#044: Vetting Your Voluntary Benefits Insurance Agent

Tim Martin and Steve Savant - Part 5

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I recently appeared on Steve Savant’s Money, The Name of the Game. This is episode 5 of a 5 part series regarding Voluntary Benefits. Below are excerpts from the press release announcing this episode. You can listen to the audio as a podcast or watch the video that appears at the bottom of this page.


Press Release

Your insurance agent makes all the difference. A good Voluntary Benefits agent can help you choose the right policies for your family.

Many consumers can get confused by the multitude of choices they face when choosing a Voluntary Benefits policy and insurance company. A good agent makes these decisions easier.

Once a consumer knows the basic types of Voluntary Benefit policies that are available, and what to look for in an insurance company, they still may have many questions. A good insurance agent can help them clarify the best options for them. There are several factors you should consider when choosing an agent.

Longevity – How long has the agent been in business? Many insurance companies are recruiting machines. There is a chance your agent was working in a retail job last month. We all have to start somewhere. By definition, no one has insurance experience the day they start. If they are new, is there an experienced agent with them?

Professionalism – You definitely want to work with a true professional. Does your agent have solid knowledge of the entire health insurance marketplace, not just Voluntary Benefits? Are they involved in the community they serve?

Service – It is important to understand how committed your agent is to superior service. Will they give you their cell phone number? What is their promise of response time?

Diversity – Are they able to represent more than one insurance company? If they only represent one company, they can’t show you different options from different companies. Even if those choices might be a better option for you.

Focus – Do they represent too many insurance companies? I’m convinced that the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none” was written about many insurance agents. It is good to have diversity when choosing the right policy but if your agent represents 25 companies he can’t possibly know how each company and their policies might meet your needs.

There are many choices when it comes to the insurance agent you choose. You might as well choose the right one. Use this as a checklist to make sure the person that is advising you is the best fit for your family. Voluntary Benefits can stand in the gap between you and financial devastation. It is critical you know that your agent has your best interest at heart. If done correctly, the programs you purchase will help you when you need it the most.



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I look forward to seeing you back here next week, in the meantime, don’t forget that everything you do in this business is voluntary.  Including success!!!

    Tim has spent the last 22 years in the VB sales world. During that time he has recruited and trained over 2,000 agents to get people to do what they should, but wouldn't do if we didn't come along. In addition to his leadership rolls at the two largest VB carriers on the planet, Tim has worked with outside organizations through consulting and sales coaching. His energetic and humorous key note addresses have also inspired and electrified audiences throughout the United States. Currently Tim is also working on his first book "Success Is Voluntary."

    Tim and the lovely Dizzy D reside in Peoria, Arizona. They have been married for 29 years and are the proud parent of two gorgeous grown young women, Brittny 27 and Victoria 25.

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    2 thoughts on “#044: Vetting Your Voluntary Benefits Insurance Agent

    1. THANK YOU again i have watch part 4 and 5 and looking for the first 3 parts if you could email them or tell me how to get them and i mite find them myself and any more info Timothy W Parker

      • I’m glad you enjoyed the series! If you scroll down to the bottom of the pager, In the lower left corner, there is a button that reads “Older Posts”