choosing a networking group

Networking groups. I know. Sometimes even just hearing the phrase can be a downer. Networking groups don’t always have the best reputation. Many of them feel disingenuous and insincere. You attend an event and the people around you care more about giving their 5-minute spiel rather than getting to know you. It can be awkward and a little frustrating. More often than not, after one bad networking experience, many are turned off from the idea completely. And that’s a shame because if a networking group is set up correctly, it truly can help you grow your business. Networking groups need to establish core values and offer support such as continuing education tools. So let’s jump in and break down the topic of choosing a networking group.

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business builders

Giver’s Gain: A philosophy based on the law of reciprocity.  

Giver’s Gain is a phrase we often hear during BNI chapter meetings and events. In the context of networking groups, people who adopt this philosophy dedicate themselves to giving business to their fellow networkers rather than making their foremost concern getting business for themselves.  And in doing so, other people naturally become eager to repay their kindness by sending them business in return.  Givers Gain is a great way to live life in general and it is a standard which we can all apply to our daily lives. Giver’s Gain is also a corner stone of the BNI Business Builders chapter here in Western PA. This chapter is filled with givers. It is reflected in every area of their lives – from work, to volunteering, to how they spend their money, etc. Last week I was able to chat with member Alan Laick to learn more about this heartfelt chapter.

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network connections

Coopetition. A neologism coined to describe cooperative competition.

Coopetition is a word mash-up of cooperation and competition, emphasizing the “petition”-like nature of joint work. It’s something that sounds completely backwards. Why would a small business want to work WITH their competition? How would either be able to receive referrals and grow, while constantly competing for the same clients? Many would think this kind of thinking is crazy. However, it’s actually not as bizarre as it seems. I sat down with Bryan Ghingold, owner of Steel City Movers LLC, last week. He’s a director consultant for BNI and a member of the Network Connections chapter. He also knows a thing or two about coopetition.

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Circle of Excellence

Mentor. Noun. An Experienced and Trusted Advisor.

Verb.  Advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague). A great mentor can make a world of a difference to an individual. In fact, many successful people credit their accomplishments to their mentors. Often saying that without their guidance, they wouldn’t have found the inner strength or confidence to chase their dreams. The same goes for Rich Breymeier, a member of BNI’s Circle of Excellence chapter. Last week, I sat down with Breymeier in order to pick his brain. I wanted the inside scoop – insight into the inner workings of his chapter and his thoughts on the BNI experience.

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Undertaking Success

It’s always exciting to launch a new BNI chapter. It means new opportunities and contacts for business spheres. New ideas and visions within a leadership team will emerge. Not to mention all the new friendships and relationships to be formed. It was especially exciting for the newest Western PA chapter, Undertaking Success. Why you may ask? Well, this launch has been in the works for months.

Now, not many people would be able to stay so dedicated to the mere idea of a group. And only a few people would be willing to wait for a launch that may never happen. Many feared that a true launch date would just always be out of reach. But that’s what makes this specific group so special. They formed such tight-knitted relationships over those months. As long as they were meeting and trying to help each other, they were happy. Becoming an official BNI chapter was icing on this networking cake.

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future of BNI

In working with forming chapters and talking to potential new members, it’s becoming clear how important BNI Connect and now, BNI University, is to the success of BNI members.  The downside of this, is that a potential new member cannot experience any of it until they become a BNI member. Taking this into consideration, the Western PA branch wants to help potential members learn all they can about BNI. We want to share the foundation and pillars of which BNI is built upon. Therefore, this next series of blog posts will overview BNI. These posts will discuss how BNI can help grow your small business exponentially. We will cover topics such as: BNI Core Values, BNI University, and the Future of BNI.

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BNI University

In working with forming chapters and talking to potential new members, it’s becoming clear how important BNI Connect and now, BNI University, is to the success of BNI members.  The downside of this, is that a potential new member cannot experience any of it until they become a BNI member. Taking this into consideration, the Western PA branch wants to help potential members learn all they can about BNI. We want to share the foundation and pillars of which BNI is built upon. Therefore, this next series of blog posts will overview BNI. These posts will discuss how BNI can help grow your small business exponentially. We will cover topics such as: BNI Core Values, BNI University, and the Future of BNI.

Click here to review last weeks blog!

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BNI Core Values

In working with forming chapters and talking to potential new members, it’s becoming clear how important BNI Connect and now, BNI University, is to the success of BNI members.  The downside of this, is that a potential new member cannot experience any of it until they become a BNI member. Taking this into consideration, the Western PA branch wants to help potential members learn all they can about BNI. We want to share the foundation and pillars of which BNI is built upon. Therefore, this next series of blog posts will overview BNI. These posts will discuss how BNI can help grow your small business exponentially. We will cover topics such as: BNI Core Values, BNI University, and the Future of BNI.
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BNI MBA program

2018 is really quite a time to be alive. We’re living in an age of rapid evolution in technology, science, business, and the arts. Continuing education is being regarded as the ultimate tool in our tool belt. Most University MBA programs are catered towards big businesses and those with big budgets. This is why BNI was more than thrilled to launch the first chapters of BNI University in the form of the BNI Acamedy in 2012. Now in 2018, members in western Pennsylvania have access to BNI’s online learning environment as well! But what is this program all about? What are the benefits and what is actually taught in the environment? Keep reading for a BNI MBA program overview!

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BNI University

BNI university

We are really excited to be able to announce that BNI members in western Pennsylvania have access to BNI University – an online learning environment.

Ever since BNI brought its referral system for networking to Pittsburgh twenty years ago, our members have had access to education on how to excel at networking through in-person seminars and workshops geared towards their success in using the proven BNI system for referrals and networking excellence.

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