3 Myths About Life Insurance That May Leave Your Family Unprotected!

3 Myths About Life Insurance That May Leave Your Family Unprotected!

When you’re just starting out, it often seems that a dollar never stretches far enough. And with new commitments, such as buying your first home or having children, comes the responsibility to make sure your loved ones will be provided for financially, no matter what life may bring.

If you were to die unexpectedly, life insurance is there to make sure your loved ones can maintain their standard of living, stay in your home, send your kids to the same schools and keep their plans for the future on track. It also gives the grieving spouse or partner time to make decisions, or in some cases find work outside the home, without worrying about finances.

But common misconceptions often prevent young families from purchasing the life insurance they need.

Myth 1: I only need life insurance if I’m the primary breadwinner in my family. Whether you bring home the largest paycheck in your household or a smaller one, your family relies on your income to maintain its quality of life, and it would be missed if something were to happen to you. Even if you don’t work outside of the home, having life insurance is a smart choice. Stay-at-home parents perform valuable services such as childcare, cooking, housecleaning and household management, which can be costly to replace for a surviving spouse or partner. Read More

Don’t Have The Time Or Money?

For Advisors Who Don’t Have The Time Or Money To Hire A Personal Coach Or Attend Live Training Events!

What’s the best way to learn new skills like questioning techniques, sales presentations, lead generation, etc.? Is it by spending days reading boring technical books or manuals? Or, perhaps is it by searching on the internet and sifting through thousands of articles – some outdated, or even just wrong? Of course not!

The best way to learn is by getting live training and listening to people who really know what they’re doing, have done it themselves, are dedicated, accomplished trainers and then by following and practicing their techniques and ideas!

The problems with hiring a coach or attending a live training event is they can be expensive, and you can’t take the trainers home with you.

Four Experts, who have contributed to the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center


Our ‘Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center’ (Exclusive, Members Only Private Site) gives you that same learning opportunity – on demand, in your home, at a coffee shop, or wherever you learn best. And, without you spending a fortune. Whether you’re trying to improve your skills, or learn new ones altogether, our private site (with all the latest information, tools, and tips, plus videos and audios from some of the best producers and trainers in the industry) can be a great way to educate yourself. It’s the next best way for you to learn the skills you need, besides you actually spending the time and money to get live personal training and coaching.

One of the biggest benefits of the private site training is, that you can fit in the learning whenever you can find the time to do so. Agents and Advisors with hectic schedules do not have to sacrifice their ‘sales time’ in order to learn, since they can fit in learning whenever they have spare time. And, best of all you can visit the private site any time you want… 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Our private site starts off with the basics, and then moves through the steps at a pace you can control. Miss a key detail? Just re-read the article or pause or rewind the video or audio, and you’re right back on track.

The information, course and audios contained in the ‘Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center’ will help you learn the needed sales skills in a tiny fraction of the time it would take finding and reading many books, or searching the internet and sifting through thousands of online articles trying to find the information you need and want.


We Are Doing Everything We Can To Save You ‘TIME’ and ‘MONEY’!

We’ve made the ‘Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center’ affordable for everyone. It’s only $35.00 per month! (There is no long term commitment. You can cancel anytime.)

Plus, we made a ‘major update’ to the ‘Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center’ to make it easier to for you to find all the information you need to be successful. No more wasting time searching for the critical information you need.

And, we’ve added even more tips, tools, training, audios and videos from the ‘best of the very best’ in this industry.

We are doing everything we can, to guarantee you get off to a quick start and guarantee you have the long-term success you want and deserve. Accordingly, as a member of the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center you’ll also have Complete Access (for the life of your membership) to…

  • Over 11 hours of latest videos from our ‘Trusted Adviser Success Training™’ Boot Camp! It’s the best core and advanced insurance marketing, branding and sales training on how to Attract and Set Appointments with your VERY BEST PROSPECTS. Plus, how to conduct a thorough Fact-find to get your prospects emotionally involved, so they want to take action right now. No more hearing; “I’ve got to think about it!”
    (Normally $499.00)
  • Our Advanced Fact-finding Videos & Audios. Over 10 hours of fact-finding and questioning training, from Lew’s boot camps, with simple concept presentations and sales presentations. How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’ Sales Appointments is a new sales mindset that frees you from unnatural selling scripts. Instead, you’ll learn how to begin new conversations with prospects, naturally – no pitching, no persuading and no pushing. (Normally $265.00)
  • Six Training Videos and Audios with over 8 hours of practical strategies and sales presentations on how to get your ideal prospects to want to take action on your recommendations, to quickly improve your sales and income. Normally $39.95 each. (6 Training Videos and Audios @ $39.95 = $239.70)
  • All ten of our Fast Track Advisers’ Guides providing you with critical insurance marketing, prospecting and sales success strategies that most agents and advisors don’t know and may never find out! Normally $9.95 each.(10 Advisors Guides @ $9.95 = $99.50)
  • Our Dynamite’ Referred Lead System that will show you how to get your friends, clients and businesses to refer everyone they know to you.  (Normally $95.00)
  • 12 Months of  Client Newsletters for pre-retirees and seniors that will keep you constantly in front of your prospects, clients and friends. Normally $59.95 per month.
    (12 for pre-retirees @ $59.95 = $719.40 ) (12 for seniors @ $59.95 = $719.40)

Our ultimate goal is to help as many agents, advisors and planners as we can… to learn how to help more of their friends, family, prospects and clients to weather the current financial storm and the storms to come.

Click on the following link for more details…

Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center
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Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason and Alex Villa
‘The 9 Out Of 10 Guys’

P.S. Listen: Over the years, you’re going to spend thousands of dollars in time, money and effort promoting your business. Why not learn how to do it the most cost effective, money-making way? Why not learn the marketing, prospecting, appointment setting and sales strategies that most of the leading agents, advisors and planners on the planet use? It just makes good sense.

“The common denominator of success — the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful — lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”
Albert Gray

Don’t Invest One Cent Of Your Hard-Earned Money Until You Check Out This Guide…

Are you new to insurance sales? Or, maybe you’ve been selling insurance products and financial services for five, ten or more years. Have you been looking for marketing and sales systems and training programs to help you get started, or to take your sales to a six-figure income and well beyond? Have you been searching the Internet, looking in industry publications, talking to your manager, talking  to your associates, and asking successful agents… “What’s the Best Sales System Out There?” “Who Do They Recommend?”

Did you find there are hundreds of companies offering marketing and sales systems and/or sales training? Did you decide to contact a few of these companies? After reading their materials and/or listening to them, were you totally confused and uncertain whom to choose? Because, each one of these companies tells you that they are unique and the very best.

So, how do you make an intelligent decision?

I empathize with you. I have a similar problem. How do I prove to you, that we have one of the best sales systems and training programs in the financial services industry? It’s a difficult problem.

Like many of our competitors, we could make outrageous claims that appeal to the insecurity, fears and greedy human nature of most sales people… “Guaranteed Overnight Success!” “One Thousand New Prospects In Six Weeks!” “Get High Quality Prospects To Call You And Beg For An Appointment!” “Work From Home In Your Underwear!” or “Make A Million Dollars In Six Months, Working Part Time!” But, I hope you are too intelligent to fall for any of those… ‘In-Your-Face’ advertisements! The vast majority of the people that use these ‘In-Your-Face’ advertisements tend to be hucksters and scam artists! They know that most financial professionals are like most other people, in that they all want and are looking for instant gratification and immediate success.

The truth is that none of us can ‘absolutely’ guarantee that you will succeed using our programs.

There is no marketing, prospecting and sales program that will work for everyone, in every area of the country. There are just to many variables. We don’t know you, your talents, your financial situation, your weaknesses, your strengths, your education, your experience, or how hard you are willing to work! We don’t know the people who live in your area of the country. We don’t know their attitudes, likes, dislikes, or demographics! And, we don’t know whom you are competing against, the amount of negative publicity in your immediate area, how competitive your products are, or the overall demand for your products, and services in your area?

So, how do you select the best system and sales training organization for your situation and area?

You Must Do Your Homework!

Here are the major points we look for, before we’ll invest any of our time and money in any of the companies, systems, etc. that want us to do business with them. (modified to fit your situation)

  • Does the company give you their full contact information? Do they provide you with the name of the owner, key people, their company address, telephone numbers and an email contact form? If they don’t list all of this information, you must ask yourself why they don’t! Shouldn’t you be able to call them and actually talk to a real person to find out more about their program and support to see if it is right for you, your situation and area? If they don’t provide their names, how can you verify their credentials? What does this tell you about them?
  • Have these people ever actually sold any products or services in the financial services industry? Is what they offer just information they’ve learned from a book or they’ve used in some other sales situation? Do they have any actual experience selling intangible financial products and services?
  • How successful were they in personal sales? Are they just telling you they were successful, or do they have actual documented evidence? In the financial services industry, every company that I know gives out plaques, trophies and other physical awards to the top 10-20% of their producers.
  • How long were they in sales as a personal producer? There are many people who were successful for a year or two, but are now out of personal sales because what they were doing to get sales eventually backfired and stopped working. They made a good living for a year or two… but they were the typical pushy salesperson, didn’t tell the whole truth, tricked people into buying, or were just selling to friends and family. They were forced to leave personal sales because they had a high lapse rate, were unable to get referrals and find new prospects, etc. Are these the people that you want to help you, with your career?
  • Do these people have any actual experience training new and/or experienced sales people? And, for how long? Just because a system worked for them doesn’t mean they know how to train others on how to be successful using it! Or, that the system they used is transferable to others?
  • Do they work fulltime training agents and supporting their systems? Or, are they still working fulltime in personal sales? If they are working full time in sales, how much time will they be able to spend helping you? How hard will it be to contact them?
  • Do they have testimonials from satisfied customers? Unfortunately, it’s easy for people to fake written testimonials, if they do not give the agent’s full name, picture and state. Video testimonials are harder to fake. Do they have satisfied customers that you can call?
  • Do they have multiple endorsements from financial industry leaders and associations? In general, these endorsements are not easily obtained, because successful people and associations are not willing risk their reputation by endorsing something that doesn’t work! And, these endorsements are not easily faked, because it is very easy to verify if the endorsements are real! How many endorsements do they have? Do they just have one or two endorsements from their friends?
  • Do they offer a detailed list of what’s in their courses and systems? Why not? Is it primarily just a lead system, just a sales system, or a software system? For any system to really help you, it must provide detailed information about marketing, prospecting, appointment setting and sales? It can be the best lead system, sales idea, or software but if it doesn’t help you to consistently be in front of the “Right” prospects, then it’s almost worthless!
  • Are they upfront with the actual cost of the training and materials? Or do you have to call them to get the information? Why aren’t they willing to disclose the cost of their materials and training up front? Are they trying to force you into contacting one of their sales people? Are they just interested in getting all of your contact information, so they can inundate you with offers? Or get you to contract with them?
  • Do they offer personalized training and coaching? Or, is it all group training sessions? Will you get help tailored to your personal situation?
  • Do they offer a… 90 Day, No Questions Asked, 100% Money Back Guarantee? Fortunately for you, most of the lesser programs cannot afford to offer a ‘Money Back Guarantee!’ Or, they require you go through a time consuming process to qualify for a partial refund. This makes it a little easier to determine if they are a successful and reputable company.
  • Are they members (in good standing) of one or more consumer protection agencies, such the ‘Better Business Bureau’? Most of the companies, with lesser programs, are not members of any consumer protection companies, because they get too many complaints. It’s easy to check with consumer protection agencies to verify that they are members in good standing.
  • What’s their overall reputation? With today’s Internet it’s very easy to check out any company or individual! If they can’t be found on the Internet what does that tell you about their credibility, along with their marketing and sales ability?
  • Are they just recruiters in disguise? Unfortunately, the vast majority of recruiters will do or say whatever they believe will get you to sign up with them. They’ll offer you… ‘Free Leads’, ‘Free Systems’ and ‘Free Training’ just to get you to contract with them. We suggest that, before you contract with them, ask to talk to their five newest agents. (Agents contracted within the last 6 months) If they can’t or won’t do that, then what does that tell you about them?

If you want to find the best systems and sales training for your particular situation, then you must take the time to do your homework. Do not fall prey to the ‘In-Your-Face advertising. By using all the 15 points outlined above you will give yourself a much better opportunity of ‘Selecting The Best Systems and Sales Training’ for your situation.

However, don’t stop there! Always ask to speak to one of the key people in their organization! Not just one of their sales people! Ask them to help you to determine if their system and training is right for you!

Does this make sense? Would you have your best chance of success, if you found a company that meets all 15 points?

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason

Get More Life Insurance & Annuity Sales From The People You Meet!

Over the years there have been numerous surveys concerning the honesty and ethical conduct of business professionals. As you are probably well aware insurance salespeople and car salespeople are consistently ranked at the bottom of the list in these surveys.

However, you can change people’s perception in your world, if you’ll take a few minutes to learn the sales skills that will have your prospects thinking differently about you. You can quickly become the trusted advisor people want to see. And, you’ll be amazed how many more life insurance and annuity sales you will close!

But, only if you’ll follow these 11 sales success strategies:

  1. Get people to talk about themselves!
    During the first few minutes you are meeting with a prospect, whether it’s in an elevator, at your seminar, or during the initial fact-finding meeting resist the temptation to talk about yourself, your products or services. No one cares how great you are until they understand how great you think they are. Ask questions to get them to talk about themselves and what they really need and want. Resist the temptation to throw out any “sales pitches” about your product or service. At this point, what could you possibly talk about? You have no idea how or if you can help them!
  2. Telling is not selling!
    If you tell the prospect something, they may or may not believe you. Remember, in their eyes you are just another salesperson trying to make a sale. If you want to sell most of the people you meet with, then you have to get your prospects to “tell themselves” what’s important to them and their family. To do this, you need to get fascinated with your prospect; you need to ask questions with no hidden agenda or ulterior motives.
  3. Pretend you’re on a first date with your prospect.
    Get curious about your prospect. Ask about their dreams, concerns and problems. The more you get them to talk about their dreams, concerns and problems the more important they become to them, and the more they’ll want to find a solution. Then ask… What products and services are they already using? How did they happen to choose that product or service? Are they happy? Is it too expensive, not reliable enough? Find out what they really want. If not from you, then perhaps from someone you could recommend.
  4. Speak to your prospects as you would speak to your family or friends.
    This isn’t the time for you to switch into the “sales mode” with heavy-handed persuasion techniques. Speak normally, like you do when you’re around your friends and loved ones. Keep it simple. Don’t try to impress people. And, don’t use technical jargon. “If you speak at sixth grade level, then even the college professors will understand you!”
  5. Pay close attention to what your prospect is and isn’t saying.
    Most salespeople are so concerned about what they’re going to say next that they forget that there’s another human being involved in the conversation.
  6. If you’re asked a question, answer it briefly and then move on.
    This isn’t about you or your knowledge; it’s about whether you’re right for them.
  7. Find out what they need and want first.
    Only after you’ve correctly assessed the needs and wants of your prospect do you mention anything about what you’re offering.
  8. Keep it simple.
    Don’t try to impress people. And, don’t use technical jargon. “If you speak at sixth grade level, then even the college professors will understand you!”
  9. Refrain from delivering the three-hour product seminar.
    Don’t ramble on and on about features and benefits that have no bearing on anything your prospect has told you. Pick a handful of benefits you think could help with your prospect’s particular situation and tell him/her about them. And if possible, reiterate the benefits in their own words, not yours.
  10. Ask the prospect if there are any barriers to them taking the next logical step?
    After having gone through the first eight steps, you should have a good understanding of your prospects needs and wants in relation to your product or service. Knowing this, and having established a mutual feeling of trust and rapport, you are now ready to bridge the gap between your prospect’s needs and wants… and what you’re offering. You’re now ready to…
  11. Invite your prospect to take some kind of action.
    If you learn and use the previous ten ‘Sales Success Strategies’ you’ll obliterate the need for any of “101 closing techniques” you’ve learned, because the ball is now placed on the prospect’s court. Using a “closing technique” keeps the ball in your court and put’s the focus on you, the salesperson. You don’t want the focus to be on you. You don’t want the prospect to be reminded that he or she is dealing with a “salesperson.” You’re not a “salesperson,” you’re a financial advisor helping them to solve their problems by offering a particular product or service.

If you want more people to buy more life insurance and annuities from you, then you must get them emotionally involved! People buy for many reasons, but they all boil down to avoiding pain or gaining pleasure, which are emotions. To get people emotionally involved, you must ask open ended questions so they will see and understand the dreams, concerns and problems they have. The more emotionally involved people are in the sales process, the more likely they are to take action.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason

What’s Keeping You From Being Successful …Selling Life Insurance & Annuities?

Are you as successful as you would like to be selling life insurance and annuities?

Have you ever wondered; “What’s keeping me from being more successful?”

Over the past 30 years, working with thousands of agent and advisors, I heard all sort of excuses why they aren’t successful… “I don’t know enough.”, “My area is different.”, “My products aren’t competitive.”, “I can’t compete with the banks.”, “I don’t have the support (or training) I need.”,  and the list of excuses goes on and on.

However, I believe that the main reason that the vast majority of people struggle is… they are ‘AFRAID’ to even try? They are constantly holding themselves back!

Are you subconsciously holding yourself back?

Are you afraid of failure? Or, believe that you don’t deserve success in your life?

Are you afraid of making bad decisions and feeling foolish? Or, wasting your time and money?

The truth is that most people subconsciously don’t really believe they are capable of being successful? And, it’s this limiting belief that is holding most people back.

If you want to be truly successful in your career and your life, then first of all you have to learn to believe in yourself. If you do not believe that you can be successful, then who will?

“If you believe you can, you probably can.
If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t.
Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”
Dennis Waitley

To be a success in your career, and in your life, requires that you take some risks, make mistakes, and have some failures along the way. It’s about learning from those mistakes and failures that enables you to find a better way to gain the success you ultimately want.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be
continually fearing you will make one.”

Elbert Hubbard

Unfortunately, many of us have been conditioned early in our life to believe, in one way or another, that we can’t succeed, that we are losers. Or, we believe that by taking risks such as “getting one’s hopes up” we will ultimately end up disappointed. We have internalized this negative feedback and feel that we don’t deserve success.

One of the main fears of success, is that success will change us in such a way that we will jeopardize the close relationships we have with our family and friends. Because, in order to move forward in our life, we must change the ways we do things. When we change, won’t the relationships around us be forced to change? Maybe some of our friends will cheer us on, but won’t others be jealous and berate us for moving forward? We fear success because we are afraid that being strong enough to create the life we want will render us unlikable. Maybe we fear that success will bring on attacks from our competition, or we will be bombarded by people wanting money or other things from us.

It may sound strange that the fear of succeeding could be as much of an issue, or do so much damage. However, it is an issue, and it does damage our opportunity to succeed. Yet, most of the people who suffer from a fear of success are usually not even aware of their problem.

Are you one of them?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

Are you afraid of success?

  • Do you believe that people who look out for themselves first are selfish?
  • Do you feel that the sure-fire way to end up disappointed is to want something too much?
  • When you make a decision, do you fail to follow through on that decision?
  • Do you feel guilty about being happy, if a friend tells you that they are depressed?
  • Do you avoid telling others about your good luck, so they won’t feel envious?
  • Do you have trouble saying no to people?
  • When someone you know well succeeds at something, do you feel that you’ve lost out?
  • Before starting a project, do you suddenly find a whole bunch of other things to do first?
  • Do you have trouble concentrating on something for a long period of time?
  • When you have to ask others for their help, do you feel that you’re bothering them?
  • Do you compromise in situations, just to avoid conflict?
  • Do you feel self-conscious when someone you respect compliments you?
  • When you are involved in a competitive activity (sports, a game, work), are you so concerned with how well you’re doing that you don’t enjoy the activity as much as you should?
  • Instead of wanting to celebrate, do you feel let down after completing an important project?
  • Do you often feel that you don’t measure up to the standards that you’ve set for yourself?
  • When things seem to be going extremely well, do you feel like something will happen to ruin it for you?

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.”

Dale Carnegie

How do you overcome the fear of success?

Decide Who You Want To Be…

Fear often has to do with worrying about uncertainty, feeling out of control, and wondering what your life’s purpose is.

When you realize you are part of a bigger picture, it’s easier to ascertain that you both deserve and need to be successful and happy.

If you want to succeed, then you do the right things. You help the people around you. You make being a good person a priority. You know that this isn’t just about you. It’s also about the bigger picture that you’re part of… Making a Positive Difference In People’s Lives! Helping families to spend, save, invest, insure and plan wisely for the future, to achieve financial independence! These thoughts will give you the courage to try something new and believe that your life is successful because of the doing, not the outcome.

Every day visualize clearly about the person you want to be. Make this visualization vivid and precise. How does this person talk? How does this person dress? How does this person solve problems? How does it feel to be this person? Ask yourself these questions, as you visualize your ideal self.

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
If a person is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where to go, then that person is  successful. If a person does not know which direction they want to go in life, then that person is a failure
.”
Earl Nightingale

Maintain A Positive Attitude…

Instead of living your life on autopilot, letting negative thoughts come into your mind, consciously feed your mind positive thoughts.

Do not think of all the reasons why you cannot be successful. Instead think of all the reasons why you can achieve success.

Stay away from negative people and you will dramatically decrease the amount of negativity in your life.

Give thanks for what you already have. Show appreciation to everyone around you. Write down all the positive events in your life. Read inspirational books; listen to uplifting music, or call an upbeat person and you’ll soon find your negative attitude will start melting away.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
Thomas Jefferson

Create Your Success Library…

Sometimes when we lose trust in ourselves, we just need a little bit of inspiration to push us in the right direction. There are plenty of ways to find inspiration, but we forget about them when we need them the most.

Create a library of quotes, save articles and success stories that have inspired you, create a library of inspiring movies, videos, and motivation speakers. Or, create an album of your fun and happy memories. Turn to this library whenever you have any self doubts.

“To have more than you’ve got,
become more than you are.”

Jim Rohn

Take The Time To Learn…

People are always afraid of what they don’t know. If you have a fear of something, you just have to educate yourself about it. It is like walking into a dark room. At first you feel scared and don’t know what to expect, but once you turn the light on everything gets clear and simple.

“All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners.
Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas.
If they’re not learning, they’re not growing…
not moving toward excellence.”

 Denis Waitley

Live Your Life In Balance…

No matter how important success might seem to you, it is still important to follow it with balance, otherwise your journey towards success will turn into an obsession that will ruin everything that you truly love in life.

Unfortunately, most of us get so caught up in responsibilities and goals that we forget to enjoy our lives.

You must make time for yourself. It can be just 20 minutes a day, but this time must belong to you. If you give yourself the luxury of free time, then you will notice that the rest of your responsibilities will get easier.

Success is not a destination. It’s a journey. It’s important that we take each step feeling grounded and balanced. Spend time with your loved ones, enjoy your hobby or follow your passion, take care of your health and grow spiritually. This is the true meaning of success!

You will become a better parent. You will be able to come up with creative ideas at work. You will be able to take better care of your health. You will reduce your stress and experience the joy of living.

You can be successful. It is your right and purpose in life to be successful in whatever you are doing. If you believe, then nothing will ever stop you from achieving the success you want and deserve.

“Success is not the result of making money;
making money is the result of success
and success is in direct proportion to our service.”

Earl Nightingale

Jeremy Nason, Alex Villa, and Lew Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

Do You Ever Have Doubts?

One of my jobs at the Insurance Pro Shop is to help agents come up with the best recommendations for their clients. It’s an awesome responsibility. And one I don’t take lightly!

All of us in the financial industry have a huge responsibility. Every time we meet and talk with a client we are guiding and advising them on their financial lives. It is a huge burden to have on your back. We are dealing with people’s livelihood. If we don’t do our jobs correctly we can leave families devastated. On, the flip-side, when we do our jobs well, we give families hope, and a bright and secure financial future. Hopefully, you recognize this and truly care about the people you are meeting with. If not, I challenge you to rethink being in this industry.

If you do truly care about people, and are anything like me, there have been times when you have second-guessed yourself. Some questions and doubt might creep into your mind… Am I really doing what is best for my clients? Is that fixed rate annuity at x% good enough? Would they be better off investing in the market? And the questions go on and on! If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, take pride in that. It means you care and are doing your best to put your clients in the best financial position possible.

It you are concerned about whether you are doing a disservice to your clients by recommending a fixed rate annuity at x% or having them put their money into cash value life insurance, then let’s look at the S&P 500, because it is the most common benchmark used to evaluate and compare investment returns.

In 1999 the S&P 500 ended at 1469.25. In 2016 the S&P ended with a historic high of 2,238.83. If you were to average the return over those 17 years, the actual average return is about 2.51%. (and that is ignoring annual fees!) So, if you had sold them a 3.0% fixed annuity they would have made more money.

Remember, by law we are required to remind our clients over and over again, “Past Performance Is Not An Indicator Of Future Results!” We have no idea what the future holds. No one does. We can only hope the market will do well, but we can’t be sure.

Also remember, for many people, this is the only money they have available to them for their retirement. Can they afford to lose any of it? If they lose money, what would that do to their retirement income? If their income goes down, will they need to start taking some of their investment principle? If they start taking their investment principle, could they eventually run out of money? Is it worth that risk?

If you want to make sure you are doing right by your clients, you need to have a real conversation with them. If you are doing a ‘1-size-fits-all’ approach, you may want to rethink what you are doing. Are you actually doing what’s best for your client? It is crucial to find out what their goals and priorities are.

I know one of the biggest issues I have seen recently when helping agents on their cases, is that the client’s original agent ignored or didn’t take the time to find out what the client actually needed or wanted… growth, liquidity, safety, guarantees, lifetime income, minimize income taxes, etc! Instead the agent put them into one of the hot new ‘income rider’ variable or index annuity products. While these products do guarantee an income, the income is based on them never needing or touching the investment principle. Is that providing what most people actually need and want?

This brings me to my final point, how can we know what’s best for them? Half of the time, our clients don’t even know what they really need or want. Many times, they don’t even know what kind of questions to ask you. There is slim to no training out there for the average family on their finances. Our country is sadly, very ignorant on their financial situations. So, if they don’t even know, how are we supposed to figure out what is best for them? Simple, ask questions! Get them thinking, and find their needs and ultimate desires.

There is much more to selling annuities than just offering ‘income riders!’ Do a proper fact-find; ask them all the different questions so you can find out their desires and tailor a plan to meet their exact needs and wants. The best part about doing this, you will close significantly more cases, and you won’t get replaced. Plus, people will refer you to everyone they know!

To find out more on how you can help your clients, the different approaches you can take, what questions to ask them, and how to truly be a hero to your clients, give us a call!

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By Alex Villa, CTA
Insurance Pro Shop

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“I have been working with Jeremy Nason at the Insurance Pro Shop on Annuity & Life cases for the past couple years with great success. In a nutshell, I have found that my IMO’s have tunnel vision when it comes to case design. And to be blunt, most are not good at it. They tend to focus primarily on pushing product. Jeremy, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of an IMO and he uses both his creativity and case design experience to maximize the benefits for the client in a simple, easy to understand, illustration. He does a great job of comparing the client’s current plan to the “new proposed plan” that we developed in a collaborative manner. As a result, his process helps the client see clearly the major differences between what they’re currently doing and what they should be doing, if they want to live a safe, secure, comfortable retirement and meet their overall goals and objectives. I have found that when I use Jeremy’s system and his easy to understand two page illustrations, the majority of the time I end up making the sale.”
Andrew Maisch – NJ (10 years) March 2016