Chambers of Commerce and Referrals4Life Work Together

In the bestseller “Networking Like A Pro” by Dr. Ivan Misner, David Alexander (Chief Networking Officer for Referrals4Life) and Brian Hilliard, joining a chamber and getting involved by becoming an ambassador or committee representative is strongly encouraged as a great way to gain visibility and begin building vital relationships.

Referrals4Life is pleased to announce we are working closely with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.  We are offering the members of these chambers a $5 discount to International Networking Day and expect very soon to be sharing information on how our BNI and Corporate Connections members can benefit from membership with these associations.

We are looking forward to a great partnership with these chambers that will benefit both their members and Referrals4Life members!

Three Way Tie Again

The Winston Salem BNI Top Producers are again our top chapter in North Carolina for the month of December. How do they do it? One factor is that they are averaging slight more than one referral per week, per member. With 45 members in their chapter, that is a lot of referrals!

In Charlotte, the BNI Referral Champions moved up into 2nd place and prove that you don’t have to be a huge chapter to have success. Their secret? Lots of visitors, averaging 4 per week!

Third place is a three-way tie between Lexington Founders, North Charlotte Cornelius Action Alliance and Charlotte Mint Hill Breakfast Champions.

Thanks to all of these chapters for their outstanding performance and also to the Directors who support them: Diane Michael and Sybil Melton!

Athens Continues to Dominate!

The Athens Referral Factory BNI chapter continues to dominate our traffic lights report. For the month of January they were up 5 points for a whopping score of 85! Cobb Barrett Business Builders jumped from 3rd to 2nd and they have added 4 new members in the past 6 months. Congrats and welcome to the new folks 🙂

The South will not be left out, and Coweta Fayette Business Partners is holding steady at 3rd place again this month.  Thanks to all of our members in these chapters for continuing to invest in others success. You can expect great growth for your businesses in 2011!

Advanced Training Now In Webinar Format

Networking TrainingBeginning January 10th, BNI members will be able to attend our monthly Member Success Program Advanced Training from the comfort of their own office (or home) via webinar.  While this option doesn’t allow for the the in-person networking of our live events, it does mean you won’t have to miss out on honing your skills if you aren’t able to make the drive to one of our training locations.

The normal schedule will be the first Monday of the month from 3 – 4:30 pm.  The exceptions are January, July and September, when holidays at the beginning of these months will shift the webinar to the second Monday.

Advance registration is key, as only the members who pre-register will receive an email with the link to the webinar event. Please add the email address bni@referrals4life.com to your address book to ensure proper delivery of the webinar email.

MSP Advanced Training is a great benefit of BNI membership.  Non-members are welcome to attend our live training events for only $20 and members attend for free.  Make it your goal to attend Advanced Training each month, either in person or online.  These events will keep your networking inspiration fresh and provide you with the tools you need to increase the profits from your networking activities.

Click here to check the Georgia Calendar of Events and register for an Advanced Training.

Click here to check the North Carolina Calender of Events and register for an Advanced Training.

Networking Event as a Relationship-building Opportunity!

Step 1. Purchase a VIP ticket for International Networking Day on February 10th at the Gwinnett Civic Center so that you are committed to a business-growing activity and are motivated to follow through 🙂 Regular price:$79. Early bird price before January 10th: $59.

Step 2. Identify 2-3 potential referral sources for your business.

Step 3. Invite a potential referral source to attend a special networking conference as your guest with lunch included.

Step 4. Attend IND with your guest. Use the opportunity to find out how you can help grow their business and what a good referrals is for them (if you haven’t already had this conversation.)

Step 5. Make helpful connections for yourself and, where possible, introductions for your guest to the companies at the business expo.

Step 6. Lunch with your guest and ask the panel of conference speakers and networking experts good questions.

Step 7. Schedule a follow up meeting with your guest one week later to formulate a referral strategy that is beneficial to both of you. Hint: If you do not have the contacts your potential referral source needs, whom do you know that does have those contacts and you could make an introduction?

Click here for event details, speaker info and ticket purchase.