Mark your calendars! BNI International Networking Week takes place February 4-10, and this year’s theme is “Seize your Breakthrough Moment.” This annual celebration celebrates networking, collaboration, and creating business opportunities.
For BNI members, there are many things you can do to celebrate International Networking Week. Some suggestions include:
- Create a breakthrough moment: “Register for a local networking event, reconnect with a former colleague or client, reach out to a new contact, or visit a BNI Chapter. Step out of your comfort zone to achieve a breakthrough result!” –BNI International Networking Week
- Participate in a speed networking event.
- Join the 1-2-1 extravaganza.
- Share your stories.
For individuals who are interested in applying to a BNI chapter, we would love for you to reach out and attend one near you to explore the ways in which BNI can help elevate your business. We would also like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the benefits that BNI can offer, and how networking can help grow your business in 2024.
- Quality Referrals
Members actively refer business to one another, and are always seeking ways to build their business, as well as the business of others. This mutual understanding is based on trust, respect, and encouragement.
The success of each member is celebrated, and members grow stronger by working closely with one another. BNI members expand their business by generating quality referrals, which leads to new clients and business growth.
- Business opportunities
As we mentioned above, one of the key parts of BNI is providing valuable referrals to those you trust and value. In some cases, without the power of networking, you may miss opportunities that significantly impact your success. In expanding your network with professionals that you admire and respect, you can refer your clients and customers, to people you are confident will provide excellent service.
- Increase visibility
Attending events throughout the year allows you to meet people from many different industries, where you can expand your visibility and credibility. The more people who know about you, and your business, the more likely you are to gain loyal customers, partners, and opportunities.
- Provides support
Networking with the right people will give you support and encouragement. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals will help you push through difficult times, and they will be there to celebrate you through your successes. From professional endeavours to personal wins, your network is your greatest cheerleader, and we all need more positivity in our lives.
Whether it be needing help with a project, advice on a career decision, or seeking professionals in another capacity, when you spend time creating the right network, you will always have a diverse group of people to rely on.
- Growth and development
Since members meet with people from multiple industries, who provide educational resources and presentations regularly, you will experience both personal and professional growth. Sharing expertise within the group provides insights to business topics you may not know much about.
Being a member of BNI allows you access to a diverse group of people, from a plethora of industries. Some of these industries will directly correlate to your business, while others give you the chance to learn and educate yourself on industries you might be less familiar with.
The relationships you build within BNI extend far beyond the walls of the boardroom and your BNI chapter. Utilizing your network, and opportunities for networking, you create a variety of unique business opportunities that will help your business thrive.
We hope everyone enjoys International Networking Week, and we look forward to seeing some new faces! If you would like more information or would like to attend a BNI chapter near you, please reach out to us.