I call my notes from the BNI meetings the Kool-Aid Kronicles. BNI is an acquired taste. There’s some regimentation involved and it’s 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 touched in the head.  So those of us who are in BNI, accept the fact that we look like we are  sippin’ that Kool-Aid.

For the last eleven years, I have been a member of BNI. This networking tool and word of mouth marketing has been an extremely valuable business partner. Many of the professionals in my chapter have dispensed weekly nuggets of wisdom for years on how to be a better entrepreneur. The economy is still trying to get back on solid ground, so it’s good to hear from everyday small biz owners who are keeping their heads and making things happen. Here are a few things I heard and learned on Wednesday from my colleagues:

The residential mortgage broker was quoted in the New York Times on 8.21.

The general contractor is working on a building on 20th and 5th Ave and invited all of us to stop in and see the work.

The geek of the group said that if you have a server with other servers and coats and stuff on top of it, you should call him.

The immigration attorney asked to connect with members of cultural or ethnic groups.

The promotional items guy asked to connect with buyers in the healthcare industry.

The writing coach said that you should submit a writing sample to her before you meet with her.

The printer asked if we could all bring in some brochures we have hanging around our offices and he would contact those companies and not only get them on the phone but become their new printers.

The Italian Cultural Entrepreneur sang at a wedding with over 800 guests.

Our newest member, the media trainer simply asked: Are you ready for your close-up?