In this series, ActionCOACH Mary Ann Hauser (MAH) and team virtually sit down with business owners to learn how they are working through COVID-19. Check out their inspiring stories for tips on how to cope with and successfully recover from this pandemic as well as ideas on how to avoid making common mistakes. And be sure to look at special offers from these businesses – we can all use a little extra help right now!
BKN: Coach Beverly Kiser-Nutt
TB: Tandi Brown, Insurance Agent for NY Life
BKN: What do you do, and for how long have you been doing it?
TB: I am a Charlotte Native, and have worked in the Life Insurance business for 18.5 years. I started with New York Life in January of this year. I am an independent insurance agent and love being able to help in the community, provide protection for families and believe this is my calling, not just a job.
BKN: Who is your best customer or target customer?
TB: My best customer is anyone from days old to 65 years old. I want to reach the people in their 20s to 40s, newlyweds, families with young children, and individuals preparing for their future.
BKN: What has been the biggest impact of COVID-19 on your business?
TB: The inability to have face to face meetings. It is tough to reach people, and I found it challenging to have discussions with people about life insurance in the midst of a pandemic.
BKN: What are 1 or 2 actions you've taken because of the pandemic, and how are they working?
TB: I made the move to online meetings through Zoom and reached out to current clients for referrals. I’m gaining momentum now that things are a little more normal and it is possible to have safe face-to-face meetings – outside, with masks – being very careful to ensure safety for all.
BKN: What has been your biggest learning since you've been a business owner?
TB: I kind of fell into it while marketing a side business, and I wanted a job with a lot of meaning – so the emotional connection with people has been important to me. I get to hear their stories and empathize with their loss, and be a someone they can trust to help them have a better protected future.
BKN: Any offers to include in the newsletter?
TB: I have free learning events on Zoom to share.
BKN: What is most inspiring to you today?
TB: Because people have been cooped up in the house, it has brought families together and made them closer, since they’ve doing meals together, spending time and bonding with one another.
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