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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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. Read More

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?

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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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’

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’

 

Finding The Best Prospects To Successfully Sell Life Insurance!

During the past 30 years, most of the major life insurance and annuity companies, independent marketing organizations (IMOs), insurance agencies, sales trainers, sales system providers, industry support organizations, and it seems that practically everyone in the financial services industry has shifted their focus away from servicing Middle Income Families. They are now focusing the majority of their marketing efforts and training, on attracting and servicing prospects in the more affluent markets. They’ll tell you that they believe that’s where agents and advisors can make the most money, quickly and with the least amount of effort and expense. Everyone seems to want to believe that, because these people have more money and they have more discretionary dollars, they are an easier sale. If only it were true and that easy!

The Reality Of Their Decision…
To begin with, is there any question that there are a lot less prospects in the more affluent market segments? When we talk to most advisors they believe that we are talking about the top 10% -15% of the U.S. population, which if it were true, would give them an abundance of prospects to see.

However, the reality of the situation is that, only 4% of households have a million or more in assets including their homes. But, only 1 in 125 Americans have more than $1 million in financial assets such as stocks, bonds, bank accounts, real estate and businesses they own. That’s based on a study published by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch & Co. Only about 2.5 million Americans, or less than 1 percent of the population over age 15 are millionaires. The report did not factor in the value of people’s primary residences, which obviously would increase the number of millionaires. And, because many of these millionaires have their assets tied up in their businesses and real estate, there are even less of these people who have liquid assets to invest in or purchase your products.

Think about it…
With all the insurance agents and financial advisors moving into the more affluent markets and chasing the top 0.5% – 1% of the population, is it any wonder that most of these agents and advisors are struggling to make a decent living? It has gotten extremely competitive in the affluent markets. You just need to take a look in your local newspaper, on a Sunday, to get an idea of how many financial services professionals are currently offering annuity and investment seminars every month to the affluent markets! And, then to compound the problem, isn’t it where you will find the most competition from banks, attorneys, accountants, investment brokers and all the get rich quick scam artists?

Now consider…
When Tom Stanley and William Danko, the authors of ‘The Millionaire Next Door’, decided to investigate how people get wealthy, they found something extremely odd. They found that many of the people who live in the upscale neighborhoods and drive luxurious cars ‘do not’ have extreme wealth. They are not millionaires. Most of them are living well above their means. They are spending more money than they are making in order to maintain the appearance of being wealthy. The truth is that, like most people today, these people are struggling every month just to make ends meet.

The Capgemini/Merrill Lynch report also broke out how these very rich people allocated their assets. These millionaires put 34 percent in equities; 27 percent in fixed-income investments; 13 percent in real estate investments; 14 percent in alternative investments like hedge funds, foreign currency and commodities; and kept 12 percent in cash or deposits.

The Spectrum Group survey found that more than 35 percent of the affluent are retired and 36 percent are business owners. The overwhelming majority, 86 percent are married, and the mean age is just under 56.

According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, The State of Working America… “64 percent of American households have stock holdings worth $5,000 or less, or own no stock at all.”

So, Where Can You Make The Most Money Selling Life Insurance?
If you want to find and make more money selling life insurance (or annuities) then you’ll want to serve Middle Income Families. We are talking about the top 50% or more of the US population, that is 50 to 100 times the amount of prospects available in the affluent markets. Obviously, that means there are a lot more prospects for you to see. And, there is a lot less competition from the other financial services professionals.

The only real problem with servicing Middle Income Families is that in order to find the money it requires you do a lot more work with the prospect. Many, if not most of these people are living beyond their means, and they are drowning in consumer debt.

At first glance it would appear, that the majority of these people do not have any discretionary money. But, in most of the cases appearances are deceiving. They do have discretionary money! You just have to learn how to help them find it! It’s about helping Middle Income Families to understand the problems they face today and then helping them to prioritize where they spend their money.

In most cases, you can help them to find the money ($3,000 to $12,000 per year) if you know where to look. And, you can do it all without taking additional money out of their pockets or changing their current life style. It’s simply a matter of helping them to re-allocate where they are spending their money unnecessarily.

Studies on the problems facing Middle American Families…

US Savings Lag – 64% of full-time U.S. workers are either behind in their retirement savings, or haven’t yet started. Widows in particular are likely to be behind – 70% are living “paycheck to paycheck.” MetLife Employee Benefits Trend Study

Americans Gripped By Fear – 95% of Americans have some financial-related concerns when it comes to retirement. 42% expressed fears related to retirement income: either that they will run out of money prematurely, or that they will have to downgrade their lifestyle in retirement. NAVA Financial Retirement Fears Study

Americans Have Wrong priorities – 70% of Americans are most concerned with short and midterm financial spending, while placing retirement savings at a distant third priority. Prudential Financial “Roadblocks to Retirement” Study

A message from Bob Kerzner, President and CEO of LIMRA International, 5/8/06.

“Retirement is more than simply income planning. People must also prepare for the potentially ‘dangerous highway ahead’ that may include outliving one’s assets, health risks and long-term care needs, inflation and other pitfalls. Most Americans have not saved enough to retire as comfortably as they would like to.”

“We need to respond to their failure to save. To point out, especially to younger consumers, that the way to a great retirement is through systematic savings, not hot investments that boom today and bust tomorrow. Companies should do more to educate consumers about retirement. They need to know the risks they face or they will not be able to create that retirement paycheck, plan for long life, or rely on their personal savings for retirement.”

“I believe those companies that start looking more at the totality of retirement are the ones that will do better. People want a lifestyle, a great retirement, not a specific product. They will buy a product only if they see how it will get them the retirement they envision.”

“Serve the classes, live with the masses.
Serve the masses, live with the classes.”
John Jacob Astor

The more you learn, the more you’ll earn!
Do you remember your Mom and Dad telling you; “Study hard and you will earn more!” It’s one of those irrefutable facts of life! Is it possible that a few simple changes in your marketing could make a major difference in your livelihood?

Think about it… If this business were really about having the best products and sales ideas, like people are telling you, then why are 90% of the new advisers failing and why is the average income for advisers only $40,000-50,000?

Don’t wait to get started, take action now! You’ll get everything we’ve promised, and much, more! Go ahead and hold our feet to the fire to provide you with cost-effective life insurance marketing, prospecting and sales training that really works – your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.

In our Found Money Management™, Life Insurance Marketing, Prospecting, & Sales ‘Tool Kit’, With Our 3 Months of One-on-One Training & SUPPORT… you’ll find detailed explanations how to attract and sell middle income families.

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

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’