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.

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LSA custom designed and delivered the best sales training session that I have ever attended. They focused on our industry, our customers, and our competitors. The materials and facilitators were world class. They were passionate about helping our global sales force understand the fundamentals necessary to be successful and not leave money on the table. I recommend them to any sales force looking to drive profitable revenue and beat the competition.

Carl Dickenson
Sales

Cutera

LSA Global’s negotiation training assessment and workshop provided sales negotiation tools and practices that have significantly enhanced our negotiations process. Their facilitators understood our business, its challenges and framed the learning in a way that we understood. I am very happy with the value we have received from this program, and would highly recommend LSA to others looking to improve their sales negotiations results.

Jeff Bizzack
President

Service Source

We evaluated 6 well known sales development partners in the market. Late in the process we discovered an organization called LSA Global. We ended up selecting LSA global because of their unique model (bringing together best-of-breed organizations under 1 umbrella to deliver the best solution to meet a customer’s needs). Additionally, LSA had the strongest assessment, implementation, measurement, coaching, and global capabilities combined with an excellent program focused on true executive selling. We’ve had such strong feedback that the program has developed a buzz and there are requests to roll it out within the Marketing, Product Management, and Executive teams.

Stephanie Lucey
HR Manager

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

The introduction and continuous reinforcement of the MEDRAD objectives, vision, and mission was very impressive. By the end of the session, a large majority of the audience understood and was openly able to verbalize these items. LSA did a wonderful job introducing the importance of sales coaching and reinforcement and was able to keep the groups focused.

Cindy Steffen
National Manager, Telesales

LSA was instrumental in making our worldwide sales meeting a success. They saved me a ton of time by recommending ‘best in class’ vendors to meet our business objectives. Whenever I’m in a pinch, I can count on LSA’s dynamic team of sales trainers and consultants to really go the extra mile. They truly understand the meaning of customer delight.

Amy Walker
Manager

Seagate

We needed a way to improve training with our customers. We had to reach a disparate group of people in a very short period time. LSA gave us a new training methodology and a way to go to market with our training that improved our customer touch. LSA delivered what we needed in the time we required.

Hinda Chalew
Vice President of Marketing

Hyperion has a commitment to lifelong learning. LSA helps us provide the right business sales training, management training programs, and leadership development programs at the right time to meet the needs of both individuals and departments. I especially appreciate their ability to listen to my needs and recommend the appropriate facilitators, solutions and content.

Sarah Parks
Senior Project Manager

Hyperion

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

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 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

Originally, we launched a RFP to partner with a sales training provider to improve the sales skills of our global distributor network. LSA Global challenged our thinking by suggesting we focus on the systemic strategy, culture and talent factors that create sales success before we invested in the more symptomatic needs of sales skills and knowledge. LSA Global identified the two strategic actions to improve overall sales performance and then designed and delivered world class sales training across the globe to help increase revenue and margin.  I’m so happy we took a more strategic approach to sales performance.

Kim Benson
Director Human Resources

Trimble

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

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

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.

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