Insurance agents get a lot of bad press, and we often avoid them when we can. What could have led to such unhealthy and averse reactions, and to what extent are they justified?
By Nazirah Akhtar
Many shudder at the prospect of sitting through a meeting where an insurance salesman is eagerly rattling on about the benefits of buying insurance policies. Though we know that it is necessary to purchase one, we tend to avoid such salesmen like the plague.
Comments from some people on the street give us some clues as to why the negative perception exists. Having been approached countless times, local postgraduate student Akbar complains, “They seem so eager to sell insurance even to the point of forcing it down on you, regardless whether you need it or not. Even if you decline, they will persistently follow up with endless calls.” When asked if he would ever consider pursuing a career as an insurance salesman, Akbar says a firm “no”.