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Are You Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

She was a relatively new member in the chapter, there had been a disagreement between members and the chapter split, leaving only 12 active members. As I  walked into the meeting, she headed my direction and introduced herself to me…. Continue Reading →

Collaboration-The Power Behind BNI

Collaboration:  the action of working with someone to produce or create something. I love this organization because it matches my values and most of the time the leaders in BNI–from leadership teams to the CEO–work in a collaborative mindset. Working together… 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 →

This One Simple Question Will Explode Your Referrals

The number one key to getting high value referrals from your referral sources is trust. It is the first step in the referral process. If there is no trust, there will be only low value referrals or leads being passed… 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 →

The Importance of SIMPLE Accountability

Accountability is a multi-billion-dollar industry and growing.  Individually we have a love/hate relationship with accountability. We love it for others—after all they need to be held accountable—but we do not love it for ourselves. At all levels of our organization… Continue Reading →

Will Anybody Please Stand Up? Anybody?

One of these days I am going to meet the entire community of Anybody. I have never met the Anybody’s but they are very popular to business people. There seems to be a whole clan of them worldwide but they… 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 →

If Membership is a Privilege, Why Are You Giving It Away?

I was once a member of the Indianapolis Columbia Club, it is a beautiful old building with fine dining, guest rooms, private events, discount, private networking activities, wine and beer tastings, golf club access and membership in other clubs around… Continue Reading →

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