To help you get the most out of your first BNI meeting, here are some things to know before you go:
Be Prepared:When attending a chapter meeting, it's important to come prepared to talk about your business. You'll get the chance to introduce yourself, and your business, and explain how you help your clients. Members are interested in learning how networking with visitors can benefit everyone involved. Don't forget to bring your business cards along if the meeting is in person!
Meetings: Meetings are well-organized and lively, lasting approximately 90 minutes, with networking opportunities before and after. Visitors are encouraged to attend two meetings and familiarize themselves with the chapter and its members before considering membership. We also recommend arriving early to maximize your experience.
You're the Expert:At BNI, we ensure that there is no competition among our members by allowing only one person from each professional specialty to join a chapter. As a member, you become the sole representative of your field and can establish yourself as the go-to person for your services among other members. This enables you to build strong relationships with fellow members of the chapter.
Referrals & RelationshipsYou will witness networking in action as members build relationships and exchange referrals to support one another in growing their businesses.
Visiting a local Chapter meeting is the first step in finding your new referral network. You’ll find BNI Members to be welcoming and excited to meet you to learn more about you and your business!
What Happens After Visiting a Meeting?
When members agree you are a good fit for the Chapter, you will be invited to apply for membership. BNI Membership helps you generate more sales with consistent growth, less effort and lower cost than other marketing methods. If you’d like to learn more, check out How to Join.
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