Referral Selling Training

New Business & More Qualified Sales Leads through Sales Referrals

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“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

“LSA Global helped take our sales team to the next level. 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.

We were pleasantly surprised with the results-oriented approach and thoughtful follow-through plan to ensure that the new sales practices “stick.” I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to increase the effectiveness of their sales force.”

Patrick Arnold | President | Filice Insurance

Description
Did you know that:

  • Less than 30% of all salespeople ask for referrals.
  • A qualified referred prospect is more than 40 times more likely to buy than a cold-called prospect.
  • Salespeople who actively seek and exploit referrals earn up to 5 times more.
  • 76.2% of buyers prefer to work with vendors who have been recommended by someone they know.

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

3 Components of Sales Referral Success
Achieving sales referral success means adopting referral selling as a strategic sales initiative for your company. It includes three essential components:

  1. Referral Selling Strategy Development
    To make an impact, referral selling must be aligned with and integrated into your sales strategies, targets, processes, metrics, and reward systems.
  2. Skill Building — Referral Sales Training
    Learn how to differentiate your company from the competition, define your ideal target client, identify multiple sources of referrals, and a proven process to ask for qualified referral introductions.
  3. Implementation
    Consciously integrate new client referrals into your business-development process and conduct consistent coaching sessions backed by online job aids and videos to help ensure that referral selling becomes a habit.

In our proven Referral Selling Training workshop, you learn 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 proven referral selling workshop are to:

  • Convert more than 50 percent of your pipeline
  • Learn why referrals are common sense, but not common practice
  • Get the right client sales meetings, with the right people, at the right level
  • 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 proven and results-oriented 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:

Once you have a comprehensive understanding of how to best position your business, you can gain expert referral sales skills and knowledge for developing an efficient sales referral process.

Sample Referral Selling Training Program Workshop Agenda
Using a combination of training, coaching, online videos, and job-aids:

I.  Your Referral- Prospecting Strategy

  • Why successful salespeople adopt referrals as their primary prospecting strategy
  • What it takes to build a referral business—the steps
  • Prospecting approaches: What works, what doesn’t
  • Why there is no gatekeeper with a referral strategy

II.  The Power of Referral Qualification

  • Create company and individual referral metrics
  • Talk business results—not feature/function
  • Make the ROI case for the sale
  • Create an Ideal Customer Profile

III.  The Referral Introduction

  • Identify multiple sources of referrals
  • Target the three top referral sources and describe business results
  • Learn the step-by-step process (atTRACT) to ask for referrals

IV.  Making Referrals Work

  • Key statements for Asking with Confidence
  • Types of questions to eliminate
  • Examples of using a proven process to get the meeting
  • Sales referral traps to avoid
  • Next steps

Target Audience:
Head of Sales, Salespeople, Sales Managers, and Business Owners who want to build a better sales pipeline.

To speak with an LSA Expert and learn about referral sales training and consulting program customization and delivery options at your company or to take our Individual Referral Selling Masters Program, please contact us.

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Cindy Steffen
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Daniel Heckman
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Avid

LSA Global demonstrated expertise in the sales leadership subject matter, spent the time to make sure the objectives were clear, and showed flexibility in shaping the session and sustaining it. Their facilitator “MEDRADized” the session, looked beyond the obvious, was enthusiastic, was able to keep people’s attention, made it enjoyable, and got the key points across.

Doug Stantial
North America Sales Training Manager

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

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!

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Jeff Bizzack
President

Service Source

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Phil Rosenberg
Senior Vice President of Sales

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
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Nelnet

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Chip Whitman
Channel Excellence Manager

Thermo Fisher

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Olivia Flach
Americas Retail Sales

Sandisk

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Geoff Purnell
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Seagate

We recently hired LSA to help us take our client delivery methodology to the next level as we continue to grow and help our clients succeed. The custom strategy and design session exceeded our expectations. They really understood our business and delivered within tight time frames.  They were the best I have seen for this type of complex, visible and strategic work. LSA’s ability to get a group of 20+ executives from around the globe on the same page, push their thinking to new heights, and ensure an executable plan was excellent. I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to take their strategy and strategic execution to the next level.

Rob Sturgeon
EVP Client Delivery

Service Source

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.

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Pratiksha Patel
Assistant Vice President Talent

L'Oreal

ServiceSource has relied on LSA Global’s expertise for a variety of core initiatives, from strategy design and implementation, to business sales skills, to sales coaching. We recently engaged LSA Global to create a competency matrix for our inside sales team that will serve as our roadmap for employee on-boarding, development, succession planning, and retention. This project had a tight timeline with high visibility. LSA Global completed the deliverable ahead of schedule and surpassed our expectations.

PMO and Outside Sales Operations
Senior Vice President

Service Source

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