Submitted By: Barb Lynch, BNI® Success Partners, Northeast Florida Our first One-to-One was over lunch. It was there, over 10 years ago, where we both committed to finding each other “Specific Referrals.”
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I joined BNI on the insistence of the Caitlin Baker from Vogue Print Savers who was doing the printing for my clinic and a member of the chapter. She was at me for months about the benefits and it took me a while to take action but I am so glad that I did.
I am now a 6 year member of the chapter and I have built great business relationships, a network of trusted advisors, trusted businesses that I can refer to and most importantly some great friends. This last point is a strong one as we often have visitors to our chapter that are members of other BNI chapters and they almost always remark about the 'feeling' in the room. Warm, friendly, camaraderie, happy, fun are just some of the terms that frequently get used.
On top of this, the services that I have used in my chapter over the journey have been hugely valuable to me in my personal life.
So not only has BNI given me a great business network, it has also given me some great personal relationships, it has enhanced my personal life and it has happened through attending a weekly meeting that is a thoroughly enjoyable use of time.
Just typing this I can see why Caitlin was relentless in getting me to join. My question to others, why wouldn't you want to get the same outcome as I have?
People make the world go 'round. Joining BNI North Eastern has allowed for many possibilities including more connections, a bigger network, more business, greater opportunities in my local community, personal growth, challenges, support, friendships and, above all, the best way to start a new day. I do not know how I survived without my BNI network and couldn't imagine life (business or personal) without it. It really is easy to be Green!
BNI has helped me to identify my ideal client AND how to approach them. To top it off, I am now also a confident public speaker.
I have been a member for coming up to 7 years. I would not have remained a member if I did not appreciate the benefits. The benefits are several:
Referrals leading to income for my business, support from what is a great community, access to products and services that have benefited me and my clients/friends/family
If you treat BNI as an integral part of your business, rather than an external attachment, I believe you will experience greater success.
Where else can you have 30+ people as sales consultants on the ground trying to find you referrals every week, without it costing an arm and a leg.
With Corona-19, it is more important than ever to have advocates for your business trying to help you survive. Better than being out there as a small business with fewer marketing/sales channels and fewer income streams doing it alone. Isolation can be terrible for any business. BNI is like a family.
I have taken on many roles within BNI, it feels better to give back, and be more of a contributor and less of a spectator. It’s all about Givers Gain.
I have a thirst for knowledge and trying new things, BNI ticks all my boxes, I’ve learnt so many new skills and built amazing relationships along the way.