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

Sales vs. Insurance Knowledge: What’s More Important?

Sales vs. Insurance Knowledge:
What’s More Important?
By Ronimarie Acord

Agency producers are “drinking from a fire hose.”

That’s how Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, president of SouthGroup Insurance Gulf Coast in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, describes the learning environment in the independent agency world: Technical knowledge is critical as new coverages, policy forms and risk exposures evolve, but building networking and sales skills is equally essential.

Insurance sales legend John Savage used to say his technical skills contributed only 5% to his success, recounts Kenneth Fields, assistant vice president and director of sales development with The State Auto Insurance Companies – the other 95% he attributed to his people skills.

But Savage – who started a Toledo, Ohio life insurance agency that still thrives as one of the 100 largest insurance and financial service agencies in the U.S. – “would then go on to say the trick was you have to have 100% of the 5%,” Fields adds. Zeringue agrees that technical training “helps producers stay keen” to ensure they provide the best coverages and reduce their E&O exposure.

When training producers, what’s the right balance between sales training and the development of technical skills?

What’s the Mix?

“Technical skills are a given – a must-have,” says Fields, who’s helped train and coach 1,600 new property-casualty producers in the 19 years since co-founding State Auto’s PaceSetterSM sales development program. But he adds that those are “useless without the ability to communicate technical information to prospects in such a way that they can understand the value of the product or service. That requires sales skills.”

In the overall process of grooming a new producer, Doug Mills, vice president of Gillis, Ellis & Baker in New Orleans, believes you can’t separate sales training from technical training. “At its core, what we sell is our expertise on insurance products and how they can be applied to the client’s risk exposures,” he says. “You have to ‘know your stuff’ to be effective at sales.”

The two demands can form a chicken-or-egg question for some agencies. “The biggest hindrance to sales success early on is the fear that the producer will be found to not know what they are talking about,” Mills says of his eight producers under age 35.

“Sales is all about confidence, and until the confidence is established, sales will languish,” Mills agrees. “Confidence cannot be established until the producer has a firm grasp on the technical side of things.” Read More

Middle Income Families Need & Want Your Help!

Have you been reading and seeing the reports about all the financial problems middle income families are having today? Have these reports convinced you that none of them has any money, because of:

  • Out of control Consumer Debt

  • No Savings

  • Stock Market Losses

  • Low Interest Rates

  • Soaring Federal and State Taxes (Income, Property and Sales Taxes)

  • Falling House Prices, (No Home Equity)

  • Foreclosures, (Upside-down Mortgages)

  • Disappearing Jobs (Companies Folding)

  • Flat Wages

  • Unavailability of Mortgages

The truth is only a small portion of the US population is affected…
Yes, all the above are serious problems. However, don’t believe all the gloom and doom, when it comes to your financial services business. The fact is that even with all the above financial problems we hear about, there is still plenty of opportunity for you to sell life insurance and make money, in this industry.

The US unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April 2017, the lowest jobless rate since May 2007. (The Unemployment Rate in the United States averaged 5.80 percent from 1948 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 10.80 percent in November of 1982 and a record low of 2.50 percent in May of 1953.)

U.S. home prices have climbed back above the record reached more than a decade ago, bringing to a close the worst period for the housing market since the Great Depression and stoking optimism for a more sustainable expansion. Housing equity now equals 58 percent of home values – the highest point since 2006.

And, there are plenty of mortgages available! While home mortgages are harder to get for people who have financial problems, they are still readily available for most of the population.

All of the problems people are facing today makes what we do even more relevant & important!
Consider, even in troubled times, the vast majority of peoples’ overall financial concerns aren’t much different than at any other time in their lives. They are still concerned about meeting their financial obligations each month; making their mortgage payment; saving for their children’s education; and saving for retirement. Most families today are looking for ‘real help’ and immediate solutions to their financial problems! They want help to reduce or eliminate their debt; cut unnecessary expenses; reduce income taxes; revise their investment strategies; and more!

And, the great part for you is they are much more willing to sit down and talk with a you, if you are adept at, and focused on, helping them to solve their immediate financial problems. They are not looking for another salesperson who wants them to spend more money.

Stop listening to all the gloom and doom out there! Stop selling products! Instead, start helping middle income families to… ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’

Starting today, get a message out to your ‘IDEAL prospects on how you are able to help middle income families to ‘find the money’ to spend, save, invest, insure, and plan wisely for the future, to “Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!”

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

Are You Making This Huge Critical Mistake!?!

Let’s face it, 90% of “new” & “experienced” agents, advisors, planners, and P&C agents are struggling today, working long hours, to earn a mediocre income selling life insurance, annuities, investments, and their services.

Why?

A major part of the reason is because the ‘Old Fashioned’, traditional appointment setting and sales training programs that were once somewhat successful, have completely lost their effectiveness over the years. People are much smarter today and won’t fall for the ‘Out Dated’ sales tactics, presentations, and closing techniques still being taught today.

However, there is an even bigger reason why 90% of the agents and advisors are struggling today!

The main reason advisors are struggling today is because they are making a huge critical MISTAKE! They are presenting their product or sales idea before they have helped the prospect to see and fully understand the problems they are facing. So, people see them as the typical salesperson, instead of a ‘Trusted Advisor’ who is there to help them! 

Are you one of those people?

However, it’s not your fault…

You have been misinformed. You are constantly being shown a ‘fantastic and exciting new product or sales idea that everyone will love!’ Then, you are being told to go tell the world about the product or sales idea and it will practically sell itself! However, it rarely works that way! Contrary to what you are being taught or want to believe, people don’t really care about your fancy new product or sales idea. What they want is real help to find a solution to the problems they are facing! They want to know “what is in it for me.” 

How can you possibly recommend a product or sales idea to someone, if you and they don’t fully understand their situation? How can you (or they) be sure it’s right for their situation? Will it really help them? Is it the best solution for their situation? Or, will it actually hurt their situation in the long run?

Important Note: The question isn’t really whether the questioning, appointment setting, fact-finding, and sales presentation techniques we teach work. We have hundreds of testimonials from people who have doubled and tripled their income, in 90 days or less, using the techniques… that proves they work! The question is… Are you willing to put the time and effort in… to make these techniques work for you?

Is your excuse… “I’m too busy!” and/or “I can’t afford it right now!”

Stop making excuses… Challenge yourself to reach new heights. New opportunities lie hidden around every corner. However, you will never find them if you keep making excuses!

Consider, you have everything that the most successful people have had: a MIND and a WILL; so use them to accomplish your dreams. The reality is, there’s nothing you can’t do, if you make the decision, to make it happen!

(We are dedicated insurance marketing and sales trainers, coaches, and mentors… NOT Recruiters!)

If you want to make it easier to set more appointments and close more sales, then isn’t it time you learn the ‘Insider Questioning Techniques?’

Where do you want to be 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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Do You Want To Sell More Life Insurance?

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

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

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

Four Simple Secrets To Selling Large Amounts Of Life Insurance!

Four Simple Secrets To Selling Large Amounts Of Life Insurance!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are You Frustrated With The Lack Of Training and Support?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a testimonial we received last week…

“Dear Jeremy,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Raymond R. Naclerio”

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

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

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

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

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

Specialize In Solving Your Ideal Prospects’ Problems!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Top 6 Ways To Generate…

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

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

Is that your biggest concern?

Have you tried buying leads and/or preset appointments?

Have you tried post cards and direct mail systems?

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

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

If so, you are not alone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would:

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

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

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

  4. Create or join a local lead exchange group.

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

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

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

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

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

  • I have a cost effective lead generation system.

  • I have a consistent flow of leads.

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

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

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

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

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