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’

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 Million-Dollar Insurance Producers Do… That You Don’t!

In a recent article, I read the author clearly explained what million-dollar producers do that most producers aren’t doing.

Top producers focus on a niche. Seventy percent of the financial advisors who earn at least $1 million on average focus on one particular type of target market or client niche. By contrast, only approximately 35 to 37 percent of the lower-income groups specialize in a client niche. This makes perfect sense. Financial advisors who devote themselves to serving one community become well known and highly regarded among the members of that community – who, in turn, tell their friends and associates about their financial advisors and how adept they are at addressing their particular issues.

Top producers emphasize client communication. The top-earning group of financial advisors (earning over $1 million) go to great lengths to reach out to their clients. Consider that during the previous 12 months before our study, these financial advisors contacted each of their top 20 clients an average of 28 times. In stark contrast, the next most successful group – those earning $500,000 to $999,999 – contacted each client an average of just 13.2 times. The least successful financial advisors were even less likely to communicate with clients. The fact is, today’s clients greatly value regular outreach from their financial advisors – and will reward those who excel in this area.

Top producers ask for introductionsand get them! I don’t need to tell you how important introductions from existing clients are to a practice’s growth. But while a full 90 percent of the top earners regularly ask their clients for introductions to ideal prospects, fewer than 60 percent of the less successful financial advisors surveyed follow suit. It should come as no surprise that these top earners received nearly six referrals from each of their top clients during the past year, while lower-earning financial advisors received just two referrals on average. Here again, we see the value of frequent client communication: The more times you reach out to clients, the more opportunities you have to ask for introductions.

Based on the above and our 30+ years of experience coaching financial advisors, we highly recommend you take these three key action steps:

1. Focus on one or two types of clients whom you can serve extremely well. Specializing in a niche will make you better at solving your clients’ problems and makes it easier for you to attract your ideal new business.

2. Reach out to clients more often. Frequent contact about what matters most to your clients will build lasting loyalty and, along with it, referrals and additional assets to manage. One of the best ways to do this is to send them a monthly newsletter.

3. Be systematic about asking for introductions to qualified prospects. If you want more clients, you’ve got to ask for them. Make such requests a part of each interaction with your top clients.

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Do you want more information on how you can get qualified life insurance prospects to call you? Then start by looking at the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center? For about a dollar per day, it’s the easiest way to learn how to get ‘Qualified Prospects to Call You!’

Not ready to invest in your future, take a moment and get to know us, download one of 4 free books, or download all 4!

How To Attract and Sell your Perfect Prospect. Learn the consistent, cost effective ways the top producers use to have more qualified insurance prospects in a month than most advisors see in a year! And you will quickly be closing more insurance sales!

Advisor Guide To Found Money Management. Help your prospects to ‘Find the Money’ to save more for their retirement, fund their children’s college education, and get all the life insurance they need and want to protect their family!

Selling Mortgage Insurance The Easy Way! How many more sales would you close, and how much more money would you make… if you could help your clients to ‘find the money’ to protect their family… plus pay off their mortgage 10-15 years early using Index Universal Life, Universal Life, and/or Whole Life?

10 Deadly Annuity Marketing Mistakes. What if you knew the top 10 deadly mistakes advisors make and you could fix them right now …to find more annuity prospects, set more appointments, and close more annuity sales? (Plus, collect assets under management and advisory fees)

“Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where
you are now and the goal you intend to reach.”
Earl Nightingale

Do You Want Qualified Prospects To Call You?

“Then Find Out What They Really Want Right Now, And Then Give It To Them”

Have you ever heard the story about two brothers who were each going to open a hamburger stand?

It seems the two brothers were quite competitive, and so they had a bet on who could make the most money from their hamburger stand. The younger brother, George, told Ned that he could have any advantage he wanted for his own hamburger stand.

Ned thought for a minute and said, “All right, I want the best hamburgers in town.”

“Fine,” George said, “Your hamburgers will be better than mine. Now what other advantage would you like?”

“I want the cleanest, nicest-looking restaurant in the entire state.”

“Fine,” George said, “Your restaurant will be the best around. What other advantage would you like?”

“I want the friendliest, best waitresses.” “No problem. What other advantage do you want?” “I want the best location for my hamburger stand.”

“You got it- the best location is yours.”

By this time Ned was feeling a bit smug about winning their bet. After all, George had given him every advantage he wanted, so there was no way he could lose.

So when George said, “I would like to have one thing for my hamburger stand, though…”

Ned gladly obliged: “Anything else you want, you got it.”

George couldn’t help but smile: “The only thing I want for my hamburger stand is a starving crowd inside it!” And then he went on to win the bet by a landslide.

So what’s that story got to do with selling insurance and your financial services?

Everything!!!!

Even if you’re doing EVERYTHING else right in your insurance or financial services business, if you make the one mistake of NOT selling to a “starving crowd,” you’re going to struggle in this business.

Let’s look at an example outside of our industry.

Why do you think doctors make so much money? It’s definitely NOT because they’re good salespeople or marketers – in fact, they’re some of the absolute worst around. Yet their waiting rooms are always full of people wanting to see them.

Have you ever thought about what they’re doing that you’re not? They’re marketing to a starving crowd. If you’re sick, you’ll gladly wait all afternoon and pay whatever exorbitant fee your doctor charges. If you have a heart attack, you don’t negotiate fees with your doctor and you don’t postpone your date for open heart surgery because there was something else you’d rather do that day. No, you march right into the doctor, tell him to schedule you right away, and never even ask him what he charges to do the procedure.

Why? At that point, you have an “immediate need” and you’ll do whatever it takes to get your problem fixed.

To be a successful insurance agent or financial adviser today, you must find your own “starving crowd” and offer them whatever it takes to immediately satisfy their immediate hunger. Unfortunately, because insurance and financial services are at best a future need, it’s tough to find a “starving crowd” of prospects for your products.

That’s why you need to turn the tables on your prospects and offer them services which satisfy their most pressing IMMEDIATE needs before you ever offer them insurance or financial products. This strategy quickly turns even your lukewarm prospects into a “starving crowd”.

Remember, everyone is totally self-absorbed and selfish.

All people care about is themselves, and maybe their family.

How about you?

Do you care about me, or what I think… or are you reading this newsletter because of what YOU thought you could get out of it?

Of course, you’re no different from me, or anyone else.

All we care about is ourselves. It’s just human nature.

So, when doing any marketing or advertising, there’s one question that your prospects are going to ask, subconsciously, when they see your ads or whatever:

“What’s In It For Me?”

This is a major point you have to understand. Yes, I know you’ve heard this all before, but this is so critical, so we need to repeat it over and over again until it is firmly implanted in everything you do.

If your client newsletters, sales brochure, Ads and mailers you use answer this question, they will be moneymakers for you!

If they talk about things that don’t answer this question, they will not create responses!

For example, talking about the fact that your company has top ratings does not answer this question. Talking about your credentials doesn’t answer this question. Bragging about being the “best,” or that you “care” doesn’t answer this question. And so on.

But do you see how “How To Pay Off Your Mortgage 10-15 Years Early, Without taking Any Additional Money Out Of You Pocket!” or “How To Generate A Guaranteed Income In Retirement That You Can’t Outlive!” answers this question?

Keep this critical concept in mind whenever you consider any marketing attempt!

Just like you, your prospects only want to know what’s in it for them!

Do you want more information on you can get qualified prospects to call you? Then start by looking at the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center? For about a dollar per day it’s the easiest way to learn how to get ‘Qualified Prospects to Call You!’

Or, you can invest in one of our specialized “step by step’ systems with 3 month of coaching and real support! 

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

How To Quickly Increase Your Life Insurance Sales Appointments!

First, in case you haven’t noticed, nobody really wants to meet with a ‘pushy’ insurance salesperson, even when they know they need the product or service you are offering! And, even when they have requested more information! They are all afraid they will be pushed into buying something they don’t need or want. Or, they are afraid they will be pushed into spending more money than they want to spend!

Second, most people make the assumption that all life insurance policies are pretty much alike, so to them it makes perfect sense to just pick the least expensive one. That’s why they’ll give you objections to the appointment, like… “I’m too busy right now!” “We don’t have the money!” “I just want the cheapest policy!” “Just send me a quote?” These objections are a natural part of the selling process, and they are really just an opportunity for you to help people to see how valuable your service is.

If you want to set more and better sales appointments, then you’ll have to learn how to get past these typical objections to the appointment! You must focus on helping your prospects to see the problems they face and then help them to see how they’ll benefit by meeting with you. You must be able to differentiate yourself from the rest of the agents who are calling them. And, it’s not going to happen by focusing on your products, price, investment returns or your credentials.

You must help your prospects to see ‘why’ they should meet with you, how they will benefit! If your prospect does not see they have a problem, or truly understand the depth of their problem, then why should they waste their time meeting with you?

Example:

Objection… “I’m too busy right now! Can you just send me a quote?”

Agents Response… “Mr. Prospect, I think I understand. We are all busy, and no one wants to meet with a pushy sales person, right? And, I could send you a quote. However, am I correct in assuming you want the best value for your dollar?

Prospect… “That’s Correct.”

Agent… “Mr. Prospect, I’m a little different from most of the other agents you’ll meet. I want to help you and make sure you get the best policy for you and your family. There are literally hundreds of companies and policies for you to choose from, with all sorts of options. And, without knowing the details of your situation, I’m not sure what’s the best value for you, or what you’ll actually qualify for. So, if I could, I would like to meet with you and your spouse, in person, to go over your options, to make sure you get the best policy and value for your situation. Does that make sense?

Prospect… “I guess so.”

Agent… “Mr. Prospect, if I could show you how to get the policy you need and want to protect your family, without taking any additional money out of your pocket, or changing your current life style, would it be worth 20 minutes of your time to get together and talk about it?”

Prospect… “OK.”

Agent… “What’s the best day for us to meet?”

Overcoming the objection to the appointment is your… first sale to the prospect! And, it requires you to learn a presentation, just like you do for any sales call. You wouldn’t go into a sales appointment unprepared, would you?

What you’ll want to do is write down the most common objections you hear, on the phone and in person. Then, you’ll want to think about what you will say to overcome those objections and write them down. You’ll want to practice them; know them by heart; and learn them so well that you never have to think about them while you’re trying to set the appointment. And, they will just become second nature. By doing this, you are prepared to sell the appointment, which gives you a better chance of setting the appointment.

When you know what to say to sell the appointment, you practice it, and you get good at it, you can set appointments with ‘9 out of 10’ of the leads you get. Remember, the reason these people responded and asked for more information is because they know they need help.

If you want to set an appointment, then you just have to give them a good reason to choose you!

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Now, it’s up to you… You can experiment, trying to develop your own scripts to overcome the objections to the appointment… and the sale! Or, you can invest in our How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10’™ Sales By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions… Training Videos! It’s The Quickest & Easiest Way To Increase Your Sales Appointments… And Your Sales!

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

What’s Preventing You From Earning… $100,000, $200,000 or More Per Year Selling Life Insurance?

In our role as trainers, coaches, and mentors, everyday we get calls from agents, advisors, and planners who are frustrated with the amount and quality of their current life insurance leads. They are working long hours chasing people and struggling to make a decent living. It’s the same old story on every call. Every one of these people tells us that their biggest problem is that they just don’t have enough good leads and they can’t set enough good appointments! They are all looking for an inexpensive and quick, great lead generation method, (or a place to buy leads) that is going to provide them with a consistent flow of prospects that need and want their products and/or services. Everyone of the agents we talk to wants a consistent flow of prospects… “Who all have the money and are ready to buy right now!”

Is that your problem? Is that what you are looking for?

You probably don’t want to hear this… But, unfortunately you are looking for the wrong things! And, it is why there are so many scam artists out there taking unfair advantage of struggling agents, advisors, and planners. There is no lead program, lead company, or ‘single’ marketing method that is going to provide you with a consistent flow of the ‘Right’ prospects… “Who all have the money and are ready to buy right now!”

If there were such a program or system that generated a consistent flow of prospects that all have the money and are ready to buy right now, wouldn’t every Insurance and Financial Services Company in America (and the world) be using it? Consider, if there were such a program or system, companies wouldn’t need to be paying out the high commissions and fees to agents, advisors, and planners. All they would need is a salaried employee to take and process the order. Every one of these companies would get rid of you in a heartbeat, if they could. And, they’ve been trying to get rid of you for years!

Finding and attracting prospects “IS YOUR JOB” if you want to earn $100,000, 200,000 or more! Setting appointments and selling those prospects is also your job! It’s why companies are forced into paying you those high commissions and fees.

If you are serious about earning $100,000, $200,000 or more per year…

  • Then YOU must become a specialist in solving a specific problem, for a specific group of people!
  • YOU must establish a marketing and branding system that is going to consistently help you to find and attract those people to you. The people who ‘need’ your services!
  • Then it is your job, as a salesperson, to help those people to see that you understand their situation, and have a solution to their problem, so they will ‘want’ to set an appointment with you and then follow your recommendations.
  • Finally, it is your job to help those people to find and reposition their money, so they’ll want to buy from you right now.

A good marketing and sales program… is going to provide you with multiple lead generation methods and ‘step by step’ process to help you to find and attract prospects with a specific problem to you. However, most people aren’t ready to buy, when you’re ready to sell. So, you’ll also need to implement multiple methods, to stay if front of those prospects, until they are ready to buy. That’s why monthly newsletters, seasonal greeting cards, articles in the newspaper, being a guest on a radio show, etc. are so important. It’s the only way for you to generate a consistent flow of the right prospects!

And, a truly great marketing and sales program… is also going to provide you with all the scripts, tools, and training you need to convert those prospects into a sales appointment and then into a sale. Plus, help you to build your image and brand to gain the trust and respect of prospects, so you become the trusted advisor people want to see, instead of just another salesperson people want to avoid!

Learning how to properly market and brand your services isn’t an option… “IT IS YOUR JOB”… if you want to earn $100,000, $200,000 or more per year!

That is why we created the Found Money Management Life Insurance Marketing, Prospecting, & Sales ‘Tool Kit’, with 3 months of one-on-one training, coaching, and support!

It is why the top producers, we worked with last year, earned over $1,000,000 and many others who were earning $40,000-$60,000 per year, within a year, are now earning $150,000-$350,000 per year.

We know that your past experience with companies, IMOs, FMOs, and others probably makes it hard for you to believe we can really help you earn $100,000, $200,000 or more per year!

However, there is a reason why we are the ONLY insurance marketing and sales training organization that has over 40 endorsements from some of the most respected and trusted people in this industry, with hundreds of written and video testimonials from very successful agents and advisors.

Yours in success,
Jeremy Nason
“The 9 Out of 10 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!

Toll-Free 877-297-4608 or Direct 770-443-2852

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

How To Sell More Cash Value Life Insurance!

Do you want to sell more cash value life insurance? Would you like to be selling 3-5 cash value policies every week? Then, you must first understand this: ‘Why Do So Many Agents Struggle With Selling Cash Value Life Insurance?’

Unfortunately, there are a lot of reasons why most agents struggle with selling cash value life insurance. Here are just a few of the reasons I’ve found when talking to agents. However, as we’ll discuss later in this article, there is one objection that almost every agent routinely gets from his or her prospects that stops them dead in their tracks.

They have fallen prey to the ‘Buy Term and Invest The Difference’ Myth!
There is so much negative publicity out there about cash value life insurance that most agents are afraid to even try to sell anything but term insurance. Mainly, it’s because they don’t know how to overcome the prospects confusion about the validity of cash value life insurance. And, yet there is a simple solution. The fact is that most good life insurance companies have illustration software that will compare their products to ‘Buy Term and Invest The Difference’ and it clearly shows that cash value life insurance is a much better buy. Do the comparisons for yourself and become a believer.

They don’t understand how cash value life insurance really works and how their prospects will truly benefit by owning it.
Most agents, who are trying to sell cash value life insurance, don’t really understand…

  • The incredible power of tax deferral.
  • How cash value life insurance can provide a tax-free income in retirement.
  • That because of the disability waiver of premiums and the death benefit, cash value life insurance is the only self-completing college funding and/or supplemental retirement savings plan!
  • That it’s creditor proof.
  • It doesn’t count as an asset when you apply for college financial aide.
  • By over funding a cash value life insurance policy, up to the MEC guidelines, it can become “investment grade life insurance.”

These are just a few of the outstanding benefits that make cash value life insurance a very unique savings vehicle and an exceptional buy!

The most amazing part of all this is that the majority of agents who are trying to sell cash value insurance don’t believe in it enough to own it themselves.
They have all the same objections that their prospects have to buying cash value life insurance. How can you sell something you don’t really believe in and own yourself? If you want to sell cash value life insurance, then do your homework. Learn everything you can about cash value life insurance. Become a believer…and then buy it yourself!

Overcoming The Most Common Objection
To Buying Cash Value Life Insurance!

While the above are a few of the major reasons why so many agents struggle with selling cash value life insurance, they are not the primary reason. Consider; what’s the most common objection a prospect gives you for not buying cash value life insurance? Isn’t it: “I can’t afford it!”

The problem is that most sales people just expect their prospects to somehow come up with the additional money needed to buy their product or service. However, if the prospect is like most people today, aren’t they just barely making it financially? Aren’t most people today just a paycheck away from financial disaster? So, in effect aren’t most salespeople asking their prospects to make a very difficult decision? ‘What do I have to sacrifice in order to purchase your product or service?’

If you want your prospects to buy your products or services, then you must help them to ‘Find the Money.’ Help people to reallocate their dollars, to get what they need, without them making huge sacrifices and/or changing their current lifestyle.

Where can you find the money, so that your prospects can afford to buy cash value life insurance?

  • How about raising the deductibles and waiting periods on their current insurance policies?
  • How about removing unnecessary and/or expensive riders or maybe canceling unneeded policies?
  • Can free up money by refinancing their home and lowering their monthly mortgage payments?
  • Can they take equity out of their home to eliminate credit card debt or an auto loan, to free up those payments?
  • Could they reallocate payments currently going into qualified retirement plans, college funding vehicles, etc.?

It all boils down to helping your prospects to set better financial priorities! Helping them get what’s most important to them!

Do you want to help people to ‘Find the Money’ to save more for their retirement, fund their children’s college education, pay off their home early, reduce or eliminate debt, while reducing their income taxes and protecting their family… using cash value life insurance?

Then isn’t it time for you to check out our Found Money Management Life Insurance Marketing, Prospecting, & Sales ‘Tool Kit’

Yours in success,
Jeremy Nason
“The 9 Out of 10 Guys”

What Are You Doing To Become Well Known In Your Community?

Do you want to increase the amount of sales in your local area, within 5-10 miles of your home or office? Then you should spend a little time to become “locally famous.” You want the people in your community to see you as someone who cares; is the expert in their field; and is there to help them!

And, the great part is that it’s not difficult, but it does take consistency and commitment to build your company’s reputation in your local marketplace. The great news is that very few of your competitors are doing it. So, if your you decide to take this on, you’ll quickly generate an ongoing stream of local leads for your company.

Here are some quick ideas for getting your brand well known in your local marketplace:

  • Write an article and get it published in your local newspapers, with your by-line and contact information… We have free articles in the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center that you can use!
  • Let your local news reporters know that you are available… for interviews, comments and advice on financial happenings in your specialty!
  • Be a guest on a local radio or television program… They are looking for guests!
  • Offer free educational workshops (adult education classes, etc.) for your church, synagogue, library and local organizations. (Lions Club, Jaycees, etc.)… We have scripted PowerPoint presentations, invitations, etc. all in our specialized systems.
  • Get your event published in your local newspaper… before and after the event!
  • Join or form a lead group… with local businesses in your community!
  • Join and attend functions for your local Chamber Of Commerce… Be a speaker!
  • Host or sponsor a charity event… heart association, or other awareness event!
  • Be visible in your local community… Volunteer for local events!
  • Publish your own newsletter for people in your community… or get your article published in a newsletter put out by another business! In the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center we have free newsletters and free articles you can use!
  • Get businesses to hand out your business brochure or some free gift with your contact information on it. Our personalized client booklets make a great brochure!

Consider, you may work for a great company, have great products, or great ideas, but what matters more is how much people trust YOU, whom YOU know, who knows about YOU, and the aura YOU give off around you. What other people think YOU can do is more important than what you have done!

And also consider, the person with the most connections wins. We have moved from the information age to a social one. It’s less about what you know, and more about whether you can work with other people to help them to solve their problems. So, you need to get and stay connected, or you’ll quickly become irrelevant.

The bottom line is… “You can’t hide your light under a bushel basket!”

Yours in success,
Jeremy Nason
“The 9 Out of 10 Guys”

‘Little Secrets’ to Generating High Quality Life Insurance Leads!

Just about every agent we’ve ever talked to, has been looking for a new and improved, foolproof way of generating a steady stream of highest quality sales leads and sales appointments. They are looking for a new twist on an old idea. Or, something that has never been done before!

What these agents don’t realize is there isn’t anything actually new out there! Everything that people can think of, with very rare exceptions, has already been tried before. The reason most agents are having a problem with their prospecting systems isn’t because they don’t work in today’s market! The reason they aren’t working for them is because they are missing the ‘little secrets’, ‘little tricks of the trade’ that are the difference between total success and total failure with these systems.

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