In 2008, I called my irregular BNI journal reports, “Notes From The Matrix.” We all saw the film and we know that the matrix is supposed to be a network. You had to take a pill to tap into it. Many of my friends (and especially my wife) think that I took a pill at one of my networks/cults. I won’t argue with you that I may have fallen down the rabbit-hole.

In 2009, my notes from the BNI meetings, are now 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 crazy. So yes, I am 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 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 on Wednesday from my colleagues:

The residential real estate broker closed six deals, with 5 more to come.

The videographer mentioned the teacher sex tape scandal as a reason to hire a professional for video services.

The massage therapist reminded us that caregivers need massage as well.

The telephone bill reduction consultant mentioned that bandwidth prices have come down dramatically.

The IT guy gave an important tip:  check your backups.  Make sure that they are in fact, backing up your stuff.

The life/health insurance salesperson surprised us with her background:  She was once hired by Barry Diller and she ghost wrote for Dr. Atkins.

The writing coach discussed author Alice Hoffman‘s Twitter mistake.