My friend Mike asked me to substitute him at a BNI meeting yesterday. Since I have never been to a BNI meeting, I thought it would be fun to check it out.
BNI stands for Business Networking International. It is a business networking and referral organization founded by Dr.Ivan Misner in 1985. The philosophy of BNI is “Givers’ Gain”. BNI believes that by making business referrals for your chapter members, they will do the same for you.
Not a bad idea. You only get as much as you give.
The only issue is what if I don’t want to refer certain people. What if that person is no good?
After all, you are who you know.
If the person you refer sucks, does it mean you suck too?
The other day my friend Joey highly recommended the duck fried rice (one of my favorite Thai dishes) from this new Thai restaurant. I tried it and I didn’t like it.
Do I hate him for it? Of course not.
But do I have doubt about his taste from now on? Absolutely.
Think About This…
Who (or what) are you willing to put your name next to? Even more importantly, who are willing to put your name next to them?
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