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 ūüôā

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 Р4:30 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 ūüôā 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.

Referrals4Life is giving away networking training!

We have mailed cards to over 300 BNI and Corporate Connections members to notify them they are eligible to receive free networking training for classes beginning in January.  Currently 4 locations are on the schedule, two in GA and two in NC.  This training is valued at $249 and is part of our Networking Like A Pro All Stars program. The program teaches business professionals how to identify 5 to 8 profitable referral sources and implement a plan to establish relationships with those people.

Fewer than 100 spots are available for the January classes. If you have received a scholarship card and would like to register, please send an email to melinda@referrals4life.com.

To download the class schedule, please click here.  For program benefits and details, please visit www.nlpallstars.com

NC is in the Green!

The BNI Top Producers chapter of Kernersville is a “top producer” of referrals! They are the top North Carolina chapter in our traffic lights report for November. Nipping at their heels is the Charlotte Cornelius Action Alliance group and the Lexington Founders chapter who were also in green. As with GA, there was a three way tie in NC for third between the Charlotte BNI Referral Champions, GSO Gate City and Charlotte Mint Hill Breakfast Champions chapters. Kudos to you all for investing in the success of others!

If you want to know how your chapter can improve, please work with your chapter director who has some great options for growing members and referrals.


Congratulations Athens, GA!

Networking is hot, hot, hot in Athens, GA. Of our Georgia chapters, Athens Referral Factory had the highest score in our traffic lights report for the month of November and the BNI of Athens chapter was only a few points behind. In a three way tie for third was Crossroads Connections, Cobb Barrett Business Builders and Coweta Fayette Business Partners. Congratulations to all of these top BNI chapters!

If you want to know how your chapter can improve, please work with your chapter director who has some great options for growing members and referrals.


The Early Bird Gets the Green

International Networking Day will be here before you know it and the early bird will save money. This conference is has it all, a real triple threat: it’s a networking opportunity, you can learn new networking techniques and lunch is included with your ticket! Held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Gwinnett Civic Center, early bird ticket prices end soon. Click here for event details.

Conference topics include:

– Advanced Networking Techniques

– Building Strategic Alliances

– Social Media

– Converting Prospects to Clients

The conference also features a business expo where companies who are interested in growing their business by referral can showcase their products and services. Booths are industry exclusive, so to find out if your profession is still available, please call Anita York at 678.888.0200 x228.

Thank You!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you have a safe day with family and friends. We are truly thankful for all our members and visitors to our networking groups.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. — Oprah Winfrey”

Special Event for Business Owners and Managers

December 9th, Alpharetta, GA РWe are hosting a special Executive Brief in partnership with Sandler Sales.  If you manage a sales team, this event will provide you with both networking and sales tools to inspire your team to greater profitability.  Lunch, 2 books and a free DISC assessment are included!  Click here for details.