What Do You Do V What You Are!

by Phil Berg on January 21, 2014 · 0 comments

Business CardWe never know who we will meet later today, tomorrow, next week etc – more importantly, we never know who will meet us!!

It is a good idea to be prepared with a few alternative stock answers to the inevitable question asked…”so what do you do?” [click to continue…]

Building Better Business with BNI

by Charlie Lawson on January 9, 2014 · 0 comments

imagesCAXXY15ZSo the stats are in. Tim Cook, my BNI co-National Director (and definitely the statto one of the two of us), has confirmed the turnover generated by BNI members across the UK and Ireland in the calendar year 2013.  The figures are astounding: [click to continue…]

Would you like to be brilliant at presentations?

by Charlie Lawson on April 9, 2013 · 1 comment

sligoI was chatting with a BNI member, Alan, recently, and I asked him how his membership was going.

‘Absolutely brilliant’, came his unwavering reply.

‘That’s great – how much business have you generated?’ I asked.

‘Plenty – but that’s not why my membership has been brilliant.’


‘Well, my daughter got married last Saturday, and ever since she was born, 32 years ago, I’d been terrified at the thought of doing a father of the bride speech.  Thanks to speaking every week to my BNI colleagues, my fears were taken away.’ [click to continue…]

Bored Meetings

by Andy Bounds on April 4, 2013 · 0 comments

Eight simple ways to stop tedious meetings ruining your week

Multi-ethnic group portraitBNI meetings are brilliant – lots gets done. There’s bundles of energy.  Everyone contributes.

Most business meetings, of course, aren’t like this.  In fact, research by Epson found that inefficient meetings cost the UK economy £26billion per year.  Apparently, we waste an average of nearly three hours every week because of inefficiencies in meetings.

Here are my eight ways to transform meetings, so you get more done, more quickly, and with minimal waste. [click to continue…]

The true value of BNI isn’t the meetings

February 4, 2013

I love BNI meetings.  I love the energy and positivity.  I love seeing people’s businesses improve before my eyes, as they get referrals, public endorsement, new contacts, new ideas…  It’s just a great start to the day. But I have long believed that the true value of BNI isn’t what happens during the meetings.  It’s what happens outside them.  It’s all the: The calls you make, to trigger referrals for others The calls they make, to trigger referrals for you Referrals you all follow-up on, that lead to business 121s you have, to get to know each other better The time you [...]

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Thank you to Tim and Charlie for supporting Born Digital Youths

November 6, 2012

On the 11th October the Digital Youth Academy (DYA) had its official launch at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Jim Knight. The mission we share with businesses, colleges and wonderful networks such as BNI is to connect two fabulous resources that we have in the UK – our Business Community and our Born Digital Youths, so that together we can innovate, thrive, grow and understand the social culture of the online world for business. 

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Are you ready to take your LinkedIn connections to a new level?

September 14, 2012

We all do it; we add connections to our LinkedIn account without thinking. Sometime later we may find ourselves wondering why we connected with some of the people we have on our lists; we don’t know them, in some cases have never met them and have probably not a ‘conversation’ beyond the initial ‘I’d like to add you to my professional network’. But, at the time it obviously seemed like a good idea to add Joe Bloggs or Jane Doe, and we may well have had a great reason for either asking them to connect with us or accepting the [...]

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Social Media meets BNI and solves a real life plumbing problem

February 13, 2012

As you know, Social Media and networking online has been 14 years of Thomas (husband) and my life. Since 1998 we have evangelized the message of the joy and success of the online world. Skeptics have said ‘ridiculous, I like to meet people face to face before I buy’, and many have actually used this sentence to challenge me “you mean to say even a Plumber should be doing social media”?

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