What New Insurance Brokers Should Look for in a Firm
Here is another article written for new insurance brokers by one of our associates, Greg Dunn. It was published on January 9, 2017 by PropertyCasualty360.com.
Greg discusses the unique qualities a modern brokerage firm presents to businesspeople considering a career as an insurance broker. With the right leadership and vision, mentorship, and an outcome-based selling platform, top-performing brokerage firms can recruit and retain the finest salespeople and create a solid foundation for future success.
(The link to the original article is provided following what Greg wrote, as well as links to Greg's prior articles published by PropertyCasualty360.com)
The insurance brokerage industry is currently rebuilding and growing its sales infrastructure.
The past several years have created a “crisis of talent” as older brokers continue to move into retirement. This is providing a tremendous opportunity for new brokers who are entering the field.
For those being recruited, it's important to understand that there are essentially two types of operations: the legacy firms that continue to operate by selling on coverage and price and those that have evolved into business solutions organizations. The two types of firms offer very different experiences for an insurance broker.
The firms looking to the future have leadership with a vision. They know they need to spend money to make money. They offer new brokers the right mentorship reinforced by a sales platform, and they have a plan that gives developing brokers experiences in the spectrum of account sizes. These are the firms that truly offer an ambitious business person a demanding work environment and the opportunity to make an abundant amount of money.
Traits of strong firms
- They have leaders who have developed a vision of where they want to take the business, and they have plan for how to get there. They recognize the needs of their buyers have changed and can’t sell to them using the same outdated processes. They focus on building a team and move away from keeping everyone in individual silos. This creates an innovative, high-energy, and collaborative work environment.
- They continue to reinvest in their firms. The firm leaders recognize the need to be able to bring value to their clients other than the price and coverage of their hazard risk. They realize that they need to provide consulting to design and implement programs to lower claims. They do this by creating positions such as claims management, risk control, and safety consultants personnel. They make these resources the center of their sales platform. They develop a sales philosophy built around best practices and the needs of their buyers. This includes a financially based sales message and consistent quantified new business and stewardship presentations. Having a platform in place gives developing brokers a template for success. They can use as the platform as their framework and continue to grow their knowledge.
- They pair new brokers with the right mentor who believes in the firm’s vision and best practices. They believe that having the right mentor is important for a developing broker to be successful. The mentors are senior brokers who are continually growing and staying ahead of the curve. They embrace technology and believe in providing their clients with a financially based value proposition using analytics. This gives new brokers a sounding board, an advocate, and someone to reinforce the proper brokering skills to keep them on track.
- They make sure developing brokers have an opportunity to work on large accounts . They recognize that newer brokers need to gain experience working with different types of accounts. They also realize that a new approach on an account could better the chances that they win the business. They ensure this by opening up the prospect list and assigning specific large account prospects to the developing brokers.
Moving into the brokerage world can be very exciting and offer lots of opportunity, but it’s important that new brokers pick the right firm. There are plenty of visionary leaders who understand the importance of resource-based selling and financially based sales messaging, reinforced by a strong mentor and a sales platform. New brokers must take their time and ask a lot of questions. If they do, they’ll find themselves enjoying a rewarding career.
Greg Dunn is managing director and a certified analytic broker at Scottsdale, Ariz.-based insurance agency software developer TCORCalc. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Dunn's article appeared in PropertyCasualty360.com on January 9, 2017. Greg's prior articles in PropertyCasualty360.com are "Successful Young Brokers Use Data to Help Their Companies Change" and "Getting Started: What New Insurance Brokers Need to Know."
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With over 30 years in the insurance industry, Rob was considered to be one of the nation's top performing brokers when he started his own consulting company in 1993. Since then, his guidance has helped many organizations across North America increase their profitability, growth, and develop their sales teams.
Rob is considered the industry expert on Total Cost of Risk quantification and franchise account attraction and retention strategies.