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Chapter size makes a difference!

In a recent BNI Facebook post, Gayle Zientek , member of BNI Leading Edge chapter in Kalamazoo, MI, talks about her chapter’s amazing growth and its impact on her real estate business, which is now 98% from referrals! Gayle's testimony confirms: chapter size makes a difference!

"When I joined BNI Leading Edge - Kalamazoo, MI - in 2005 there were 20ish members. It was great. 15-20 or [...]


My BNI Story
Personal introduction leads to international business growth.

Dr. Misner received a thank you from Sabine Mairesse, Consultant Director – BNI France, for his personal introduction to Ayse Aslan, BNI National Director in Turkey.  Sabine tells of her business success in Turkey and her renewed passion for developing BNI France as a result of this introduction.  

Dear Dr. Misner,

I have a new, very well introduced person there [in Turkey] developing my distribution network [...]


My BNI Story

The first time I heard about BNI was when I purchased a Coffee News franchise. Coffee News and BNI have a strategic alliance and I was told at our initial training that I should join BNI.  After looking a various chapters in Wichita KS I became a member of Referral Rockstars and have been a member since 2010.

BNI has been amazing for my business. Forget about cold [...]


My BNI Story

I would like to share my experience.  I was advised by 2 people NOT to join BNI. They both said it really wasn't worth it and it didn't pertain to what I was doing.

I am so glad that I didn't listen 25 leads/closed business later and 5 new associates stronger. I proved them to be very WRONG. Since joining the Gateway To Success group in [...]


My BNI Story
It's value exceeded my expectation!

With the world economy the way it is, a lot of business struggle to keep going, let alone growing.

I received a referral from a fellow BNI member to one of her clients at the beginning of 2014, and became their top service provider. Three weeks ago they referred me on to one of their clients.

I am currently in the process of importing a large order [...]


My BNI Story
The excitement and financial benefits are still there!

On the first Thursday in December of 1999, I was invited to a networking group at Dillon's Steakhouse. They were looking for a real estate attorney. I had no idea what I was getting into or what a networking experience was. I arrived without any expectations or inclinations. What I saw was a 40 person, 90 minute, constant exhausting experience.  But the excitement and pace [...]


My BNI Story

I decided that having a single 1-to-1 with members did not proved enough time to explain my particular business model or what it is I do.  Therefore, I split up my businesses activities into 7 parts and spend much more time now in 1-to-1s explaining the detail in bit size pieces. After having five 1-to-1s with one member, I received referrals from him that resulted [...]


My BNI Story
From introvert to outspoken BNI enthusiast

When Michael Partain’s boss sent him to a BNI meeting, Michael expected to sit and watch things happen. He was taken aback when he had to stand up and talk to a room full of strangers.

“People usually keep computer programmers hidden away,” explains Partain.  “I only shared my name and company name. I didn’t know what was going on.”

He made it through that first meeting, [...]


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The longer the time with BNI, the more the growth

Rana Gorzeck is the President of Partners for Prosperity, and the real estate attorney for her Boca Raton, Florida chapter in the Palm Beach Region. Rana’s story demonstrates the impact that a lengthy BNI membership has on referral growth.

In my first year in BNI, most of my referrals were residential sales, purchases, and mortgage refinances for homes. In year two, I started receiving larger commercial [...]


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A 10-Minute concert leads to the fulfillment of a dream.

I moved to Nashville in 2000 right after college to pursue music. My degree was in communications, but music was my passion. I started playing the piano at the age of 4, and I grew up playing in bands or piano bars. I figured if it didn't pan out, I could always fall back on communications, whatever that meant.

Like most aspiring musicians in Nashville, I worked [...]


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