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

Two Great Ideas From Our Members

Can you believe it! It’s already September? We’re two thirds through the year. It’s less than two months until the holiday season sets in. Where does the time go?

How are you doing this year?

Is your income up this year – or is it down?

Will you reach your goals?

How do you feel about that?

Because of the nature of our business, most of the agents, advisors and planners who call us are the ones who are having problems. Their income is down. It’s getting harder to find leads, set appointments, let alone close the sale.

However, it doesn’t have to stay that way! Sometimes a simple idea can make a big difference, in only a few weeks.

Here is a great idea from our friend Lewie Wood.
Mr. Wood is a ‘Lifetime Member’ of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table and an inductee into the MDRT Hall Of Fame! The MDRT is an international, independent association of less than 1 percent of the most successful life insurance and financial services professionals from 76 countries around the world. Note: Mr. Wood has been a member of the Insurance Pro Shop since 2009. He has invested in several of our specialized systems and attended our Trusted Advisor Success Training.

In Times Like These “PARTNER UP”

“If you are relatively new to this business, evaluate your personal strengths. Do you have good contacts with schools, hospitals, cities, counties, state, federal employees or employers that provide retirement plans? Search out a top financial advisor / insurance professional in your community who can help you harvest from your relationships. Harnessing your years of experience with personal relationships will lead to your best year ever, and you will solve problems for lots of people who will refer to others who need your help.”

“For those with no connections, host a financial planning party. Invite friends, relatives, neighbors, clients, etc to a party at your home. Nothing lavish! Have a guest speaker (i.e. expert financial advisor) make a brief presentation to show people how to “Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy.” Start a stream of inexpensive fun ways to warm referrals that result in significant production. Partner up for success!”

Partnering up is a great way to learn how to help people and learn how to get them to take action.

 

Here is a great idea from our friend Tony Fillipone.
Mr. Fillipone is in the top 1% of producers in the country. Note: Mr. Fillipone has been a member of IPS since 2003. He has invested in all of our specialized systems, attended our many of Trusted Advisor Success Training events, an is in our coaching programs.

Educational Workshops

“I remember in 2008 between October and December things were looking pretty bleak. I was running a little scared due to the horrible economic news. It seemed as though people were not doing anything and my business was feeling it. I even decided to scale back my operation. However, thanks to Lew’s and Jeremy’s coaching and support I was able to hang-in-there, and the next year was one of my best years ever.”

“Even during that economic downturn, I never stopped sending out my newsletters, or doing my workshops. In fact, I even uncovered several free speaking engagements and starting to profit from them. I stopped doing expensive dinner seminars and am doing much cheaper workshops at the local Library. I literally, have had to turn people away from my workshops, because I had more people sign up than I could fit in the room. Not only that, but many of the people who were too scared to do anything that year called me back and told me they were ready. In the ten years I spent in this business before I started working with the Insurance Pro Shop, I can’t remember anyone ever calling me back and telling me they were ready to move forward. Now, it happens all the time.”

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason

4 Quick Success Tips!

No Shortcuts – The old cliché states, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”This should be your motto. If you really want to succeed, you cannot afford to take shortcuts. Taking shortcuts leads to imperfection and inadequacies. Always strive for the best, even if it requires a little more time and effort.

Be a Good Listener – To succeed, you need to learn how to listen first. Pay attention to other people who have enjoyed successes in their life, attend seminars given by people that can motivate and encourage, or be open to hearing that a particular idea is not a good one. Good listening takes time to learn but in the end, it will be your greatest tool.

Birds of a Feather – If you have a goal of being a Top-Selling Financial Advisor, then find friends and mentors who either have achieved that same goal or are also pursuing a successful sales career. It is important to surround yourself with people that can associate with your goal and passion, people who understand the burning desire to succeed and can encourage you when you meet with disappointments.

Dare to Dream – To succeed, you need to have dreams and aspirations. Be honest with yourself as to what you want out of your life and what you want to give of your life. Allow your mind to dream and think big.

Become a better you! For only about a $1 per day, you will have immediate, unlimited access (24/7) to an online Mini University of insurance marketing and sales techniques, tips, and strategies providing you with everything you need to know… to get you off to a quick start… and guarantee your long-term success selling life insurance and annuities!

Jeremy Nason, RFC is the co-founder of the famous Insurance Pro Shop™ -“The first affordable, full-service insurance marketing and sales resource center for today’s Financial Pro, and Found Money Management™a system dedicated to helping Middle-Income Families to ‘Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ For more articles visit his blog!

What Are You Going To Do To Make Sure You Have A Strong Finish For 2017?

Here are a few quick ideas that the best advisors we work with are using! These ideas are bringing in immediate sales…

  • Why not, once a month, offer 10 of your clients, family, friends and prospects a free educational workshop on ‘Living Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!’ or on some other immediate problem you can solve for them. The workshop will cost you less than $100.
  • How about forming a true ‘Joint Venture Partnership’ with a P&C agency (or some other business) and have them offer a free financial consultation from you, to their best clients. Or, they can invite their best clients to your free educational workshop.
  • Or, how about you send a letter to your best clients asking for their help, with a referred lead form? And, then follow-up with a phone call, a few days later.
  • Are you sending your clients, family, friends and prospects a monthly newsletter? When was the last time you included a referred lead form with your newsletter? And, then followed-up with a phone call, a few days later.
  • When was the last time you offered your clients an annual review? Annual reviews are a great way to make additional sales… and get referrals.
  • Why not offer to be a guest speaker at a local association or religious group? And, then offer them a free report and a free financial consultation.

These are just a few of the ideas that the best advisors we work with are using to bring in sales.

What else can you think of?

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason

How To Get More Sales From The People You Meet!

Would you like to learn how to have more people buy from you, buy more, and buy more often, then you must understand the reasons ‘why people buy!’ All of the leading sales trainers will tell you that; “People buy based on emotions and then justify their decisions based on logic.”

So, if you want to increase your sales, then it’s about you locating and pushing the right emotional buttons to get your prospect to make the decision to buy? The most prevalent reasons for people to buy are… to avoid pain, or to gain pleasure. But what pain and what pleasure?

Of course, locating and pushing the right emotional buttons only works if you are in front of the right prospects. The people who actually need what your are offering. These are the people you have the best chance of selling, if you learn how to push these emotional buttons.

Emotional Button #1. People buy… To Make Money or Save Money
There is no question that today, money is a factor in almost every one of our buying decisions; What does it cost? Where will I make the most money? Why is this a good deal? How can I save more? You have to answer their questions about money to help them to buy, and to make them feel good about their buying decision.

However, making money or saving money are not the only buying factors. If you want people to buy, then you’ll need to find and push multiple emotional buttons, like the ones below. Read More

Boy Scout Motto… Be Prepared!

“Winging it” and generally being unprepared usually yields horrible results.

It’s quite simple to prepare for what you’ll say… practicing, editing, and fine-tuning.

But why do many insurance agents insist on diving blindly into a prospecting or sales call, and spew out the first words that come to mind?

Would a surgeon walk into an operating room, slap on the gloves and say, “OK, give me the knife. By the way, what are we doing with this guy?”

Would a lawyer dash into a trial, pop open a briefcase, begin an opening argument, then turn and whisper to the client, “What are we working on here again?”

Yet as I coach agents and ask what they are saying to set an appointment or what questions are they asking during the sales call, they stumble all over themselves.

Are you prepared? Do you have a prospecting script you follow?

When you meet with people do you have a series of questions you ask them? Or, are you just shooting from the hip!

In the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center we have provided you with all the proven scripts and questions you need. But, you have to study them and practice them, to make them work! 

Our Best 10 Tips Every Agent Ought To Know Today… To Build A Highly Successful Insurance Sales Career!

No matter what you sell, whether it is life insurance, disability insurance, annuities, or investments, the ultimate goal is make a good, consistent income that keeps growing each and every year.

The reason so many agents are struggling today, making a mediocre living, is they are missing many of the basics, the fundamentals of successful insurance marketing and sales.

Here are 10 tips every agent and advisor should know if they want a successful insurance sales career.

  1. Listen More, and Talk Less…
    How much talking are you doing during your sales call, and how much listening? I mean really listening and focusing on fully understanding what the other person is saying… instead of thinking of what you’ll say next, when the prospect stops talking?

    Most agents, the minute they sit with a prospect, start explaining all the benefits of their products and why it will help the prospect. Instead of pitching your product, sit down and ask the prospect about their family and their concerns for the future. Let the prospect tell you what it is they are looking for. Your role is to be their advisor, not an insurance salesperson.

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Are You Helping Your Customer Buy The Right Tools For The Job?

The problem most agents have is that they view selling, as convincing the prospect to buy what they are offering. That is not selling. Selling is finding out what the prospect needs and really wants and then helping them to get it!

There is an old story that puts this into perspective…

A customer walks into a hardware store and tells the salesperson he’s looking for a ¼” drill bit. What is it that the customer wants? It’s a 1/4” hole!

If the salesperson is smart, if he really wants to make a sale. And, if he wants to keep the customer coming back to buy more, then he is going to ask the customer some questions. He is going to help the customer buy the right drill bit for the job. He’ll ask; “How many quarter inch holes do you want?” “In what material?” “What kind of drill are you using?” etc. Read More

What’s The “SAFE” Withdrawal Rate In Retirement?

One of the most frequent questions retirees ask is… “How much can I safely withdraw per year from my retirement account?” If they retire at age 65 they could easily need their retirement income for 25 or 30 years. Miscalculating the withdrawal rate could result in an involuntary return to the workforce, or being forced to move in with their children.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of research in this area (most analysts devote their time to the question of accumulating capital, not spending it), so there have been only a few studies on “safe” withdrawal rates.

Most of the studies use data from Chicago consulting firm Ibottson Associates showing returns from stocks, bonds, and cash since 1926 as the basis for their analysis. Even though the average annual rate of return over the past 80 years for the S&P 500 is about 9%, you can’t reliably withdraw an amount that large because of inflation and the ups and downs of the stock market. Reputable studies on “safe” withdrawal rates attempt to answer the question for you and your clients. Read More

Are You Missing This ‘Little’ Secret To Closing More Annuity Sales?

There is a simple reason why the top annuity producers across the country are not having, or even seeing the problems that most of the other advisors are having. There is a ‘little’ secret they know and use. A secret that when most advisors hear it, they just think it can’t be that easy.

Would you like to know the ‘little’ secret to success in annuity sales? (And success in any sales for that matter!)

In almost every article we’ve had published during the past 17 years, we’ve revealed the ‘little’ secret, and unfortunately only about one in hundred agents ever picks up on this secret and uses it. All the best sales and marketing trainers are always telling people about this ‘little’ secret for whatever product they are selling. Yet, very few people ever truly understand the power of it, and use it.

Here’s their little secret… if you want to have more annuity prospects than you can possibly handle, to set more appointments, and close more sales:

“Then, you must stop selling people a product, and instead help people
to identify, understand and solve THEIR problems!”

How many times have you read, or been told about this ‘little’ secret? This ‘little’ secret is what sets the top producers apart from everyone else, in all the sales fields.

Some agents seemed to have learned this ‘little’ secret, and are successfully using it in their lead generation programs, and they are attracting tons of prospects. However, then they blow it in their seminars, workshops and approaches, because they revert back to pushing a product or the latest sales idea. Then, they wonder why people won’t set an appointment with them. And, then during the few appointments they do get, they push a product or a sales idea, and wonder why they can’t close the sale.

If the prospect doesn’t see and understand the problems they are facing? If they don’t see how you can help them to solve their problems, then why should they waste their time contacting you, set an appointment with you, or buy your products?

If you’re just another annuity sales person selling a product, then why would they refer their friends, family or business associates to you?

If you want to succeed in annuity sales, and collect a million dollars of annuity premiums every month, then you must help people to identify, understand and solve THEIR problems through EVERY PHASE of the sales process!

In every phase of the sales process, you must be discussing how these retirees can make their money last during their ENTIRE retirement years, with safety and guarantees. It’s about you addressing their real concerns about outliving their money, and helping them to improve their lives. It’s helping these people to understand how you can help them to beat inflation, reduce income taxes, minimize investment risks, protect their income from the devastation of long-term care and replacing lost income when a spouse dies.

What’s the quickest and most affordable way for you to learn how to help seniors and boomers to identify, understand, and solve THEIR problems? It’s by becoming a member of the Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center!”  

Yours In Success,
Jeremy Nason