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Hazel Walker

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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 →

Balance versus Harmony

Balance:  a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance Harmony: a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to… Continue Reading →

One Simple Thing You Can Do to Improve Your BNI ROI

Director Consultant Sandi Ballard, BNI Blog Earth Date: July 14, 2016   I’ve sat down to write this blog at least three times only to be distracted by shiny objects. Those same things I yell at my clients about chasing… Continue Reading →

When an Emergency Means Missing a Meeting

My phone rings and it is a BNI Member named Tom. He is mad because he received a letter from his chapter opening his position in the chapter and he felt strongly that it was unfair. I asked him why… Continue Reading →

Top 10 Reasons to Invite Guests and Visitors to Your BNI Chapter Meeting

#10. Inviting people makes you more visible to your chapter. You show that you are engaged, not just filling a seat. #9. More guests and visitors help grow the chapter or replace lost members giving you (and everyone in your… 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 →

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 →

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