The BNI chat really interests me! I joined about 5 weeks ago now and have already had business from it.
The fees as Caroline mentioned are horrendously high shall we say! When you break down the monthly venue fee and the yearly membership fee I pay £112 p/m. In my head I know I need to get more than that, from BNI alone, for it to be worth my while.
I know VA’s in other chapters who don’t do so well and others VA’s that absolutely fly. The problem with BNI is this. The commitment. The time. The money. The effort. The training. The 121’s with people in the chapter. I would never refer someone I don’t know, but taking the time out to meet everyone (I am in a large chapter) takes time, necessary in my head. I was also told before I joined NOT to expect any business for the first 6-8mths, people need to know you to refer you.
I love an early morning! Some don’t.
I like the weekly structure. Some don’t.
I love training. Some don’t.
I love to help others without expecting anything in return (BNI is all about that!). Some don’t and get annoyed that they haven’t made any money out of it quickly.
I also visited another Chapter before joining this one and had decided ABSOLUTELY NOT!! It’s definitely a cult! People are right it’s well weird!
Don’t get me wrong there are bits that I really like about it and other bits that I really don’t!
My advice would be this. Use your two visits to try two different chapters near you, if you can. The structure is the same but the atmosphere will be very different.
What ultimately pushed me to join was this. Yes I know it’s expensive and yes I know it’s a lot of commitment. However, if I give it my absolute ALL for one year and it works and I get loads of business, excellent! If it doesn’t work, at least I can say there’s nothing I could have done to make it work, and I’ll have made some brilliant connections!
It’s a big decision! I wish you the best whatever you decide Good luck!