This week’s Ask Ivan question came in from a BNI member in India.
One thing that hasn’t been translated throughout the system is that people still aren’t as welcoming as they could or should be in a chapter. I’m personally an extrovert, so I work my way around it, but I see many new members find it difficult when they go to a chapter.
One reason people might not feel welcome is that the members of a chapter have such tight relationships that they seem cliquish. They stand in closed rather than open groups, making it hard to go up and talk to them.
If you are a new member and you don’t feel like people are reaching out, ask someone in the chapter to re-introduce you around.
Making visitors and new members feel welcome makes a big difference to their experience of BNI. A person who doesn’t feel welcome won’t join. Don’t leave it up to the visitor host. Introduce yourself to new members, and introduce the new member to other people in the chapter.
Priscilla invites you to visit her chapter, BNI Connect2Success in Berkeley, California. She promises you’ll feel welcome.
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