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Month: April 2016

When I teach people how to ask for referrals, this is the resistance I usually get:

“I don’t want to make my client feel uncomfortable by putting them on the spot.”

“I don’t want to look needy or unsuccessful.”

These are two of the many reasons why people aren’t confident asking for referrals and introductions. I get it! I totally understand.

Two important points:

1. Having the right approach will alleviate all the concerns, fears, and awkwardness.
2. Are you willing to get comfortable and confident? If not, then you can stop reading now.

It’s been awhile since I’ve run through our popular V.I.P.S. Method™ for asking for referrals. So here goes…


“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammed Ali

Do you ever wonder if you truly make a difference in the lives of others?

Just about the only time I get choked up is I’m when watching a movie with a scene about a father and his daughter. Here’s an exception. Check out this note I received from a client recently…


Did you know that that there are some people who actually like making cold calls?

If you do a search on the internet to see if Cold Calling is dead or alive, you’ll get mixed messages. Some people teach “Cold Calling Tips” and “How to Cold Calls” and “Cold Calling Techniques.”

One guy wrote, “You could poke me in the eye with a sharp stick before I’ll make cold call.” Where do you stand on this age-old, fear-ridden prospecting strategy?


Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is quoted as saying, “Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message.”

So would Mr. Zuckerberg tell you stop using Facebook and other Social Media? Probably not. But here’s what he might tell you to do…

This 2-Minute Article Could Change Your Business Forever


An action trigger is something your prospect or client does or says that can trigger a referral-generating action on your part. This issue of the Referral Minute will highlight 5 things that can prompt you to promote referrals and introductions AND some very specific word tracks to help you produce results.

Of course, you have to be careful to not be obnoxious about this. You may get 4-5 action triggers in one appointment. Clearly, you don’t act on every single one.


Referral Coach