How to Get More Referrals Part Two


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During my last article I illustrated the reasons for referrals and how they assist business. In this segment I want to focus on what do say so that you can get the best exposure and offer the most value to your clients.

I suggest using the following wording verbatim or practicing a similar vocabulary until you feel comfortable enough with a client. It is best to be comfortable yet confident so that you get the desired reward.

“Dear Mr./Mrs. _________________________

Today’s competitive economy presents a myriad of challenges to business growth. However, as you know, the bedrock of every business is the admiration and support from clients like you. Business is built on the foundation of clients who appreciate the value that we provide. I would like to ask you for the names of three to five friends, colleagues, or peers who might be in need and appreciative of the value that I can provide to their organization.

I would like the opportunity to call you in the next few days to obtain these names so that I can continue to build my business and foster new relationships similar to ours.

I thank you so much in advance and look forward to speaking with you.”

This model illustrates three vital components:

  1. the value of your existing relationship
  2. the importance of the continued relationship
  3. the appreciation of your value and how it can be perceived by others

Clients who feel so strongly about the relationship and value will be more than happy to provide you with the names of others who can extend the loyalty and admiration. Remember, you must be confident and articulate clearly yet succinctly what you seek. I also suggest not beating around the bush. Make the statement, pause, and then listen intently. Allow your client time to process the request to consider how to assist you.

One final point. Do not end the conversation without having received what you seek. Allowing too much time between the initial request and its conclusion will create dissonance. And in today’s busy world, you may not get another opportunity to ask a similar request.

In part three I will conclude with best practices and activities that will gain the best exposure for referrals.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Drew Stevens
Drew J. Stevens Ph.D. (Dr. Drew) is the author of Split Second Selling and the soon to be released Ultimate Business Bible and six other business books on sales, customer loyalty, self mastery and business development solutions. Drew helps organizations to dramatically accelerate revenue and outstrip the competition. He conducts over 4 international keynotes, seminars and workshops per year.


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