I work with a guy who basically started his own group. He hand picked the members. It was mostly attorneys and CPAs. He would get guest speakers to talk to the group. I even think that he got the mayor for one meeting. Anyway, he built a huge network of COI’s. His practice evolved to become mostly health insurance and his income is now probably $5,000,000+
I totally agree with you guys. Here’s my dilemma…I don’t have many “power people” in my group. The problem is that I have tried like he11 to get some better CPA/attorney/insurance presentation in our grup, but most of the better professionals in my area are either (1) too busy with enough work, (2) don’t want the type of work they would get from BNI (i.e. tax returns, basic wills, etc.), or (3) it can’t fit into their home/work schedule.Unfortunately, I am in a rather small area, where the better professionals are inundated with work already (lots of "old" money in the area), adn I would not want to align myself with the local H&R Block ladies and the local attorney that specializes in "cheap" wills. So my alternative right now is to keep working on relationships with the better professionals.
Came across this site - someone’s experience with BNI. Made me chuckle out loud a few times.
So the local alumni chapter for my college wants me to be president for the next year. The time committment is about 5-7 hours per month.Has anyone been involved with their college alumni association? Is this something to avoid? It could be a good way to meet people with common interests. Obviously I wouldn't expect any business out of it, but you never know.
I think it's great. The one big advantage is that I see a lot of influential people being involved in my college Alumni Association. I'm talking CEO's, CFO's, busienss owners, etc. that went to my school that are now very successful, so they are giving back to their college. Mind you, this is not like the Chamber of Commerce. You can't just go to a few "mixers", exchange cards, and open a few SIMPLE's. This should be a long-term committment, IF it's something you care about.
Personally, I live too far away from my alma mater to really get involved, but if I were closer, it would be part of my network.
You have to do the alumni thing…I know the local MP for AGE, Wachovia …I mean Wells. He built his entire book from his Alum back when he started 15 years ago. He has had massive referrals…now he is turning them away.You'll find that your Alumni will want you to suceed, as long as you were well liked. It makes them look and feel better if you do better. Good opportunity..........good luck !!