Need more business? BNI can help

BNI-Want to grow your businessBNI is the largest word of mouth referral organization in the World. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals.

BNI is a proven system that helps business owners to grow their business by means of referrals. If you are a business owner and would like to grow your business or client base, then BNI is for you. Visit a nearby chapter and see for yourself how you and your business will benefit.

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In 2014 South Africa passed over 108 000 referrals between members, with completed business of over R630 million in 108 chapters. In 60 countries, worldwide, 6.9 million referrals were passed with completed business of over $8 Billion dollars.

Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder and Chairman of BNI as well as a New York Times Best-selling author. Called the “Father of Modern Networking,” Dr. Misner is one of the world’s leading experts in business networking and referral marketing.

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As we enter the third month of the first quarter, how are you planning your chapter participation to increase business possibilities?
More one to ones every week?
Working harder to find referrals for others?
Putting those testimonials or accolades into writing as well as speaking out in the meeting?
How are you doing as a mentor or mentee?

Have you revised your weekly presentation so that you tell an interesting story about how your product or service has benefited a client?

Are you giving your keynote presentation a lot of preparation so that you can present without reading from PowerPoint slides? Are your PowerPoint slides interesting to look at? Do they graphically describe the point you are making? Have you asked your members to invite people they know, who would benefit from hearing about your services, to the meeting on the day that is in effect your personal visitors day?

How does your BNIConnect profile look? Will it be easy for someone looking for your services to find you? Are going to serve the chapter on the leadership team?

And finally are you arriving earlier than everyone else so that you can focus on visitors and make them feel glad they came to the meeting?
Enjoy your chapter activities in this month of March.

If you can think of anything else that can be added, please write it in the comments below.

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The word "networking" has become so overused that some business professionals can no longer define it. Many people think that networking is attending social or business after-hour events, shaking a few hands, collecting a few cards, and, of course, giving away a few cards of their own. Sadly, they actually believe that's all there is to networking. To be fair, we could say they're engaging in social networking. That's never to be confused, however, with business networking. Businesspeople tend to fall into one of two groups when it comes to their views of networking. For many, the current mind-set is that networking is a passive business strategy, not a proactive marketing tool. This attitude results in a scattered, often ineffective networking approach that consequently wastes the business owner's time and money. Not surprisingly, when people feel they've been wasting their time and money on something, they're understandably not going to continue that activity. On the other hand, some proprietors do consider networking a proactive marketing tool for their business. How can you tell? They make it a significant part of their marketing and business plans. They have networking goals. They may even have a budget line item for networking. Most importantly, they practice it and live it every day. Which view do you take?

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Yesterday I was caught in severe traffic disruption because several intersections had no traffic lights. Drivers who had passed through areas where lights had been working were taken by surprise in the gridlock. This was all near a local police station. Yet there was no point duty officer visible anywhere.
But an amazing show of Givers Gain was there as drivers paused to allow others passage and as we all moved towards our destinations it became clear that the more you give way to others, the more easily your own route forwards clears up. After what could have been a very irritating experience in traffic, I was uplifted by the "pay it forward attitude" of Cape Town drivers.
The more people smiled at others and indicated "no you go first" the more pleasant the experience became.
This may not have been business being transacted but it certainly was good mood generation. Well done Cape Town drivers!

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