Costly Sales Mistakes and how to avoid them!

#1 Most Costly Sales Mistake & How To Avoid It

Are You Losing Sales Because You Are Trying To Solve Your Prospects Problem Too Soon? This sales mistake is costing you big time!

One of the most blatant sales mistakes that I see agents, advisors & planners routinely make today is trying to solve a prospect’s problem before the prospect sees, fully understands and wants to solve their PROBLEM /S! The advisor hears the prospect express a need that can easily be met with their company’s products and services and he/she immediately offers to meet the need.

Yes, I know, it’s very difficult not to respond to what you may feel is a burning need.

However, offering solutions to problems before listening to a prospect’s complete situation will have an adverse effect on any sales call. They’ll tend to see you as just a salesperson, instead of an advisor.

You must listen to… ALL of the needs the prospect may have! Then and only then should you try to determine the ones he/she is really passionate about solving.

In other words, shut up and ask the who, what, where, when, how and why questions to clarify what they need. The more questions you ask, the more they’ll talk about their problems and concerns.

The more you get them to talk about their problems, the more emotionally involved they’ll get. And, they’ll turn that need into a want!

And, they’ll practically sell themselves!

Present your solutions and benefits later when they have the most emotional impact!

Crush this costly sales mistake…

Take the next step and download our free report now! How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions!

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

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Turn Your Clients Into Repeat Sales!

Depending on which study you believe, and what industry you’re in, acquiring a new client is anywhere from 5 to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one! Accordingly, the first rule of any business that wants to be successful, is to retain their clients and build a loyal relationship with them, to acquire repeat business from them.

Any business that is always chasing new clients at the expense of repeat business from their existing clients is making a fatal mistake. And, that is certainly true for your insurance and/or financial services business.

Your clients are your loyal base, and they are invaluable to your success. Your current clients have already shown that they trust you, or they wouldn’t have followed your initial recommendations. So, if you continue to work with them, helping them to stay on track to reach their financial goals, they will do more and more business with you!

In addition, if you treat your existing clients with trust and respect, they will refer new clients to you, solving one of your most complex problems… Referrals!

Take the next step and download our free report now! How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions! and learn a skill that will enable you to turn your clients into repeat sales.

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

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There Are Only Two Ways To Acquire Wisdom! Ben Franklin Told Me So!

Ben Frankin said…

“There are two ways to acquire wisdom; you can either buy it or borrow it. By buying it, you pay full price in terms of time and cost to learn the lessons you need to learn. By borrowing it, you go to those men and women who have already paid the price to learn the lessons and get their wisdom from them.”

Find the people who have already done what you want to do! Then get their input, advice, and guidance… and follow it! You will save yourself the months or years, and the thousands of dollars it would cost to learn what you need to learn by trying to go it alone.

Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Download my free report.

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

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Are You Making The Most Expensive Mistake of Your Career?

Why is it that most insurance agents, financial advisors, and financial planners will spend huge amounts of their time, and thousands of their hard-earned dollars on learning about a hot new sales idea or a hot new product, buying and learning the latest software, or earning the latest industry designation? But, when it comes to learning and mastering the two extremely critical success functions of their business, that will make their career a whole lot easier, more fun and extremely profitable, they can’t seem to find the time or the money?

If having the latest sales ideas, products, software and designations were the actual keys to success in this industry, then why are 90% of the people who enter the industry failing and leaving the industry within the first four or five years? Why are the majority of the surviving people earning less than $50,000 per year?

Do you want to do more than just survive in this industry?

Do you want to be earning a significant six-figure income and be enjoying your career?

Then isn’t it time for you to learn and master the two critical keys to success in this industry?

What’s the first critical function for success in the financial services industry?

What I hear most from people is that they are struggling to find qualified prospects. Is that one of your main problems? How much easier and more profitable would your business be if you had a consistent flow of the ‘RIGHT’ qualified prospects? Well you can, if you’ll spend more of your time and money learning how to identify and consistently attract the right prospects to you. The people you have the best chance of selling. And, that’s about learning all you can about Marketing Your Services!

What’s the second critical function for success in the financial services industry? 

What I hear second most from people, is they are having trouble getting their prospects to take action. Whether it’s setting an appointment or closing the sale, most people are only getting a small portion of their prospects to take action right now. Be honest with yourself, are you having the same problem? You can be setting many more appointments and be closing many more (and larger) sales, if you’ll spend the time and money to Improve Your Questioning, Fact-finding & Selling Skills.

Summary

Let face it, you can have the all the latest sales ideas, the most innovative products, the latest software and a list of designations after your name, but if you aren’t able to attract the RIGHT prospects to you and then get them to take action, you’ll continue to struggle in this business.

The unfortunate part is that your companies, marketing organizations, managers, and recruiters are providing very little if any intensive training on these two very critical success functions. And, why should they spend their time and money training you? Aren’t there plenty of people for them to choose from, who want a career in the financial services industry?

If you want to succeed short-term and long-term in this industry, then it’s up to you to get the marketing and sales skills training you need and want… right now!

The question is where do you find the marketing and sales skills training you need?

Unfortunately, there are very few people in our industry who are actually offering this in-depth marketing and sales skills training.

There are lots people offering great sales ideas and product information, like LEAP, Missed Fortune, Infinite Banking, Circle of Wealth, The Wealth Preservation Institute, Annuity Selling Systems, Pension Concepts, College Funding Solutions and others. The problem is that they are primarily just offering sales concepts with very little if any real marketing or sales skills training.

Then there are all of the marketing companies that will tell you they have a great foolproof lead system that will put you in front of a ton of people, like the Broich Approach, Million Dollar Leads, Bank On Yourself and others that are either just recruiters in disguise, or are selling expensive ongoing services that empty your wallets.

Finally, there are the FMOs, IMOs, and other recruiting organizations that will promise you the world, just to get you to contract with their companies.

There are very few people that are actually providing comprehensive marketing and sales skills training, specifically for this industry.

And, there are fewer yet that have the proven industry credentials and experience, with industry leader endorsements and testimonials from successful agents, advisors, and planners.

Marketing and sales skills training is not sexy or exciting. It’s just what makes your business easier, more rewarding, more fun and extremely profitable!

Take the next step and download our free report now! How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions! and learn a skill to make this business really fun and easy!

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

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How To Get Past The Prospect’s “Salesperson Filter.”

Believe it or not, closing sales is simply a matter of asking the right questions. If you don’t ask the right questions, you won’t uncover the needs of your prospects… and what your prospect actually wants! And, if you don’t uncover what the prospects needs and wants, you won’t understand what problems to solve for them.

Unfortunately, most agents spend most of their time during sales appointments giving a lecture about their products and services and how great they are. If you are using that presentation/sales style…

…it is costing you a lot of sales!

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Priceless Life/Sales Advice From My DAD!

When I first entered sales, I asked my father for some sales advice and what the best selling technique was to be successful.

He replied, “The two most important parts of the sales process are your ability to:

  1. Ask The Right Questions!
  2. Shut-up and Listen To The Client!”

Asking the right questions is the number one sales technique that you can use and it makes all the difference in the world. Your ability to provide your clients with the right solution to their problems is the key to your sales success. And to find the right solution, you need to ask the right questions. When you ask the right questions, your client will tell you exactly what you need to do to make the sale.

Unfortunately, when I talk to a struggling agent or advisor, I find they are making the mistake of telling their clients about the features and benefits of their products before they understand what the client is looking for. Your clients buy for their own reasons, and you won’t learn what those reasons are, unless you first ask questions and listen to them.

A successful sales call should be about 30% asking questions and talking, and roughly 70% listening. Remember, you have two ears and one mouth. That means you listen twice as much as you speak.

Why is it important to learn how to structure your sales questions:

You use questions to gain or maintain control during the sales call. If you use questions properly, you can lead your clients to where you want them to go. The proper use of questions also helps you to isolate areas of interest. Ask the right sales questions to help you find the right solution.

By asking questions, you will find out what the prospect is interested in. If you know what they are interested in or need. You can then provide the solution they are looking for and better position them to buy.

You use questions in sales to help acknowledge a fact. When you state a fact in the form of a question, and the response is positive, you have an agreement.

Use sales questions to receive minor agreements. Selling is the sum total of a series of yeses, that lead to the final decision to own or use your service. A minor agreement will also define the area(s) in which they have the most interest. Not everyone buys your products or services for the same reasons. By asking questions, you will find out why they will want what you have to offer.

Use sales questions to arouse and control emotions. Emotions are the thinking that you must arouse in the prospect. If they can’t get excited about what you have to offer, they will not buy. They have to feel that they must own the product.

Use sales questions to isolate objections. You must isolate their objections to understand the real stumbling blocks to the sale. A skilled salesperson knows the prospect will have objections to buying their product or service. But, they also know that most objections are just a reaction and not real. You need to find the objections that are important to the buying decision and focus on what is most important to the prospect. To do that, you have to use questions.

You don’t answer objections by telling. You answer objections by asking questions. The key to handling objections is best done when you ask the right questions that allow the prospect to positively answer their own objection.

The truly amazing part is that if you want to take his sales advice, learning to ask the right questions is one of the easiest skills you can learn and master, to immediately increase your sales and income.

Take the next step and download our free report now! How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions! and learn a skill to make this business really fun and easy!

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

Need More and/or Better Insurance Leads?

One of the main challenges, we face every day as trainers and coaches, is getting agents and advisors to understand the real reasons why they are not as successful as they want to be. Example: Most agents and advisors come to us believing that their main problem is they need more and/or better insurance leads. While that is basically true, is it only a symptom of their real problem?

Is the real problem that they don’t know what to do and say to set an appointment with the people they know and meet?

Would you agree that almost everyone you know and meet has a problem, and would significantly benefit from your products and services? Do they need your help to ‘find the money’ to save more money for retirement or to fund their children’s education? Or, do they need more life insurance to protect their family? Or, maybe they need more safety and guarantees on the money they have already saved? Etc.!

If almost everyone you know and meet needs your products and services, doesn’t that mean there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of people (leads) in your immediate area that would benefit from your help? So, do you really need more and/or better leads?

Or, do you need to learn what to do and say to get these people to want to meet with you?

Or, is the real problem that you are uncomfortable and don’t want to approach and talk to these people?

Is that because you lack confidence in your ability to help these people?

Or, is it because you only see yourself as just another insurance salesperson?

What are you going to do today to improve your sales?

The truly amazing part is this critical sales skill is one of the easiest skills you can learn and master, to immediately increase your sales and income!

Take step one and download our free report now! How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions! and learn a skill to make this business really fun and easy!

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

Hamburgers & Hotdogs

Working with agents on their cases is one of the many services you receive with our one on one coaching! In doing these cases (well over 1,000 cases a year!) I have found most agents are trying to hard! Trying to do too much and flat out not giving the prospect what they want!

We try to hard sometimes to fit the square peg in the round hole. 

What we do or should be doing is two different things.

If the client wants a Hamburger, give them a hamburger! Don’t try to talk them into wanting a hot dog.

Here is an example of what I mean…

I was working with an agent and 2 senior clients. The clients wanted income from one of their IRA’s. Easily the agent could have just put them into an Annuity with Income Rider or SPIA. Instead, of doing just that, the agent, wanted to sell them on Life Insurance to maximize their pension (one the right track, just the wrong time) and leaving money to their heirs. The agent lost the case because he was trying to sell the hotdog!

Bottom Line… Give the client want they want first, Make them a client! Then through reviews educate, prove and show them there is a better way!

Find out what your client really wants and watch your sales soar! It all starts today and right here! Download my free report.

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

Why Are You Not Where You Want To Be?

Let’s keep this quick and simple…

Every day I speak with agents and advisors all over the world. They tell me that their sales aren’t where they want them, they don’t have enough prospects, they’re frustrated with their companies/FMO’s training, etc…

All these agents and advisor typically have all the tools they need except one thing.

Someone who will coach/mentor them through all the ups and downs of business. See, in my experience (20+years), You are just inches away from success. In most cases, you just need someone to put foot to butt to get you going, keep you motivated and fill in the gaps of information your missing that will blow up your sales, keep you in front of qualified prospects.

When I suggest this to agents and advisors, I almost always get the same response “I cannot afford a coach!”. When really the answer is “You can’t afford not to have a coach!” After discussing this with agents, I find money is not really the issue. It’s their pride, ego, fear. It’s not really the money. The problem is between there ears, getting the better of them.

Bottom Line… You’re not where you want to be because you don’t have a coach guiding you, pushing you, educating you, helping you fight these mental battles. The money will come with the right coach you should see almost an instant increase in sales and/or a decrease in expenses.

If you want to make 2018 a special year. Isn’t time for you to invest in yourself and get the help you need!

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Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

The #1 Skill All Insurance Agents and Advisors Must Learn!

Listening Is A skill!

Studies consistently show that our customers believe that salespeople talk too much. Even more embarrassing, polls of salespeople show that we know we talk too much.

But how can we sell more while talking less?

One reason we talk too much is we don’t want to miss a detail, feature or benefit the customer might find important, so we overload them with information. And we tend to confuse them. If they are confused they’ll generally give you a response like… “I need to think about it.”

If you want to be more effective, the answer lies in letting the customer speak first. If we probe effectively, asking the who, what, where, when and how questions, then they’ll tell us everything we need to know about their problems, and how to solve them. Then, when it’s our time to talk, we can focus our remarks on what we know to be important to the customer, instead of what we think they might want to know.

Ask more questions, listen more, and the odds are you’ll speak less while significantly increasing your sales.

Download our free report now! How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions!

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the famous Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!