My notes from the BNI meetings are called the Kool-Aid Kronicles. BNI is an acquired taste, it’s very regimented and orderly. It’s also 7am every week. If you are going to do this 45+ times a year, you have to be very devoted to networking or maybe a little crazy. In other words…sippin’ that Kool-Aid.
For the last thirteen years, I have been a member of BNI. This networking group and word of mouth marketing tool has kept my company afloat. Many of the professionals in my chapter have dispensed weekly nuggets of wisdom for years on how to be a better entrepreneur. Right now it looks a little rough out there, so it’s good to hear about everyday people who are keeping their heads and making things happen. Here are a few things I heard and learned the past few Wednesdays from my colleagues:
The Italian Cultural Entrepreneur asked for people who just got back from Italy and wanted to continue that experience with his olive oil.
The makeup artist is looking to connect with key folks at the Ad Council.
The promotional products guru wants to meet anyone associated with Physique 57.
The chiropractor informed us that the late great Jack LaLanne started as a chiropractor.
The home stager requested introductions to real estate investors.
The web developer modeled his commercial after Dragnet, which was extremely clever. I couldn’t do it justice. If you wanna hear it, reach out to him.
And if you know anyone in the professions listed above, please leave that info in the comments. Thank you for networking.
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UPDATE: Looks like I’m on the whole show. 8-9am.
My friend Lainie Bennett of Millennium Personnel Corp has invited me to talk about “The Importance of Networking for Entrepreneurs” on One Caribbean Radio’s “The Morning Mixer” Job Seeker Segment, Monday, July 26th at 8:00am EST.
I will be joining the host, Jeanille Bonterre, and Lainie. We will discuss networking as it relates to job hunting, being a giver, the importance of being remembered, and social networking.
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It’s one of the jokes you should hear in a bar like Cheers…”whaddya get when two networkers get together?” I’m sure there are some good punchlines in there (see pic above). But what really happens is usually positive.
I went to a meeting last week and met up with a really good networker. A guy I have known for at least eight years. It was early in the morning. He told me he wanted to introduce me to a filmmaker who could use more exposure. This was 8am, maybe earlier. Before I got back on the subway, I checked my Blackberry and the filmmaker in question already sent me a friend request on Facebook. That’s what I’m talking about.
My networking colleague shouldn’t have been crackberry-ing during the meeting, but I won’t be the one to snitch.
That, my friends is good networking. I know it’s sounds simple, even yawn-inducing, but for those of us who take networking and word of mouth referrals seriously…they don’t come better than this.
So if you’re going to incur the wrath of your fellow meeting members, make sure you are a good matchmaker and deliver results.
(photo credit: Thomas Roche)