Jan 17, 2017

MOTIVATION, HABITS, DISCIPLINE

by Nellie Nutting

Each year I attend a national conference for my business, and each year I return rejuvenated and energized and feel as if I could change the world…..then the bubble pops – I return to earth and resume where I had left off.  Have you ever wondered what that’s all about?  Why is it that one day we can leap tall buildings and talk to anyone and the next we are weak and shy?  There are three words that, if we capture the strength of each, can be a great tool for maintaining focus and consistency in all areas of life.  You might say success is built with these very powerful words - MOTIVATION, HABITS, and DISCIPLINE. 

FINDING YOUR PURPOSE

by Sarah Mullins


You know the best thing about being a human?


It’s the ability to create. This ability works on multiple levels, we can create food, we can create buildings, we can even create life. Today, I want to talk about creating your purpose, which I’ll admit, is a lifelong journey, but the best time to start anything is now!


If you like things in a formula, you’ll appreciate this, I break down this enormous task into these small steps: your talent + your passion = your purpose.


Simple right?? Let’s break it down even further!  

TIPS ON PRESENTING

by Brandon Souba



Most of you know that I have a true passion for presenting in front of people. The first play I was in at age 12, I was picked for the lead. I continued with drama for the rest of my high school career and even did a full length independent film in Omaha. When I was in sales, I felt I was presenting at every appointment.  Now, I am living my dream of presenting and helping people make a difference in their business.


This month, I wanted to share some of the tips I have learned throughout the years, with some discovered by myself and some taught by others:

THE TOP TEN BENEFITS OF A BNI MEMBERSHIP

by Vince Vigneri



#10 Increased exposure to many other people and businesses!

#9   Substantially increased referrals!

#8  Tools to network more effectively:
  • Orientation CD,
  • Member Success Program,
  • BNI name badge holder,
  • Vinyl card holder to carry members' business cards,
  • Referral & Close Business tracking, using BNI Connect,
  • Marketing materials, website, education, and
  • much, much more
#7  Participation in up to 52 face-to-face networking meetings per year!

#6  Newsletters with educational material on networking, public speaking, and business!

#5  BNI Connect - connecting worldwide referrals!

#4  Participation in local community events!

#3  Periodic workshops on networking!

#2  Education
  • podcasts, 
  • blogs, 
  • weekly Networking Education at your meeting
#1  Return On Investment
  • In 2016, BNI members, worldwide, passed over 8.8 Million Referrals, which generated more than $11.17 BILLION in tracked Closed Business,
  • In 2016, BNI Heartland members, locally, passed over 47,000 Referrals, which generated more than $36 MILLION in track Closed Business!!!
  • This is an average ROI of 650 times!!! 

BNI is more than just another networking meeting you attend; BNI is a referral generator!



Dec 21, 2016

2017 GOAL SETTING


I am writing this blog in December reflecting on how this year went and the lessons learned.  I am I have a few things that I look at and measure:
also writing down my goals for 2017.  I wanted to share with you a few of my goals and challenge you to take my examples and do some goal planning too.
  •     Chapter size
  •     Chapter one to ones
  •     Referrals Received
  •     Visitors
  •     Education turned in
  •     Thank you for Closed Business

In the Eastern South Dakota region, our averages and goals for 2017 look like this (and this philosophy can be applied to individual chapters and/or regions):
Category
Current
2017 Goal
Ave Chapter Size
23.6
30
One to Ones
28.88
50
Referrals Received
30.38
50
Visitors
1.88
4
Education
16.87
24
TYFCB
$26,024.37
 $35,000.00