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I seldom write anything — article, LinkedIn post, or a comment — that I don’t first run through a grammar checker. I’ve been writing almost my entire career and learned early on that a good editor is worth their weight in gold. If something doesn’t make sense to the editor, it certainly won’t make sense to the reader. I’ve always felt a good editor enhances what I write.
I’ve written previously about Grammarly – my current preferred automated Editor tool. I have paid to use this tool for several years and find it to be a great help.
Microsoft has included limited editing capabilities in its Microsoft Word product for some time. In the past, I have considered it to be more of a quick spelling and simple grammar checker. It works fine, but I find Grammarly provides a deeper depth and evaluation.
I’ve been working with insurance associations for most of my career.
Early in my career – the mid-80s – I was asked to join the Board of Directors of the EBS Users Group for the management system the agency was using. This was my first experience with the benefit and power of bringing a group of people together with a common goal and mindset. That volunteer board worked diligently on behalf of all the other agencies that were using the same agency management system to work with the vendor on making improvements.
In the late 90s, I wrote a white paper for insurance agencies about the technical and coverage issues surrounding the Y2K problem. The Independent Insurance Agents of America distributed that white paper to every member. I was also asked to be the first agent representative for the then newly formed Agents Council for Technology (ACT) and have been involved with ACT in some way ever since.
For the last 20 years, I’ve worked with virtually every state insurance association providing educational programs through workshops and convention keynotes.
Last year I was asked to join the Board of Directors for the Big I of New York as an at-large member. One of their strategic objectives is helping agents with technology, and my knowledge and experience could be a benefit to the board.
I have been working remotely for quite a while. Because of my extensive travel schedule (at least before this month!), I have learned how to get work done just about anywhere. While I do maintain a separate office a few blocks from my home, I have also been working from home more than ever for the last few weeks.
A large number of people are working from home for the first time and have discovered that the home can be full of distractions. Many are bombarded with the cacophony of TV, family members, pets, sirens, and so on — it’s way too easy to get distracted and lose your motivation.
Reducing Background Noise
To maintain my productivity, I use technology to block out unwanted noises. Krisp is a tool I have used for several months that helps reduce background noise. A version of the program is available for Windows, Macintosh, and iOS. I have it installed on my Windows laptop and my iOS mobile phone.
The app uses machine learning to identify and then silence various types of background noises you may hear at home. The program allows your voice and the voices of others to come through clearly.
The response to my book The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon continues to be very gratifying. In addition to being on the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists, the book is published in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, and Russia. It will be available in an additional eight countries in the next few months. The Bezos Letters was also included on Forbes Top 20 Books You Need To Read To Crush 2020.
This past weekend, Karen and I received an encouraging email: