Using Windows 10 Free Quick Video Creator

Video continues to be an essential tool to communicate with internal staff, carrier partners, clients and prospects. Yet, many people continue to be intimidated by the process of creating, editing, and publishing a video.

video creator

Microsoft offers a simple free video editing solution.

If you have Windows 10, you already have this video editor built in. It’s an easy way to create short videos quickly. The program includes a selection of background music and premade title templates. I decided to create a short video to show you how to use it.

Does your company culture demonstrate a passion for customers? Would you love to evolve your business so that it is always inventing on behalf of the customer. Today’s guest Steve Anderson, will show you how this can be done. His first book, The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon, deconstructs Jeff Bezos’s personal letters to Amazon shareholders between 1997 and 2018, providing readers with a guide on the key takeaways and principles that Bezos leveraged in turning an online bookstore into a trillion-dollar company in just over two decades.

In this episode we discuss:

How to always be in start-up mode when it comes to winning over your customers
What it means to be obsessed about your customer and how Amazon got it right
How to create systems to measure, question, then trust your gut when making decisions

Date: January 7, 2020
Appearance: Work the System: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon
Outlet: Work the System
Format: Podcast

The Top 10 TechTips of 2019

I published about 50 TechTips in 2019. I realize that with the continued flood of email, some of these TechTips may have gotten sent to a “read later” folder and were forgotten. Others may have scanned the issue but didn’t have time to research to see if the tip would help.

Top ten TechTips

I have never promised that every TechTips will be earth-shattering and life-changing. I do hope that there will be a few gems over the course of the year that significantly impact productivity and effectiveness for you individually and for the organization.

In this issue, I am highlighting my top 10 TechTips for 2019, listed in no particular order.

Do You Need a Last-Minute Gift Idea?

With the holidays and 2020 fast approaching, do you need a gift idea for someone interested in business or organizational growth?

Gift idea

Send that special person a copy of The Bezos Letters, the book that will help them discover the surprising ways Jeff Bezos built Amazon and the connection between risk and growth for their business, non-profit, or organization.

The Bezos Letters


ACORD is Changing How You Access Forms

NOTE: As I anticipated there have been a number of updates to the information contained in this article. I have done my best to update where new information has been added or updated. If you read an early version of this article be sure to read to the end again for the latest information I have. 

ACORD license change

ACORD® (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) was created in 1970 as a non-profit organization by insurance carriers and agent organizations focused on streamlining policy applications and other industry forms. In the late 1970s, ACORD began developing data standards.

Every entity (agency, insurance company, and vendor) that uses ACORD forms or ACORD data standards is required to have a license to access and use ACORD forms. There are currently about 850 forms in the library. The current ACORD license agreement for vendors who provide ACORD forms in their platforms includes a sublicense for agency access to the forms in the platform. The vendor paid the license fee for their clients. This agreement expires on December 31, 2019.

Access to ACORD Forms is Changing

As of January 1, 2020, the vendor providing access to ACORD forms will no longer be able to provide access through sublicensing. Each organization will be required to obtain their license directly from ACORD.