Five Ingredients of Superstar Insurance Professionals

In the past 30 years we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the sales force for the insurance industry. Agents are leaving in droves and there are very few companies that are bringing in new agents. This, at first, would seem to be good news for many of us… less competition.

However, the reduction in the sales force isn’t over yet. Our companies are still having trouble competing with the banks, investment houses, internet sales, television personalities and other distribution channels. Profit Margins are shrinking and our companies are still being forced to cut expenses. One of the easiest ways for them to cut expenses is to get rid of the low producing agents and only work with the most profitable agencies and producers.

So, the big question is whether you will still be here 5 years from now?

If you want to be a survivor and enjoy long term success in this industry, you’re going to have to make some major changes. You can no longer afford to be just an insurance agent selling insurance, or a financial advisor selling investments, you must become a true sales professional.

Being a sales professional means knowing you’re a salesperson, and making the customer’s needs primary. You cannot help people if you can’t get in front of them, and then get them to take action.

Most of the insurance agents and financial advisors entering this business did so because of the opportunity for exceptional financial rewards. However, the most successful agents and advisors soon discovered if they wanted to succeed it wasn’t about the money, but the service they were providing… Making A Difference In People Lives! 

Industry super-achievers, such as Ben Feldman and Mehdi Fakharzadeh have had a real passion for this business. They all have had a sincere belief in the industry and how it helps people.

What can we learn from them?

Ben Feldman pointed out that… “Most people buy not because they believe, but because the salesman believes.”

Mehdi Says: “Your Success Depends On How Other People Respond To You. Others Hasten Your Rewards. They Can Also Block Your Progress. Cultivate Sensitivity Towards People. Place Yourself In Their Shoes.” Remember The Golden Rule: “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.”

Here are five ingredients that all the industry legends have, that enabled them to build a successful lifetime career in sales. Read More

How Can You Consistently Close Sales With ‘9 Out Of 10’ People You Meet?

While most agents and advisors seem to think that closing sales with ‘9 Out Of 10’ people you see is impossible… if you know the ‘insider secrets’ it’s actually very easy!  During my 7 years as a personal producer I was able to consistently close ‘9 Out of 10’ people I met with.  That is one of the reasons my son Jeremy and I are being called the ‘9 Out Of 10 Guys’. (My Media Consultant, the legendary Forrest Wallace Cato came up with that phase when we first started the Insurance Pro Shop in 2000)  And, ‘No’, I wasn’t a pushy salesperson. I didn’t use any of the 101 closing techniques. My lapse rate was below 5%.  And, I didn’t replace other insurance policies in the home.

By the way, if you talk to most of the leading producers in our industry you’ll find that they are closing ‘9 out of 10’ people they meet with.  It’s because they know and practice these 3 ‘insider secrets’ I’m about to reveal to you. So, what I did wasn’t really anything special.

However, the fact that my sons and I have been able to help ‘9 Out Of 10’ agents and advisors to become significantly better at identifying, attracting and setting appointments with their ‘IDEAL’ prospects, and those agents and advisors are now closing a much higher percentage of their sales calls, is what makes our training unique and very special.   Read More

Prospecting… There has to be a better, much easier and more cost-effective approach…

Most agents in this industry are going about lead generation the wrong way!  They think prospecting is talking to anyone and everyone, knowing the more people they talk to the more they will sell.  This is true.  However there is a much easier way!  The approach we take (in all of our systems and training) is making sure that agents spend their time attracting, contacting and meeting with the right people!  Instead of playing the numbers game, we want the agent to focus on identifying the prospects that they have the best chance of selling. Our strategy is based on 5-4-3! If you talk to five (5) of the ‘Right Prospects’, you’ll set four (4) appointments and close three (3) sales.

The logic is that if you focus on finding and contacting the ‘right prospects’ it’s much easier to set appointments, close sales and make larger sales.  Plus, when you are working with the right prospects… you’ll have fewer cancelled appointments, fewer not-taken policies, fewer declined applications, fewer lapsed policies, etc.

Do you want to sell life insurance the easy way? Do you want to spend less money, generating leads? Do you want to earn $100,000 or more per year, without working 50, 60 or more hour per week?

Then Quit prospecting in the hardest way possible and ask the following questions…

  • Who Are Your Ideal Prospects Life Insurance?
  • Where Do You Find Them?
  • What are the most cost effective ways to get them to contact you?
  • What do you say to get the appointment?
  • How do you get them emotionally involved in the sales process?
  • Where do you find the money?
  • How do I sell cash-value life insurance instead of cheap term?

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Are You Making This Critical Mistake When You’re With Your Prospects?

Are you guilty of this critical mistake when it comes to closing sales? Are you talking too much, trying to be ‘interesting’, instead of being ‘interested?’

People think closing sales is all about fancy presentations, impressing people, and utilizing ‘closing techniques’, it’s not! Most of the agents I talk to are trying to impress their prospects with what they know, what they’ve accomplished, the great companies they represent and the competitive products they offer. However, as the TOP Sales Professionals know, closing sales (especially higher value ones) is all about you being interested, and not about being interesting.

Being Interested Closes More Sales
During your sales calls, are you asking probing questions? Are you interested in and really listening to what your prospect is saying? Or, are you thinking about what you’ll say next while the prospect is talking to you?

If you ask enough probing questions and really listen to what your prospect says, you’ll discover what it is they really want and they will tell you exactly what you must do to close them. Most agents tend to do all the talking and never listen long enough or carefully enough to find out what the prospect truly wants. Consequently they miss the real sale. Read More

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Life Insurance Leads… Cut Your Cost By 66%!

What if you could cut your life insurance leads cost by 66% or more and… Be getting a lot more of the people in your local community to know you and call you for help with their insurance and finances?

Would you like to get your clients, family, and friends to buy more, and buy more often from you?

How much easier would your career be if you could get all your clients, family and friends to refer people to you?

Most agents and advisors are overlooking one of the best, easiest and most ‘cost-effective’ way of generating consistent high-quality life insurance leads from the people in their community… and more sales!

Are you using one or more of these traditional, expensive methods of generating life insurance leads and sales? Read More

7 Outdated Sales Closing Techniques That Are Flat Out Terrible!

Written by Leslie Ye

In Glengarry Glen RossAlec Baldwin plays Blake, a belligerent trainer sent to shake up a tired, underperforming sales team.

Blake storms into a room of unsuspecting reps and starts screaming about prospects. “Only one thing counts in this life — get them to sign on the line which is dotted!” Fortunately for Blake, his character claims to have earned $970,000 in a year. Unfortunately, he’s dead wrong about what ultimately counts in sales. Even in the age of Glengarry Glen Ross, when “Always Be Closing” was the mantra echoing in sales reps’ heads, he was wrong.

The old sales playbook — dragging prospects through a sales process and strong-arming them into a purchase — only worked because there was no better way for buyers to buy.

Today, things have changed. Buyers have access to more information and more options than ever, and salespeople who still operate under the ‘Always Be Closing’ model will find that ironically, more doors than ever are closing on them.

Many sales tactics have changed with the times. But closing is an area where reps still struggle.

It’s easy to see why. The idea that prospects need to be “closed” is, in and of itself, a dated concept. Today, salespeople educate prospects so they can decide on their own whether they’ll buy or not.

“Closing” shouldn’t be something that gets done to prospects. Instead, it should be a mutually agreed-upon outcome that’s a natural byproduct of a helpful, educational sales process.

Traditional closing tactics are left over from an old era of sales. These techniques are particularly cringe-worthy — avoid them at all costs.

1) The Assumptive Close
As its name suggests, the assumptive close operates under the assumption that a prospect is going to buy, even when they haven’t explicitly said so. Reps will ask prospects things like, “So what day should we get started?” in the hopes their buyers will get in the mindset of purchasing the product. Read More

How To Double & Triple Your Life Insurance Sales In The Next 90 Days… “GUARANTEED???”

My family and I wish we could absolutely guarantee that if you invest in one of our specialized systems you will double and triple your life insurance in the next 90 days. But, that depends entirely upon your ability, desire, dedication, effort and motivation to work and use the advanced life insurance marketing, prospecting and sales ideas, strategies, tips, tools and training in those programs.

However, we can ‘GUARANTEE’ that when you invest in one of our systems you will receive all of the personal training, coaching and support you need to make those systems work. The rest is entirely up to you. 

Now consider, is there any other insurance sales training organization that is recommended and endorsed by over 40  industry legends, leaders and experts?

Can you find any other insurance sales training organization that has hundreds of written and video testimonials from satisfied clients?

You can have everything you want in your life and career, but you have to decide what you want… and then take action!

Here is a testimonial we received a few months ago from one of our ‘Raving Fans!’

“your programs are the best material for new agents,
as well as veteran producers like me.”

Dear Jeremy, Read More

No & Low Cost… Lead Generation Ideas

QUESTION: I could use some help in other marketing areas. I use the phone a lot. I’m on a very limited budget right now and am very frustrated. I love my work, but I’m not doing what I need to do, to be successful. Can you help me?

ANSWER: There are a lot of ‘NO COST’ or very low cost things you can do to help you find more prospects.

You can:

  1. Call all your existing clients and ask for referrals…

  2. Offer your clients a free educational workshop. Have them bring a friend… (Topics – “Living Debt Free And Truly Wealthy, wtax law up dates, Medicare & Medicaid up dates, etc.)

  3. Call people using the survey approach…

  4. Use some of the articles from our client newsletters (rewrite them a little) to get yourself published in your local newspaper, associations etc. Include a byline with all your contact information…

  5. Set up a Joint Venture with a P&C agency, attorney, accountant, doctor, chiropractor, dentist, optician, beautician, auto dealers, etc….

  6. Call the prospects you didn’t sell, and do a survey…

  7. Put up a flyer offering a free report, or workshop – in grocery stores, car washes, and oil change places. Or, put it on cars in parking lots, etc.…

  8. Put a free report in a nice, ‘clear front’ binder, with all your contact information, into waiting rooms…

  9. Make a list of everyone you do business with… Ask for their help… Have them hand out a flyer to their clients offering a free report or workshop…

  10. Offer a information workshop for churches, women’s groups, senior groups and other associations… Starting with your local Church or Synagogue…

  11. Make a list of every person you, your parents, friends and relatives know, and then offer them a free educational workshop or free report…

  12. Offer a free workshop to your local library…

  13. Offer an adult education class at a high school or college… (They might even pay you.)

  14. Offer to be a guest on a local radio, or TV Show…

These are just a few ideas… What else can you think of? Be creative…

All of the above no & low cost leads generation ideas and much more are what we have in our specialized marketing and sales systems.

Most agents are making lead generation too complicated and spending much more time and money than they need to on leads and lead generation.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason and Alex Villa
‘The 9 Out Of 10 Guys’

How To Be Successful Selling Mortgage Insurance!

Unfortunately most life insurance trainers, recruiters and managers today are still teaching their agents the ‘Old Fashioned’ approach to selling mortgage insurance. They still believe that selling mortgage insurance is nothing more than a numbers game. They believe that everyone who has just bought or refinanced a home needs mortgage insurance. So, if you send out enough sales letters to people with new mortgages, you’ll find enough people who say they want mortgage insurance and you will make all the mortgage insurance sales you need for a great living. Their approach is based on the principle of 10-3-1! If you call ten (10) new mortgage leads, you’ll set three (3) sales appointments, and you’ll close one (1) mortgage insurance sale. (Term Insurance – average sale of $600 in commissions)

The main problem with this ‘Outdated’ 10-3-1 logic is that if you want to earn a minimum net income of $50,000 per year you’ll need a minimum of thirty (30) new mortgage leads per week, to schedule nine (9) sales appointments, and close three (3) mortgage insurance sales per week. And, that doesn’t allow for any cancelled appointments, not-taken policies, declined applications, lapsed policies, etc.

There is a better, much EASIER and more cost-effective approach to Generating Mortgage Leads and Selling Mortgage Insurance!

The proven, time tested approach we take (in all of our systems and training) is making sure that agents are attracting, contacting and meeting with their ‘IDEAL’ mortgage insurance prospects! Instead of playing the numbers game, we want you to focus on identifying and attracting the mortgage insurance prospects that are in your local community. The people that you have the best chance of selling! Our strategy is based on 5-4-3! If you talk to five (5) of the ‘Right Prospects’, you’ll set four (4) appointments and close three (3) sales. (Cash Value Life Insurance – average sale of $2,000 in commissions) Read More

It Is All To Easy For Us To Blame Our Financial Problems On The Economy!

Last week we discussed how you can help families to live the ‘American Dream!’

Do you remember the stats from the recent CareerBuilder report (7/2017)?

  • 78% of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck… up from 75% last year.
  • 71% all U.S. workers said they’re now in debt… up from 68% a year ago.
  • 56% said they are in over their heads with debt.
  • 56% save $100 or less each month.
  • About 18% of workers said they cut back on their 401k contributions or personal savings in the last year.
  • More than one-third don’t put any money away for retirement.

I think these stats are extremely scary. But, what is even more scary is that most people are blaming their problems on our struggling economy… lack of good paying jobs, rising costs of the essentials, etc.!

Most people are  unwilling to take responsibility for their financial situation.

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment,
and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.”

Albert Einstein

Here is a recent article that I found, that should help you put things into perspective for you and your clients.

Remember it all starts with you! Read More