Aug 17, 2016


By Ginger Malousek

My favorite tradition memory as a child, was when my parents would take us to look at holiday lights.  We would drive around Lincoln, look at holiday lights, turn up the radio and listen to holiday music. The trick was to not put any finger prints on the car window.  My dad was very strict about having no finger prints on his car windows.  I recall one year when one of my friends joined us, she wiped her coat on the window so she could see the lights better.  The next morning, I had to go out with Windex and clean, not only that car window, but all of the car windows.  But with that being said, it was fun to see the lights and how creative everyone got.  I continue this tradition with my own kids and take them around Lincoln to see the lights.  Funny thing is, with the changes in technology, you could look at lights right from the comfort of your home. Not only can you see the lights from your area, but all around the world. 

At this time of year, I think of traditions, more so than at any other time of the year.
So what traditions do you have?

BNI Traditions

The number one of course is GIVERS GAIN.

“BNI is all about Givers Gain.  This is the philosophy of BNI.  If you want to get business, you have to be willing to give business to other business people.” Ivan Misner
When I hear the word Givers Gain, I think of the quote of Zig Ziglar:  You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
This is about cultivating, building relationships, and helping one another. It explains that it will not happen automatically, but through time.


Not only one of the oldest traditions, but one of the most effective ways to share about each other’s business. There have been many times I would hear a testimonial in a meeting and say to myself, I did not know they did that.  Which then can lead to a referral that might not have ever happened.  I find myself giving a testimonial when a friend is looking for a business. They can hear my enthusiasm and are assured that I am giving them good advice.  To my family and friends, I am their Google source for the service they are looking for.

Training and Education

Training and Education sets us apart of from other Networking Groups.  We pride ourselves on not only training new members, but are committed to ongoing training.  It is the key to chapter success.  Networking is needed in business, but not something that is taught in college.

Your Investment

“Membership in BNI is not a guarantee, it is an opportunity to turn your time and commitment into a lot of money.”  That speaks volumes on what you can do with your BNI membership.  Old adage; what you put in, you will get out.   What do I get for my membership?  Fellowship with other business people, givers gain, education and training, testimonials and so much more.

Today I have shared a few traditions in BNI. Do you have any family traditions passed down in your family? BNI has passed down the traditions for years.  Your challenge is to pass them on to new members. Pass them down with your actions, but also share why we have traditions to the new members in a one to one so they can understand BNI better and get results faster!