Episode 264: Why You Should Launch YOUR Podcast

Sharing an arsenal of strategies to help you grow your business and create wealth, especially for financial agencies. Our host, Mike Stromsoe will dive into the importance of focus, discipline, and learning from others’ experiences to become massive implementers.

He is bringing you his 11 innovative ways to enhance communication and customer engagement through platforms like video, email, and optimized websites. Listen in for some practical marketing strategies, including eye-catching website banners, engaging text messages, and impactful social media campaigns.

We’ll share the exciting backstory of Rough Notes Magazine, reveal the upcoming AI portal, and highlight the power of creating “wow” packages for a lasting impression. Additionally, we’ll discuss the benefits of starting your own podcast and repurposing its content for various platforms.

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Highlights:

  • The importance of communication and meeting clients where they are.
  • New strategies to reach 100% of the marketplace.
  • Emphasizes the importance of using phones for communication, not just email or snail mail.
  • Prioritize mobile-friendliness and banners on their website to improve online presence and reach potential clients
  • Discusses various marketing strategies for real estate agents, including networking and podcasting.
  • Rough Notes magazine has been around for 146 years, with a rich history in the life insurance industry.
  • Repurpose podcast content for various marketing channels.

Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 263: ACTION with Terren Moore (Encore)

 

Terren Moore, an Agricultural Insurance Specialist, joins me to discuss the importance of taking action and having a positive mindset in order to be successful in the insurance industry. Terren shares that his recent success was due to a shift in mindset and a goal-oriented approach. Are you taking the right actions to grow your business?  From niche marketing to social proof to beneficial networking, listen in as Terren discloses his actions that took him to the next level.

Highlights:

  • Positive action can change every negative situation.
  • When you take action two things can occur, success or a lesson learned.
  • There is inherent value in networking with successful individuals in the same industry.
  • Focus on niche to establish yourself apart from the others.
  • Developing your social proof builds trust with current and potential customers.
  • Having a streamlined process for handling leads creates a better customer experience

About our Guest:

Terren Moore started farming at the age of 15 after seeking new interest in his FFA chapter. His story as a first generation farmer has been recognized across the nation on television and several magazines. He began his insurance career with Texas Farm Bureau in 2018 before he opened his own agency in 2021. His farm operation and office are located in Greenville, TX where he grows sweet corn, peas, okra, and turnip greens. On the weekends he enjoys working on his farm and leading worship at his local church in Greenville. He is a member of the National Corn Growers Association and is passionate about his business and the ag industry.

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Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 262: Why Masterminds Change the Game with Russ Castle

In today’s game-changing conversation, Russ Castle and Mike Stromsoe dive into the transformative power of mastermind groups. They discuss how being a part of these collaborative forums has not only led to a significant financial uplift for participants but has also fostered exponential growth in both personal and professional realms. They’ll share experiences from their own journeys, highlighting how mastermind groups have evolved their businesses over decades. Additionally, Russ and Mike stress the importance of preparing for and actively participating in these meetings, the impact of in-person interactions over virtual ones, and the crucial role of skilled facilitators. They’ll also touch on the upcoming mastermind pop-ups around the country, an opportunity for anyone looking to experience the power of strategic collaboration first-hand.

So, tune in to learn how to leverage the collective intelligence of mastermind groups to amplify your success and live life on your own terms.

Highlights:

  • Seeking answers, found inspiration, ready to act.
  • Mastermind sessions offer networking and powerful ideas.
  • Visionary leader chairs drive long-term planning success.
  • Experience in UPP, hold people accountable, mastermind meetings.
  • Importance of experienced leader in mastermind sessions.
  • Plan ahead, prioritize, and focus on essentials.
  • Diamond polishing, revenue increase, providing desired lifestyle.

About Russ Castle:

Russ Castle is a dynamic and seasoned insurance professional with over three decades of experience in the industry. As the CEO of Insurance by Castle, he has transformed a small operation into a leading insurance provider in California. Known for his exceptional expertise in niches, ethical professionalism, and commitment to unmatched client service, Russ excels in delivering tailored insurance solutions through a broad network of providers, ensuring the best coverage at competitive prices for a diverse range of clients including both businesses and individuals. His strategic leadership has fostered the development of key partnerships and cultivated a company culture focused on integrity and customer satisfaction, which has significantly contributed to the firm’s reputation and growth. Additionally, Russ is an author and real estate investor, dedicated to community service and empowering residential rental owners with his book, Growing Your Real Estate Empire, which offers insider knowledge on managing rental properties in California. His achievements include steering the company’s evolution from a local entity to a recognized name in the national insurance landscape and designing innovative business models that cater to the specific needs of residential landlord owners.

Opportunity is always knocking, especially if you are looking for it…

One of the absolute keys to consistent agency growth and wealth today is learning and masterminding with other TOP business leaders in a smaller, proven forum. A very special, exclusive opportunity just became available as I will be in town on business and want to serve and help agents more whenever possible.

Join us for a collaborative one-day mastermind session with other top agents in the region, designed to grow your business in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

This private, invitation only session will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. There is no cost to you, however, we have only 7 remaining seats.

This opportunity is for Top, A player agents ONLY. If that’s you, please apply quickly HERE before the seats are gone.

DATE: THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024

LOCATION:

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

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Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 261: Finding Your Right Routine with Joel McKinley

Do you have a daily routine? Today we welcome back Joel McKinley, as we break down into the world of personal and professional routines. We’ll explore how making thoughtful choices with our time can lead to significant personal and professional growth. We’ll discuss the value of questioning and continually assessing our daily routines to achieve peak performance and embracing change to reach our highest potential.

Joel will share insights on maintaining the right balance of work, rest, and activities that align with personal goals, including the importance of being brutally honest with yourself in order to foster genuine growth and success. We’ll also touch on practical tips like being productive versus just being busy, and how to start and end each day with a “no fail task.”

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or someone looking to streamline your day-to-day life, this episode is packed with actionable advice to help you refine your routines and propel you toward your dreams. So, let’s get started and discover how you can optimize your routines for maximum impact.

Highlights:

  • Reflection on morning routine and life choices.
  • Resting is as important as physically exhausting yourself.
  • Safe, confidential mastermind session on morning phone use.
  • Challenge negative thoughts, write them down, discard if necessary. Get up early, avoid late nights and junk food.
  • Lending tools for personal and professional impact.
  • Choose productivity over busyness to maximize time.
  • Be prepared to stand out from competition.

Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 260: Celebrate the WorkAVersary of your Number One Customer

Welcome to another transformative episode of the Unstoppable Profit Podcast. In today’s compelling session, our host, Mike Stromsoe, dives deep into the heart of team recognition and celebrates the concept of ‘workiversaries’. Venturing beyond conventional customer relationships, Mike challenges listeners to redefine their number one client – their own team members. Drawing from over two decades of dynamic leadership experience and inspired by recent coaching sessions, Mike unfolds innovative and heartfelt strategies to honor team members’ anniversaries. From customized celebrations to creative rewards, this episode is packed with actionable insights meant to enhance team morale, loyalty, and performance. Join us as we explore how to elevate your team’s spirit and commitment by making their special days unforgettable.

Highlights:

  • Striving for improvement by thinking creatively and positively.
  • Endless recognition options, think outside the box.
  • Agency embraced fun, grew, inspired happiness, celebrated.
  • Recognizing and praising team members in meetings.
  • Help people discover their dreams and potential.

Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 259: The 5 P’s To Hiring The Best

“I’m looking for new team members, but I just can’t find anybody.” Does that sound all too familiar? Today we reveal the five P’s you need to highlight in your hiring process to secure those coveted A-players and how this impacts the vision for your agency’s future..  Hiring isn’t just about offering a competitive paycheck—it’s about providing a sense of purpose, a clear path for growth, and a people-centric culture. Whether you’re struggling to find the right candidate or looking to refine your recruitment strategy, this episode packs a wealth of knowledge, including a sneak peek into UPP’s special training session.

Highlights:

  • People are seeking talented team members and vision.
  • Vision for agency team and setting goals.
  • Desire for vision, opportunity, and personal growth.
  • Recruit patriots, not mercenaries. Paycheck is key.
  • Recruiting success starts with asking great questions.

Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 258: The Untapped Goldmine at Rough Notes with Walter J. Gdowski

Today’s journey dives into the rich history and dynamic presence of the insurance world. I’m your host, Mike Stromsoe, and I’m thrilled to have with us a venerable icon in the industry, the CEO and owner of Rough Notes Magazine Company, Walter J. Gdowski.

Walter, who joined Rough Notes in 1979 and eventually assumed the helm, will share the intriguing tale of how Rough Notes carved its niche in delivering top-notch technical information to independent agents and its historic contributions to the sector since 1878. Our discussion also touches on the evolution of the Accord forms and Rough Notes’ adept adaptation that resonates through Carmel, Indiana, where they’ve stood the testament of time. Plus, witness Walt’s passion for flight with tales that sweep through the skies on World War 2 trainer planes.

We invite you to buckle up for a ride into the past, the simplicity of ISO policies, and the electrifying potential of AI in insurance. Discover how Walt hints at new products tailored for agents, rooted deeply in Rough Notes’ celebrated content.

Highlights:

  • Diving into the rich history of Rough Notes Magazine Company.
  • Fantastic opportunity to tour the insurance industry history.
  • Insurance marketplace, essential information and tools available.
  • AI development gaining momentum, transforming industry processes.
  • Selflessly contribute to AI for greater impact.

About Walter J. Gdowski:

Owner & CEO The Rought Notes Company, Inc. Carmel, Indiana

Walter J. Gdowski began his insurance career in 1976 as a regional sales representative for The Rough Notes Company, Inc. in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas. Mr. Gwodski called an agencies of various sizes to promote the company’s manual and automated agency billing and accounting systems and sold advertising for its two publications – Rough Notes magazine and Life and Health Insurance Sales. He also handled promotions of the company’s various insurance textbooks and technical services.

In 1980, Mr. Gwodski was promoted to National Sales Manager and in 1982 became Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Mr. Gdowski was elected President and CEO of Rough Notes Company Inc. in 1988. and in February 1994 he purchased the company. He restructured the organization with an emphasis on leveraging the company’s wealth of technical data. Development of a host of software products to deliver Rough Notes’ technical data and services continued as technology evolves.

August 1996, marked The Rough Notes Company’s first anniversary of being on the Internet’s World Wide Web (http://www.roughnotes.com). Rough Notes magazine – the industry’s oldest national publication – was the first to appear in its entirety on the Internet. The company remains in the forefront as it has during its 146-year history, expanding its delivery of products and services on CD-ROM and the Internet’s World Wide Web.

Mr. Gdowski is a golf advocate and enjoys flying one of his three warbirds ( WW II trainers) to air shows after getting his pilot license at the age of 52.

Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 257: Mike’s Top 10 from 2024 UPP Spring Mastermind

Unpacking the top 10 takeaways from the power-packed 2024 UPP Spring Mastermind in the heart of Nashville. Expect to hear about the transformative effects of becoming an author in your field, the nitty-gritty on game plans that work, and the phenomenal growth achieved through the strategic use of virtual assistants.

Today’s episode isn’t just about tips and tricks; it’s about a mindset. Strategies for keeping operations simple, hiring the right people through meticulous assessments, and the irreplaceable value of focus and staying the course—these are just a few of the game-changing topics we will explore.

Gear up for an episode that promises you a roadmap to resilience, profitability, and unstoppable growth. Let’s make some waves and turn potentials into realities!

Highlights:

  • Agents succeed by becoming published authors.
  • Knowing KPIs crucial for business growth and scaling.
  • Licensed CSR focus on client interaction, not paperwork.
  • Teaching processes for hiring and training people.
  • Assess and test for core competencies effectively.
  • Agents envision and map journeys for training.
  • Agencies simplify operations to serve people effectively.

Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 256: Connecting the Dots in Your Agency with Agency Pointe

Today, we’ve got a powerhouse lineup giving you the inside scoop on maximizing your agency’s value and operations.

Carey Wallace, Chris Paradiso, and Aaron Stocks break down the importance of specialized legal expertise in your business transactions, while leveraging outside skills in accounting and payroll to sharpen your agency’s focus on what it does best. We jump in with financial insights that could be the key to boosting your agency’s evaluation and stressing the imperativeness of proper planning.

What’s more, we’ll introduce you to Agency Point, a game-changing platform that consolidates essential services like law, technology, and human capital uniquely designed for insurance agencies. Say goodbye to vendor juggling and hello to streamlined, industry-specific support.

Get ready for a wealth of strategies and stories that will inspire savvy decision-making and proactive growth in your business. This episode is packed with years of wisdom, all aimed at helping you avoid mishaps and keep your agency thriving.

Highlights:

  • Small business owners lack financial and business training.
  • Bookkeeping and taxes differ, impacting business costs.
  • Consistency in financials prevents potential profitability discount.
  • Issues with trust accounting, inflating numbers, reconciling.
  • Commission reconciliation is crucial for insurance agents.
  • Ensuring appropriate agreements for agency transitions is crucial.
  • Outsourcing can enhance business growth and efficiency.

 

About Agency Point:

Bookkeeping for the Independent Insurance Agency.

At AgencyPoint, we understand that keeping your independent insurance agency’s finances in order can be a daunting task. That’s why we offer expert bookkeeping services tailored to your specific needs. When properly using your Agency Management System for bookkeeping, we can provide you with the tools and insights necessary to make informed decisions for your agency.

With AgencyPoint, you can rest assured that your finances are in capable hands, allowing you to focus on what you do best: running your agency. Contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve your financial goals.

https://www.myagencypoint.com/what-we-do/bookkeeping

 

Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

Episode 255: Mastering the Skill of Trust with Angus Reid

Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Angus Reid, a decorated former professional football player and acclaimed author. In this episode, Angus shares the profound importance of trust and how nurturing it is like tending a garden—requiring constant attention and care.

Angus will shed light on the transformative power of consistent, caring actions over contractual obligations, the strength of a ‘care first’ philosophy in leadership, and the essential role that trust plays in developing a successful business culture and personal relationships.

We’ll discuss the impact of Angus’s career on his approach to mentorship and how he helps shape the “real game” of life for young athletes. Angus’s insights on prioritizing what truly matters, like family and foundational principles, promise to inspire and guide.

Highlights:

  • Leaders must show they care to make it hard for others not to care. It requires consistent effort and acknowledgment of the value of others.
  • Consistency in trust is key.
  • Switch outlets, don’t become the brand, build who you are.
  • Trust is built through consistent behavior and repetition.
  • Trust and consistency are crucial in business and family dynamics, especially in challenging times.
  • Be sure to check out Angus’s book, “Thank You, Coach.”

About Angus Reid:
Champion Athlete – Best Selling Author – International Speaker

From a physical and talent perspective, Angus Reid had no business playing professional football for 13 seasons, earning multiple all-stars and winning two Grey Cup Championships. It was through his relentless determination and the extensive guidance of others that his dream became a reality.

Today, Angus travels North America speaking with companies, schools, and teams about what it really takes to make it and win. His successful TEDx talks, “Why We Need High School Football” and “Mastering the Skill of Trust” have garnered him both praise and respect.

Angus has recently released his first book – Thank You, Coach, which has already become an Amazon bestseller, expands on his never-ending gratitude for the good fortune he has been granted by those who have helped shape his success. He lives in Metro Vancouver with his wife and young family.

 

Until next time, get out there and make a difference, be unstoppable, and leave no regrets!

Mike Stromsoe
The Unstoppable Profit Producer
Call 800-770-9984

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://unstoppableprofitproducer.com/

Virtual Events: http://www.uppfaststart.com/

Podcast: http://unstoppableprofitpodcast.com

If you want to learn more about our Coaching & Mastermind Programs and how they can help you grow your agency business, schedule your private Agency Growth Session with Mike Stromsoe Now (click here)!

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