Your First Visit to a BNI Merseyside Chapter
Have you been invited to a BNI meeting? You may have registered to attend a meeting through the website or social media but are not sure what to expect. Don’t worry, everyone in the room had to attend their first meeting and they will help welcome you into the room and make sure you feel as comfortable as possible with your first visit to a BNI Merseyside Chapter.
Make sure you get to your first BNI meeting early, this will give you more time to settle in and meet other likeminded business people from your local area. The Visitor Host Team will meet you as you arrive and take some details from you, before taking you through to a Visitor seat in the meeting room. Now – time for introductions and valuable networking.
This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to local businesses and for them to introduce themselves to you. One great tip at your first BNI meeting is to remember there are many people in the room and you want to meet as many as possible. Keep your introduction brief and focussed and always ask about other people’s business too. If you find there is a synergy between both businesses, then arrange to make contact outside of the meeting. All this superb networking happens before the real meeting starts.
During a BNI meeting, every member of the group (called a Chapter) can stand up and deliver a 60-second presentation about their business. You will also get the chance to do the same, so practice before you arrive and try to deliver the following information:
- Your name and business name
- What your business does, perhaps giving a short explanation of a recent experience in your workplace
- Who would you like to meet and what type of businesses you would like to work with. If you can be specific and ask for a name of a person you’d like to be introduced to, someone in the room may know them and be able to introduce you personally.
Remember to relax at your first visit to a BNI Merseyside Chapter, you are talking about your business and all the people in the room are keen to hear about what you do. You will also be allowed to pass round your business cards, so make sure you bring plenty as some Chapters can have 50 members!
At the end of the meeting, you will be asked to move away from the meeting with a Visitor Orientation Host. This your opportunity to ask any questions about BNI, being a member and how to join. No pressure or hard-sell!
BNI provides a structured, supportive, business environment for local business people to network, learn valuable new skills and develop strong personal relationships. BNI’s philosophy is Givers Gain®, which is simply this:
“If I give you business, you’ll want to give me business”.
Have a look at the links below and come and join us for a meeting.
Why Join BNI Merseyside? http://bnimerseyside.com/en-GB/whybni
For more details about BNI Merseyside and what to expect from a BNI meeting, please visit our website here http://bnimerseyside.com/en-GB/index
To find a chapter near to your business please visit, http://bnimerseyside.com/en-GB/findachapter
If you would like to be invited to a chapter near to you, then please fill out your details at the following link and someone will respond to you shortly.
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