BNI Na­tional Net­work­ing Day set for 30 Jan­uary

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

This week, on 8 Jan­uary, BNI® cel­e­brated its 34th an­niver­sary in busi­ness. To­day, it is the the world’s big­gest and best busi­ness re­fer­ral or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“In some ways, it seems like just yes­ter­day and in other ways it’s hard to be­lieve it’s been that long. Ei­ther way, I am proud that we have had 34 years of con­sec­u­tive growth world­wide in BNI. Very few com­pa­nies in the world can say that,” said BNI Founder Dr Ivan Mis­ner.

For the sixth con­sec­u­tive year, BNI Malta is hold­ing the Na­tional Net­work­ing Day – this year on Wed­nes­day, 30 Jan­uary, a few days ahead of In­ter­na­tional Net­work­ing Week ™, a world­wide ini­tia­tive es­tab­lished by BNI and an op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers and their guests to ben­e­fit from a larger busi­ness net­work.

The goal of this ini­tia­tive is to cel­e­brate the key role played by busi­ness re­fer­rals re­sult­ing from net­work­ing play in the de­vel­op­ment and suc­cess of busi­nesses in Malta and across the world. The event will con­sist of an early morn­ing meet­ing start­ing at 7.00am at The Palace Ho­tel in Sliema bring­ing to­gether rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous busi­nesses and com­mu­nity lead­ers to net­work prac­ti­cally with oth­ers. Speak­ers, in­clud­ing a video by BNI Founder Dr Ivan Mis­ner, will of­fer ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion on how busi­nesses can fur­ther grow and suc­ceed through good net­work­ing practices.

Lo­cal busi­nesses seek­ing to es­tab­lish them­selves in other coun­tries can also find the sup­port of BNI, as once one be­comes a BNI mem­ber in a coun­try, one has ac­cess to nearly 250,000 pas­sion­ate busi­ness lead­ers over 9,000 chap­ters across 70 coun­tries across the world. In the past 12 months, BNI mem­bers passed 10.4 mil­lion busi­ness re­fer­rals worth over US$15.5 bil­lion worth of busi­ness for each other.

In­vi­ta­tions to at­tend the event on 30 Jan­uary are open to the wider busi­ness com­mu­nity, mem­bers of other net­work­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, stu­dents, me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tives and in­ter­ested par­ties from all types of busi­nesses, whether in the ser­vices or man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors.

Fol­low­ing a 3,400 re­sponse sur­vey among busi­ness peo­ple around the world, Dr Mis­ner iden­ti­fied the top char­ac­ter­is­tics of what peo­ple be­lieve makes a great net­worker. Be­ing a good lis­tener, hav­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, and help­ing oth­ers by be­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive, along with be­ing sin­cere and trust­wor­thy are es­sen­tial. Dr Mis­ner says: “Peo­ple don’t care how much you know un­til they know how much you care. Help­ing peo­ple, shows that you care. Only then will you suc­ceed in cre­at­ing a pow­er­ful and di­verse net­work that can ben­e­fit your busi­ness.“BNI Malta has five chap­ters. We are en­cour­ag­ing our mem­bers to bring vis­i­tors to this an­nual event to cre­ate even more op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­creased net­work­ing, valu­able train­ing and the op­por­tu­nity to pass and re­ceive qual­ity busi­ness re­fer­rals. And if you have not yet ex­pe­ri­enced BNI for your­self, I per­son­ally in­vite you to at­tend our event on 30 Jan­uary,” said BNI Malta’s Na­tional Di­rec­tor David Bul­lock.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the an­nual BNI Net­work­ing Day in Malta opens at 6.30am, with the event start­ing at 7.00am and end­ing at around 9.00am, but it is ideal to al­lo­cate up to 10.30am for postevent net­work­ing. Par­tic­i­pants can stay on to have one-to-one meet­ings with other par­tic­i­pants they have met for the first time. It is rec­om­mended that at­ten­dees bring along at least 100 busi­ness cards. The par­tic­i­pa­tion fee, in­clud­ing break­fast, is €10.

To find out more about BNI and its chap­ters in Malta, please con­tact ei­ther Mau­r­izio Mamo (mob: 9945 4708) at [email protected]­con­sul­ or Carmel Bonello at [email protected]

Par­tic­i­pants at last year’s an­nual net­work­ing event in Malta

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