NAHU Convention…

I spoke at the NAHU Convention a week ago. Jill Pedersen wrote:

“Falling down is painful but getting up is less hurtful” – Gordon Viggiano -Inspirational Speaker

Just one of our visionspeak motivators at NAHU nahuac2019 He shared his personal story of why disability insurance is so important. agentsaretheanswer

 

The audience of the NAHU Convention looked happy; I will be doing my recap with the NAHU representative next week and I  will let you know.   My goal is 5 speaking engagement for this one speech; keep your fingers crossed! Last year, I hit this goal for another talk that I did.

…and then I spent a few days in San Diego.

 

I am Going to the NAHU to Present….

Can you believe it?

I will presenting at Vision Speak on Sunday, 6/28 at 2:00pm…delivering my talk to insurance brokers; the agents who make a difference in people lives by providing income protection insurance.

I brought my first disability policy when I was 25 and another one when I was 33.  If you can believe it, I am 62!

Over the years, we looked at the premiums for those disability policies and asked ourselves  “Why are we paying these?  Nothing is going to happen to us!”   But they weren’t that expensive;  so we kept paying.

In March 2008, something stirred me to reach out to our new insurance guy, Brad, and talk about increasing my disability coverage.  I even went to Brad’s office and filled out the paperwork for a much higher value disability policy.  

As you can imagine, I didn’t sign the policy because I was in the process of completing my taxes.  Then, you know what happened!

This has been my dream conference.  I wanted to present at it from the beginning….and 5 years later…I am here!

Holy Cow!

#NAHU

 

Why Am I Different?

Jill is writing this one…

One of the hard things about my sweet stroke surviving husband is that people often assume he is fine. That he can think clearly and that he can make sense of the world around him like anyone else.  This is sometimes true…but not always true!

Sometimes, he can participate in conversation and make perfect sense.  Then there are the other times. He will participate in a conversation and suddenly say something completely off-topic, insulting, nonsensical, and/or abrasive/aggressive.  I want to say “Please forgive him!  His brain doesn’t work right!” But the words are already out there and the other person is offended and no amount of explaining changes that.

For anyone out there that we have offended/insulted/freaked out, I am sorry.  Please understand it was not intentional. It is the stroke talking.

 

Another great Testimonial…

This one just in from a very happy client

Simply put, Gordon is a powerful reminder for the importance of good financial planning. We can’t own a statistic. Either life happens to us or it doesn’t. When we don’t prepare properly, life can be challenging. He and his wife, Jill, will make you laugh and tear up as they deliver a keynote at your event. For the WA state NAIFA annual event, there was a resounding approval!

Ryan Jewell
NAIFA Washington

A nice note to remind you of what NOT to do….

Sometimes it is nice to see something like this…and not be compelled to answer.  A few years ago, I did want to respond.  So I thank Ms. Sannie Mutul for reminding me of all I got back.  After 11 years, I still have more to gain!

My Name is Mrs Sannie M. Nureeden,  born July 19, 1949. I need a trust
worthy person who can help me accomplish my desire wish
on earth in humanitarian service with the 10.7 million US dollars
funds that was left for me by my late husband in a financial
institution before he was murdered.

My doctor has informed me that I have short period to live because I
have been under medical supervision for over (3) months since I have
been battling with a deadly infection. I do not have anybody after my
only  young daughter who will inherit this fund if I don’t survive the
sickness through your assistance. Please get back to me if you can
give me your word of assurance to be trusted.

Yours Sister,
Mrs Sannie Mutul

Guess What I Forgot…..

NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

May is World Stroke Month, not June. Sorry about that; I had it all cued up and I forgot to post it.

Many health and heart organizations come together every May to raise awareness about the causes and effects of stroke.

One of their biggest campaigns is FAST, teaching the world to know the symptoms of stroke and how to respond quickly to help save a life.

  • Face – By asking the person to smile you can tell immediately if one side of the face droops.
  • Arm – Ask the person to raise both arms. Observe to see if one arm drifts lower than the other.
  • Speech – Slurred speech is a symptom of stroke. Ask the person to repeat a single sentence.
  • Time – Call 911-Fast. Time may be the difference between life and death or even partial and full recovery.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit the cdc.gov and stroke.org to find out more. Use #StrokeAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Stroke Awareness Day was proclaimed in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush. It had been observed for many years before the proclamation. The Centers for Disease Control, the American Heart Association, World Stroke Campaign and many other have all participated in bringing education, research, and treatment on a global basis.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

I THINK It Went Well….

They laughed at all the right parts.  They even laughed at a few parts I was trying to make funny.  Then, Ryan Jewell, interviewed Jill (I just stood there smiling) on his Millennial Money Matters segment (it lasts for 3.15 minutes).  Check it out:

I THINK it went well. I will let you know more once I speak with Ryan later on this week. Keep your fingers crossed!

Take a look at BEFORE and AFTER….

After last weeks event, I am putting this into my presentation. You are looking at how my script looks to me, with the different colors.  If I have BLACK text, it is older text. There is no BLACK text since this is all new to me and will be new few months. If I have GREEN text, it is new so I have to watch it a bit more closely.  If it is RED text, it is NEW so I have to read it for now.  The BLUE text means it have to advanced the slide. Check it out:

Do you think it can be better than that?

Those videos were taken 3 years ago.  On my 10 year anniversary, I was SURE I had improved so I tried this experiment again. (PAUSE) What happened? (PAUSE)  I crushed the cup, spilled water all over myself, and showed absolutely no improvement. (PAUSE)

So here we are at 11 years post-stroke. What do you think will happen this time? 

(PAUSE for applause) (PAUSE)  Isn’t that great? It only took 11 years to be able to drink from a paper cup! (PAUSE)

You can look at me and SEE my PHYSICAL disabilities. (PAUSE) They are awkward and obvious. (PAUSE)  But my most challenging deficits (PAUSE)  are the ones you don’t see. (PAUSE)  The barriers of broken language and cognition are tough to break down. (PAUSE) My ability to think clearly and speak at will (PAUSE) remain my biggest obstacles.

These minor changes takes me months to get right.  I am telling you this because I want you to appreciate the amount of work I put into this task.

A thoughtful blog post….

“Be Kind! ” This is what Jennifer Tyman Williams wrote on her Facebook a few weeks ago.  Her husband was only 41 when he had his stroke…..

6 years ago today our world was interrupted and changed by a blood clot that got stuck in my husband’s brain stem causing a stroke. Ryan Williams has worked so hard to overcome and I cannot be more proud of him. Has changed both of us… But changed me to be more aware.

Know the symptoms of a stroke

Slurred speech
Tongue when sticking out goes to the side
Droopy mouth
Loss of movement in limbs
Dizziness

What To Do If You See Any of These Behaviors

Be aware of the disabled
Stay clear of people walking with canes and in wheelchairs
Cross a street with someone walking with a cane to make them feel safe
Offer to hold a door for anyone
Be patient in the grocery line or any line
Be kind
Host/hostesses – be aware of a cane stop seating the disabled in the back past
open tables just bc that waiter is next
Don’t stare… Don’t stare… Don’t stare – so rude

He doesn’t always realize how far he has come. I remind him everyday when he came home he was in a wheelchair… and that put everything in perspective. My hubby is my hero.

These are beautiful words. It certainly opened my eyes to look at people with my eyes WIDE OPEN.