Referrals are the lifeblood of any business. This is particularly true for personal trainers. However, just turning your clients into “walking, talking billboards” isn’t enough to create an endless stream of referrals. You need to do something more. It’s very simple…

Follow the five simple tips below to tap into the power of your contacts to increase your revenues with very little cost:

1)      Realize that everyone you know is a potential referrer. There is not a single person you know who can’t be educated on how to identify and send you a potential client. So make a list of every single person who comes to mind. And then think some more. Family members, friends, neighbors, hair stylists, networking associates, current and past clients, financial planners, doctors, lawyers…it’s endless.

2)      Educate them on what a referral looks like. Let them know exactly who your perfect client is. Is it a man or a woman? How old are they? What are their goals? What types of programs and products has your perfect client typically tried before he or she thought of hiring a trainer? The more you educate the referrer about what to look for, the more potential clients they can send your way.

3)      Never, ever assume. Don’t ever assume that someone already knows the perfect client for you. That’s a recipe for disaster. While they will be more than happy to help you, the reality is people are far too busy to know everything that is going on with your business.

4)      Educate referrers on where to find potential clients for you. Remind them that it could be anybody—family, friends, or neighbors. It’s also wise to list places where these people might be found. For example, their place of work, their daughter’s softball team, or a parent meeting at their child’s school. Again, it’s endless. The more ideas you give them about where to look for this perfect client, the more likely they are to remember someone who fits the bill.

5)      Always send a thank you card to anyone who sends a potential client your way, regardless of whether or not that person becomes a client. When you reward behavior, you get more of it. And thank you cards are so rare these days people can’t help but sincerely appreciate them.

Jim Labadie is a fitness entrepreneur, sales expert and speaker. You can download a FREE copy of his new e-book “63 Must-Have Sales Tips for Personal Trainers” at