Episode 366: Chambers and BNI

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Synopsis

This week Barry Johnson, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, joins Dr. Misner to talk about the relationship between BNI and chambers of commerce.

For years, Dr. Misner has recommended that BNI members both join and participate in their local chamber of commerce. It’s like joining a fitness club: writing the check isn’t enough. You have to do the workouts.

Chambers also provide resources for their members. Chambers provide access on issues, connections to other business organizations, and insights into the local marketplace. A chamber of commerce can be a great source of information about market trends and demographics. Your local chamber can also help you look into out-of-state and even international business. BNI members also have an opportunity to nominate their clients for awards offered by chambers of commerce. Through affinity programs, chambers of commerce can help their members to save money on things like office supplies and travel.

Chambers have a broader scope than BNI, which allows for a collaborative relationship. Check  out your local chamber of commerce as a way to make your networking and referral success even stronger.

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Episode 365: “I Absolutely Refuse to Participate in a Recession” (Classic Podcast)

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This is a rebroadcast of Episode 56.

Synopsis

This episode is a follow-up to one of Dr. Misner’s blog posts, and to Episode 48, which both got a lot of responses. There were lots of positive responses, but also a lot of respondents with the “yeahbut” syndrome. Dr. Misner has been through three recessions, and here is what his history tells him: People with a strong network will survive and even thrive during a downturn in the economy.

The first recession that BNI went through, membership initially slowed down, but after the first three or four months, people realized that they have to do something, and that’s when they got “networking religion” and started joining like crazy. The same thing has happened twice since then, and we’re seeing signs that it’s happening again.

But don’t wait too long to join a chapter—by the time 7 or 8 months have passed, all the places in your local chapter may be full.

Only the strong, the smart, and the networked survive a recession. Every chapter that refuses to participate in the recession will grow and flourish.

If you want to get serious about improving your networking skills, read Dr. Misner’s column in Entrepreneur Magazine. If you wait until the recession is over, your business will be over.

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Episode 364: May I Take Your Photo?

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This week, Dr. Misner provides an example of how great customer service leads to referrals. During his recent trip to the BNI National Conference in Nashville, he stayed at the Omni hotel and had many meals sent up by room service. The employee who delivered most of these meals was named Leslie. She was courteous, friendly, helpful, and attentive–but without calling attention to herself.

Dr. Misner didn’t really notice how good the service was until the day he had ten BNI directors in his suite preparing for a group photo. Not only did Leslie offer to take the picture, but she took a photo with every single person’s camera or phone, with no sign of impatience, taking the time to make sure everyone had a record of the occasion.

Great service like that gets noticed–even by harried conference organizers. Dr. Misner took the time to write a blog post containing a public testimonial for Leslie.

Tell us about your great customer service experience, especially with BNI members, and why you think it’s important for referral marketing.

Read the original post on Dr. Misner’s Business Networking Blog.

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Episode 363: Join a Group (Get Connected–Stay Connected, Part 10)

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July is Join a Group Month on BNI Connect, so Dr. Misner will walk you through how to do this.

  1. Log in to BNI Connect.
  2. Click on My Network.
  3. Select Manage in the Groups box.
  4. Click the magnifying box to search for a group that interests you. One of the most active groups right now is the Social Media Marketing group. There are also many power team groups. Be sure to join Dr. Misner’s “From the Founder” group and to post your success story in “Why BNI.”
  5. To join a group, click “Add” while viewing the group.
  6. Participate in your group. Read and post messages.
  7. Invite your contacts to join your groups.
  8. Choose how often you want to receive email updates from the group: immediately, daily summary, weekly summary.

Brought to you by the Global Networking Show, hosted by Andy Lopata and Ivan Misner.

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Episode 362: Visibility through Volunteering

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Dr. Misner has recommended getting involved in service organizations since he wrote his very first book. Involvement in these groups expands the depth and breadth of your networking. In this episode, he thought he’d get more specific about how to decide which groups to get involved with. People who volunteer demonstrate their commitment to a cause without concern for personal gain, so you should be volunteering with organizations that you have genuine interest in and concern about. Volunteering is not a recreational activity: it’s a serious commitment. Here are 9 points to consider.

  1. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time, and is there any connection to serving the community?
  2. What hobbies do you enjoy, and do they provide any opportunities for volunteering?
  3. What sports do you know well enough to coach or teach?
  4. What brings you joy and satisfaction?
  5. What social, political, or health issue are you passionate about?
  6. What are three organizations that you can identify that appeal to you? Choose the one that most appeals to you and research the group online.
  7. Will that group give you the opportunity to meet one of your professional or personal goals? Will you have an opportunity to connect with other people who will be supportive of your business?
  8. After visiting the group, do you still want to make a final commitment of your time?
  9. Are other group members satisfied with the organization?

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