Networking Tips

Regain Your Motivation

Motivation comes from within you, not from outside you. No one can motivate you but yourself. I’m speaking long-term motivation. Many years ago, author Frederick Herzberg wrote about motivation in the Harvard Business Review, where he said that others can motivate you but only in the short term. He called that KITA (Kick in the… […]

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The Four Body Language Factors When Networking

You could be unknowingly undermining your networking efforts through your body language. Body language can be extremely powerful when it comes to networking and building relationships with others. Within the first seven seconds of meeting you, people check you out visually. Therefore, it is important to know the four key body language factors to help […]

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If You Hate Networking – Know This

The majority of businesspeople like to network as a powerful way to generate business. Therefore, if you hate networking, watch my doodle video. People Hate to Network… Not! Networking involves building a strong relationship. Furthermore, networking is not like “cold-calling”. Instead, it is a conversation with someone to build a relationship with them. According to the […]

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Grief is Patient

Grief is patient, it has a way of coming out of nowhere and hitting you over the head when you don’t expect it.  I’ve experienced this first-hand.  As you may know, I lost my bride of 31 years just a few months ago. In trying to wrap my head around the new life I am […]

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The Three Laws for Entrepreneurial Success

After four decades in the business world, I have found that three laws truly summarize an entrepreneur’s recipe for success: Passion, People, & Process. Passion: The 1st Law for Entrepreneurial Success First, you must be passionate about what you deliver to your customers and clients. Nothing great in life has ever been accomplished without passion. This starts […]

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Get More Out of Networking by Building Deep Referral Relationships

To become successful at networking, you need to be building deep referral relationships. Many people rely on referrals from others as a primary source of business. However, not everyone who relies on referrals is successful. Many people have surface-level referral relationships.  They know just enough about a referral source’s business to get by. They probably could […]

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Why People Resist Networking

Every year, people continue to resist networking even though successful people have used networking to grow their businesses. Networking provides a great return for a much smaller monetary investment as compared to the cost of traditional advertising. Why are so many business owners still not networking as a way to grow their business? The four […]

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A More Purposeful Life (by Bijay and Anna Shah)

International Networking Week®: “A World of Thanks” story submitted by Bijay Rajnikantt Shah and Anna Shah, BNI National Directors – BNI United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a beloved home for people of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, and cultures. It has been more than a second home for hundreds of thousands of […]

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The Language of Thanks (by Tiago Henriques da Cunha)

International Networking Week®: “A World of Thanks” story submitted by Tiago Henriques da Cunha, National Director – BNI Spain SLC In 2021, BNI invites you to celebrate a World of Thanks! A World of Thanks is a universal and wonderful pledge! All cultures have a way to express thankfulness. In Portuguese we say “Obrigado”, in French […]

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We Care, We Share (by Avryl Au)

International Networking Week®: “A World of Thanks” story submitted by Avryl Au, BNI National Director – BNI Thailand, BNI Macau & Hong Kong, China What a great theme, “A World of Thanks”, is to kick start the year.  Each week on Monday, it is my team tradition when we meet to plan for the week ahead […]

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Changing the Way the World Does Business® (by Frank De Raffele Jr.)

International Networking Week®: “A World of Thanks” story submitted by Frank De Raffele Jr., BNI Executive Director, Hudson Valley Regions (New York, USA) Americans are Too Selfish What if I told you that I had wanted to get 80,000 people together in the USA to help grow each other’s businesses? Would you think Frank was crazy? […]

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We Have Your Back (by Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka)

International Networking Week®: “A World of Thanks” story submitted by Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka, National Director – BNI Uganda In May 2005, we launched the first BNI Chapter in Uganda. It was an exciting event and I looked to the future with great expectation. Three weeks later, I had my son, and shortly after his birth, I was […]

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A World of Thanks

Welcome to the 14th annual “International Networking Week®”. Held annually during the first week of February, organizations around the world celebrate the power of networking and recognition. “International Networking Week” is an initiative of BNI created 14 years ago. This week, we are promoting our theme, “A World of Thanks”, by asking you to share […]

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The Deer and The Coyote

Question: Do you know how you can recognize that someone is from Texas?  Answer: Don’t worry about it – they’ll tell you!  And my late wife, Elisabeth, told everyone she was a Texan. We moved to Texas a little over six years ago.  I did it so Elisabeth could be closer to her parents AND […]

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Imprint

In 2014, I came to Elisabeth with this crazy idea for a science fiction short story called “Imprint”. As a business and self-help author, this was way outside my wheelhouse but it was an idea that intrigued me greatly. She loved the idea so much she sat down and wrote a rough draft of the […]

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Don’t Write Off 2020

Don’t completely write off 2020 and erase the year from your memory banks. There are many things we can learn from last year. Instead, recognize the things that happened and approach things differently in the new year. In this video, I share what I recognized from 2020 that has become valuable takeaways for me Do […]

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We All Tell Stories

Today’s guest blog is an extract from “The Introvert’s Edge to Networking”, by Matthew Pollard about the transformative power of stories. Matthew is the founder and CEO of Rapid Growth, LLC. He is a good friend who has shared much of my content on his platform. I thought you might enjoy some of Matthew’s great […]

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The Necklace

As many of you know, my wife passed away a few months ago.  I’ve wrestled with sharing the necklace story because it is a bit out there for a left-brain business guy, but friends have suggested that I should share it, so here it is. After Elisabeth passed away, all my children came over for […]

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Collaborating with Your Competitors Can Improve Your Business

During my years as a management consultant, I would regularly participate in management organization “hubs” made up of other consultants, many of whom could be considered my direct competitors. However, each of us also had specializations in addition to our general management skills. Someone would have much stronger skills in reading a financial statement; another would be a technology guru; […]

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Celebrating 36 Years of Business Network International

Today, on January 8th, Business Network International® celebrates 36 years of helping people “Change the Way the World Does Business”. We are celebrating BNI’s 36th Anniversary today with the theme, “36 Years of Growth”. Please watch the video below to hear my announcement about the several incredible growth milestones BNI® achieved in 2020. BNI’s 36th Anniversary […]

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