Breaking Bad Referral Networking Habits
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Breaking Bad Referral Networking Habits

3 Bad Habits & How to Overcome Them and Grow Your Business Faster & Easier with Referrals
4.5 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
760 students enrolled
Created by Cathy Thomas
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand Bad Networking Habits
  • Why Getting Referrals is the #1 Way to GROW Your Business
  • Use 2 types of networking both face-to-face and social media to gain referrals
  • Success Action Tips to Use Today
  • Download eBook 7 Tips to Build Your Referral Network
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  • A Basic Understanding of Networking

You do everything you can to get new clients.  You join network associations, you market on social media, and you even spend hundreds of dollars on advertising.

You are trying hard to get new clients because new clients will grow your business. You spend hundreds of dollars on advertising and get 1 or 2 clients, but it's hard, your selling to them more and spending more time price quoting and even lowering your prices just to get the business.

If this you, then this course is for you.  Getting Referrals is the #1 way to grow your business and on a consistent level.  

First, we go over bad networking habits and how to break them.  We cover 3 bad habits that are easy to fix to help you move on and then get the most of our of your networking time.

Second , we go over the two ways on how to network with clients both online and offline or Face to Face networking and online networking with social media and we share with you on how to be prepared.

We show you how referral networking is the best strategy for you business. We will go over these and provide you with SUCCESS ACTION STEPS you can take today to start growing your referral network.

Oh, and just for hanging out we provide a 7 Step eBook just for you to take advantage of more ideas that you can use today to begin to grow your referral network.

If you are thinking it's time to rethink your referral network, or you don't even have a referral network in place then this course is for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • Sales Professionals and Business Owners
  • StartUp
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Curriculum For This Course
2 Lectures 08:45

Running Camera as a "selfie" these will get better soon! 

Preview 02:54

Important Statistic that will Change they way you view Referrals

Preview 05:51
3 Bad Habits to Break
1 Lecture 18:22

It only takes 60 days to break a habit right?  Well that is what they say... START TODAY!

Preview 18:22

List the 3 Bad Habits of Referral Networking.

What Are the 3 Bad Habits of Referral Networking?
1 question
2 Lectures 19:22

I'm still working to master the camera - you see growing your business is a day to day effort! Practice Makes Perfect!


Understanding 2 Ways to Network.  Also be sure your able to be found!

1 Lecture 06:01

It's time to RETHINK your Referral Network

1 Lecture 04:31

Be sure to Download the eBook for extra TIPS!


About the Instructor
Cathy Thomas
4.7 Average rating
23 Reviews
2,144 Students
2 Courses
Sales & Marketing Consultant

With over 27+ years of Sales & Marketing experience. I'm so excited to be a part of helping entrepreneurs, start-ups, local business owners, small to mid-size business owners, corporate sales, account managers, and sales professionals market themselves and succeed in business.

I was 9 years old, really, when I had my first sales job ever going door-to-door up and down our four-mile country road to wash windows, clean out cars, or brush pets or just about anything our neighbors needed help doing around their house. I made some good money being only 9 years old – and I walked a lot of miles!

That's not my grown up start, but I thought readers would get a kick out of knowing that my very first job ever was as an entrepreneurial fourth-grader. Since then, I’ve logged over 30 years selling something. I’ve been a top producer selling more than $1.5M to $2M per year in industries such as food & beverage, music distribution, copiers, computers, wholesale, networking solutions, enterprise software, online training, technical training, mortgage loans, wireless tower lease space, office supplies, all B2B and B2C type sales.

Always, I moved into management positions training new sales staff, and back-office management of staff. I spent my own money developing my skills set - especially being certified in web master sales, e-commerce, web development, and of course tons of sales books, business books, anything related to good business practices.

I completed my Bachelor’s in Business with a minor in Marketing & additional focus on Advertising Design. It only took me 10 years to finish because I always had to be working and selling something.

You see, nothing takes the place of "real world" experience where academics and experience are the best tools in any business person’s toolbox.

My first sales job as an adult was selling copiers. Here’s how it happened: I was hired as a technical trainer in the early 1990's when office computer networking was just becoming possible. The thought that staff could print documents right from their office desk was a technological breakthrough. However, so many people were afraid of the new computer technology. They just didn't understand the technology sold by our sales team. So I got paid $28,000 my first year to go out and show staff how to use it. It was a great time seeing ‘the light bulb go on’ for people as I trained them.

One day my boss called me into her office and said she wanted me to sell them. I said "What?" I liked my steady income; I was happy. Sales was 100% commission. I had no idea what I would make, if anything! I had bills and I knew my steady income meant I could pay them. But, she said she would give me a "forgivable draw" of $2400 a month for 90 days which is enough time to train. Here was the cool thing.... She said if I made more than the $2400 I could keep anything MORE I made. If I made less, I’d be covered for 90 days. Well, that was just too good to pass up- NOTHING to lose and three months to see if I could do it!

First month my commission check was $10,000; second month, close to $12,000. By my third month I began averaging over $15,000.

I was only 25 years old. Had she not given me the opportunity to really sell, I may not have had the chance to see my true abilities.

It was my ability to train clients, which was my original position, that made me a successful sales person. Yes a trainer. I spent more time educating my clients than selling. After I mastered sales of copiers and software solutions bundling, I went on to sales products in other industries. Each company had hired me because I had "made presidents club" being top revenue achiever selling products for my previous job.

Going through training to sell my new employer’s products revealed major training flaws. Countless times the training would not work in real-time sales. Finally, most of the companies I worked for would let me "just do what you do.” What did I do? Make friends, got to know my clients Business, what worked for them and what didn't and how, and did I really have something they needed? If not, I helped them find it even if we could not sell it. I built trust, I showed people how to succeed with the products I sold them.

I would have not thought it possible to use my personal experience and knowledge to help others. But I’ve always loved helping others. I'm not selling any crazy secrets - just helping clients to be the best they can be by doing what they love and loving being able to pay the bills. You see, running a business isn't a "get rich quick" deal. If anyone tells you otherwise don't listen. It doesn't work that way! It's hard work! But if you work smart, get educated, and practice what you learn, then, YES, you can have and achieve a financially healthy business, pay the bills, and help others all at the same time.

Owner of XtremeBusinessGuide a sales and marketing referral networking coaching and consulting company.