Visit a chapter prepared to talk about your business, you will want to network with Members before and after the meeting.
Members are interested in getting to know how connections with visitors can be mutually beneficial.
Also, don’t forget to bring a stack of your business cards!
Be Punctual (early even)
Meetings are high energy and run according to a structured agenda.
Meetings last for 90 minutes with time for additional networking before and after each meeting. Arrive around 15 minutes early so you don't miss out on any opportunities for networking, and be sure to sign in as a visitor. If you would like to apply for membership to the chapter, plan to stay an extra 30 minutes to get all your questions answered in our brief visitor orientation, please also bring your credit card or checking account information to the meeting.
Only one person from each professional specialty is allowed to apply to a chapter of BNI, eliminating the possibility of competition among our Members.
When your application for membership is accepted in the chapter, you are the sole representative of your field and can develop relationships with others in the chapter as their go-to person for your services.
Be the Boss
The businesses our members represent are their full-time occupations.
This ensures they are able to position themselves as resources and experts in their field.