In today’s world, it’s not always enough to be good at what you do – you also need to develop strong relationships. That’s why it’s so important to develop good networking skills. Networking is the most effective way to build connections in our industry and these connections can help you find new prospects. So, how do you network as a life insurance agent when you’re new to the field?
Why networking is essential
Having the right connections can help you learn about new sales opportunities and leads that you might never have found out about on your own. You can’t expect opportunities to come to you – instead, you need to go out and find them yourself. Having a strong network will not only open up new avenues for career growth, but it also can help you stay up to date in the industry. Your connections can keep you informed, both through online tools and through face-to-face connections.
Tips for effective networking
Regardless of how long you’ve been in the industry, networking can be a very tricky skill to master, especially if you’re a new agent. Here are some tips to help you build your network.
Don’t be afraid to use the internet
The web has connected people from all around the world, making it easier than ever to find connections and engage with them. Make sure to maintain your social media profiles, and don’t be afraid to reach out to someone if you see the potential for an effective connection. You can also use the internet to find industry and training events that you might not otherwise have known about.
Get involved in your local community
Community support can be incredibly helpful when it comes to growing your connections. We strongly believe in ongoing education and training for life insurance agents so keep an eye on your local calendar and be sure to attend conferences to stay up to date with what’s going on in the industry.
Introduce yourself and don’t be afraid to trade contact information
You want people to remember you after a networking event, so be very clear about who you are and what you do. You should be able to explain your work concisely, but in a way that opens the door for further questions. After a conversation, share your contact information and ask for theirs. After the event, send a quick follow-up note to open up the door for future connection.
With practice, networking will become second nature, and your professional network will continue to expand. Ongoing networking leads to more growth and opportunities. If you’re interested in learning more about the importance of networking and how to master it, contact us today!