What You Need to Know
- MDRT's foundation gave $1.6 million to nonprofit groups last year.
- The incoming president is Randy Scritchfield.
- A diversity consultant says the energy MDRT members used to overcome obstacles to sales can help them overcome obstacles to making the world better.
A group for top financial services sales people is trying to help members fight the COVID-19 pandemic by doing a better of selling life insurance, health insurance, annuities and financial planning services.
The Million Dollar Round Table convened its members online this past week for the group’s latest annual meeting.
MDRT has members located all around the world. This year, the group continued its tradition of offering sessions translated into a wide range of languages, including Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and three types of Chinese.
Ian Green, MDRT’s 95th president, told members that the group has been strong throughout the pandemic because of the work of past MDRT presidents.
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He said it’s hard for an MDRT president to be the first to do anything.
“But I’m the first president to ever carry out the role entirely from home,” Green joked, panning his camera to reveal that he was speaking from his living room.
Green said he believes the most important way for MDRT members to improve their own performance, and to help clients, and the world, get through the pandemic, is to listen, and not be slaves to their cell phones.
“Don’t let your device by the boss of you,” Green said. “Be the person that gives one of the greatest gifts to others: Our time, and our full attention.”
Brian Walsh, president of the MDRT Foundation, a charitable affiliate of MDRT, talked about the “three rules of resiliency.”
The first is to resolve to change, the second is to speak up for what’s right, and the third is to recharge relationships, Walsh said.
MDRT members voted on the nomination of Randy Scritchfield to succeed Green as president, Scritchfield is the first vice president of MDRT and president of Montgomery Financial Group of Damascus, Maryland.
Walsh reported that the MDRT Foundation gave $1.6 million to 257 organizations.
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MDRT has posted dozens of session videos on the web, behind a paywall.
Danielle Genier, an MDRT member from Timmins, Ontario, talked about the importance of identifying and setting goals when clients come on board, and of using those goals to hold clients accountable.
She gave the example of a husband and wife who told her that they “wanted to travel.”