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‘Til the Landslide Brought Me Down…

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

landslideThese lyrics from Stevie Nicks are from her popular song, “Landslide.” For the people living in Coupeville, WA ( near my hometown of Oak Harbor), these are all too frighteningly real.

Houses perched atop a beautiful bluff overlooking the water are now dangling perilously over the edge after a landslide tore apart the hillside. The topic of insurance has been raised as many of these homes find themselves uninsured due to a common exclusion that isn’t fully understood by the average insurance buyer.

Everyone knows about earthquake insurance and they know it’s excluded on the homeowners policy. If you live in an area that needs it, you will pay a hefty price tag to carry the coverage. Many go without it for natural reasons. Newer homes built out of frame and not in a slide area are low risk. Why pay a lot of money on insurance when the chance of ever needing it is so low and the cost of the insurance and your deductible are so high? In many cases, that is a valid argument and I have often recommended a client NOT purchase the coverage because I didn’t see a huge exposure.

That is different for these poor folks with a house on the edge…

You see, the exclusion in your homeowners policy does not say “Earthquake.” It says, “Earth Movement.” On the standard homeowners policy, insurance carriers are not going to pay for damage done by either earthquake or earth movement. Earth movement is much more likely. Heavy rains cause earth movement. Changing conditions cause earth movement. Natural disasters (other than earthquake) cause earth movement. And, because many of these folks are not worried about earthquake, they eschew the coverage called “earth movement.”

Here is the deal…

If you own a home near or on a bluff, hillside, cliff, or ledge, you need to purchase earthquake insurance. Your real risk is more likely to be earth movement and this insurance policy picks that up, too. Take a look at your property. If you believe your house can be damaged by some earth movement because the direction it moves causes it to fall off the side of the word, it’s in your best interest to buy the coverage. Don’t be tricked by the mane of the policy. Earthquake insurance protects for more than just the big shaker. It protects the value of your home if it slip slides away.

My heat goes out to these folks, whether they have insurance coverage or not. We pray that the houses avoid going down the hillside. For those of you watching from afar, use it as a lesson. Look at your home and the concern related to earth movement. If you are even at all worried, you need to talk with your insurance agent and find out what the cost is. It may end up being the best insurance you ever buy.

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 

 

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March 26, 2013 Leave a comment

This is a 5 and a half minute speech I gave as part of a Toastmasters demonstration at my Rotary Club last week. Here is what you can take away from it…

1. Public speaking can not only be effective for your business, but fun for you. You just need to practice, learn techniques and strategies, and gain “Stage Time” (courtesy of my pal, Darren LaCroix).

2. Humor is powerful if used correctly. Humor makes people laugh and listen. It evokes emotion and caring. And, it reduces anxiety and tension. You can effectively use humor in any business presentation, especially if it’s self-deprecating.

3. Record when you speak and put it on your You Tube channel. Get your message out to a broad audience so you can improve the condition of more people.

I hope you enjoy More…

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points – Madness. Memory. Momentum

March 25, 2013 6 comments

Madness. Memory. Momentum                     2006 seated huddle vs Shelton

“Great players have short memories.”

The words of CBS college basketball analyst (and former Supersonic), Greg Anthony as he was talking about Ohio State star, Aaron Craft. Craft made a game winning shot against Iowa State with less than a second left in the March Madness tournament. Anthony is absolutely right. Great players always put the failures of the past behind them and move towards success on the next play. That’s exactly why I’ve never become a great golfer!

In watching the Gonzaga game Saturday night, many folks around here are calling Gonzaga “chokers.” In reality, in a game where there were three distinct momentum shifts, Wichita State had theirs at the right time…at the end of the game. The Shockers made 3-pt baskets like they were layups for the last 3 minutes of the game, as momentum swung furiously in their favor.

To be successful in business and life, you need both a short memory and momentum. On the latter, you can successfully keep momentum going with activities and behaviors that you know work, but sometimes are tough to keep doing. Keeping your head down and doing the right things consistently and intentionally will keep those momentum bursts on your side of the court. On the former, the best way to keep ding all those right things is to have a short memory. Forget the rejections; forget the naysayers; forgot when people say you can’t; forget unsolicited advise; and forget the speed bumps that are there to slow you down.

I love basketball for so many reasons, but one of them is clearly the lessons it teaches off the court. If you want to be successful in your life – professional and personal – keep momentum on your side and have a little selective amnesia.

Next!

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –
“We an have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.”
–  John Wooden

Extra Points – Thinking Big

March 18, 2013 2 comments

Think Big      

What happens to kids as they grow up?

For most kids (us included), they spend the better part of their youth fearless. Think back to 2nd and 3rd grade. Kids don’t have a whole lot of trouble being brutally candid, eager to try new things, willing to suffer the consequences of their losses and ecstatic to revel in their successes. As I speak to this age group on a semi-regular basis in my role as a school board president, I notice that our young friends seem relentless in the pursuit of happiness, regardless of what lies in front of them.

As adults, somehow we become cowards. We over think, we over worry, we care about what others might think, we care about what they might say, or we are scared we might get “found out.” Because of all of this, we often think small. We never do those things that we dream of – writing a book, starting a business, taking a trip around the world, or whatever that “thing” is for you.

I have good friends who just took off to live in Paris for a year. They’ve owned their own business, been highly successful, and have the funds to do it. You might say, “Well Dan, with all of that, what is there to be fearful about?” Plenty. They leave their business, their friends, their family, their comfort, and everything else that they know. They don’t know what’s in store for them when they get there or when they get back. But, they went. And I enjoy following their adventures on their blog.

What about you? Do you think big enough or does fear stop you in your tracks? Why not find a little fountain of youth within you and instead of saying “why,” say “why not me?” Life is short and unpredictable. Every one of us has unfulfilled dreams on our own bucket list. Start today by being a kid and thinking BIG!

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –
“Consult not your fears, but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.”
–  Pope John XXII

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How’s Your Personal Insurance Fitness?

March 11, 2013 1 comment

How’s your personal insurance fitness?

Dan Weedin

Dan Weedin

In my experience as an insurance consultant, 8 out of 10 individuals/families suffer from one of two maladies. They are either obese (overpaying for insurance) or they are weaklings (inadequate protection).  In about 60% of the cases, they are both. And, just like your physical fitness level, being one or both of these can cause chronic pain, loads of lost time and frustration, and sometimes even total collapse.

I know you’re besieged in the media by NFL star “discount double checks;” Progressive Flo’s kooky plugs; and graduates of company universities trying to protect you from things that go boom! The thing you must remember is that they are all trying to sell you a policy.

I’d like to offer you a special opportunity to makeover your insurance fitness this week. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, I want to help you find some more “green” out of your insurance. I have no ulterior motives – I don’t sell insurance, won’t harm your relationship with your agent, and only want to find ways to transform your “fitness” level to protect your most valuable assets.

Here is how this special offer works…

Through 5:00 pm Pacific time on Friday, March 15th, you can get a personal insurance fitness exam up to three insurance policies for a ridiculously low investment. I normally charge $350 for a complete exam. Starting now through Friday at 5:00 pm, you can get this for only $200.

Here’s what you do…

  • You go to my Quick Pay portal on my web site and pay me – https://weedin360.com/quick-pay – Make sure you write in the comments section “Personal Insurance Fitness Exam.”
  • I contact you and we set up a time to talk and for me to get your insurance policies.
  • Within 72 hours after getting your policies, you will receive an unvarnished diagnostic summary of the good, the bad, and the ugly. It will include suggestions for improvement and recommendations to save you money.
  • You will end up thanking me. And/or your agent will call me thanking me for finding potential problems that they weren’t aware of (has happened three times).

You know you’ve never read your policies. You have put complete trust in your agent and that is fine; but it’s simply negligent to never check and not really know if the one thing meant to protect you and your family from financial ruin isn’t adequate (or if you’re spending too much.)

Rave reviews from happy clients – Read more – http://www.insurancego2guy.com/testimonials.php

You go to the doctor to check out your own physical fitness and health level. Why not find out how fit you are in your insurance?

Trim the fat, beef up your muscle, and enhance your own peace of mind.

 

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points – The Beat Goes On

March 11, 2013 Leave a comment

The Beat Goes OnDan at EMP

Last Friday night, I had the honor of serving as the Master of Ceremonies for a fundraising event called “Poulsbo’s Got Talent.” This off course is a knock off version of the popular television show “America’s Got Talent.” The competition featured 17 acts that all involved either singing or dancing. There were individuals, bands, old, and young…all coming to have some fun and show their “stuff.”

What impressed me so much was what I witnessed in all the acts, regardless of age or talent. What made each one of them so good was how easy they made everything look. For instance, there was a duo of high school aged boys who did a sort of dueling percussion routine. One would give his bit, and the other would (without a word being spoken) basically say “Oh yeah?” and do his deal. They were both brilliant and really had the crowd engaged and captivated. They did all of this was a grace and an ease about them. So much so that you’d think, “That doesn’t look that hard.” Based on my horrible drumming abilities as displayed at Seattle’s Experience Music Project, I know that is NOT the case.

What makes you valuable to others is that you are able to make the hard look easy; the complex look simple; and the chaos look calm. That’s why people use your services. They can’t do what you do, and you are able to make it happen quickly, efficiently, and without stress.

In order to be at the top of your game, you need to make sure people know how you can help them; show them the value you create; and basically turn the problem into a solution quickly. Now, you may not have a crowd screaming they love you while cheering for an encore, BUT you just might have a lot of money going into your bank account and business that needs no encore!

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –
“You know the good old days weren’t always so good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”
– Billy Joel from “Keeping the Faith”

Foresight 20/20 Video Series: Episode #2 – Lost in Cyberspace

March 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Cyber crime is a huge peril that often gets overlooked by business owners and executives. This episode will focus on steps you can take to prevent a crisis dealing with the volatile world of technology.

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