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Tips for Networking??

Discussion in 'Franchising' started by MrsBusiness, Aug 1, 2013.

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    Maevla

    Maevla Administrator Staff Member

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    I got a call yesterday from somebody who had been attending BNI meetings but had stopped and decided to start his own local get together so was after a meeting room. The reason behind this was that the BNI meetings are held around here at the crack of dawn or evening around 7pm. They all wanted a meeting during the day, but they wouldn't change the time. I think he might be onto something there. Flexibility.
     
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    Geoff T

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    can understand why they wouldn't move a whole group for - potentially - one person, but AM surprised no-one suggested to this person that they could start a new BNI group themselves - with help...

    round here, we've got mid-morning meetings, and lunchtime meetings... all it takes to make them happen is interest... Flexibility does happen in BNI IMO
     
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    Maevla

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    I have to say most networking meetings I've come across over here are ALL early morning or early evening, nothing in the day and that's not just BNI either. Perhaps it's the area and it certainly seems they missed the opportunity to MLM at this point -) He wants a room to hold 16-20 people so a fair chunk of the attendees I think.
     
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    Geoff T

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    MLM is a different thing in BNI - allowed to sell the products in BNI, but not to openly promote the MLM side of things
     
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    Maevla

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    Isn't BNI MLM in itself though? :)
     
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    Geoff T

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    not biting...:whistle::)
     
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    Maevla

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    TUT! :)
     
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    Geoff T

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    sorry to disappoint
     
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    Duncan

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    Of course BNI is MLM. I loved it. Big fan. You get out of it what you give to it. The Brits manage to deal with the American Culty aspects in a sufficiently tongue in cheek way to carry it off.

    The slogan 'Givers Gain' is all you need to know and as a training ground for networking and selling it is ideal. Much more efficient time and money wise than most other formats.

    Like most things in life, it won't appeal to everyone.
     
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    ISS

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    Haha Maevla!

    Seriously though, I've argued the point on more than one forum that BNI does have its place and works extremely well for many people. It doesn't suit everyone but then again every business is different.
     
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    Maevla

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    I agree Duncan and ISS.

    Looks like we will be hosting most of the group at some point in the near future though, as the meeting room is provisionally booked, I'll get something out of that :)
     
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    Have you been on any of Will Kintish's courses? He is really good. I've been on a few.

    http://www.kintish.co.uk/

    His whole business revolves around doing seminars which teach people how to network effectively both online and offline.

    ^Gavin
     
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    Maevla

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    Not me know - I'm not a big fan of networking groups - the bar at any conference is the best place to network :)
     
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    CoffeeBeans13

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    I wouldn't have said the BNI were formal, not the ones I used to go to anyway
     
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    BNI is more formal than many networking options - but after 30 years, they do it that way because they've proved it works...

    for the gain-sayers... if you've never been, your opinion means nothing (because you don't know).... if you have been, you may have just been to the wrong group...

    business development is about trial and error after all... who's to know that YOU weren't the reason it wasn't 'right' for you?
     
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    Maevla

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    Absolutely agree, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for another, and what works in one industry, might not work for another. You have to adapt, but to continue to grow you have to participate in some kind of networking
     
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    Geoff T

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    Too right Maevla
     
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    james murphy

    james murphy Sarcasm in bucketloads - Say hi though!

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    Learn very quickly how to get rid of somebody boring or annoying.
    Invite interesting people on the inevitable pub crawl afterwards.
     
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    Maevla

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    PUB CRAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL YAY !!!
     

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