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Feb 12
"Ignite Growth: Unleash the Potential of Your Marketing Strategy!"



We all know that the right marketing strategy can leverage the business that we do and the unique things we bring to the metaphorical table can make a HUGE difference in so many ways.
 
What we don’t all know is where to begin (or where to make necessary adjustments).
 
That’s where we can help!
 
With our essential Marketing Assessment, discover unparalleled growth opportunities meticulously crafted to elevate your organization's marketing endeavors. 
 
This comprehensive analysis delves into every facet of your strategy, evaluating website functionality, branding strength, and advertising effectiveness. Gain invaluable insights to optimize your approach, enhance customer engagement, and propel your organization to new heights. 
 
The power of this assessment lies in its ability to unlock untapped potential, providing a roadmap for strategic refinement. Don't miss the chance to ignite growth and transform your marketing strategy into a dynamic force that resonates with your audience. Embrace the future of marketing excellence with our indispensable tool and take the first step toward unrivaled success.

Curious about other assessments available to you? Take a look! 

BIGIOK.COM/ASSESSMENTS​


Looking for more resources available to you?
Take a look at those, too!

EQUIPPING

TECHNOLOGY

OPERATIONAL

FINANCIAL

MARKETING

STRATEGIC

by: Sara Bradshaw-Ray, CIC, CKC
BIGiOK Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

(8-7-3-2)​​


Feb 12
Stronger Knowing Your {KOLBE} Strengths.

 

Thirty-five years ago, my husband embarked on a journey, thinking he had a grasp of what lay ahead. Nearly six years of dating gave him some insights, but little did he anticipate the eye-opening revelation that awaited him in the future. 

 
Fast forward to today, and he couldn't believe his eyes when he stumbled upon my Kolbe A Index results. With a staggering 125% pegged, it not only unveiled my strengths but also provided clarity to questions that had puzzled him for years. Our differences, divinely orchestrated, became apparent, and as we navigate life with strengths at opposite ends of the spectrum, it's almost as if God himself is amused. 
 
Have you ever found yourself scratching your head about your team? Perhaps, like my husband back then, you're dealing with individuals who are yet to discover or fully utilize their strengths. It's possible that these strengths remain untapped, hindering their performance in your current work environment. Furthermore, considering the diverse nature of teams, understanding and leveraging these inherent strengths becomes crucial for effective collaboration. 
 
Collaborative teamwork mirrors the dynamics of a marriage of opposites. Much like my husband and me, deciphering how each team member is wired and understanding the implications for harmonious collaboration need not be a shot in the dark. Let's delve into how you can strategically leverage your innate strengths and those of your team to unlock maximized productivity and effectiveness. 
 
 
Do you want to know your (or your partner’s!) KOLBE strengths?
Wondering where to begin? 
 
Join us for one of the upcoming KOLBE Workshop dates in 2024! 
  • February 25, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:30pm (CT) THERE’S STILL TIME TO REGISTER!
  • May 21, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:30pm (CT)
  • August 13, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:30pm (CT)
  • October 30, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:30pm (CT)
 
Have questions now? 
Send me an email at sara@bigiok.com and we'll find a time to get together to talk more about how you and your organization can leverage Kolbe!  
 
Want to know more about what else is going on in the education world of BIGiOK? 
Visit our website: BIGiOK.com and click on the “Education” dropdown (or BIGiOK.com/education)​
 
Here’s to 35+ more years!






by: Sara Bradshaw-Ray, CIC, CKC
BIGiOK Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

(8-7-3-2)​​​​


Feb 12
The IMPACT of Community & Collaboration


In February, our MyNetwork groups gathered “At the Table” to talk..
  • About the things they’ve always wanted to ask. 
  • About the challenges that they face.
  • About the things that keep them up at night. 
  • About the dream that they hold close.
 
And it wasn’t just talking. It was listening. And collaborating. And lifting one another up. And thinking through the “what ifs.” And it was done…together.
 
That’s what MyNetwork is all about. Coming alongside one another to face the good, the not so good, and everything in-between. Time and space set aside each month that is uplifting and engaging and where everyone leaves better than they came.
 
Because when done right, THAT is the power of community and collaboration.
 
And speaking of community & collaboration…
If you haven’t registered for the EmpowerHER: Celebrating Women, Inspiring Excellence” conference coming up on March 8th, it’s time! Seats are filling up quickly.
 
Join us as we gather for a dynamic day-long event dedicated to uplifting women in the insurance industry. A platform of connection, learning, and professional growth that will no doubt make an impact.
 
REGISTER HERE: 

 



by: Sara Bradshaw-Ray, CIC, CKC
BIGiOK Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

(8-7-3-2)​​​​

Feb 12
What’s the Future of My Agency?



Navigating the future of insurance agencies is akin to traversing a maze, filled with twists and turns that demand a strategic plan for success. 
 
In January, individuals attending the first-ever “Perpetuation Workshops” hosted by BIGiOK had the great opportunity to hear from a number of experts in the field including Carey Wallace, the visionary founder of AgencyFocus.
 
In her sessions and panel remarks it was clear the pivotal role of valuation and planning in charting a clear path through the complexities of the industry's evolution. In the absence of a well-crafted strategy, agencies may find themselves lost in the labyrinth of challenges. 
 
Valuation acts as a guiding beacon, providing insights into the agency's worth and potential growth avenues. When coupled with meticulous planning, it becomes the roadmap essential for thriving amidst the uncertainties of the insurance landscape. 
 
Wallace's expertise highlighted the transformative power of foresight, emphasizing that with a thoughtfully crafted plan, insurance agencies can not only navigate the maze but emerge stronger on the other side.
 
And lucky for us, we will be hosting Carey on AgencyWISE, a LinkedIn Live Event on April 8th at 10:30am CST, and get to hear more about what she has to say in the ways of “Understanding the Value of Your Agency.” 
 
Join us! As we dig deeper together: 
 
See you {virtually} there!




by: Sara Bradshaw-Ray, CIC, CKC
BIGiOK Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

(8-7-3-2)​​​

Jan 18
Thanks Mom & Dad


I’ve come to realize my story isn’t the norm in the agency ownership transition arena.  My folks started their perpetuation plan 20 years before it was actually final!  And, the best news is….IT WORKED! If you own an agency, don’t miss “Legacy Blueprint:  Crafting Tomorrow’s Agency Today”!  If you’re a future agency owner, or even just dreaming about it, don’t miss “Blueprint for Success:  Crafting Your Agency Ownership Journey” – both on January 24th, onsite or online.  Just don’t miss these valuable opportunities to plan for your future.

- Sara Bradshaw Ray




January 24, 7:30 - 12:00 p.m. ​

 



January 24, 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.


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Jan 11
The IMPACT of Communication



Communication stands as the cornerstone of human interaction, wielding a profound impact on every facet of our lives. From personal relationships to global business transactions, the effectiveness of communication shapes outcomes and drives progress.

In personal relationships, open and transparent communication fosters trust and understanding, nurturing emotional bonds. In the professional realm, streamlined communication is the linchpin of efficient collaboration, fueling innovation and productivity. The global interconnectedness facilitated by modern communication technologies has transformed the way we exchange ideas and information, transcending geographical boundaries.

In January, MyNetwork members will come together to learn and discuss the ways in which communication makes an impact in every interaction we make.

And speaking of communication…
If you haven't registered for the EmpowerHER: "Celebrating Women, Inspiring Excellence" conference coming up on March 8th, now is the time!

Join us as we gather for a dynamic day-long event dedicated to uplifting women in the insurance industry. A platform of connection, learning, and professional growth that will no doubt make an impact.

REGISTER HERE


by: Sara Bradshaw-Ray, CIC, CKC
BIGiOK Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

 (8-7-3-2)

Jan 11
KOLBE…for Teams!


​​There's nothing worse than having to go against the flow.  That's because activities that make you feel this way are often against your natural wiring and it can feel like a grind. 


 

  • The grind of minute details and loads of research to comb through when you'd really just like the bullet points.
  • The grind of systems and processes when your natural approach is really just a “go with the flow" kind of thing.
  • The grind of having to constantly churn out creative, innovative ideas when "it's just not there".
  • The grind of building a “widget" for others to see and hold when everything about it is all in your mind's eye.

All of these “grinds" characterize what goes on in the workplace everyday when people are being asked to jobs that they're not naturally wired for.  Morale is low, productivity is tanking and engagement is in the basement - but it doesn't have to be that way!

Identifying and leveraging every individual's natural pattern of behavior when free to be themselves while taking purposeful action is the first place we can help you begin increasing morale, productivity, engagement and a whole lot more!  


Steps to capitalizing on the innate strengths of your team can include:

Step I

  • Kolbe A Index assessments for all staff
  • Kolbe Strengths Workshop
  • Kolbe Kulture Materials and Activities
  • Team and Sub-team synergy discovery and coaching 
  • A to A Comparison reports for key 1:1 working relationships
  • Team synergy coaching and support

Step II

  • “Your Operating Manual" workshop (1 hour)
  • Kolbe B Index assessments for all staff to confirm job fit, training and development opportunties
  • Next Level Kolbe Kulture Materials and Activities
  • Power-30 Webinars
    • Productivity (Do's and Don'ts)
    • Identifying and Managing Stress (Individual & Team)
      • ​Own and Honor
      • ​A to A
      • ​Celebrating and Leveraging Difference
    • Time & Energy Management
    • Working with Others - communication

Step III

  • Kolbe C Index assessments in hiring for growth and perpetuation.


​Wondering where to begin?

Join us for one of the upcoming KOLBE Workshop dates in 2024!

  • February 15, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:30pm (CT)
  • May 21, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:30pm (CT)
  • August 13, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:30pm (CT)
  • October 30, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:30pm (CT)

Have questions now?

Send me an email at sara@BIGiOK.com​ and we'll find a time to get together to talk more about how you and your organization can leverage Kolbe! 

Want to know more about what else is going on in the education world of BIGiOK?
Visit our website: BIGiOK.com/education

Let's get those arrows all pointed in the same direction, shall we?​



by: Sara Bradshaw-Ray, CIC, CKC

BIGiOK Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

(8-7-3-2)​​​

Jan 11
Catalyit: Discover. Evaluate. Implement.


You've read about the technology assessment feature in THIS ARTICLE, and now we want to tell you a little bit more about the tool itself available to YOU as a BIGiOK member…Catalyit.

Catalyit logo


With Catalyit, you have access to all the agency tech guidance you need…in one place.

The number of ways independent insurance agencies can leverage tech to increase profit and serve customers is nearly unlimited. But time, know-how, and fear of risk are getting in the way.

Catalyit solves it for you.

Here's How:

  • Tools: The Catalyit Success Journey, and our in-depth tech assessment, provide you with a custom roadmap for success.
  • Guides & Reviews: Our topic guides share insights, help you compare solutions in minutes, and include reviews.
  • Training: From live coaching and Q&A sessions to our on-demand video vault, you'll be able to get the most out of your tools.
  • Community: Discuss trends, best practices, and challenges with peers, experts, and providers.
  • Consulting: Need custom, one-on-one support? Our team of experts can work directly with your agency.
  • So much more...

So, no matter where you are on the technology spectrum – from early adopter to experienced implementer – rest assured, with Catalyit, you're in the right place.​


Ready to get started?

Click on THIS LINK and let's get to work!​


Want to know more about this tool and hear from another expert live?

Well, you can do just that on February 8th at 10:30am CST where we will hear from Steve Anderson of Catalyit as he discusses the topic: “Who Knew Catalyit could do all that?!?” BIGiOK.com/agencyWISE

And don’t forget to register for the Perpetuation Symposium on January 24th! BIGiOK.com/Educatiion


by: Sara Bradshaw-Ray, CIC, CKC
BIGiOK Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

(8-7-3-2)​​​

Jan 11
Navigating Your Technological Ecosystem…Together!

 

Navigating your technological ecosystem and figuring out how to best leverage the tools you have access to can be a lot like being lost in the wilderness with no compass. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Embark on a transformative journey with our agency's Technology Assessment, a pivotal tool designed to reshape your organization's technological landscape. Delving deep into your technology utilization, data protection, and untapped efficiency opportunities, this assessment provides unprecedented insights to propel your agency towards its business objectives.

Our team of experts will act as your guide, navigating the intricate terrain of your technological ecosystem to pinpoint areas for improvement and innovation. Through this assessment's powerful capabilities, you can unleash your agency's technology potential, streamline operations, enhance data protection, and boost overall productivity.

Together, we'll carve a path for transformative growth, ensuring your agency stays ahead in technological advancements and maintains a competitive edge in the dynamic business landscape.

Picture YOUR agency as a compass in the wilderness, confidently leading the way through the complexities of the technological terrain.​


Curious about other assessments available to you? Take a look! 

BIGIOK.COM/ASSESSMENTS​


Looking for more resources available to you?
Take a look at those, too!

EQUIPPING

TECHNOLOGY

OPERATIONAL

FINANCIAL

MARKETING

STRATEGIC

by: Sara Bradshaw-Ray, CIC, CKC
BIGiOK Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

(8-7-3-2)​​


Jan 04
BIGiOK 2024 Annual Conference
 

May 7 & 8, 2024 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center

Gear up for an exhilarating journey at the highly anticipated 2024 BIGiOK Annual Conference, themed "Unleashing Potential: Embracing Pathways to Success!" This transformative event is set to unfold within the state-of-the-art confines of the new Oklahoma City Convention Center. Prepare to be immersed in a cascade of thrilling events, from the prestigious Golf Tournament to the pulsating Casino Night, the engaging OK-Pac Donor Breakfast Reception, and the unmissable Annual Partner Showcase, promising an array of experiences that go beyond the ordinary. Our sessions are power-packed, addressing agency challenges head-on, spanning the realms of technology with explorations into ChatGBT and Artificial Intelligence, strategies to revamp staffing and recruiting, and the secrets to mastering sales strategies. Brace yourself to be captivated by our stellar lineup of speakers, including the creative brilliance of Andrew Davis, the unstoppable force that is Kelly MacDonald, Catalyit's trailblazing Founder & CEO Steve Anderson, the dynamic insights of Dustin Wambsgans, the wisdom of Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready, the vision of Incoming IIABA Chairman Todd Jackson, and the expertise of hiring guru Nolan Duda. With a lineup that's simply electrifying, this conference promises not just knowledge but an immersive experience that will propel you towards success!​​​


BIGiOK.com/Unleash




​Andrew Davis
​Kelly MacDonald
​Steve Anderson





​Dustin Wambsgans
​Glen Mulready
​Todd Jackson






​Nolan Duda


Registration Opens February 1st

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