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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 maybe a little crazy or very devoted to networking or to a networking guru.  In other words…sippin’ that Kool-Aid.

For the last thirteen years, I have been a member of BNI. This networking group relies heavily on word of mouth marketing and has kept many a  company afloat. Many of the professionals in my chapter have dispensed weekly nuggets of wisdom for years on how to become a better entrepreneur. It’s a little rough out there, so it’s good to hear about everyday folk 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:

Even though the photographer wasn’t at the meeting, his substitute let us know that he was shooting someone for Inc. magazine.

The graphic designer is getting lots of print/paper work, because there may be a “backlash against the backlash.”  I love it.

The financial advisor offers a free portfolio review.

The social media specialist stated that “LinkedIn.com is an asset, not a burden.”  I wholeheartedly agree.

The writing coach has edited over 1000 books.

The image consultant changed her tagline to “saving the world one outfit at a time.”

If you rent an office in Manhattan, hire a commercial real estate firm to negotiate the terms of the lease, because as the owner rightfully pointed out, most tenants to not keep the details of their lease handy.

Please give my BNI colleagues a look.  And of course you can check out the full roster here.