New BNI Social Media Tool Works!

If you are a BNI member, have you registered and logged into the new BNIConnect Global system? If you ask Terri Bianchini of the Loganville Referral Pros if it’s worth your time or not, her answer will be a resounding yes! Terri is a real estate agent with Chapman Hall Realtors. A BNI member in Indiana found her through our new system that allows members to connect with every other BNI member worldwide. The Indiana member referred to her a couple that plans to move to Atlanta, and wala! Terri has a new client.

In addition to allowing BNI members to network via social media features such as friend connections, recommendations and groups, BNIConnect Global also powers our website viewed by visitors, www.BNISoutheast.com as well as individual chapter websites. To view a great example of how a completed profile is viewed by a visitor, click here and check out Glen Coleman’s page.

If you are a BNI member and have already logged in, that’s great! Please go online and complete your profile as fully as possible, including your GAINs and TOPs info. If you have had trouble logging in or have not received your registration email, please contact your chapter director as soon as possible for assistance.

BNIConnect Global is a powerful social media networking tool and an awesome benefit of your membership. Please take advantage of this opportunity starting today!

70 is the new 30?

Goin' Fer GreenFirst of all, kudos to BNI Top Producers in our Winston Salem, NC franchise area. With a score of 80, they are the top R4L chapter for April 2011. Great job by our networking community in Kernersville! 

There was a 6 way tie for second place. Yes, you read that right! Six chapters scored 70 in our traffic lights report for April. They are (ordered by franchise area):

        • GA NE Athens Referral Factory
        • GA NE BNI of Athens
        • GA NW Cobb Smyrna Business Exchange
        • NC Asheville’s Beaucatchers
        • NC Charlotte Ballantyne Business Network
        • SC Olde English Networkers

Congratulations to all of these Green Light chapters! We have quite a few chapters nipping at their heels in the Yellow Light category, so y’all keep “Goin’ Fer Green!”

 

Free! Canfield to Inspire BNI Networkers!

On April 14th, we are excited to extend to BNI members and leaders only the invitation to join Dr. Ivan Misner for an exclusive interview with one of the greatest thought leaders on success, Jack Canfield – famous author, coach, trainer, and fellow founding member of the Transformational Leadership Council.

Because of Dr. Misner’s relationship with Jack, he has agreed to do this free telebridge focused on the needs of BNI.

In this exclusive interview Jack will teach you how to:

          • Educate yourself to increase your income
          • Increase the quality of your referrals to increase your bottom line
          • Set high expectations of yourself and put key factors in place to ensure your success
          • Take ACTION

Where:  Your phone – Click here to register for the call http://www.jackcanfield.com/bni

When: April 14th at 2pm Eastern

Bonus Learning Event Added to IND

We are excited to see you at the upcoming BNI International Networking Day March 24! It promises to be an extraordinary day. We hope you will join us after IND for Superior Selling with Doug Grady, brought to you by BNI.

BNI and High Achievers Network are offering an exclusive opportunity for you to attend Doug Grady’s Superior Selling seminar for just $69! (tickets are normally $199).  This seminar will be offered at the Gwinnett Civic Center, following International Networking Day.  IND lasts most of the day on Thursday and the Superior Selling event will begin with networking and refreshments at 5:30, followed by the presentation from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

If you haven’t yet purchased your International Networking Day ticket, you can save on both events by registering through High Achievers Network and get admission to both for only $99.  Remember, your IND ticket includes lunch!

Doug Grady is President of High Achievers Network. For over 16 years, Doug has been engaging audiences from coast to coast with his wit and wisdom. Exciting, entertaining and enlightening are words invariably used to describe his unique seminars and workshops.

“Business development can be boiled down into two critical components. How do we find bigger and better prospects and what do we do with them when we find them? This program will provide you solid, proven yet innovative strategies to turn your best prospects into your best clients. You will learn to augment standard selling strategies with non-traditional personal marketing and creative communication.”

You will learn how to:

• Avoid the SALES KILLERS
• READ people
• Book yourself solid
• Triple your referrals
• Increase your closing ratio by 38%

Here are your ticket options:

Option 1: $69 for The Superior Selling seminar with Doug Grady register now!

Option 2: $99 for IND+ The Superior Selling Seminar register now!

Option 3: $36 for IND only register now!

Option 4: Do absolutely nothing (not recommended)

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 24th for a jam packed day full of education and networking that  will help put more profit in your pocket in 2011!

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.

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

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”