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David Cowper , Andrew Haynes , Donald Cowper
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April 5 2000
"No matter what your industry, no matter what your product, if you want to sell in the big leagues, this book is a revelation."
—Steve Carlson, Publisher and Editor, Marketing Options

"David Cowper is not just one of the world's most successful life insurance salespeople, he is one of the cleverest. He thinks his way into giant cases and so can we, if we follow his strategies."
—Tony Gordon, Past Chairman, Top of the Table, Bristol, England

"David Cowper's book is, by far, the best I have ever read on the art of selling life insurance. Through fascinating storytelling, David reveals the extraordinary scale of thought and passion devoted to his selling opportunities. His book will inspire every reader to add zeros to their sales numbers."
—Leon Lewis, Planning Consultant

"David Cowper demonstrates how to achieve sales excellence through creativity, intelligence, and the power of stories. This book is required reading for all sales professionals."
—Norm L. Trainor, President, The Covenant Group, and Author of The 8 Best Practices of High-Performing Salespeople

When David Cowper began his insurance career, he was alone in a new country with no contacts and only forty dollars in his pocket. Three months after entering the business, he still hadn't sold a single policy. But David stuck with it to routinely make million-dollar sales and become one of the top insurance salespeople in the world. More than a rags-to-riches story, Mega-Selling is a first-hand account of the unique strategies David developed to penetrate new markets and close multi-million-dollar sales. With Mega-Selling, any salesperson can learn from the best and become a top performer.


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"No matter what your industry, no matter what your product, if you want to sell in the big leagues, this book is a revelation."
Steve Carlson, Publisher and Editor, Marketing Options

"David Cowper is not just one of the world s most successful life insurance salespeople, he is one of the cleverest. He thinks his way into giant cases and so can we, if we follow his strategies."
Tony Gordon, Past Chairman, Top of the Table, Bristol, England

"David Cowper s book is, by far, the best I have ever read on the art of selling life insurance. Through fascinating storytelling, David reveals the extraordinary scale of thought and passion devoted to his selling opportunities. His book will inspire every reader to add zeros to their sales numbers."
Leon Lewis, Planning Consultant

"David Cowper demonstrates how to achieve sales excellence through creativity, intelligence, and the power of stories. This book is required reading for all sales professionals."
Norm L. Trainor, President, The Covenant Group, and Author of The 8 Best Practices of High-Performing Salespeople

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"No matter what your industry, no matter what your product, if you want to sell in the big leagues, this book is a revelation."
Steve Carlson, Publisher and Editor, Marketing Options

"David Cowper is not just one of the world's most successful life insurance salespeople, he is one of the cleverest. He thinks his way into giant cases and so can we, if we follow his strategies."
Tony Gordon, Past Chairman, Top of the Table, Bristol, England

"David Cowper's book is, by far, the best I have ever read on the art of selling life insurance. Through fascinating storytelling, David reveals the extraordinary scale of thought and passion devoted to his selling opportunities. His book will inspire every reader to add zeros to their sales numbers."
Leon Lewis, Planning Consultant

"David Cowper demonstrates how to achieve sales excellence through creativity, intelligence, and the power of stories. This book is required reading for all sales professionals."
Norm L. Trainor, President, The Covenant Group, and Author of The 8 Best Practices of High-Performing Salespeople

When David Cowper began his insurance career, he was alone in a new country with no contacts and only forty dollars in his pocket. Three months after entering the business, he still hadn't sold a single policy. But David stuck with it to routinely make million-dollar sales and become one of the top insurance salespeople in the world. More than a rags-to-riches story, Mega-Selling is a first-hand account of the unique strategies David developed to penetrate new markets and close multi-million-dollar sales. With Mega-Selling, any salesperson can learn from the best and become a top performer.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Gem May 14 2001
Format:Paperback
Mr. Cowper's book on selling, is more like a mentor writing on what he learned from life. Few books inspires like this gem. I am forever grateful for being his protege!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The psychological drama of high-stakes sales revealed Feb. 8 1999
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As a relative new comer to the financial planning industry I am hungry for insights into how I can sell larger and larger cases. As a result, I read a lot of the sales books written by the giants in our industry, but none have been as valuable as David Cowper's Breakthrough: Take Your Business and Sales to the Top.
David emigrated to Canada in 1957 with only $40 in his pocket. Now, after 39 years in the life insurance business, he sells $100 million dollar cases. His new book reveals, for the first time anywhere, the strategies he has used throughout his life to open new markets, prepare for cases and close sales.
Right from page one, Breakthrough: Take Your Business to the Top grips the reader and doesn't let go. It is written in a fast-paced, easy-to-understand style. David Cowper takes the reader deep inside the psychological drama of over thirty different cases that cover all of the different stages of his long career. In each case I felt as if I was right inside the prospect's office with him, straining to overcome the client's objections, feeling heartbroken when the case seemed to collapse and then euphoric when the deal finally closed.
One of the earliest chapters in the book is called 'Creative Survival.' It describes how David Cowper entered into the life insurance business and the early struggles he faced while trying to keep his career alive. I really identified with this chapter and was relieved to know that someone as successful as David Cowper wasn't always that way -- he went his first three months in the business without a single sale. Although it was tough for him he still kept his sense of humour. I'll always remember the exploding soup can story that saved his career.
The rest of the book outlines the strategies that David Cowper used to grow from his humble beginnings to becoming a founding member of Top of the Table. He really makes you believe that if he can do it so can you and I. And, more than that, he actually shows us how he did it. He explores in great depth the importance of both knowledge and passion in a life insurance agent's career. In fact, in one story he shows us how he won the confidence of the key player in a $42 million case, simply by pointing out the suicide clause in the insurance policies.
If you've ever wanted to know how to get tough prospects to start talking and trusting you and treating you like someone who can help them, you had better read David Cowper's strategy on disarming the prospect. This was the most important thing I learned in the book, and I have now changed the way I approach a prospect. Like David Cowper I tell my prospects that there is a good chance they won't need my services, which is difficult because I'm afraid of losing the business. But afterwards I find the prospect opens up to me and we are able to work together to solve whatever problems their business is facing.
In the last chapter, David Cowper makes the fantastic prediction that in the near future it will be possible for a life insurance agent to have a one billion dollar year. He makes this statement on the strength of five opportunities he sees for our business in the 21st century -- such as the knowledge worker market and the golden age of entrepreneurs. And believe me, those are five opportunities I'm definitely going to take advantage of.
Some very high-profile agents in our field who read advance copies of this book recommended it to me as "the best book on life insurance they have ever read." After reading it from cover to cover in just a couple of days I must absolutely agree. I will definitely apply David Cowper's Breakthrough strategies as I develop my own megacase business.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for People Serious About Success July 8 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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BREAKTHROUGH: A GUIDE TO THE TOP
David Cowper's guide to success in sales begins as a sleek black limousine pulls to a curb. Once inside the limousine, Cowper has 15 minutes to close a deal and open the door to a $100 Million life insurance policy. As this scene suggests, Cowper's book is both an account of his own internationally renowned career and a guide to those seeking to follow in his footsteps. At once readable and perceptive, Breakthrough contains two key messages. The first is that "We don't earn a living, we learn a living." Cowper demonstrates conclusively that insurance professionals need solid knowledge of a prospect's own circumstances, of insurance products, and of relevant social, governmental, or business influences. In scene after scene, Cowper allows readers to watch as he puts his own knowledge to work in selling a variety of difficult cases. Cowper's second message is that persistence pays off. Closing multi-million dollar deals can require weeks, months, or even years of courting strong prospects. What does a sales professional do during this time? Cowper provides sales and marketing strategies to follow. He also recommends visualisation and focus as ways of maintaining the drive necessary to pursue cases over long periods of time. Breakthrough provides a model of success which is clear, readable, and filled with memorable detail. It offers sales professionals at all levels a rare opportunity to watch as a master salesman clinches deal after deal.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want it to end March 15 2010
By A. Mcpherson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book should be given to every new salesman in any industry. Cowper's field is insurance sales, but his insights, I believe, extend to all fields. It is an amazing book. It is a how to book, but he backs everything up with examples from his time in sales. His examples are like a story, you're interested and it feels like he is talking directly to you. I felt so inspired after reading this book, that I even thought about going into sales. I will not, however, it will help me in many other areas in my life when I have to persuade someone.
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for Life Insurancre Sales Nov. 9 2006
By Alan W. Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I lucked upon this book, meaning that I did not realize so much of the book would apply to my field, Insurance Sales. It is an excellent book for any salesperson, particularly those who sell in the service area direct to consumers. Worth the read.

Another great "sales" book is "20 Days to the Top". The "CLEAR" technique of questioning is worth the price of the book 10 times over.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Gem May 14 2001
By Wong Yee Na - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mr. Cowper's book on selling, is more like a mentor writing on what he learned from life. Few books inspires like this gem. I am forever grateful for being his protege!
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