen?" has gathered some of the finer minds in the industry under the same canvas, all in the name of warped reasoning.
 
An Agent Speaks (More like 'Vents', Actually)!
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Frustration

When an agent speaks, we at IIF listen. But when an agent VENTS, we publish. This impressive op-ed piece was submitted by one of our loyal readers, Stephanie L. Britt, CISR. We enjoyed it so much that we've included a link (with her blessing, of course) to her original rant in its entirety. And we'll do the same for you! Send your vent to chris@insuranceisfun.com. Now onto the good stuff- IIFers, you don't want to miss this!

 
Greatest Insurance Story Never Told: Harmony, Not Noise
 

By Chris Amrhein, IIF CFO (Chief Fun Officer)

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SingingI sing in a gospel quartet. And what, you may ask, has that to do with building a great insurance agency?

 

Maybe everything. Let's list some of the attributes of good quartet singing and apply them to your agency.
 
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Insurance: The Music - Continued
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Treble Clef

In the true IIF spirit Tim Dodge responded to Chris Amrhein's article last month suggesting we add the following classics to "The Music!"

 

"Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles (points out need for jewelry floater)

"30,000 Pounds of Bananas" by Harry Chapin (contains an important lesson about vehicle maintenance and exposure to loss of cargo)

"Burnin' Down the House" by The Talking Heads (moral hazard?)

"Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (note the fireplace exposure and the presence of household pets)

"Jet Airliner" by The Steve Miller Band (aviation liability)

"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan (the theme song of life insurance agents everywhere)

"Take This Job and Shove It" by Johnny Paycheck (a Workers Compensation claim waiting to happen)

"Truckin'" by The Grateful Dead (everything you need to know when underwriting trucking accounts)

"Warehouse" by The Dave Matthews Band (commercial property exposure)

"Good Lovin'" by The Young Rascals (possible medical malpractice)

 
Brand Tip: Cavemen, Lizards, and Ducks

By Andy Thompson, IIF Contributing Editor

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Money

The airwaves are flooded with insurance providers claiming to "save you money." Many of these carriers are not identified by their quality of service, but more by their pitchmen-or in some cases, their pitch animal.

 

I've never viewed these providers as competition to our company in that we're not a "save you money" firm, but I thought I'd share a recent story about one such "low-cost provider."
 
Tales from the HR Crypt: "Why Fear? I Was Afraid You Would Ask"
by Deb Gateley, Marketing Maven
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Fear FEAR. One of the most intense emotions we can experience. Fear can be a driving force behind actions or it can cause people to freeze and not do anything. What made me ponder this fundamental element of being? I was afraid you'd ask. Let's start by saying it was another typical "Deb experience."
 
 
Book of the Month: Eat that Frog! By Brian Tracy
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Eat That Frog

Time can leave our daily routine in shambles: consistently ruining plans, good intentions, and productivity. What's worse- the lack of control we give ourselves over time consuming minutia ultimately costs us hundreds of hours of productivity and who knows how many hundreds (or more) dollars!

 

Time manager extraordinaire Tracy offers 21 of his greatest hits from prior texts for those in desperate need of clock control. He provides the tools to control time by eliminating those actions that suck the life out of our daily routines- activities that defer us from focusing on those things whose completion is genuinely (not temporarily) satisfying. Simple and methodical (vintage Tracy), the hour it takes to read is worth hundreds of hours of otherwise wasted time. Take the time to read and distribute to everyone in your agency.

 
Product Deal - Buttons, Buttons, Who's Got IIF Buttons?
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July4Our IIF Button sale is extended through September! Wear and share a favorite design or saying with friends! Showcase your fun side!
 

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