One of the most significant mistakes any sales person can make is to assume that their prospective customer is inevitably going to buy something, and that the only remaining questions are what, when, and who from.
This is a truthful and proven guide for how to ask for referrals. You won’t read that referrals are easy or that all you have to do is ask. What you will read are lessons and insights that I have gleaned from working my referral system with clients for the past 23 years.
Most of the CEOs and sales leaders I speak with agree that their sales organizations need to be more effective at taking a consultative approach to selling. They insist that they talk about it often and that their salespeople are doing OK with a consultative approach.
Have you heard the story about the new sales director, whose predecessor handed him three envelopes on the first day of the job?
I was at a golf practice range the other day. I took a nice, easy swing, heard that ultra-satisfying “click”, and watched the ball travel straight downrange and land exactly where I intended it to. And for a moment, one brief, fleeting moment, I actually believed I was getting better at this game.