Becoming a trusted advisor while transforming your business model
For forward-thinking benefits advisors, all this uncertainty creates enormous opportunity, provided that they are prepared.
To effectively do the best possible job for your clients during these times of economic upheaval emanating from the pandemic, you need a process for managing change. Because change will be the only constant for the foreseeable future. You need a process and a methodology to help your clients plan their benefit’s decisions and expenditures. Your client’s need a roadmap, a strategic plan, to guide their tactical decisions; both their actions and reactions. And it needs to include contingency plans because of all the possible changes that are completely out of their control.
To do this, you will need to become much
more consultative in your approach. And you will need a formalized process that’s replicable, as well as training and tools to make this transition successful. But your client’s need you to do just that, and they demand their advisor(s) provide this kind of counsel and expertise, or they will find someone who will. All of this will be independent of how they gain access to life and health insurance products in the future. Your primary value proposition cannot be as the access point to products. Your clients need your expertise and you need to reinvent yourself to remain relevant.
You may be asking yourself: “I get it, but where do I start?” It seems clear you need to start with first analyzing your clients and prospects. You need to focus in a very real and meaningful way on what they need now and over the next three to five years. What do they want to accomplish with their benefits program? Do they even want to offer benefits? Will their competition offer benefits? These are all real-world strategic questions that any thinking employer should be considering. Whether you acknowledge it or not, they will be thinking about these questions. So you need to embrace the process and lead the discussion.
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