You may or may not know, that BNI UK owners & 4Networking Directors Tim J and Terry Christmas satdown to meet at midday.
i'm on baby minding detail so wasn't there, but in terms of the outcome of the meeting,
But i think its fair to say relations between the 2 orgs is the best its ever been.
I'll always rib referals, they ain't my thing, i don't get them but thats me, but the lakes of fire and brimstone rallying of old has been put to bed.
BNI works.. you can quote me on it. No doubt, its not for everyone, neither is 4N, but Its amazing to see how far 4N has come in ust 4 years when the 2 biggest networking orgs in the UK can now sit in front of each other and work through the issues.
Fairplay to all those involved with making the relationship happen in particular, Roger Green & Phil Brumfitt & Paul Clegg BNI for opening up those original lines of communication with 4N.
For me - BNI and all the other closed shop networks simply do not not work. They are insular, narrow minded and restricting. For others - 4N isn't serious enough, it's too informal, it's too loud/ brash/ in your face.
That's why I will never attend a BNI breakfast, let alone join up, but will gladly be an Area Leader for 4N.
On the other hand I doubt BNI etc would want me as a member - after all, I am a rebel rouser, apparently.
In respect to the meeting - well done. Petty politics does no-one any good.
makes 2 of us Lee, we got so much in common, fat, bald and rebel rousers. But we're 4N bigger than that, in www.getoffyourarse.biz i said to my board i'm not going to rewrite history to appease anyone.
But whats in the past is indeed in the past, as we near our 4th Birthday 4Networking is better suited to plough our energies and resource into maintaining the positivity and bouyancy for all those that sail within this good ship.
Good to hear that the meeting went well, far better to get along together rather than putting each others business down.
I personally love 4Networking but equally all my BNI experiences have been good too
I think with all networking groups it comes down to the people in the room, but in particular with BNI since it's very formal the dynamics of the groups and the folks reading the script can make or break the meetings. I'm lucky all the BNI meetings I've been too have been positive, friendly and productive but it's evident that this is perhaps not always the case.
The great thing about 4Networking is they've nailed it with a structured but informal format and the script makes it almost impossible to get a crap meeting in my opinion in fact it actually fast-tracks the relationship building.
At the end of the day once the meet/like/know/trust is in place then the magic happens, regardless of the networking group.
I do both, and think that both have their place (and work for me); although (like many groups of people in many walks of life) some people take the whole thing too seriously and seem to hide behind rules, format and scripts.