Monday, December 27, 2010

January CE Seminars and Career Development Workshops

Beginning in February 2011, personal and family issues require Linda Faulkner to be in Massachusetts for at least three to six months. As a result, we have removed all insurance continuing education seminars and career development workshops from our 2011 schedule beginning on February 1, 2011. We will continue to offer insurance continuing education and pre-licensing courses online, as well as our contract writing services.

During the month of January 2011, we will hold insurance CE seminars in Kalispell, and Missoula and two career development workshops in Missoula. We will also be happy to conduct in-house events you'd like to schedule during the months of December and January.

January Insurance CE Seminars in Kalispell:
  • January 19 - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Liability Insurance
  • January 19 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ethics for Insurance Professionals - NEW!!
  • January 20 - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Avoiding E & O Pitfalls - NEW!!
  • January 20 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 2009 Montana Insurance Legislative Changes
  • January 20 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Insurance Tidbits
January Insurance CE Seminars in Missoula:
  • January 25 - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ethics for Insurance Professionals - NEW!!
  • January 25 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Introduction to Commercial Lines
  • January 26 - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Avoiding E & O Pitfalls - NEW!!
  • January 26 - 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Health Insurance Basics (including updates about Health Care Reform)
  • January 26 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2009 Montana Insurance Legislative Changes
January Career Development Workshops in Missoula:
  • January 27 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Business Resources: Who and Where are They?
  • January 27 - 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Right Mental Attitude
  • January 27 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All About Networking
For more information visit us online at:


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Driving in Bad Weather

Over the years, I've handled insurance claims for many clients who've had the misfortune to be involved in a car accident.

I ran across this article on, titled Tips for Driving on Ice. You might want to check it out!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Release Date of Linda's Book Moved Forward

We just received word that Taking the Mystery Out of Business will be available in December 2010 instead of January 2011!

It's included in the catalog of Linda's publsiher and now appears on their website. If you'd like to pre-order via their website rather than waiting until later in December to purchase it from your favorite bookstore or on Amazon or Smashwords, click here.

The Kindle and iPad versions will be available a few weeks after the print and eBooks.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Client Privacy

Insurance agents and adjusters are considered "financial institutions" by the GLBA if they possess nonpublic personal information belonging to consumers.  HIPAA requires insurance agents and adjusters who possess consumers' "personal health information" to protect and safeguard it.

Are YOU protecting your clients' protected information?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Taking the Mystery Out of Business: 9 Fundamentals For Professional Success will be released in January 2011.  It will be available for purchase from your favorite book store,, Barnes and, Smashwords, and from my website.

The world of business is like a mystery novel: filled with suspense and torturous twists and turns. One minute you think you've solved the puzzle and the next minute people are shooting at you from all sides.

Whether you're a business owner, a newcomer to the world of business, or an experienced professional who wants to brush up on your business acumen, Taking the Mystery Out of Business provides you with valuable resources, new insights into old topics, and a map for plotting out your journey as you navigate the waters of the business world.

As an entrepreneur and the founder of four businesses, Linda Faulkner knows all about what it takes to make it in the world of business. She's discovered that professional suicide is caused more by a lack of awareness than any other factor, hence her motto: Clueless is a dangerous place to be.

Monday, September 13, 2010

People in Billings are Terrific!

Just spent eight terrific hours with folks in Billings, Montana talking about insurance.  More specifically, talking about insurance to help them earn the CE credits they need to renew their insurance producer and adjuster licenses.

Thanks to the people who helped make the event so wonderful (and possible!):  Melissa Thompson, Carol Daniel, and Kevin Zoldowski!

I had such a good turnout that I'll we'll be returning to Billings in September 2011 - and probably to offer 11 or 12 hours of CE instead of 8 hours.

Thank you, Billings insurance professionals.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Events in September

We're offering insurance CE seminars in Missoula and Billings this month, and a Career Development workshop in Missoula.

Insurance CE - Billings - September 13
  • 8am - 12pm - Liaiblity Insurance
  • 1pm - 4pm - Avoiding E & O Claims
  • 4:15pm - 5;15pm - 2009 MT Insurance Legislative Changes
Career Development workshop - Missoula - September 16
  • Marketing Yourself
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm in our conference room
  • Refreshments served; handouts provided
  • Cost $25 per person
  • If you attend this workshop and a future workshop, the cost is $45 for both
  • If you attend this workshop and 2 future workshops, the cost is $60 for three
Insurance CE - Missoula - September 29 and 30
  • September 29
    • 11am - 12pm - 2009 MT Insurance Legislative Changes
    • 1pm - 5pm - Workers' Compensation or General Liability?
  • September 30
    • 8am - 12pm - Introduction to Commercial Lines
    • 1pm - 5pm - Life Insurance Basics

Sunday, August 22, 2010

This Week's CE Seminars in Missoula

We'll be hosting 10 hours of insurance CE this week in our Missoula offices:
  • Wednesday, August 25th
    • 11am - 12pm - 2009 Montana Insurance Legislative Changes - 1 CE hour
    • 1pm - 4pm - Insurance Tidbits - 3 CE hours
  • Thursday, August 26th
    • 9am - 4pm  - Personal Auto Policy - 6 CE hours
    • lunch from 12-1pm
To register online, visit us at:  Faulkner Education Services

Monday, July 12, 2010


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Craig Fugate, announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Montana to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on June 15, 2010, and continuing.

For more information about Montana's disaster, click here.

Friday, July 9, 2010

BOOK SALE pending!

I just received an offer from a wonderful publisher for a business book.  They are also willing to consider several other business books for a series.

No wonder I love Fridays...!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Two NEW Online Computer-Based Courses Receive Approval

We're happy to be able to offer two new computer-based online courses for electronic delivery for producers licensed in Montana.

Our 2009 Insurance Legislative Changes course is approved for 1 hour and satisfies the Legislative Chanegs requirements for all producers, including Limited Lines and Surety Bail Bonds producers.

Our Avoiding E & O Claims course is approved for 3 hours and addresses statistics about recent E & O claims against various types of insurance producer, and focues on E & O claims prevention.

For more information, click one of the following links:  Online computer-based courses (we also offer an Ethics course via electronic computer delivery) or Faulkner Education Services.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June CE Seminars

We just wrapped up our CE seminars in Great Falls, where we visit every June--usually the first week, on a Monday.

Our Missoula seminars this month will be held next week, on Wednesday and Thursday:
  • 6/23 (12pm - 1pm) - 09 MT Insurance Legislative Changes - approved for 1 CE hour
  • 6/23 (1:15pm - 4;15pm) - In-Home Businesses - approved for 3 CE hours
  • 6/24 (8am - 12pm) - Liaiblity Insurance - NEW SEMINAR - approved for 4 CE hours
  • 6/24 (1-5pm) - Workers' Compensation or General Liability? - approved for 4 CE hours
Our July CE MARATHON is scheduled for the last week of July - 30 HOURS OF CE IN ONE WEEK.  The Best Western Grant Creek Inn is offering discounted room rates to our clients staying overnight during the CE Marathon, IF they mention the Faulner Education Services account discount.

For more details, visit our website at

Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

Our office will be closing at 1pm on Friday, May 28th and will re-open at 9:00am on Tuesday, June 1st.

Have a safe and happy holiday and remember to say a prayer for all those who have served to keep our country safe and free.

Friday, May 21, 2010

NEW CE Seminars and Courses Approved in MT

Earlier this week, we received approval for the following additions to our curriculum:
  • Avoiding E & O Pitfalls - approved for 3 CE hours - this is a seminar
  • Ethical Insurance Practices - approved for 3 CE hours - this is an online computer-based course
Last month, we received approval for the following seminar:
  • Liability Insurance - approved for 4 CE hours
Click this link to view the descriptions of all our CE Seminars

Click this link to view our Online Text-based and Computer-based Courses

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May CE Seminars in Missoula

Our next scheduled CE seminars in Missoula will be held on May 26th and 27th:
  • May 26
    • 12pm - 3pm - Health Insurance Basics (approved for 3 hours)
    • 3:15pm - 4:15pm - 2009 MT Insurance Legislative Changes (approved for 1 hour)
  • May 27
    • 8am - 12pm - Insurance Ethics (approved for 4 hours)
    • 1pm - 4pm - New E & O Seminar (submitted for approval)
Click this link to view our CE seminar schedule for 2010, which includes locations in Great Falls and Kalispell as well as our Missoula locations.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

4 Insurance CE Seminars - April 28th and 29th

Join us in our new conference room, in our new offices, at 2819 Great Northern Loop in Missoula!

On Wednesday, April 28th (total of 4 CE hours)
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - 2009 Montana Insurance Legislative Changes - approved for 1 CE hour
  • 1:15pm - 4:15pm - Insurance Tidbits - approved for 3 CE hours
On Thursday, April 29th (total of 7 CE hours)
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm - Health Insurance Basics - approved for 3 CE hours
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm - Life Insurance Basics - approved for 4 CE hours

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Online Computer-Based Courses Coming Soon!

EXCITING NEWS: We have submitted a computer-based Ethics course to the Division of Insurance for 3 hours of CE credit. Once available, this course will be purchased online and the course material and exam will be e-mailed to registrants in PDF format. Exams must be monitored. We hope to be able to begin offering this online, computer-based course sometime in May. Please check back!

We expect to continue submitting online, computer-based courses for approval to the Montana Division of Insurance on a monthly basis so that our entire curriculum will be available in both seminar and computer-based courses.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New Conference Room

We are VERY happy to share that our new conference room will be completed in time for our April insurance CE seminars in Missoula (4/28-29).  If you visit, please pardon the noise and mess.

The room should accommodate at least 20 people, so we plan to hold the July CE Marathon at our office instead of off-site.

Feel free to stop by for a look-see once construction is complete!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

On Vacation Until March 10th

Yes, that's me with the AFLAC duck - I had a terrific time at the Missoula Businesswomen's Symposium last weekend.

This weekend, I'm leaving for vacation and will be out of town and unavailable until Wednesday, March 10th, when I'll return to Missoula sometime in the afternoon.

The office will open during my absence, and manned by Susan, from 12:00pm - 4:00pm each weekday.

Keep your fingers crossed for me while I'm gone: I'm hoping my mystery novel SECOND TIME AROUND wins the 2010 EPIC award it was nominated for. Awards banquet is on 3/7.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Linda Faulkner to Speak at 5th Annual Women's Symposium

The Missoula Businesswomen's Network is holding its fifth Annual Women's Symposium on Saturday, February 20th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula.

Linda Faulkner will be one of the twelve breakout speakers and her topic is How to be a Better Blogger.

Julia Powell (of Julie & Julia fame) will be the keynote speaker. Over 300 participants are expected to attend the event which will include over 40 vendors, twelve workshop speakers, and the luncheon.

For more information, or to register, visit the Missoula Businesswomen's Network web site.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Missoula Insurance CE Seminars - February 24th and 25th

We're holding four insurance CE seminars in the conference room at our new office on February 24th and 25th:
  • 2/24 - 2009 MT Insurance Legislative Changes  - 1 CE hour - 1pm - 2pm
  • 2/24 - In-Home  Businesses - 3 CE hours - 2:15pm - 5:15pm
  • 2/25 - Health Insurance Basics - 3 CE hours - 9am - 12pm
  • 2/25 - Auto Insurance Hot Buttons - 4 CE hours - 1pm - 5pm
To view our 2010 schedule, click here

To register, click here

Or, visit our web site at:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Insurance Pre-licensing Study Material Available

In response to client requests, we recently made our Property, Casualty, & Surety insurance pre-licensing course available as study material only for those individuals who do not want to attend the classroom review portion of the course.

For pricing and other details, visit our website at:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

We're Moving!

Effective 2/1/2010, we'll be in our new office location at:

2819 Great Northern Loop, #B4
Missoula, Montana 59808

Great Northern Loop runs off Mullan between Broadway and N. Reserve Streets at
Missoula Bone and Joint and W Chiropractic.

We'll be in the 3rd building on the left - and there's plenty of parking.  Take either the elevator or the stairs to the basement - we'll be in Suite #B4.

Friday, January 8, 2010

January CE Seminars in Missoula

January 27th

12 - 1pm, 2009 Montana Insurance Legislative Changes - (1 CE)
1:15pm - 4:15pm, Insurance Tidbits - (3 CEs)

January 28th

8am - 12pm, Introduction to Commercial Lines - (4 CEs)
1pm - 5pm, Life Insurance Basics - (4 CEs)