Visiting a BNI chapter is the first step in finding your new referral partners.
Prospective members may attend up to two meetings as a visitor. After that time, an application and payment will be required to visit.
Once you have applied, the Chapter Membership Commitee will schedule an interview. We encourage you to consistently attend chapter meetings until the membership committee has reached their decision. Doing so will help you build relationships and show the chapter your level of commitment to a BNI membership!
To help you get the most out of your first BNI meeting, here are some things to know before you go:
Be Prepared: Visit a chapter prepared to talk about your business. Members are interested in getting to know how connections with visitors can be mutually beneficial. Don't forget to bring your business cards!
Meetings: As a visitor, you can attend a chapter meeting twice. Remember to use this time to get know the chapter personality and its members, not to promote your business. Meetings are high energy and run according to a structured agenda. They last 90 minutes with time for additional networking before and after each meeting. Plan to arrive about 15 minutes early so you don't miss any opportunities for networking.
You're the Expert: Only one person from each professional specialty is allowed to join a chapter of BNI, eliminating the possibility of competition among our members. When you join a chapter, you are the sole representative of your specialized field and can develop relationships with others in the chapter as the go-to person for your services.
Respect Your Craft: The businesses our members represent are their primary occupations, ensuring they can position themselves as resources and experts in their field.
“BNI is the single greatest way to grow your business. I've been with BNI for 7 years now, it accounts for 47% of my business since I started as an agent. My confidence as a speaker, my skills as a Real Estate agent and as a leader can be attributed in large part to BNI.”