Life coach goes to BNI

Thursday morning at 6.30am and I am heading out to my local chapter of a business networking event…BNI
I arrive at the trendy cafe and see the room is already full of people, mainly guys in suits. I was invited to attend as they have an opening for a life coach. Are they really sure that this is right for me!!!
Feeling like a fish out of water I just stand there….what to do…at least I am dressed corporate and fit in. A friendly face directs me to a table where I sign in and get a vistors name tag. I am asked for two business cards….interesting.
I talk to a couple of interesting people and then go and get a much needed latte….OMG coffe is wonderful at this time of the morning.
I go back into the room and engage in a meaninful conversation ….starting to get to like this.
We then sit down to a hugh breakfast and listen to the elevator speeches ( so called because it would be what you would say if you were trying to impress someone in an elevator only this is about YOUR business. Motto be prepared.
This is a fantastic way to know a little about everyone in the room. Business cards are exchanged and referrals are discussed. People are doing some serious business here. I am just enjoying talking to people and finding out all I can about them. Thinking maybe I could be a detective. Enough of the fantasy there are people to talk to and that is what I do and eat and drink coffee. This is networking and I can actually build my business like this.
Tip…take plenty of business cards and prepare your elevator speech and state what a good referral for you will be. Think how you can assist the other business people and dont just talk about yourself.
Networking can be fun and if you are looking to increase your contact I would reccomend you brave the early morning and give it a try. Google networks in your local area

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BNI networking for a life coach.

Thursday morning at 6.30am and I am heading out to my local chapter of a business networking event…BNI
I arrive at the trendy cafe and see the room is already full of people, mainly guys in suits. I was invited to attend as they have an opening for a life coach. Are they really sure that this is right for me!!!
Feeling like a fish out of water I just stand there….what to do…at least I am dressed corporate and fit in. A friendly face directs me to a table where I sign in and get a vistors name tag. I am asked for two business cards….interesting.
I talk to a couple of interesting people and then go and get a much needed latte….OMG coffe is wonderful at this time of the morning.
I go back into the room and engage in a meaninful conversation ….starting to get to like this.
We then sit down to a hugh breakfast and listen to the elevator speeches ( so called because it would be what you would say if you were trying to impress someone in an elevator only this is about YOUR business. Motto be prepared.
This is a fantastic way to know a little about everyone in the room. Business cards are exchanged and referrals are discussed. People are doing some serious business here. I am just enjoying talking to people and finding out all I can about them. Thinking maybe I could be a detective. Enough of the fantasy there are people to talk to and that is what I do and eat and drink coffee. This is networking and I can actually build my business like this.
Tip…take plenty of business cards and prepare your elevator speech and state what a good referral for you will be. Think how you can assist the other business people and dont just talk about yourself.
Networking can be fun and if you are looking to increase your contact I would reccomend you brave the early morning and give it a try. Google networks in your local area

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