Referral Selling Training

Driving Business Through Sales Referrals: How to Create more Qualified Sales Leads

“Business is up 40% in revenue from a year ago and more than 65% of the business was via referral. Thanks for helping make this possible with your proven Referral Selling Training program.”
Brad Christiansen | Sales | Colliers International

“We recently hired LSA Global to help take our sales team to the next level. Specifically we focused on targeting the ideal client, differentiating our solutions, getting more qualified leads, and closing a higher percentage of our pipeline through a proven referral selling methodology. So far, the results have been great. We were pleasantly surprised with the results-oriented approach and thoughtful follow-through plan to ensure that the new sales practices “stick.” We look forward to a long-term relationship, and I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to increase the effectiveness of their sales force.”
Patrick Arnold | President | Filice Insurance

  • Fewer than 30% of all salespeople ask for referrals.
  • A high-quality referred prospect is more than 40 times more likely to buy than a cold-called prospect.
  • Salespeople who actively seek and exploit referrals earn 4 to 5 times more than salespeople who don’t.
  • 76.2% of buyers prefer to work with vendors who have been recommended by someone they know.

Description:
Cold calling isn’t just stressful and inefficient — it’s simply a waste of your valuable business development time. Wouldn’t you rather connect with qualified leads?

In our Referral Selling Training workshop, renowned sales strategists teach you the benefits of referral selling. You may not realize it, but you can gather a wealth of sales referrals through the people you already know — your clients, friends, and colleagues. The key objectives of this referral selling workshop are to:

  • Convert more than 50 percent of your prime sales prospects to paying clients
  • Learn why referrals are common sense, but not common practice
  • Get the treasured client sales meeting at the level that counts
  • Turn every client into a source of new business
  • Adopt a sales lead generation process that delivers results
  • Discover what it takes to become a referral-selling business

What You Will Learn
Perhaps you’ve asked for sales referrals in the past without getting results. You feel it takes too much time, and that you may jeopardize trusted relationships. Unfortunately, you may be “asking” for referrals without knowing how to ask for them.

In this Referral Selling Training workshop you will learn how to:

  • Position your business against your competition.
  • Attract and retain profitable clients.
  • Convey the true value and benefits of your products and services.
  • Identify multiple sales referral sources.
  • Create a step-by-step process for asking for (and obtaining) high-quality referrals.
  • Reduce business development time while increasing sales leads.

You will also learn that you can’t generate business through sales referrals until you answer the following questions:

  1. Focus: What’s my core business?
  2. Value Proposition: At the root, what value do I provide my customers?
  3. Target Client: Who is my ideal customer?
  4. Differentiation: How am I different than my competitors?

Once you have a comprehensive understanding of your business, you can gain expert Referral Sales skills and knowledge for developing an efficient referral process.

Sample Referral Selling Training Program Workshop Agenda

I. Positioning your business

  • Learn how to convey benefits of your product or service from the client’s perspective.
  • Create sales strategies that are consistent with your goals.
  • Develop sales messages that help you stand apart from competitors.

II. Creating a Customer Profile

  • Learn which types of clients you truly want to attract and retain (and which types you want to avoid!).
  • Discuss the critical difference between features and benefits, and clearly convey those benefits from the client’s perspective (increased revenue or efficiency, cost-savings, etc.).

III. Save Time, Increase Results

  • Learn how to reduce business development time while increasing sales leads.
  • Discover why a sales referral strategy is much smarter and more efficient than cold calling.

IV. Asking for Sales Referrals

  • Build a Sales Referral Wheel — learn how to get referrals (qualified sales leads) from the people you already know!
  • Realize that you DO know enough people, even though you have just re-located or feel you’ve tapped out your resources.
  • Get referrals from people who believe in your business — your clients!
  • Learn a step-by-step process for asking for referrals.
  • Discover how to leave persuasive voicemail messages that compel prospects to return your calls.

V. Creating a Sales Contact Strategy

  • Build a sales referral strategy plan with specific, measurable actions.
  • Learn how to stay on track and remain focused on your sales goals.

Target Audience:
Head of Sales, Salespeople, Sales Managers, and Business Owners. Anyone who wants to help drive more profitable revenue and create a more effective sales pipeline.

To speak with an LSA Expert and learn about referral sales training and consulting program customization and delivery options at your company, please contact us.

Related Information

This was our first experience working with LSA, and we were not disappointed. From beginning to end, they were as invested in making sure the program succeeded as we were. They not only met the needs of our organization, but they helped us meet our very tight launch deadline. The consultant operated with the sense of urgency necessary to ensure that by the end of the training the trainer sessions we were ready to roll the program immediately out. Without their dedication and expertise we would not have been able to launch the program with the success that we did. Thank you LSA for being a valued business partner!

Erin Surprise
PHR, Manager - L & D

For the past 5 years LSA has consistently delivered top notch value to Seagate’s Corporate University Program. The level of facilitator involvement and continuous program evolution has kept the sales negotiation training content and lessons engaging and relevant. We look forward to working with LSA in the future.

Geoff Purnell
Sales Executive, Seagate Data Recovery Services

Seagate

LSA is a great and high quality training and consulting resource. In less than a week turnaround time, they were able to design and deliver a ‘best in class’ inside sales solution to meet my team’s unique needs. They met my high expectations and were very responsive to my specific objectives.

Olivia Flach
Americas Retail Sales

Sandisk

We originally engaged with LSA Global to help our subcontract administrators and buyers develop better negotiations skills. As manufacturers of satellites, we have many sole source companies to procure the required parts.

Our teams must be able to interact effectively with international companies. This environment uniquely challenges our team in their ability to create equitable contracts, while preserving and strengthening our supplier relationships.

LSA Global not only provided our team with the skills to negotiate effectively and consistently, but we further expanded our relationship to include consulting around our negotiations’ process, measurement of our negotiations, and one-on-one coaching for our team members. We are very pleased with the result of our partnership with LSA Global.

Vivian Mackintosh
Vice President of Materiel

Space Systems Loral

One of the most dynamic sales training programs I have had the pleasure of being involved in. Nothing I have experienced comes close to them. The sales principles are unique to contact centers and can be applied effectively in sales and customer service-oriented operations.

Software Company
Director of Sales Development

LSA is an excellent training outsource partner! They listen to our needs, are responsive and work at a pace that keeps up with ours. We have found LSA to bring strategic and innovative solutions to meet our business problems by partnering effectively with our staff. I consider them to be an external extension of our team.

Wendy Chinn
Sr. Director, Global Sales Enablement

We recently hired LSA Global to help take our sales team to the next level. Specifically we focused on targeting the ideal client, differentiating our solutions, getting more qualified leads, and closing a higher percentage of our pipeline through a proven referral selling methodology.

So far, the results from the business sales training have been great. We were pleasantly surprised with the results-oriented approach and thoughtful follow-through plan to ensure that the new sales practices “stick.” We look forward to a long-term relationship, and I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to increase the effectiveness of their sales force.

Patrick Arnold
President

Filice

LSA’s customized Effective Presentation Skills program has helped me elevate my presentation skills to the next level. I now have a much greater self-awareness of my presentation skills and can leverage off of my strengths while working to improve upon other areas. I would definitely recommend this solution to anyone for whom business presentations are an integral part of their job.

Jim Elliott
Senior Marketing Manager

Samsung

The sales strategy and goal setting session was right on target. It was a very valuable process that I highly recommend to any sales team.

Phil Rosenberg
Senior Vice President of Sales

The sales negotiations training program was awesome. The facilitator was excellent. We are immediately able to see the relevance and apply it to specific needs at Blackhawk. The preparation and energy was very apparent. The facilitator did a great job keeping the class engaged for the entire day and focused on what mattered most to our success. I am very pleased with the results and like the very relevant and applicable sales negotiations tools. Great job.

Jack Lord
Vice President of Sales

Blackhawk Network

We turned to LSA Global to help us take our executive selling and solution selling skills to the next level. Their ability to formally assess our situation, identify key sales skill gaps, develop a plan to measure the results, and fully implement a key sales initiative – has been outstanding. LSA delivers the full solution; not just sales training.  I recommend them to any organization looking to transform its sales force the “right way” to sell higher and wider.

Daniel Heckman
Director of Sales-Enterprise Accounts

Avid

We partnered with LSA to help custom design, deliver, and measure an advanced new employee on-boarding and measurement process. The process was well thought out and bought into by sales leadership. The combination of targeted sales tools, technology, coaching, performance plans, training and reinforcement made all the difference.  The pilot program in EMEA was a big success and the solution quantifiably improved new employee and hiring manager satisfaction and increased the speed to sales quota for new hires. We are continuing to work with LSA Global to scale the program in other GEOs and expand to cover more roles at VMware.  I would recommend LSA Global for any sales enablement team looking to increase the engagement and speed to productivity of their sales force. We are excited to implement the program globally across VMware as we continue to scale.

Rochana Golani
Director, Global Field Readiness

We wanted our Channel Managers to get strategies and tools that would increase partner revenue and strengthen partner relationships. LSA Global’s ability to quickly understand our business and to bring experienced and proven resources to the table created credibility with both the executive and sales team. We look forward to continuing our partnership with them.

Chip Whitman
Channel Excellence Manager

Thermo Fisher

We selected LSA over a handful of other experts to assist with a key sales leadership imperative. LSA added value every step of the way throughout the entire engagement. Their customized approach to sales presentation training exceeded expectations, and we are excited about global implementation across our offices in more than 100 countries. LSA’s unique Strategy-to-Results approach is an added game changer.  I recommend them to anyone looking to get high quality results when it matters most.

Eric Mugele
Executive Director Global Learning

Grant Thornton

In an effort to establish a solid foundation of consultative selling skills for our client-facing teams that can be built on over time, we engaged with LSA Global. By understanding our business and our markets, LSA Global was able to develop and deliver the relevant skills, tools and processes that have established the foundation for our future success. We are very satisfied with our decision.”

Kevin Wiley
Chief Operating Officer

Nelnet

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