Last Tuesday night was a huge event for the IA community, IA Path held its IA Summit and had guest speakers, prize giveaways, IA’s graduate the auto damage appraisers program, and IA Path secrets were unveiled.

The night was a full 2hr celebration of being an IA… the successes, the failures, the hardships of being an IA.

Speakers Ben Baker, Mathew Allen, Ernie Bray, and Chris Stanley brought forth hard won truths from their successes and failures. I’m going to breakdown the evening for you in this episode of the IA Times.

If you want to watch the full 2hr online event you can click HERE to watch the replay.

At the IA Summit all four speakers bore their hearts, souls, stories, and tips on how you could become more successful in your given career field.

The evening started out with a countdown to the start from the host (me) welcoming everyone to the IA Summit along with introductions of who IA Path was and how they help IA’s and an explanation of how this online event was started as a celebration to graduate students of IA Path’s mentoring programs.

The first round of graduates was announced and then I spoke on “How Hard It is to be an IA.”

This was not a glamorous speech, but one from the heart and it told the story, the highs, the lows, the success and failures as I’ve never shared them before. Not to discourage anyone, but to relate, to encourage, to help people realize, I am human too.

I started out with why I got started and guided the audience through the rocky career as an IA and how even when I look back it feels like a success even with all the failures… Why? Because I achieved what I had set out to do. I had achieved my goals.

I encouraged the attendees and the graduates to define WHY they wanted to become an I and figure out where they wanted to go so they too could define what success looks like in their career.

After another round of graduates, Mathew Allen took center stage and dove into how he nearly lost all his work and got kicked off his first storm. How he had failed in preparation physically and mentally.

He shared with all of us the essentials of “Surviving Getting Started.” Walking us through how every person we interact with needs to be viewed as our customer and why that is easy to say, but powerful to implement. He also dissected time management and how every bit of organizational efficiencies you achieve is, in essence, a raise.

Ben Baker, author and authority on Brand Marketing spoke about how to build your brand as an IA. Although he has never been an IA the principles he outlined were spot on to building a successful IA brand.

He pointed out that your brand is NOT a logo, it is how people talk about you when you are not in the room. For IA’s we are rarely in the room and our brand is what makes companies decide if we get the work or not.

Ben’s talk was inspiring and encouraging! He also offered to give out his book, “Powerful Personal Brands” to anyone that connected to him on LinkedIn and mentioned the IA Path event.¬†

Connect to him by clicking HERE.

Before the final speaker came up I announced a few new products IA Path is rolling out! (You can see one of those below) but to all the sneak peeks you’ll have to watch the IA Summit.

Lastly, Ernie Bray, the CEO of ACD (one of the major daily IA Firms in the nation), winner of entrepreneur awards, 6x Inc 5000, and other accolades presented on how to build a successful IA business.

His points were powerful and he has obviously gone through the fire of building a business from being a single IA to now being a leading IA Firm.

He discussed the number 1 things that insurance companies complain about when working with IA’s and how we as IA’s could remedy it. As always his talk was phenomenal and a great way to end out the speakers.

The entire night of speakers took us on a journey from just starting out and the trial we encounter to building a successful business. No matter where you are at in your journey I encourage you to watch this amazing event!

You can watch the replay by clicking HERE.