My Top 4 Tips To Making Money Selling Life Insurance.

Let’s be honest! Most life insurance agents fail, within the first few years. Making good money selling life insurance can be a real struggle! Especially, if you are new and just starting out!

To attract clients and make money selling life insurance, you must focus on the business part of insurance sales. It is no longer enough to “have great products” or “a great idea!” You must be business-wise and learn HOW to increase your PROFITS.

With new insurance agents starting every day, increasing the competition in your area, it’s essential to think outside the box and differentiate yourself from your competition.

If you are struggling to make money selling life insurance, then you will most likely recognize yourself in one or more of the following:

  • Are you WAITING for people to contact you? (you post product ads on Facebook or in the newspaper and wait for the phone to ring – nothing happens).
  • You pay to get new followers on Facebook in the hope of getting new potential clients to find you. (Your likes increase, but no one calls you).
  • You offer low cost mortgage and final expense products. (nothing happens or perhaps you get a few annoying clients?)
  • You set up a blog and a website to showcase your products. (but it doesn’t get the phone to ring either…)
  • You offer a free report on your web site or Facebook. A few people call you for your free report, but no one calls you or agrees to an appointment.
  • You heard that newsletters are the key to increasing your income, so you set it up. (but hardly any one calls you.)
  • You buy mortgage and/or final expense leads, you struggle to set a few appointments and close a few small sales.
  • You feel like giving up, and you begin to think that you are not cut out for selling life insurance, so you get even less active and become even less known to potential clients.

It’s time to roll up your business sleeves and do the work.

If you recognize yourself in the above – do NOT feel like a failure! Going through this is NORMAL. I’ve been there, and I have coached plenty of life insurance agents who have been there. The fact is, if you have never run a business before in your life, how on earth would you know how to do it effectively?

Instead of beating yourself up, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Now all the fun begins – evolving your creative business mind. It’s time to learn new strategies and gain new powerful knowledge!

Are you ready?

With over 22 years of experience as an insurance agent and business owner and over 22 years of insurance marketing and sales training, with some of the best in the world, I will give you my top 4 tips to making money selling life insurance.

#1 Stop chasing people who don’t know you!!!
I know this might sound scary – especially if you are an introverted person. Nevertheless, if you are not willing to talk to the people you know, you will not succeed! Those who do not ask for the sale, with the people they know, are the ones that close their business soon after they get started.

But don’t worry, you do not have to be a sleazy sales person! There’s no need for a sales pitch! Instead, have a conversation with the people you know, about the financial problems they are facing, and what will happen if they keep doing what they are currently doing. Talk about the benefits they will get from working with you. Ask them how it will make them FEEL. Help them to understand ALL the benefits of your service. Explain the process of working with you and show your passion for what you do. Nothing sells better than passion and excitement!

TIP: Shift your thinking from believing that you are an annoying salesperson, to thinking that you are a helper. Think of ways you can HELP and serve your clients and make their life better. From that state of mind, it is easier to sell from the heart.

# 2 Do one thing every day to promote yourself!
That’s right! Do ONE thing every day – no less, no more. Make it your number one priority – the first thing you do every morning. Use different platforms for this – online and in your local area.

Do a brainstorm exercise and write down at least 50 ideas (small and big) on ways to promote yourself in your community! Use this list every day!

Design a flyer, booklet, or brochure that tells them about how you are helping people solve their financial concerns and problems. NOT about your products! Have it in your briefcase and hand it out to everyone you meet when you are out and about.

TIP: People prefer to work with people they know or at least have heard of. The more people know about you and how you can help them, the easier it will be to set an appointment and make a sale.

#3 Collaborate with like-minded Businesses!
Create your own active and supportive network with other business owners in your area and help promote each other.

Make a list of local shops, hairdressers, spas, nail salons, yoga studios, coffee shops, tax preparers, and independent P&C agencies – think of places where your dream client will typically show up.

TIP: When networking ask yourself what you can do for your network, not what they can do for you. Be a giver, a supporter and you will benefit from this in the end. Networking is a long-term investment. When trust has been established, your revenue will increase.

#4 Learn from the best
Okay, I’m a business geek. I love to investigate and experiment and find new effective ways to make my business flourish. During my time as a insurance agent and business owner, I’ve been lucky to learn from some of the best insurance sales people and experts in the world. It is crucial to have a mentor or a support system to help you succeed when you work on your own.

I hope you enjoyed this article and feel inspired to go out there and actively do something to meet new amazing clients.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason

2 Quick Tips That Every Insurance Agent Needs To Read!

People Don’t Buy Products!

One of the main reasons 90% of the advisors continue to struggle, is because they have a good (or a complete) understanding of the products they sell, and how those products can fix the problems people face today! Accordingly, they want to believe that all they have to do is tell (or show) people how great their products are, and what their products can do… and they will be able to convince people to buy.

Unfortunately, it takes most agents too long to find out the product is irrelevant! People don’t buy products… they buy a solution to ‘THEIR’ problems!

Yes, we know that you can convince some people to buy! But, we also know that when you try to convince people to buy, generally you end up making smaller sales… and missing the real sale!

If you want to increase your sales, then stop trying to convince people to buy your products or ideas! Instead, help them to convince themselves they have a problem!

Ask questions to get them to talk about their concerns and problems. The more they talk about what they want, the more they will want it!

Getting people to talk about their concerns and problems is the key to closing more and much larger sales!

 

Shift Your Perspective To Overcome Your Fears!

One of the main problems that is holding many agents back from reaching their full potential today, (even successful advisors) is that even though they know they need to “sell” their products and services, they feel fearful, or anxious about actually doing so. Most often, our fears of selling come in several forms. Either we worry about not being liked, or being perceived as pushy; or that we don’t know enough; we (secretly) worry that our product or service might not perform as we say, or we struggle with the idea of rejection.

Knowing the source of your fear (most of the time it is a combination of the above fears) is an important part of overcoming your fear of selling.

One of the best ways to overcome your fear (s) is to shift your perspective. How would it feel to think of yourself as “sharing information” about what you do? Or “helping people”, “showing benefits” or “sharing your passion?” If you feel uncomfortable or anxious about “selling,” find a way to shift your perspective to one of sharing information and helping, rather than “convincing someone to buy!”

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Earn the Right to Help Your Prospects With a Solution!

There is no question, among the very best producers, that people buy for their own reasons, not for yours. In fact, their motivation to buy may have very little to do with the reasons why you think they should buy.

The actual truth is… People buy for two reasons only. And they are always the same two reasons. So if you want to make a sale, you must satisfy both reasons. You can ignore either of these reasons at your own risk.

Those two reasons are…

  • Their ‘RIGHT reason’ for buying.
  • Their ‘REAL reason’ for buying.

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‘Make It A Dominant, Immediate Need’

‘If You Want To Get People to See You Today, And Buy From You Today,
Then You Have To Help People To Decide What They Want Today!’

One of the most difficult aspects, about the products we offer, is that for the most part they are for future use. Think about it. With most of our products, we explain to our prospects how they will be protected in the event that someone dies or becomes disabled, sometime in the future. Or, we paint a picture of how important it is to be saving for retirement and how a few dollars a month invested into an Annuity or Life Insurance now, will result in a nice guaranteed nest egg, in 20 or 30 years.

While all of these things are true, they can be extremely difficult to sell because they’re future needs, not immediate ones. There is no compelling reason for our prospects to do something today, instead of tomorrow. (more…)

10 Keys To A More Successful Sales Career

By Ken Sundheim

Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance, the other wants us to pull back. The one we cultivate and decide upon… determines whom we become!

Luckily, with the right kind of training, every individual could be a success. Though, it’s not in your best interest to wait and expect others to assist you on the road there.

Rather, achievement and career advancement is the culmination of gaining self will power, setting firm resolutions and making a commitment to conquer your weakness and bad habits.

If success is truly something of interest, our recruitment professionals have laid out 10 easy theories to implement in order to have a more lucrative, productive and fulfilling career.

1. The secret of success is to try to always improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position is. Learn all you can. In business, miracles do not simply happen.

Rather, success is the culmination of excessive learning and leveraging that knowledge to set firm goals then seeing those proposed accomplishments through to the end.

2.Think in terms of solutions rather than focusing on problems. Simply because we can’t see a solution at a given moment does not mean it’s not there.

Use your subconscious voice in order to gain answers and expand your horizon instead of listening to the inner voice that says a particular goal can’t be achieved.

People with a strong sense of self-worth tell themselves that they can handle anything including hurdles that arise in pursuit of their core goals. (more…)

Do You Know Your Prospects’ Objectives?

If you want to get more people to act on your recommendations, then you will want to learn WHY people are talking with you.

Everyone you talk to is looking for something. They may have a set of goals or objectives. Or, maybe it’s just a vague direction they want to go. Or, a problem that’s keeping them up at night! They all have something that’s important to them, something they want to accomplish.

Just Ask and You will be rewarded.

It is truly amazing what people will tell you when you simply ask them what they want:

  • “What are you trying to accomplish?”
  • “Who are you trying to protect?”
  • “Why is that important to you?”
  • “Where would you like to go with this?”
  • “How would that affect your plans or situation?”
  • “When would you like to be able to…?”

And, there are a host more questions you can easily ask about their specific situation.

Before you can make a sales presentation and close a sale, you need to know why these people are talking with you. What are they seeking? Where are they focused? What will make them happy? How does that make them feel?

Ask enough questions and the prospect will practically sell themselves!

“If you do what you always do, you’ll get what you always got!”

Let me ask you a question…

Would you like to close more sales?

Would you like your prospects to act on your recommendations, without having to hard sell them?

What would it mean to you and your family, if you were able to increase your closing %, increase your commission per household while helping the families you work with to achieve their financial goals?

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Helping Folks Create A Rich Life!

By Beau Henderson, RFC

It typically only happens when tragedy strikes – you get sick, someone you love passes away, you lose your job. Those moments force us to stop our busy lives and consider where we are, how we got there… and where, if we truly have the lives we wanted, we would go. We all have those moments. But how often do such moments truly transform us? How often do they actually lead to a better life? Rarely! And the reason is that creating the life you want is not just a philosophical question. It’s a question for your financial advisor.

What is a Rich Life?

Most clients expect their financial advisors to help them accomplish one very important objective: to make sure they will have enough money to last the rest of their lives. But truly, your financial advisor is capable of doing so much more. Readers of the Insurance Pro Shop® newsletter can help their clients go beyond a wealthy life — one that is simply financially comfortable — and help them live a rich life.

It’s easy to imagine, especially in the midst of financial troubles, that if only you could amass a comfortable amount of wealth, everything else in life would fall into place. Most people live their entire lives in pursuit of that aim. They forgo vacations. They miss recitals. They lose touch with their closest friends and go years without seeing their relatives. And when it’s time to retire, when they are able to sit back and take stock of all the money they have, are they happy? Of course not!

I learned the secret to creating a rich life from my clients. These people are all of varying ages, backgrounds and interests, yet they all tell me the same thing: having their finances in order was important, but the things that gave their lives meaning were the experiences they sought out and the relationships they built. (more…)

Sales vs. Insurance Knowledge: What’s More Important?

Sales vs. Insurance Knowledge:
What’s More Important?
By Ronimarie Acord

Agency producers are “drinking from a fire hose.”

That’s how Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, president of SouthGroup Insurance Gulf Coast in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, describes the learning environment in the independent agency world: Technical knowledge is critical as new coverages, policy forms and risk exposures evolve, but building networking and sales skills is equally essential.

Insurance sales legend John Savage used to say his technical skills contributed only 5% to his success, recounts Kenneth Fields, assistant vice president and director of sales development with The State Auto Insurance Companies – the other 95% he attributed to his people skills.

But Savage – who started a Toledo, Ohio life insurance agency that still thrives as one of the 100 largest insurance and financial service agencies in the U.S. – “would then go on to say the trick was you have to have 100% of the 5%,” Fields adds. Zeringue agrees that technical training “helps producers stay keen” to ensure they provide the best coverages and reduce their E&O exposure.

When training producers, what’s the right balance between sales training and the development of technical skills?

What’s the Mix?

“Technical skills are a given – a must-have,” says Fields, who’s helped train and coach 1,600 new property-casualty producers in the 19 years since co-founding State Auto’s PaceSetterSM sales development program. But he adds that those are “useless without the ability to communicate technical information to prospects in such a way that they can understand the value of the product or service. That requires sales skills.”

In the overall process of grooming a new producer, Doug Mills, vice president of Gillis, Ellis & Baker in New Orleans, believes you can’t separate sales training from technical training. “At its core, what we sell is our expertise on insurance products and how they can be applied to the client’s risk exposures,” he says. “You have to ‘know your stuff’ to be effective at sales.”

The two demands can form a chicken-or-egg question for some agencies. “The biggest hindrance to sales success early on is the fear that the producer will be found to not know what they are talking about,” Mills says of his eight producers under age 35.

“Sales is all about confidence, and until the confidence is established, sales will languish,” Mills agrees. “Confidence cannot be established until the producer has a firm grasp on the technical side of things.” (more…)

Are You Tired Of Working Long Hours To Make A Mediocre Income?

My Father and I started the Insurance Pro Shop in December of 1999, because of the serious lack of real life insurance and annuity marketing and sales training in the industry. We got tired of seeing a 95% failure rate for new agents coming into this industry. Along with seeing 90% of the agents and advisors today struggling, working long hours, to make a mediocre income.

There is plenty of technical training on how our life insurance and annuity products and riders work and the basic benefits of using those products… along with how to run basic illustrations. However, there is very little technical training on how to properly use and present those products. And, the people skills training needed today, for you to find and attract prospects; set appointments; and help people to take action are practically non-existent!

Unfortunately, because most of the training available today just focuses on products, our industry has become one of mainly salespeople, instead of advisors who are dedicated to helping people to improve their financial situation.

If you want to make more than a mediocre income selling life insurance, while working a normal work week, then you can’t continue to follow what everyone else is doing.

You need to finally get the marketing, prospecting, and sales training, coaching, and support you need… to know what the Top Producers know… and do what the Top Producers do… to attract your ideal prospects to you every day!

Then it is about you deciding to learn how to help people to set better financial priorities, so they want to take advantage of the strategies you present.

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Where do you want to be in 3 months… in a year… in four years… in ten years?

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It’s Hard

We all struggle with making a decision and making a change.

But, most of what makes it difficult… is just in our minds!

It’s hard to make that decision because we are afraid of making a mistake.

It’s hard to change and try something new because we are afraid of the unknown and leaving our comfort zone.

Most often, it’s not the doing that is difficult. It’s fighting our own preconceived notions about how hard things will be, what could happen, and conflicting priorities that we created.

Is it time to take your foot off your own brake? Let go of your fear! Make a decision, commit, and go!

Remember, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”. It is a totally true statement… in other words, if you continue doing exactly what you are doing now, then don’t be surprised when you don’t see any increase or change in your results.

Where do you want to be in 3 months… in a year… in four years… in ten years?