What You Need to Know
- Don't be envious.
- Don't pretend to be rich.
- Do dress and act like a professional.
Many agents are younger than their prospects and clients. These same people are often wealthier than the agent, living in big houses and driving expensive cars. This can be intimidating for agents. What should you do?
The Major Advantage in the Agent’s Favor
You might think the solution is to find younger, less wealthy prospects. Unfortunately, many in that category don’t see any reason to work with an insurance agent. They are young and invulnerable. If they needed insurance, they could buy it online, bypassing the agent.
Lets go back to the wealthier, older prospect. Here’s a great expression. “More money, more problems. Those wealthier prospects need you.
You have two major advantages:
They wish their own children worked as hard as you do. These wealthy parents gave their children every advantage in life. Tuition might cost $ 30,000 a year, yet they are barely passing. They have no motivation. The prospects think of you, “You are working hard to build your career.”
You remind them of themselves at an earlier age. They are successful. They started their own business. They feel it was all due to hard work. They worked long hours They knocked on doors to get clients. You are doing what they remember doing.
Traits to Show to Win Them Over
Here are ten ways to send the right signals and earn their respect.
Their children might clown around or not take life seriously. Maybe they make up excuses to avoid responsibility.
The agent: You are all business. You show up on time. You get to the point. You are prepared for meetings.
The prospect: “Your parents raised you well.”
Their children extended “Casual Fridays” into the other six weekdays. It appears their clothing has never been to the dry cleaner. Your prospect thinks they are sloppy.
The agent: You are dressed for business. Always err on the side on conservative dress. Your clothing fits. It isn’t revealing.
The prospect: “You dress like I wish my children would dress.”
Most people buy into the logic education is your ladder to a better job and career. Their children aren’t sure what they want to do when they graduate. Since they are in their junior year of college, that’s a concern.
The agent: Your business card includes your professional certifications and designations. They “get it.” In their profession they might have needed licensing and continuing ed.
The prospect: “You must have studied a lot to get all those letters after your name.”
4. Latest Knowledge
People might joke about their doctors being younger than their kids. They often would prefer someone who has learned the latest in medical techniques and technology vs. someone close to retirement age.
The agent: You talk about new products brought to market to meet demand.
The prospect: “Annuities have changed a lot in the past 30 years.”
5. Call Early, Call Late