People around the world recognize the end of the calendar year as the holiday season – a time of giving. During the holidays, we find joy in giving to someone else with no anticipation of receiving anything in return. Some implement this with extra charitable donations of service time, or goods and money. Others give a surprise thoughtful gift to a friend, just because.
BNI members around the world know our philosophy can be summarized into two simple words: Givers Gain. BNI normally focuses on the business aspect of giving referrals, in the anticipation that others will give business back to us in return.
Giving is in our DNA in BNI. Ideally, we’d love to give referrals to all our members in our chapters continually. Realistically, we know this isn’t possible for everyone all the time, especially for our newest members who haven’t had the opportunity to cultivate the relationships necessary for this to happen.
So what do we do when we want to give to another member, but just don’t have that referral they’re looking for? My first recommendation is always to do more One to Ones to build that relationship. But if you’re looking for something more immediate, there are some other things we can do in the spirit of Givers Gain.