Fresh And Ready!
There’s nothing like starting a New Year on a high.
Back in summer 2016, BNI Sterling had not yet reached it’s potential, ranking ‘Grey’ in the BNI Chapter Traffic Lights report.
Fast forward six months, and a whole lot of consistent and persistent effort, and the result is a lively, healthy Chapter.
This is reflected in an improved ‘Amber’ status, and most importantly with an uptick in new members, referrals and Thank You for the Business.
Many thanks to Katie Nutting for her enthusiastic and inspiring leadership as Chapter President. Katie is taking some time out for maternity leave and hands the role to Richard Mahoney.
William Gets has moved into the role of Vice President and Ken Hettiarachi continues Secretary / Treasurer
Breakfast, Business, and Banter. They're all on the table.
We would love for you to be a fellow member of BNI Stirling.
The more members we have, the more effectively we can grow your business because you have more salespeople (read “referrers”) looking out for you.
We would, therefore, like to extend an invitation to the following professions to join us:
- Event Organiser
- Estate Agent
- Recruitment consultant
- Corporate Finance
- Foreign Exchange
- Will writer
- Office movers
- Graphic designer
- Managed print company
- Office stationery supplier
If you would like to join us, Click Here
The political forecast for 2017? Economic precarity and social division.
The dark, rain-filled summer of 2016 washed away 40 years of political and economic certainty, as Britain (or, more precisely, England and Wales) voted for Brexit. Now it has to begin the process of leaving.
But serious negotiations will not start until after France, and then Germany, have held their national elections. Until these are safely done and dusted, there will be plenty of rhetorical positioning, but few meaningful decisions, let alone concessions to the UK.
Read the full article here
Networking has never been more important that it is in 2017.
Active Networking Leads to Tremendous Growth
I have been working for UFS Group, a financial adviser firm, as a partner for years, and have been a BNI® member for over a year, although my road to become a member was not so easy.
Besides my financial advisory work, I was teaching financial basics and company management for young adults. As team leader, I usually spent a day each week with my students, from whom I first heard about BNI. Due to the fact that some of them have already been members, they talked about the organization among themselves but nobody invited me to attend a chapter meeting as a visitor. Back then I felt that visiting BNI was an opportunity that needs to be grabbed, so I registered myself via the website and attended the first meeting in April 2015.
The atmosphere, the fellow members and the idea behind the organization were all convincing, but what truly inspired me to apply was the business opportunity. At the meeting, members gave thank you cards to each other worth 35 million Hungarian forints (about $118,000 USD). Sitting there, I was thinking that if within a year I could be able to achieve only 10 percent of this amazing result, the decision to join would be worth it for me. These experiences proved to be more than convincing so I immediately applied, and a month later participated in the chapter meetings as a member.
What’s more, the opportunities available appeared so great that another firm I chair, BiztosAcél Kft, was also integrated slowly into the Fehérvár chapter. In the first half of 2016, nearly 30 percent of the firm’s income was achieved due to the referrals and new social capital of BNI.
As with everything else in life, BNI membership only works when we are active in it. Paying the membership fee and waiting for a miracle is not enough because it will not arrive. The more shows up and works for success, the more they become known and can generate more opportunities. One of the best ways of becoming visible is taking active part in the life of the chapter. I became the chapter's Education Coordinator after three months, then I was part of the Membership Committee, and since April 2016, have supported our members as Chapter President.
One of the important things I have learned is that BNI is a marketing technique, which you can use the way you want. If you do not put anything into it, there won’t be any results. So if you do not take advantage of the opportunities provided by networking, it is a waste, but if you are active and participate, it can be repaid in a short period. It depends only on me if I spend time on it. If I do something, I do it full swing. I do not pay to sit there, but I sit there to help the time, energy and capital invested get repaid.
Sourced from BNI International
Movers and shakers!
Dominic Scott, Founder of XCommNet, at the London Boat Show
Congratulations to Dominic Scott of XCommNet , who made a big splash at the London Boat Show.
XCommNet’s internet solutions allow you to access a high speed internet connection wherever you are – even on a yacht. By combining a 360 video camera with high speed internet they were able to live stream footage directly from the show.
CBNC were so impressed that they named XCommNet as one of top 10 toys and tech of the show
Fellow BNI Sterling chapter members visited to offer support, try out the headset, and dream of the super yachts they’ll buy from all of their BNI referrals.
If you would like to visit our business networking group, please:
- Click here to book a breakfast with us
- Call William on 0750 237 2844 if you would like to know more.
BNI is quite literally the best way to build a better business. We can help you seize the opportunities to take your business to the next level: making it more profitable, more effective and more successful than you ever thought possible. Everything else is just random networking.
Your fellow members become your unpaid marketing team, actively seeking new business for you.
BNI’s structured, supportive and professional environment is the perfect place to gain practical advice, learn valuable new business skills and achieve best practice.
Word of mouth is still the best way to win new business. BNI shows you how to develop relationships built upon trust so others can confidently refer new business to you.
Compiled by Brainstorm Strategic Marketing.