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Hazel Walker

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15 Minutes A Day Can Pay Huge Dividends

We all know that we should be thankful for our many blessings. I have a warm house, a working car and a business that is exclusively referral-based. But so often I, like many of you, take that gift for granted…. Continue Reading →

All Referral Partners Are Not Created Equal

Ask any sales person if they would rather sell to a referral or cold call and every one of them will answer that they would rather sell to a referral.  Because referrals close at a much greater rate than other… Continue Reading →

We Don’t Need No Stinking Name Badges!

I had this conversation recently with a BNI member in Australia and I have had this very same conversation with members in Indiana too. 1st Member:  I don’t understand the big deal over these BNI name badges. Why do I… Continue Reading →

Is BNI your BIGGEST Client?

“What?” You ask. “Is BNI your biggest client?” I repeat. “No! XYZ Company is MY biggest client,” you reply. “Ok, that’s great!” I say. “Well then, may I ask you a few questions about your BIGGEST CLIENT? “Sure,” you reply…. Continue Reading →

1 Time Management Secret To Help You Succeed in BNI

Time management? You either think you’re good at it or bad. Regardless, it’s the key to success or the appearance that you’re a hot mess! Even I had to learn manage my time and it IS a process. A painful… Continue Reading →

4 Steps for a Productive Networking Conversation

It is not easy for many people to network. They feel uncomfortable approaching strangers, which makes total sense because that is what our parents taught us, “Don’t talk to strangers.” Most of the reason they are uncomfortable is that they… Continue Reading →

Ten Empty Chairs

A while back, I was having a one-to-one with someone that identified herself as a “PK” (that’s a Preacher’s Kid, in case you were wondering).  We talked about her experience in her BNI chapter and how things were going in… Continue Reading →

Being a Sub Does Not Give You Member Privileges

To build a business by referral requires that you create relationships built on trust. Those relationships are built over conversation—give and take. The reason that we have open networking as an official part of the meeting is to facilitate getting… Continue Reading →

Planning, Bragging, & Complaining = Opportunities for Your Network

It is said that a good networker has two ears and one mouth and they should be used proportionally. We should be listening twice as much as we are talking. If you are doing a good job listening you will… Continue Reading →

Investing in Your Chapter Type: Starting, Growing & Not-Giving-Up

I’ve been part of each of these types of chapters during my 18 years as part of BNI! Most recently, I’ve been spending my blood, sweat, and a TON of tears helping START new chapters. I’ve scrambled to find 40… Continue Reading →

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