What Can I Do Today To Increase My Life Insurance & Annuity Sales?

The first question I ask myself every morning is; “What can I do today that will increase my sales and income?” It’s the question every agent, advisor, and P&C agency should be asking himself or herself every day!

When was the last time you asked yourself that question? What was your answer?

Was your answer, buy more leads? Run an ad in the local newspaper? Send out more direct mail and postcards? Offer a dinner seminar? Contract with a different company that offers leads and take a reduction in your commissions? While these are all options, aren’t you just throwing more and more of your hard earned money at the problem?

Would you like to learn a better way?

There Are Three Ways To grow your sales and your income!

As all of the marketing gurus will tell you, there are three ways, and only three ways to grow your sales and your income. You can:

  1. Find and attract more new prospects.

  2. Convert a higher percentage of your prospects into appointments and sales.

  3. Increase the size of each sale, or make more sales from each prospect. 

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Do You Want To Sell More Life Insurance?

One of your most powerful sales tools, in any sales call, is a written testimonial from a satisfied client. With the clients’ permission, you can recount their situation (in general terms) and describe how you were able to help them. The only problem with this lies in the credibility of the story. Will they believe it? Your prospect may, at least partially, disregard the story as just a sales ploy. The absolute best way to overcome this problem is to also provide a testimonial of your own personal story, and own what you sell.

Your own testimonial is a great tool to help those skeptical prospects to see the value of what you are offering and buy into the concept or product you are selling. For example, if you are selling life insurance as a supplemental retirement vehicle, or a college funding vehicle, while protecting your loved ones, you better be doing what you’re preaching. How can you sell the concept, if you don’t believe in it enough to buy it for yourself?

Owning what you sell gives added credibility to all your recommendations. It demonstrates that you are a total believer in what you do. However, you can’t just tell them you own the life insurance policy yourself. You must take your own life insurance policy (ies) along with you on all your appointments to show your prospect what was appropriate for your situation. Bringing your policy (ies) along with you clearly shows the prospect you followed your own advice. It then becomes concrete evidence for your prospect, and while in the midst of making an emotional decision, your clients will see that you took the steps to protect your family and save for your future. Therefore, they should do the same. In fact, all of the agents we work with who are truly successful at selling life insurance can speak from the heart! They believe in it so strongly that they own multiple policies on themselves and their family members. Read More

Four Simple Secrets To Selling Large Amounts Of Life Insurance!

Four Simple Secrets To Selling Large Amounts Of Life Insurance!

Would you like to know how and why the best producers are able to sell large amounts of cash value life insurance?

If you knew their secrets could you sell large amounts of cash value life insurance, just like they do?

We’re talking about you earning $500,000 or more in first year commissions each year!

Some of you may be thinking; “Yah, that would be great! But, the reason those producers are able to sell so much life insurance, is they have the technical knowledge, for a very specialized life insurance niche market. They are working with 412i plans, Estate Conservation, Premium Financing, Charitable Giving or some other specialty market.”

While it’s true that some of the more prolific producers do have the technical knowledge, and work in one of these very specialized advanced markets, it isn’t how and why they are able to sell large amounts of cash value life insurance.

It may surprise you to know that every one of these ‘life insurance sales leaders’ has the same basic problems you do! In fact, in most cases, the people who work in those very specialized, advanced markets have much worse problems, because of the extremely small size of their market, plus the competition, bad publicity and the large amounts of money they work with. However, they are successful because they know four simple secrets that you don’t! Read More

Are You Frustrated With The Lack Of Training and Support?

Are you frustrated with the lack of real marketing and sales training and support you have received so far in this industry?

Have you jumped from one IMO to another IMO, (Company to Company) because they promised you a free turnkey sales program and/or leads, with training and support, if you just moved your contracts to them? (So they could make an over-ride on your business)

How did it work out? Did their program work as promised? Were their leads any good? Did you get the training and support you were promised?  Or, were you just trained on the products they wanted you to sell?

Have you invested in one lead program, after another, with lackluster results?

We know that, based on your experiences thus far in this industry, it is hard for you to believe that there are people who can and will follow through on their promises of a proven system… with real training and real support to help you to quickly grow your sales.

We also know that it is scary to think about stopping what you are doing, to start with a new system or program.

One of the great things about our systems, training, and support is that you don’t have to stop what you are doing. You can just add a little at a time, to make it work for you, before you make any big changes.

Plus, using our systems, training, and support we can help you to dramatically improve your current sales results.

Here is a testimonial we received last week…

“Dear Jeremy,

I have been licensed since June of 1976, when I graduated Fordham University and began working with Northwestern Mutual Life. I did receive some license preparation training, but after passing my state examination there was no real ongoing training program.

In addition, I became licensed in property casualty insurance in 1983 and concentrated on medium to large commercial accounts. I considered myself a multi-line producer. I saved clients money on the commercial insurance premiums and some of those savings led to sizable life sales.

I have represented many fine insurance companies over the years, but all of them share a glaring flaw. That flaw is a lack of a committed marketing program. The insurance companies I represented talked endlessly about how great their product was, or how many years the company was in existence, which seemed to matter very little to my clients.

I was a New York State Licensing Instructor for over 14 years and taught thousands of new agents and also was qualified to teach continuing education in New York. I have taught thousands of agents over the years and have a great relationship with State Farm Mutual Agents, because I pioneered telephone tutoring that was highly successful.

When I came across your excellent materials and programs I realized that your programs were the best material for new agents, as well as veteran producers like me. One of the great results of your complete program, in my case the annuity program, was the newfound confidence I felt while going through your material. Since I began the annuity training course, in the past three months, I have closed two cases with Athene for total premium of $220,000 which has generated almost 14,000 in commission. Before, I was lucky to do that in the course of a year!

Your program has made a huge difference not only in my overall production, but in my attitude. Along with my other sales, my goal is to do over 2 Million in annuity production this year. I am very confident of achieving this personal goal.

I also have been very impressed with your hands on approach and your accessibility. Any questions are answered quickly and effectively. I have also noticed that key concepts are presented not only in clear fashion, but with an emphasis on solving the real problems that prospects and clients have.

I am available to speak with any agent or broker who is undecided about the Insurance Pro Shop. I would say their greatest cost would be the opportunity cost of not signing up and following through.

I like the comment by Henry Ford when he said many years ago, “If you think you can and you think you can’t either way your right!”

In summary, in my 41 years in the insurance and investment business, I have never come across programs to help agents produce and grow their business like the programs constructed and engineered by Lew Nason and his family. I feel like I hired the best marketing department I could possibly get. Thanks for your great and ongoing achievements that benefit the producer, the man or women in the arena.

Sincerely,
Raymond R. Naclerio”

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If you are not satisfied with your sales results, when are you going to do something about it?

Is it time for you to learn the insurance marketing and sales fundamentals that 90% of the agents are missing today?

Is it time for you to check out our Specialized Systems, with 3 month of real training and support?

We are the first truly dedicated life insurance and annuity marketing and sales trainers for career and independent insurance agents, financial advisors, and P&C Agents. We Are NOT Recruiters!

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

Specialize In Solving Your Ideal Prospects’ Problems!

How much easier would your life be if you could find and attract your ideal prospects to you instead of cold calling, buying leads, etc. to end up in front of people who have never heard of you?

How many more appointments could you set and sales could you close if people felt they were meeting with the local expert who can help them to solve their most pressing financial problems?

If you want to attract the most prospects to you; set more appointment with the people you talk to; and close more sales with the people you meet with; then you must provide a service that addresses an immediate problem, need, and want that your prospects have today. And, by promoting yourself as a specialist in a specific area, the automatic perception is that you are an expert in that area!

If we are talking about Middle Income families, (pre-retirees) what are the biggest concerns and the biggest priorities most of these families have today? Maybe it’s getting out of debt; reducing income taxes; reducing their family expenses to improve their cash flow; having enough money each year to take a vacation or buy a new car; saving to buy a house; saving for college expenses for their children; or saving for their retirement?

Unfortunately, very few Middle Income families see buying insurance to protect their family as an immediate concern, need, or want. It’s not on the top of their list of priorities. They see all insurance as just an additional expense that they can’t afford! And, they don’t see the need for a financial planner, an investment advisor, or higher investment returns, because they already have access to a 401k, IRA, Bank CD, etc., if and when they ever have any money to invest.

The reason our “Found Money Management” system is so effective and attracts so many more prospects is that it does NOT focus on products or investment returns! Instead, it clearly addresses the immediate concerns, needs, wants, and priorities that Middle American families have right now! And, it does it all without asking them to spend any additional money or change their current life style!

All of the marketing, prospecting tools, and training we provide in this system are designed to establish you as the specialist and foremost expert in helping families to ‘find the money’ to spend, save, invest, insure, and plan wisely for the future, to “Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!”

If your want to attract the most prospects, then you must specialize right now! And, you must specialize on the immediate concerns, needs, wants, and priorities that people have right now!

Please, take a few minutes to look at our Found Money Management ‘Advanced’ Life Insurance Sales Tool Kit. Your long-term success in attracting prospects and making sales is directly related to your ability to market your services to a specific market segment that has immediate concerns, needs, wants, and priorities that you can solve for them.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy & Lew Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

The Top 6 Ways To Generate…

… High Quality Life Insurance
And Annuity Leads… For Long-term Success!

What the biggest concern most agents have? Isn’t it, not having enough high quality leads every week?

Is that your biggest concern?

Have you tried buying leads and/or preset appointments?

Have you tried post cards and direct mail systems?

Have you tried running ads in your local newspaper or offering free reports?

Are you frustrated because none of these lead sources have provided you with a consistent flow of high quality leads that produced consistent sales?

If so, you are not alone!

It’s the biggest complaint we get from most agents.

Why are most agents struggling with the above lead sources? Is it because:

  • The leads aren’t consistently putting them in front of the right people for what they are offering?

  • The leads are putting them in front of shoppers and people with health issues?

  • The lead systems don’t give them a good way to consistently turn leads into appointments?

  • The amount of leads they get is inconsistent from week to week?

  • The leads/systems are too expensive to use on a long-term basis?

  • The leads are putting them in front of people who have never heard of them?

All of the above leads sources are an adequate way for you to get started in this business. And, they can be used to provide a boost during the slow times. However, for long-term success, they aren’t your best primary source of leads. And, they aren’t what Top Producers use to generate consistent high quality business.

If I were forced to start over from scratch, offering something new, I wouldn’t use any of the above lead sources…

No matter what product I was offering, whether it was investments, health insurance, P&C insurance, LTCI, DI, annuities or life insurance, I would do some research and determine how I could best help the people in my local area. What’s the biggest problem I could solve for them? Then, I would do everything I could do to position myself as the expert in that area!

Here Are The Top 6 Ways I would Use To Generate High Quality Leads!

I would:

  1. Ask my friends and family for their help. Would they allow me to practice on them and give me an honest opinion/feedback of the service I am offering?

  2. Invite everyone I know to a Free Seminar or Educational Workshop. People feel better about coming to seminars than meeting a salesperson face to face.

  3. Establish a Joint Venture with a local business that caters to my ideal prospects and get them to endorse my services.

  4. Create or join a local lead exchange group.

  5. I would set up a referral system to get referrals from everyone I know and meet!

  6. I would send a monthly newsletter to everyone I know and meet.

Remember… People buy when the ready to buy not when you’re ready to sell! So, if you want to sell them, you must be in front of them when they are ready to buy!

I wouldn’t rely on someone else for my leads. I’d take in control of my business and make sure:

  • I’m consistently attracting the people I have the best chance of turning into a client!

  • I have a cost effective lead generation system.

  • I have a consistent flow of leads.

  • I am in front of front of people who have heard of me!

  • I know what to do and say to convert those leads into appointments.

These are the Top 6 ways we teach advisors to use, in our specialized systems, to consistently generate high quality insurance leads. Do these insurance lead generation strategies work?

The answer is yes! Over the past 30 plus years, using these strategies, we’ve had an 80% success rate with new agents, verses the industry failure rate of 90%.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy & Lew Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

 

You Must Have An Agenda You Follow During The Entire Sales Cycle!

…To Close More Life Insurance And Annuity Sales

Your prospect has made an important decision, they have decided to meet with you. Congratulations, you’ve made your ‘first sale’ to the prospect. You sold them on the reason for the appointment. Now, you want them to become your client. So, what do you do? Are you going to wing it like most agents and advisors? Or, do you have a set ‘step by step’ agenda for that appointment?

What do you want to accomplish at this first meeting?

  • Do you want to make a good first impression… gain their trust, respect and build their confidence in you?
  • Do you want to help the prospect to see and understand the problems he/she has, so that they will buy into the solution you can provide them?

One of the best ways to make a good first impression is by following a set, ‘step by step’ agenda throughout the entire sales cycle. You want to send a POWERFUL message to your prospect: “This meeting was important enough to justify advanced planning on my part.”

You are a professional financial services advisor. Having a well-rehearsed agenda reveals your preparation. Prospects and clients will know that you respect their time. An agenda demonstrates what they can expect throughout the process; you are thorough, leaving nothing to chance.

What’s included in your agenda?

  • Do you tell your clients how you work, what they can expect from you, what it will cost them, and give them a brief outline of your credentials?
  • Do you have a series of ‘thought provoking questions’ that gets them to think and talk about the problems their family and they face today and in the future?
  • Do you have a set sales presentation (s) that demonstrates how your product and/or service will help them to solve their problems?
  • Do you summarize what they have told you they want and need at the end of the sales presentation to show them you were listening to them and you understand their problems and concerns?
  • Do you tell them that you are going to take all the information they gave you, back to your office and review it, so you can come back with your best recommendations?
  • Do you present a written summary of the first meeting with written recommendations?

If you are not closing 9 out of 10 sales calls, is it because you don’t have a set, ‘step-by-step’ agenda?

How do create a ‘step by step’ agenda? You can do it by experimenting (trail and error). Or you can invest in our How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10 Sales’… By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions… Videos! And, the scripts, questions, simple presentations, and closing presentations are all there, written out for you.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy & Lew Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

Selling on Value – The Two Key Principles of Value Selling

The Difference Between Price And Value
Most agents and advisors know the difference between price and value. The challenge they face is how to ‘Sell The Value’ to their prospects. If you can’t do this and your sales strategy is based only on ‘sell based on price’ you will set yourself up for failure.

Regardless of whether you are new to sales or are a sales veteran, you must incorporate value added selling into your sales toolkit. To do this, a good starting point is to look at the two key principles behind every value added sales strategy.

Look at value from the customer’s perspective…
This is the most important principle because you can’t apply the other principles if you don’t or can’t identify a particular client’s value drivers. A product or service has value only when the customer perceives it to be so. This may sound like common sense, but surprisingly, it is not common practice.

What are the key skills needed to implement this principle? Quite simply, the ability to ask good questions, what are called ‘value creation questions,’ are essential as the first step in your value selling strategy. Read More

How Do You Dramatically Increase Your Life Insurance and Annuity Sales?

You get people to see you as… Their financial guardian… Someone who is there to make their dreams come true!

In an article by Ken Varga he states… Research has shown clients of the advisors who earn more than $500,000 a year, consider their advisors as “Dream Protectors” or “Financial Doctors!”

Do your clients think of you as a “Dream Protector” or “Financial Doctor.” Do they see you as someone who is truly there to truly help them… or do they see you as “just another insurance agent who sells insurance products?”

When someone asks you, “What you do?” do you reply… “I sell insurance” or… “I am an insurance agent” or…“I am an insurance broker” or some another similar answer?

While you should be proud of being an insurance agent, if you think of yourself as someone that just sells insurance policies or products to your prospects and clients, then this is the reason you aren’t making the kind of income you want. Read More

What Do You Need To Know To Generate A Consistent Stream Of Qualified Prospects!

In my 20 plus years in this business, working with my father, I haven’t found a single way of generating leads and sales that is going to work for everyone, in every area of the country. Doesn’t every section of the country have different ways of looking at things, different beliefs and different preferences? Doesn’t every Agent and Advisor have their personal strengths and their weaknesses?

It’s like playing baseball. Everyone can play the game. However, not everyone is a good player. Very few are ever going to become good enough to make it to the minor leagues, let alone the major leagues. Even those players who have a lot of talent are beat out many times by players with a lot less talent.

The people who do make it into the minor and major leagues in baseball are the people who study, practice and work hard to master the fundamentals of the game. Then, they determine what position they are going to specialize in and they study, practice and work hard to master that one position.

It’s the same for anything we decide to do. If we want to be successful in the game… it takes dedication, study, practice and hard work to master the fundamentals of the game. Then, to take our game to the next level we must specialize!

Consider, you can have all the leads in the world, but if you don’t know the fundamentals of what to do and say to turn those leads into an appointment or a sale, you’ll strike out 99 times out of 100.

You can have the best products in the world. You can be extremely knowledgeable about the products and how to use them. However, if you don’t know the fundamentals of how to attract and get appointments with the right prospects, you’ll never get your turn at bat.

If you want to make it to the minor leagues in sales you must first master the fundamentals of sales! And, then to get to the major leagues you must specialize in one area!

What are some of the fundamentals of sales?

The first fundamental of sales is learning what sales is all about! Is a sale about getting people to buy the products that you want to sell them? Or, is it about helping people to buy what they need to solve a problem they have? This is where most agents have a problem and stumble right form the start. They have the wrong idea of what sales is. So, when they get a lead, they have a problem turning the lead into an appointment, let alone a sale.

  • Do you have an urgent problem that you can solve for a prospect? If your prospect doesn’t have a problem, then why should they meet with you? If it isn’t an urgent problem, then why should they meet with you right now?
  • Does the prospect recognize the problem they have? What can you do to get them to see that they have a problem and agree to an appointment?
  • Does the prospect want to solve the problem? Do they want to solve it right now? What can you do to move the sale along?
  • Even if they do want to solve the problem, do they have the money? What can you do to help them find the money?

The second fundamental of sales is learning how to identify and attract your ideal prospect. This is another area where the vast majority of agents have a major problem. They believe that everybody is a good prospect for what they offer. So, they waste their time and money sending letters to, talking to, meeting with and trying to sell the wrong people.

  • Are there some people that are better prospects than others for your products or services? Example: If you are selling life insurance, is it going to be easier to sell it to people with families or to single people?
  • Are there some areas, companies, associations, etc. that have groups of your ideal prospects? If you sell one person in that group is it going to be easier to set appointments with and sell the other people in the same group?
  • Are there some prospects that you relate to better than others? Are there prospects who you have more things in common with than others? When you relate better with a prospect isn’t it going to be easier to set an appointment and close the sale?

The third fundamental of sales is the understanding that ‘Marketing Is The Only Function In Your Business That Brings In Clients… Produces Sales… And Generates Profits!’ A lack of marketing is the primary reason most agents fail in this business. Most agents spend all their time trying to meet with and sell strangers, which is the hardest way to build their business. And, yet isn’t that what most lead systems focus on!

  • How easy is to get an appointment with someone who has never heard of you or the work that you do? How much credibility do you have with these strangers? How much trust do these strangers have in you? Don’t most people prefer to do business with people they already know?
  • How much easier would it be to get an appointment with someone, if a trusted advisor or friend recommended you and endorsed your services?
  • How much easier is it to make an appointment with people that already know you and the work that you do?

These are just some of the fundamentals you must study and master to win the sales game. And, these are just some of the fundamentals you’ll find in our member’s only private site and our specialized systems.

Remember, if there were a quick, easy way to be successful selling insurance, everyone would be earning a six-figure net income, instead of just the top 1% of all agents and advisors!

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’