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Hazel Walker

Building the Second Level of Credibility

In my last article (Click here) I discussed what it takes to build the beginning level of credibility as a new member in a BNI Chapter. It does not take a lot of hard work to build that first level… Continue Reading →

Early Credibility and New Members

Credibility: trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, integrity; reputation, status “does he possess the moral credibility the party is looking for?” To often there is an expectation from new BNI Members that they are going to be accepted into a BNI Chapter and as soon as they are… Continue Reading →

Networking Lessons from My Father

Going to the post office with my Dad each time he took me to school was something I really looked forward to in the morning. Each and every time we went, Dad would call every person we encountered by their… Continue Reading →

Do One to Ones or Fail

BNI membership can be a little overwhelming when you walk into the room as a brand new member. So the first thing we encourage new members to do is break the room down into small bites.  The only way to… Continue Reading →

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Networking

Today is Carb Day in the Indianapolis area. For those outside of Indiana, who may not know, this is practically a state-recognized holiday. It is the final practice session before the race, held on the Friday before the Indianapolis 500…. Continue Reading →

Why Show Up?

Q. – Why do we have to have an Attendance Policy? After all business comes first and I cannot put BNI before my business. A. – This is a common question that I get from BNI and non-BNI members regularly… Continue Reading →

Changing the “Not Enough Time” Paradigm

Everyone is busy. We all make choices about how we want to spend our time and what we do during that time can have a HUGE impact on our lives or none at all. It’s not uncommon for new (and… Continue Reading →

When One Wins, We All Win

We’re going to go a slightly different direction today since it is the day of our BNI Awards Breakfast here in Central Indiana. This is a day where we honor and, yes, celebrate the BNI members who have best exemplified… Continue Reading →

You Get What You Ask For

Stop complaining! Members often complain about the poor quality of the referrals that they are receiving from their chapter, complaining that they are often not worth the paper they are written on or complete junk. When I ask them why… Continue Reading →

Where are the Golden Geese?

I am a business consultant and when I first joined BNI I hoped I would get a ton of qualified business. Don’t we all???!!!! The key I learned (and was told) was that I had to work to create meaningful… Continue Reading →

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