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Wong Wai Sum Red

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Persistence pays off when client becomes ill.

BETTY was the vice president of a medical products group. In our first meeting, she made it very clear to me that she had enough insurance coverage. She rejected me right away.

I contacted her every six months after that first meeting. Finally, I got the chance to meet her again. After three years, with five unsuccessful attempts to close a case, she became my client. More importantly, she became a loyal friend of mine who constantly referred clients to me.

What did she tell me that she needed? Wealth distribution. Betty was a typical DINK — dual income, no kids.

I recommended that she set up a will to distribute her wealth to those she loved and cared about, as well as coverage to protect her income and assets.

One night I received a call from her. She told me she was diagnosed with breast cancer. To my surprise, I could hear no fear at all in her voice. I realized that with a sufficient amount of medical and life insurance coverage, she was positive and optimistic about all the treatment to come.

After battling cancer for two years, she passed away. More than 500 relatives and friends attended Betty’s funeral. Everyone missed her. Some of them approached me at the funeral. They all said that Betty encouraged them to seek advice from me.

With this experience, I changed the way I offered products and services:

I never give up after rejections. When I approach potential clients, I am ready to go back to them several times before they say yes. Perseverance and an attitude to pursue excellence can bring blessings to clients and their beloved families.

I advise my clients to secure an amount equivalent to their five-year salary on critical illness insurance.

Valuing relationships is vital to my practice. Have you ever thought that a client who died could still refer clients to you? I continue to serve her family, including her husband and her friends, and there are still four or five new clients coming from her every year.

We belong to a profession that is all about caring. When we take the initiative to care and love, we draw people near and our business enjoys continuous professional growth.

Wong Wai Sum Red is a 28-year MDRT member from Hong Kong. She spoke at the 2019 MDRT Global Conference. Contact her at


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