Writer’s Voice Guest: Connie Johnson Hambley

Connie Johnson Hambley is the author of tense, twisting thrillers with a strong moral code. She visited with me earlier this week on The Writer’s Voice podcast to discuss writing and the community of writers. Connie currently serves as the president of Sisters in Crime New England and two her award-winning books, which are part of The Jessica Trilogy, won the Best English Fiction literary award at the EQUUS International Film Festival in NYC. You can listen to Connie’s appearance on my podcast here, or watch the YouTube video of that conversation here.

9 Steps to Achieving Success

You can ask 10 different people what “success” is and you’ll get 10 different answers. However, most people agree about how you arrive at success, the destination, regardless of what your definition of the term is. In my 40+ years working in the insurance industry, I’ve made my share of mistakes and learned my share of lessons. I’ve been mentored by some wonderful people and watch a boatload of people succeed. I’ve seen people fail to achieve their desired outcomes, as well. Eleven years ago, I made a list of what I believed to be the required elements of success.

Writer’s Voice Guest: Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith joined me on the first episode of my podcast, The Writer’s Voice. Take a listen! https://episodes.castos.com/5e6ccb9ab4cf97-55025247/Sarah-Smith-mp3-MR.mp3 Her latest book is Crimes and Survivors; you can learn more about it on her website at www.sarahsmith.com.

Podcast Guest: Barb Gavitt Talks Insurance Licensing in a Pandemic

Barb Gavitt is Vice President of Product Development and Education at A.D. Banker & Company, one of the leading insurance pre-licensing and continuing education providers in the country. She is also the 2020 president of the Securities & Insurance Licensing Authority. Barb sat down with me recently to discuss the challenges many have been facing, and continue to face, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Although the insurance and financial services industries have been deemed “essential” during shelter-in-place orders, the licensing test centers were not. This means that individuals who were already hired to work in the industry could

Update: Cannabis Regulation

In prepping for the SILA Foundation webinar I presented yesterday, I have two items to share with you since the last time I blogged on the topic of cannabis. Topic #1: Decriminalization A number of states have decriminalized marijuana. Contrary to what many people infer from the term “decriminalized,” it does NOT mean a person is not guilty of a crime of possessing, growing, or selling marijuana. Unless the state has passed a law that stipulates the medical, or adult recreational, use/possession/sale of marijuana IS legal, it is still a crime. What the term means is that if a person

SILA Foundation Webinar

I’m honored to have been asked by the SILA Foundation to develop and present a webinar for their monthly series. The webinar will be presented live on Thursday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. The topic is: Insuring Cannabis Risks. Click here to register: https://www.silafoundation.org/2020/05/webinar-insuring-cannabis-risks/

Business Interruption Insurance and the Pandemic

In a number of states, legislation has been proposed to compel insurance companies to pay business interruption losses. Before I discuss the 2 biggest issues related to this pending legislation, let me recap exactly what business interruption insurance is. Business interruption (BI) coverage is a form of indirect PROPERTY insurance. This mean’s a covered peril in a property policy must cause a loss, and that insured loss must, in turn, trigger the business to shut down operations. For example, if a business’ building were destroyed by an arsonist, the covered peril of fire caused the property loss. The business’ BI

Attention Writers: Want Help Marketing?

In light of shelter in place orders, those of us who have published books in the past couple of months have found it difficult to share the word about our new releases. Even without social distancing, marketing ourselves can be difficult. I just launched The Writer’s Voice podcast, which is a forum to discuss their craft … and their books. In most cases, I will also post YouTube videos of each guest. I’m currently in the process of interviewing and recording my first five guests and plan to air the first episode on Wednesday, May 27th. If you are interested

Book Release Date: May 26

Pre-Order and Save! If you pre-order the eBook now, your cost will be $2.99. Beginning May 26, the full price for the eBook will be $3.99. Click here to pre-order on Amazon Relationships People, and how you get along with them, define your professional reputation. Do people like you? Do they trust you? Do they want to refer you to their families and friends? In Chapter Five of Taking the Mystery out of Business, Linda McHenry explains in detail how your sincerity, generosity, and understanding of people create the basis for all your business relationships and demonstrate your degree of

Matt Medeiros Talks Content Marketing (Part 1)

If you’d rather watch a video than listen to a podcast, here’s Matt’s take about how you need to be sharing your business information. Matt talks about websites, blogging, podcasting, and creating video to help spread your brand.