The strength of weak ties – debunked!
Max Steén, the co-author of this piece, conducted a study as part of his masters’ thesis, entitled: The Strength of Strong Ties in Business Referral Networks. The results of this study showed that those who focused on strong ties – rather than weak ties – were able to increase the number of referrals from networking by 2100% - with an increased value of 63%!
Twenty-eight percent [...]
Getting down to bare bones in your 60-seconds
Dipping into the attention of your fellow members takes a bit of thought and care. We do this EVERY week with our 60-second presentations, so you’ll have to be remarkable! Keeping it skinny – at or under 60 seconds – is the trick.
Many elements go into making an excellent 60-second presentation (or elevator speech), but here’s what you have to get absolutely right:
Get their attention. [...]
Communicate who you are from the inside out.
How much time do you spend managing your personal brand?
What others think and say about you is vital to anyone's success in their career. But it’s not so much about whether people speak positively about you as it is the context in which they speak about you and your strengths.
Looking over the past few years of my business, I can easily identify the one key [...]
Area director consultant Beth Vosmeier proudly reported that the Narrows Business Connections chapter tuned in for a Get Connected - Stay ConnectedTM webinar. The chapter’s webmaster recommended and facilitated the gathering. They are excited about the information provided by Dr. [...]
Hot off the presses, the official statistics for BNI referrals passed worldwide last year have just been released!
In 2013, BNI members passed 5.4 million referrals
These referrals generated 6.5 billion USD in business for BNI members
Since 1985, BNI has generated over 34.2 billion USD [...]
A frequent conversation we have with chapters considering Fast Track usually begins with a comment like this: “You know, I’m just not sure we’re all on the same page. Everyone isn’t as engaged as we’d like”.
When we hear comments like [...]
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