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.
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.
A while back, I gave a presentation at the ESA Leadership Summit on ways to optimize a sales organization. The four components and main points I discussed are applicable to sales organizations in every kind of industry, so I want to share them.