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Why New Adjusters fail on their first cat deployment, and what to do about it..

 

You’ve spent thousands on training and gear. You’ve traveled the country attending trainings, orientations, certifications, and conferences.

Don’t waste this investment by failing your first catastrophe deployment!

survive your first storm deployment..
and thrive in one of the least known, but most lucrative careers.

 
 
 
 

The Elite Adjuster Method EBook is the best and only resource available for helping you master claims handling time management.

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if you’ve never handled a claim in your life, you don’t even know that scoping and xactimate are only a fraction of what’s required of you in this job

Here’s what you don’t know:

You’ll spend a large amount of your time doing things that they didn’t teach you in adjuster school. Phone work, supplements, reinspections, revisions and corrections..

There are only so many hours in a day and believe it or not, you can’t call people at 11:30pm or look at roofs after dark.

Yeah, yeah. Literally EVERYBODY is telling you that you have to be good at managing your time - or you will fail.

The problem is, nobody tells you HOW to do it.

  • Perhaps in your most courageous moments, you’ve made the commitment to start trying to figure this out.

  • You’ve told yourself that you’re probably going to need to learn how to be good at being organized. You should set up some kind of system that’ll help you be better at returning calls, finishing corrections, or getting to appointments on time.

But you tell yourself.. “first, I need to get a few more licenses, I need to get drone training, I need to get a level 3 Xactimate certification (etc., etc.).”

FACT:

Even with the best intentions, your chance of failure in the chaos of the first few weeks of a storm is so high that YOUR MANAGER WILL ACTUALLY BE EXPECTING YOU TO FAIL.

Why? Because only a fraction of the new adjusters who show up to a cat site will last the first three weeks, let alone close even ONE claim.

If you don’t show up ready to go with a battle plan for handling everything that comes at you every waking minute of your first cat deployment, it’s game over.

You will fall victim to:

  • overwhelming phone work

  • an email inbox that is never empty

  • reinspections

  • supplements

  • endless corrections

  • a time-sucking sticking point in the software

  • gear or laptop failures that takes you out of the game for a day or more

  • a lack of clarity over exactly what to do and when to do it

Here’s why this is irreversibly crippling.

As an already stressed out and busy adjuster, working 16 hour days, with phonecalls to make, houses to inspect, and estimates to write, you literally can’t afford to veer off course.

If you lose control of your schedule, your chances of success are slim.

Therefore, crushing your time management is one of the big things you NEED to get right the first time.

And luckily for you, VERY FEW people out there are doing it right.

In all likelihood, the adjusters competing with you for storm deployments and claims have either failed at good time management, or are so ineffective at it that it’s a wonder they get deployed at all.

Which means..

Even if you’re late to the party, there’s still a golden opportunity for you to jump in, clean up the mess, and convert your SCHEDULE into solid profits.

That is… if you can avoid the same deadly time management mistakes that your competitors are making

 
 
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If you’re a new adjuster looking to become a cat property IA, then you probably already know that you need to be good at time management. REALLY good.

So I’ll spare you the spiel.

No need to be a broken record and convince you of something that’s already been drilled deep into your mind in all of the training you’ve been attending.

After all, you probably already KNOW that mastering your schedule is the KEY TIPPING POINT that will allow you to get more claims done faster, leverage your time, impact more people, and scale your career to true profitability.

If you’ve never handled a claim before, why risk throwing away the months of waiting and the thousands of dollars in training and gear?

Your first storm deployment WILL BE TRIAL BY FIRE.

 
 
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Success on your first storm deployment means more than just a paycheck:

The best adjuster training in the world cannot prepare you for the true learning curve of a cat deployment.

If you knock your first storm out of the park, you will:

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Get asked to stay on cat deployments longer

Turn-and-burn adjusters who scope 15 a day and try to write all night will be among the first to be cut from a cat deployment. The adjusters who are fast - but also turn in complete, high quality files will be ASKED TO STAY and work the tail of a storm. It’s a high honor to be the last adjuster standing on an event - EVERYBODY knows you’re good.


 
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Receive more special assignments

Getting assigned regular hail claims out in the ‘burbs is one of the finer joys of this career. But being a fast adjuster with stellar quality and white-glove customer service will also earn you the special assignments like huge apartment complexes and VIP claims that will earn you more money and establish you as a true professional (because even George Clooney’s dishwasher will break and ruin his floor).


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Get more deployments:

Having a top-shelf time management system will skyrocket your authority among IA firms and carriers alike, allowing you to pick-and-choose the best deployments so that you’re not wasting your precious time.


 
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Get on the First Call list

When a carrier calls an IA firm and says, “we need 25 adjusters for a hail storm - and if they’re available we’d like these 12 people,” it means that those 12 people have not only caught the attention of the carrier, but IMPRESSED THEM.

First Call Adjusters work more and earn more than everybody else.

Even if you’ve never handled a claim before, if you impress your managers on your first cat deployment, you will be busier than you ever imagined.

Your REAL RESUME is how well you do on storms.

 
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case study: Mark H.

 
 
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Some of the most prepared people will wash out in the first three weeks of their first (and last) cat deployment.

Here’s a case study of what NOT to do from Mark, an adjuster in the AdjusterTV community:

I’m writing this at 3:55am and taking a small break from closing claims.

I was told to scope like crazy and then write claims. A few days later I was told to scope and write.

I have not caught back up.

Please do yourself and your clients a favor and only scope what you can write in a day.

I know you think, “oh I can handle it.”

Trust me you can’t handle scoping and writing 5+ a day starting out. I thought I had time to get caught up as it was supposed to be raining the rest of the week. Well that didn’t give me the 2 days I needed to get caught up.

I overscoped because I thought it will be raining and I didn’t want to lose money so I scoped like a mad man to build up enough to last me through the rain days.

Now I’m 20 behind and working through the night.

Keep this in mind when you get out on storm.

Mark had advanced adjuster training in scoping, estimatics, Xactimate, construction, and damage identification. And he believed that it would be enough.

It’s not enough.

 
 

If you’re LUCKY there’ll be a help room.

And even if there is a help room, it will be so full of newbie adjusters - just like you - that the 2-3 people working the room will barely have 2 minutes to spare for you.

You have to be prepared for the very real possibility that you will have ZERO support from the IA firm that deployed you. And understand that they will be at least as swamped as you will be.

And you don’t have the luxury of time. Many of the phone calls and emails you’ll get will be from your manager telling you that you’re falling behind at a terribly fast rate.

Cat deployments, especially major hurricanes, are complete and utter chaos on every front.

 
 

And now for a dirty little secret:

Even though IA claims is a massive and still growing industry - it’s not an evenly distributed one

A few people will get a HUGE piece of the pie, while most others fizzle out.

And the main reason for this, as you’ve likely seen by now, is that while the barriers to entry are pretty LOW..

… the barriers towards EFFECTIVE EXECUTION are very high.

But as long as you can avoid the biggest blunders that sink most catastrophe IAs, the path is paved for you and your adjusting career.

One that allows you to achieve more freedom, create more income, and make a bigger impact on the lives of others - while scaling your career to true profitability.

The key ingredient to all of this is an effective time management strategy that delivers results.

And with your permission, I’d love to show you the strategy that will keep you alive on your first cat…

 
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The Elite adjuster method, 3rd edition

prepare for your first catastrophe property deployment as an independent adjuster

The smart adjuster's proven master plan for crushing their first cat - without getting crushed themselves.

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I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from 20 years of experience, nearly 10,000 closed claims, and more than $2.2 million in fee schedule earnings and channeled it into a comprehensive, step-by-step implementation program that teaches you the actual EXECUTION of how you can get started building your own career in claims - and it all starts with your FIRST STORM DEPLOYMENT.

The Elite Adjuster Method isn’t so much a training program as it is an implementation program.

Yes, you’ll learn the strategies behind everything you do, but more importantly, you’ll have a meticulous, step-by-step project plan that leaves nothing out and takes nothing for granted as you implement it.

The end result: An incredibly profitable long term ASSET ready to be deployed and profited from for the rest of your career as an adjuster.

 
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The Elite adjuster method is the only resource of it’s kind that..

Is built with focused, rapid implementation in mind:

  • No filler. No unnecessary chapters, and no extraneous or premature strategies that look sexy on the surface, but do nothing but overwhelm you and sabotage your progress.

Teaches you “when” to do everything:

  • The 80/20 of what you need to be an organized and CONFIDENT adjuster that will set you apart from your peers. Build a reputation on your first storm as a GOOD adjuster who not only survived the trial by fire, but impressed the managers. IA firm managers WANT you on their team.

Focuses on the “nitty gritty”:

  • Not only do I make it dead-simple, but I take nothing for granted, and really go step-by-step to make sure you streamline your claims-handling with confidence.

 
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The Elite Adjuster Method 3rd Edition (digital)

Prepare for your first catastrophe property deployment as an independent adjuster with the smart adjuster's proven master plan for crushing their first cat..

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Here’s how it all breaks down:

 

Part One

In these chapters, you’ll learn the high-level concepts that will build the foundation for being the most effective on your first storm.

You’ll learn about training, gear, and the IA firms you’ll be working for.

You’ll discover the importance of customer service.

And you’ll learn how to get your claims closed.

Part Two

The emergency QuickStart Guide is where the rubber meets the road. In the second half of the book you’ll learn everything you need to know to hit the ground running, step-by-step.

If there is limited - or NO - guidance available to you on site, this section of the book will tell you exactly how to:

  • manage your time down to the hour

  • prioritize incoming work (calls, revisions, reinspections, etc)

  • know what to say to insureds and contractors

  • avoid time-consuming chokepoints that will kill your production

 
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What the most successful adjusters asked before purchasing The elite adjuster method ebook:

 
  1. Where can I learn more about you?

    I have produced well over a hundred videos and posts here on AdjusterTV.com where I talk about getting started as an IA, getting good, and building a rewarding career in independent property claims that you can be proud of. You can come hang out with me and thousands of others in our vibrant, respectful, and very active private Facebook Group.

  2. Is a book really going to help me not fail on my first storm? While it’s true that many of the skills that independent adjusters need to have will require hands-on training and skills-building, time management is far less tangible. You only need to experience a storm deployment ONCE to know how critical being organized and prepared will be for you. I’ve done my best to lay it all out as clear as I can. If, after reading through the book, you still have questions, you can reach me directly here.

  3. I’m skeptical - how can an adjuster be fast and still have a file that doesn’t reopen for supplements and create angry insureds? Speed for the sake of speed will almost always end in disaster. Adjusters who aren’t efficient won’t be able to focus on quality because they simply don’t have time for it. Quality is the destination: This book will shorten the distance instead of speed up the train.

  4. Why aren’t the time management lessons included in my adjuster bootcamp enough? Many in-person and online adjuster training courses and bootcamps have a time management element to their training. However, only this book provides a detailed, focused, and comprehensive step-by-step implementation plan designed to teach you how to build an effective schedule that will grow with you. Most often, other training will include an hour or two that can be summed up in one sentence: “time management and organization is the most important thing.” And yet provide no real actionable steps on HOW to build a schedule. There simply is no comprehensive time management and scheduling training specifically tailored to independent property adjusters besides The Elite Adjuster Method.


 
 

Still undecided?

“The elite adjuster method” is Perfect For You If..

 
  1. You’re just getting started as an independent adjuster and you want to make sure you absolutely NAIL IT right out of the gates by using only the most powerful, easy-to-follow time management strategies.

  2. You’ve been trying to get your hands around time management for months (or even years), but haven’t been able to move the needle.  

  3. In fact, you’re ALREADY investing time and energy doing things like getting additional Xactimate training to speed up your estimate-writing, using apps to manage your schedule, and other things you keep hearing you “need” to be doing.  Only problem is, without a clear strategy that ties them all together, you will experience nothing but discouraging “why the heck do I even bother” results, followed by crippling overwhelm around what to do next.

  4. You care about what’s working in 2019, 2020, and beyond.  You’re skeptical when others start dishing out advice about how to earn the big bucks as a cat adjuster that may have worked for them back in the 90’s or early 2000’s when the rules of the game were a bit different.  That’s why you appreciate how this book teaches you how to use the most current strategies that the best adjusters use without getting too ninja too fast, or making things inaccessible or confusing for folks doing it all for the first time.

  5. You’re aware of the profitable doors that will open up once you’re producing results that put you among the top 10% of adjusters. You know..  commercial claims, large loss, VIP claims (hey, even Michael Jordan has homeowner’s insurance), more assignments, and more deployments.

  6. You’re excited to try the advanced time management techniques in this book.  Even if you’ve been side-tracked and let down before, you’re currently feeling a wave of renewed optimism, knowing that with one click, you can be plugging yourself into an easy-to-follow yet super effective methodology for streamlining your schedule and compounding wins every day.

Did you catch yourself nodding your head?