If you’ve ever had business cards shoved at you or have been “held captive” by someone who wouldn’t let you get a word in edgewise because they were talking incessantly about themselves, you’ll enjoy this week’s episode of Speaking of Endless Referrals.
We share two specific ways you can avoid being that pushy, annoying person and instead be attractive and interesting to others.
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In most cases, forget your elevator pitch!
Use the acronym FORM to remember the key principle to focus on the other person by asking questions appropriate to the conversation.
Relieve yourself of the pressure to perform by recognizing your entire focus is to listen, learn, and ask how you can help.
There is real value in having a system that keeps you in front of prospects, colleagues, and referral partners on a regular basis.
In this episode of Speaking of Endless Referrals, we lay out what a good system must include and why, as well as tips for making it frequent, regular and consistent without feeling pushy or inauthentic.
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Develop a system composed of specific things you do at every touch point. Write down the system and automate what you can.
Implement the “overkill” strategy. No matter what you are doing or how often you follow-up, you probably are not doing it enough.
Reward (to reinforce) the right thing. ”Treat the referral source better than the referral.”
Most professionals are frustrated with their referral generating efforts because those efforts just haven’t been fruitful.
In this week’s episode of Speaking of Endless Referrals, we share with you specific tips from C.J. Hayden on how to fix common mistakes people make when trying to generate more referrals for their business.
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Use networking groups as a springboard to begin building a relationship. Referrals will not magically appear just because you joined a networking group.
Get crystal clear about who your ideal prospect is so you can communicate it to those in a position to refer you. Create a Ideal Prospect Profile or use situations in which your ideal prospect typically finds themselves when they need or want you product or service.
Use a script to ask for referrals directly, like Bob’s “The Referral Bridge” statement. The key is to ask in a way that is non-threatening, honors your relationship with the other person, gives them “a back door,” and feels comfortable and natural to the both of you.
Decide who you want to network with in advance of every event. What professions are complementary to yours?
Use resources you already have to prepare ahead of time. Be intentional.
Engage a systematic follow-up plan every time.
Educate clients, prospects and referral partners that you primarily work with referred clients. This benefits you and them, and it is a key differentiator between you and others who provide the same product or service as you do.
If being a resource for others is a proven way to generate quality referrals and raise your stature in the community, how exactly to do you that?
In this week’s episode of SpeakingofEndlessReferrals.com, we share specific things you can do right now.
We had a couple of technology challenges during the call, but we know you’ll find some good “nuggets” in just under 15 minutes to help you embrace a better approach to referral generation than you may have been employing in the past.
Enjoy! And, let us know how things are going for you as you practice this ideas.
If you missed today’s Speaking of Endless Referrals with Tammy & Tshombe (or just want to listen again), find out how and why being a “tour guide” when you’re networking increases your business (and personal!) blessings ten-fold.
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Be a Tour Guide for resources, support & connecting people with people.
Shift your perspective from what you can get from others to how you can serve others by positioning yourself as the information resource expert.
Giving from the heart is not a 1:1 relationship, but instead returns 10-fold. Being a tour guide for others increases your bandwidth, that is, your capacity to receive back.
“You can’t grow the business if you do not grow the person.” – Tammy Redmon
We shared some juicy tips today on how you can stand out as a “networking matchmaker.”
Did you miss it or want to listen to it again?
Listen in (or download to listen later) as Tammy and Tshombe reveal “the referral generation magic sauce.” It works because networking becomes a team sport with you facilitating the game, rather than the typical looking-out-only-for-yourself traditional way of networking.
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Plan (Be Prepared) – Know who is going to be at the networking event and who you want to meet (and meet-up)
Be a Conscious Go-Giver (Rather than thinking about what’s it in for you)
Connect Others (Be a Matchmaker) – Be specific with each person you connect about why you’re connecting them and how you see the relationship potentially working
Be sure to join us next week as we discuss how you can establish yourself as the Go-to, Information (Re)Source for people.