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BNI Chapter Grants Wishes to Needy Children This Holiday Season

This Christmas the Aurora BNI chapter, BNI Team XTreme, took it upon themselves to do something extraordinary for the community in which they work and live.BNI Canada - CAS Basket

The York Region Children’s Aid Society is a non-profit organization that helps children with difficult living circumstances and aims to keep these children safe and whenever possible, with their families. Unfortunately due to a wide variety of circumstances, many of these children are not with family and are alone over the holiday season, so the Children’s Aid Society runs a “Christmas Wish” campaign each year to help add some cheer to these kids’ Christmas.

Many times when the “Wish Lists” come to Children’s Aid, they are asking for things like tooth brushes, deodorant, towels, toys, and yes, even food! Auror More

10 Networking Questions – Part Three

This week we conclude the series of 10 Questions by Bob Burg, intended to help you with your networking. BNI Networking Questions 3

7. What do you see as the coming trends in the widget business?

I call this the speculator question. Aren’t people who are asked to speculate usually important, hot-shot types on television? You are therefore giving them a chance to speculate and share their knowledge with you. You’re making them feel good about themselves.

8. Describe the strangest or funniest incident you’ve experienced in your business.

Give people the opportunity to share their war stories. That’s something practically everyone likes to do, isn’t it? Don’t we all have stories we like to share from when we began in business? Something very embarrassing happened More

10 Networking Questions – Part Two

BNI NetworkingThis week we will be continuing with our theme of 10 Networking Nuggets for use at Networking Functions.

4. What advice would you give someone just starting out in the Widget Business

This is my mentor question. Don’t we all like to feel like a mentor – to feel that our answer matters? Give your new networking prospect a chance to feel like a mentor by asking this question.

5. What one thing would you do with your business if you knew you could not fail?

This is a paraphrase of a question from noted theologian and author Dr. Robert Schuller, who asks, ‘What one thing would you do with your life if you knew you could not fail?’ We all have a dream, don’t we” What is this persons dream? The question gives them a chance to fantasize. They will really More

10 Networking Questions – Part One

For the next three weeks we will be looking at Ten Networking Questions for use at Networking Functions. The subject is taken from an article in Masters of Networking by Bob Burg.

I have ten questions in my personal arsenal. They are absolutely not designed to be probing or sales orientated in any way. You’ll notice that they are all friendly and fun to answer and will tell you something about the way the person you are talking to thinks. You are unlikely to need or to have the time to ask all ten questions in one conversation. Know them well enough that you are able to ask the ones you deem appropriate for the particular conversation and time frame.

Here are the first three questions.

1. How did you get started in the widg More

Givers Gain & Collaborators too

GIVERS GAIN – and COLLABORATORS TOO

BNI, as we all know, is about building relationships, Givers Gain, Power Teams, referrals and so much more.

Now a couple of members of the BNI Excellence chapter in Boisbriand, north of Montreal, are showing us all that collaboration can be a key part of the successful business mix as well.

Brigitte St-Germain - Benoit LegaultThe two members, Web Developer Benoit Legault and Professional Coach Brigitte St-Germain, joined BNI around the same time in the winter of 2012. They had a One-to-One early on, partly because of their similar timing.

As Brigitte explained the goals, More

Google+ Hangouts: Great Networking Tool for BNI!

Charles SandorOK, as I write this we are in the middle of a major snow storm here in Oakville, Ontario. I guess being stuck indoors means no face to face networking or business meetings, right?

Wrong!

As the blizzard raged and the roads were impassable, I decided to hold a face to face meeting with 4 of my fellow members from my BNI chapter – The Business Builders of Brampton, Ontario.

I just logged into my Google+ account and started a “Hangout” and invited them to join me. We had a terrific meeting and accomplished a lot.

We were able to network face to face during a blizzard while separated by many miles. It was so easy and you, my fellow BNI’er will love this tool which allowed us to do this.

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A BNI Welcome Halfway Around the Globe

[caption id="attachment_563" align="alignleft" width="300"]Members at BNI Gateway in Singapore take turns to list the generated business opportunities or referrals, as well as the value of each concluded contract. Members at BNI Gateway in Singapore take turns to list the generated business opportunities or referrals, as well as the value of each concluded contract.[/caption]

Geneviève Langlais, President of BNI Express, was visiting family in Southeast Asia in late-June and early-July which meant she would miss weekly meetings at her chapter in downtown Montreal. Using the Internet she contacted BNI Gateway in Singapore and that chapter’s President, Desmond Seah, quickly got back to her with an invitation for Geneviève to attend their July 3 More

Congratulations BNI Members! You Passed 7.1 Million Referrals in 2012!

Hot off the presses, the official statistics for BNI referrals passed worldwide last year have just been released! – Thursday, January 24, 2013

  • In 2012, BNI members passed 7.1 million referrals
  • These referrals generated over $3.3 billion (USD) worth in business for BNI members
  • Since 1985, BNI has generated over $27.7 billion (USD) in business for BNI members (!!!)

Congratulations to BNI members around the world on playing such a huge part in helping the businesses of your fellow members thrive in 2012!  Your dedication to the Givers Gain® philosophy is the reason this organization continues to grow and impact businesses and lives in a phenomenally positiv More

BNI Agora – Golfing for Breakfast $22,750

Golf is one of life’s true pleasures. At times a guilty pleasure when we should be doing something else. At times a frustrating pleasure when we can’t quite hit the drive, the approach or the putt the way Bubba, Phil or Tiger would, depending on what the shot is. At the very best of times, though, golf can feel like a deed well done.

[caption id="attachment_533" align="alignleft" width="300"] Frédéric Bédard, BNI Agora and Account Manager at Groupe Domco, Annick Lebourhis, BNI Agora and President of Hémoglobine inc, Michel Cyr, President of Le Berlingot Foundation, Marcel Landry, tournament volunteer and President of Médifice inc, Sébastien Gariépy, President of BNI Agora and Partner with DEVIMO Inc. Evaluat More

How to Generate Visitors – BNI Canada Podcast

Today’s podcast focuses on the theme ”How to Generate Visitors”

The following suggestion will assist Chapters to always have a steady stream of visitors (potential customers!) attending their business breakfast. Try it!  It works!

Listen here : How to Generate Visitors – BNI Canada Podcast English

Suggestion One: Every time you have a new member, make sure the New Member Orientation is done properly right after they have been induct More

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