Visitor Mornings

Our next Guest day is Thursday 31st October 2019, but if you can’t wait that long contact us to arrange a visit

The start time for all dates is 6:45 am at the Hallmark Hotel in Grappenhall and a full breakfast is provided. A wide range of visitors are expected and YOU are welcome to attend to meet many like-minded business colleagues and to find out how BNI can help grow your business. Providing your business/profession is not in competition with any of the existing members you will be given the opportunity to speak for 60 seconds about your own business.

Contact us to confirm your place.


Be Part of the Crowd

No Meeting this week

In line with official advice relating to the Coronovirus Covid-19 and guidance from BNI, our meeting will not take place this week.  However an alternative will be available for next week onwards – information will be provided ASAP.

Why would you want to be a great networker?

17 habits of great Networkers

A good networker builds you a great reputation and that leads to lots of business.
The ethos of BNI is Givers Gain, or in other words ‘what goes around, comes around’.

What do great networkers do?

  1. They prepare for meetings – by thinking about who will be there, and what they can do to help them.
  2. They usually arrive earlier and usually leave later than others, to maximise their networking time.
  3. They don’t spend all their time with just one person; they mingle, and network openly.
  4. They are more concerned with learning about other people than giving out their business cards.
  5. They actively listen out for opportunities to help other people and make a point of introducing people who might have shared interests.
  6.  They prepare by being specific about
    – who they want to be introduced to, or what to listen out for
    – what you should say to those people.
  7. They show respect for their fellow networkers by focusing on what they have to say,
    and not being distracted by their phones.
  8. They give up their time to help without asking anything in return.
  9. They put aside time during the week to follow up meetings and other peoples’ requests and turn leads into qualified referrals. And they seize the moment by doing it sooner, Rather than later.
  10.  They share those requests with their spouse, work colleagues, friends and associates.
  11. They have 1-2-1s, and structure them towards understanding how they can help.
  12. They identify super-contacts (‘power contacts’) and share value with them regularly.
  13. They show a genuine interest in other people, as people
  14. They recognise that they never stop learning.
  15. They regularly make time to develop themselves through reading and training.
  16. They are positive, enthusiastic and fun.
  17. They are authentic, they are consistent, and they listen more than they talk.

Testimonial for DNG Building Services

“I approached DNG Building Services for some work I wanted carrying out, Dave Leather contacted me via phone and had a chat about what it was I wanted, he then came to see me at my property and measured up then contacted me a few days later with a full breakdown of cost and also listed every single part of the job I had asked him to do. I was very impressed with the professionalism Dave showed throughout the entire process. The quality of work was amazing and the price was very affordable.  Thanks Dave” Ryan Munnelly (January 2019)

Testimonial for Ryan Munnelly – County Group Insurance

“This is the second time I have worked with Ryan over the last few months. Having been impressed with Ryan’s handling of my business cover I immediately contacted Ryan for a car insurance quotation as my son had just passed his test and we were about to purchase his first car.  As before, Ryan attended to everything in a very prompt and professional manner. However, whilst he was arranging the cover Ryan spotted a mistake in relation to the documentation the car salespeople had provided (namely the wrong registration number). Had Ryan not spotted this my son would potentially have been uninsured and or received penalty points on his driving licence through no fault on his part.  This ‘mistake’ also meant there was a delay in being able to arrange the cover; resulting in me literally siting in the car showroom having bought the car and having no insurance. However, once again Ryan really helped out. He spoke to all the parties concerned, sorted out the problem, placed the vehicle on immediate cover and emailed me the insurance certificate…and he did all that in the time it took me to finish a drink in the showroom.  What could have been a disaster ended up being no more than a little inconvenience thanks to the way Ryan took control of the situation.  Thanks for your help Ryan; much appreciated.” Rob Higgins (December 2019)

Evening Visitor meeting – Thursday 28th November

Next week on Thursday 28th November we are swapping our usual morning meeting to the evening for one week only! Visitors are welcome to join us to meet the members and see how a BNI Chapter meeting is run.  The meeting starts at 6.00pm, with a buffet available from 6.15pm.  The meeting concludes at 8.00pm. The cost is £13.  To register call Helen on 0790 3727750 or email helen@marketingdoris.co.uk

Testimonial for Hayley Hilton – Hands on Heart Clinical Canine Massage

“I booked a one-off session for my dog, Jack, as a nice treat for him like you would book a massage for your mother or other half.  Hayley does offer much more than this though, and even though she didn’t try to sell to me at all during the session, she unknowingly convinced me to book more for Jack.  She done this by showing her passion and her care for dogs, and it was very clear how professional and knowledgeable she is about her profession.  I felt my dog, Jack, was in very safe hands, he seemed to enjoy it and trusted Hayley equally.  I’ll be booking more sessions so Jack can reap all the benefits of what Hayley has to offer to a dogs wellbeing, and will be highly recommending her to every dog owner I come across” Michael Smith (November 2019)

Ed Slot – Understanding the BNI Gains

GAINS Worksheet

How well do you know the people you want to include in your network? Chances are you have a little homework to do. Spend more time with the people you already know and concentrate on learning these five essentials – their goals, accomplishments, interests, networks, and skills. Make sure you give back the same kind of information. The more they know about you, the faster your name will come to mind when an opportunity arises in which your products, services, knowledge, skills or experience might play a part.

  • Goals – Goals are the business or personal objectives you want or need to meet for yourself or the people who are important to you. You need to define your goals and have a clear picture of the other person’s goals. The
    best way to build a relationship with someone is to help them achieve their goals!
  • Accomplishments
    People like to talk about the things they are proud of. Remember, some of your best insights into others comes from knowing what goals they have already achieved. Your knowledge, skills, experiences and values can be surmised from your achievements. Be ready to share your accomplishments with the people you meet.
  • Interests – Your interests can help you connect with others. Interests are things like playing sports, reading books and listening to music. People like to spend time with those who share their interests. When you and your network source share the same interests, it will strengthen your relationship.
  • Networks – You have many networks, both formal and informal. A network can be an organisation, institution, company or individual you associate with.
  • Skills – The more you know about the talents and abilities of the people in your network, the better equipped you are to find (and refer!) competent, affordable products and services when the need arises. And when
    you’re trying to round up business opportunities, the more people know about your skills, the better your chances!


Download the GAINS Worksheet

Testimonial for Tim Jordan

“No matter how well prepared you think you are – moving to a new house is one of the top stress producers in your life. Having just moved house I really understand this.  Fortunately, I was given an introduction to Tim by people I know and trust and who had dealt with him in the past. Tim then took on the task of being our conveyancing solicitor for the purchase of our new home.  We initially had a few questions to ask and then, as you start to do the searches, surveys and all the other stuff more questions start to occur. Then the closer you get to exchange and completion the more the stress levels start to rise.  It was during these stages that I started to realise just how good (and helpful) Tim is. Not only did he quickly and accurately answer any questions we had; he did it in such a calm, reassuring manner that it took away most of the stress and let us enjoy the good parts about moving house.  Not only is Tim a great solicitor he is a fabulous communicator and kept us informed and updated at every stage of the process. I couldn’t recommend him any stronger than to say IF I ever move house again he is the only person I will be contacting.” Rob Higgins (October 2019)