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B.N.I. (Business Networking Group)

Has anyone tried this business networking group? I have heard mixed reports about it so would be glad to hear of anyone's personal experiences.

An acquaintance is a member and is hassling me to go along to one of their breakfast meetings. I have to say that I am a bit skeptical, especially since having heard that members are offered referral incentives.

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I have to say that I am a bit skeptical, especially since having heard that members are offered referral incentives.
I would be as well...
Stand your ground see what the acqauintance says
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I would be as well...
Stand your ground see what the acqauintance says
I will. Apparently, you also have to pay a joining fee of 110 (or equivalent) and then 10 per breakfast meeting (which start at 7am ... eeek!!) That, alone, is a disincentive for me.
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Defo out then lol
100 joining fee? Sounds like a mini pyramid scheme to me
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Re: B.N.I. (Business Networking Group)

I think it might be and, in case anyone is considering joining, I have just unearthed some more information about it (which means that I will definitely not be joining).

Apparently, one is expected at attend every breakfast meeting, each of which lasts 90 minutes, and can be weekly. You are only allowed to miss three meetings in any six month period, or risk have your membership revoked.

There is certainly an element of brainwashing and propaganda involved, and at the end of the meeting everyone has to say what they loved about the meeting (yawn). Also, I heard of a recent incident where a member was booed for not having brought a referral along to the meeting.

It is not for me, but I would be interested to hear from anyone who has had a positive (or negative) experience.
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O.M.G Schulzi! Defo stay away from this shizzle!
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Gosh, if you hadn't said it was supposed to be for business stuff I would have sworn it was some kind of cult thing. Definitely one to stay away from.
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There are a few groups like this around with great web sites and they have these fees etc. A lot of business networking being sold these days.
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I think it might be and, in case anyone is considering joining, I have just unearthed some more information about it (which means that I will definitely not be joining).

Apparently, one is expected at attend every breakfast meeting, each of which lasts 90 minutes, and can be weekly. You are only allowed to miss three meetings in any six month period, or risk have your membership revoked.

There is certainly an element of brainwashing and propaganda involved, and at the end of the meeting everyone has to say what they loved about the meeting (yawn). Also, I heard of a recent incident where a member was booed for not having brought a referral along to the meeting.

It is not for me, but I would be interested to hear from anyone who has had a positive (or negative) experience.
sounds like a few of the churches in the states peer pressure and mandatory attendance ... and tithing... don't forget the tithing LOL
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Re: B.N.I. (Business Networking Group)

I went to a few of these breakfasts in London a handful of years back. Always happy groups where each member had to proclaim how much business he passed on - received - each week. It was always the same... Great lead from Bob - nothing signed yet. The "lifestyle coach" was always the most annoying.

Anyway - I never heard of anyone getting enough business to pay the inscription and weekly fees. Things might have changed- doubt it.
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If you need this rubbish to get yopur business moving, forget it, it's already too late !
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Re: B.N.I. (Business Networking Group)

Hi there,

I was in a BNI group in Canada a few years back. Our fees were approx $1200/yr plus $15/wk to cover the cost of breakfast and meeting space. These fees help to ensure rental of meeting space, and to ensure that those who join were serious about being in a business referral group.

The primary function of all BNI groups is to generate and pass referrals between members. While there is certainly a recruiting element to help fill out membership, in our group (as it should be with all BNI groups) membership was limited to a MAX of one member per professional, and members were generally vetted by existing members.

If someone is working in a profession where their income can be DIRECTLY impacted by referrals (ie: sales, realtors, lawyers, small business owners, etc...) then membership in a BNI group or others like them can be tremendously rewarding. If not, there are perhaps other types of groups that will better serve their needs (ie: Toastmasters, Social clubs).
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Re: B.N.I. (Business Networking Group)

Would be suspicious of anything with upfront fees. Not even one meeting for free.. then I would forget it.

There are a couple of meetup.com groups in Zurich that are free. One general business oriented one more technology oriented.

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I think you can go to one meeting free as a non member and maybe just pay for the breakfast.

I was in BNI for a few years, even went to a meeting where the organization started in Arcadia, California.

It was basically a good experience for me, but it did not help my business which was real estate investing. I made some friends.

I think the best thing about BNI was I got contacts for plumbers, handyman, mechanics. These are people we always need and because they were part of BNI I had recourse if they didn't do a good job.

One of my complaints was alot of the people were very mediocre, they weren't very good at their profession. The way the group is set up there can only be one person in each profession in one group: one realtor, one banker, one accountant, etc.

They want you to refer business to that one realtor , accountant, etc.
I often was hesitant to refer business to some members, because they weren't very good.

The members come to expect business from the group as opposed to getting really good at what they do and have business come from their level of expertise and service.
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One of my complaints was alot of the people were very mediocre, they weren't very good at their profession. The way the group is set up there can only be one person in each profession in one group: one realtor, one banker, one accountant, etc.
And the qualification to join this elite group is to pay the dues? I would run a mile.
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