Archive for July, 2014

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMembers Details
Dr Frank Whelan
Principal
Wellington Family Chiropractic
www.rowvillechiro.com.au
BNI Eastern in the BNI Melbourne

Tell us about your business:

Chiropractic is about removing interference to your nervous system from restrictions that occur in the spine due to physical, chemical or emotional stress. It can assist with neck pain, back pain and headaches as well as improve your long term health and wellbeing.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

Do 121’s to really get to know fellow members and for them to know you.

What can’t you live without?

My daily walk

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why?

Givers Gain – The BNI story by Ivan Misner

How Did Your Find Out About BNI & Why Did You Join?

It was suggested by my business coach as away to broaden my referral base.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

1 year

What Position/s On The Leadership Team Have You Held? 

Visitor Host

What value & benefit have you or your business gained by being a BNI Member?

Access to a network of similarly minded business people.
Improved my public speaking skills and made me think more creatively about how to promote what I do.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told Your When You First Joined BNI? 

That you need to put in a lot of legwork to meet and learn about fellow members for the “givers gain” philosophy to work

Do You Have a BNI Story to share?

It was fascinating to read in Ivan Misner’s book how Chiropractors were involved from the very early days of BNI and led to the institution of Testimonials and Substitutes.

Your Dream Referral Is…

A family who wants to think differently about how to look after themselves than the current reliance on a pill

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Adriana-SummersMembers Details
Adriana Summers
Director
Backtobasics Communication Services
backtobasicscommunication.com.au
BNI Connect for Business in the BNI South Brisbane

Tell us about your business:

Backtobasics Communication Services helps small to medium sized business develop clear communication messages and cost-effective marketing strategies to grow their business with sustainable solutions. We help businesses define their uniqueness and communicate their benefits through marketing materials with their customers in mind.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

Listen
Be genuine
Share information

What can’t you live without?

Family
Good food
Own space

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why?

Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson. It’s a good reminder that we all need to adapt and change to meet life’s challenges.

How Did Your Find Out About BNI & Why Did You Join?

I was invited by several people I have met at casual networking functions. I joined because I realized I needed a referral strategy and structure to my networking activities. Plus I wanted a source of people to develop long-term connections.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

4 months

What Position/s On The Leadership Team Have You Held? 

Events

What value & benefit have you or your business gained by being a BNI Member?

BNI has given me a focus for my own marketing activities to help grow my business. Plus I am learning so much more about many other industries which is extremely valuable in my field.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told Your When You First Joined BNI? 

Be better prepared for your 60second presentation.

Your Dream Referral Is…

A professional service business who understands the importance of investing time and money into their marketing and would like to grow their business through sound strategies.

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Members Details
Marty Friedel
Owner / Developer
Digital Cookie
http://www.digitalcookie.com.au
BNI Growth Partners Wyndham in the BNI Melbourne West

Tell us about your business:

Digital Cookie is a boutique web design studio in Point Cook in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.

We specialise in creating unique and modern websites that deliver an outstanding user experience for your visitors online, and are responsively built making them perfect for desktops, tablets and smartphones.

Our sites are driven by our own powerful content management system, enabling our clients to keep their own website up to date with ease and control.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

Come prepared – always carry business cards with you

Ask questions to find out more – if you’re not sure on exactly what an aspect of someone’s business is, ask them, and help evolve your understanding.

Building your network is so much more than simply sales. Connect, build trust, then work on sales.

What can’t you live without?

I never seem to be far away from a computer, sadly. With the increase of apps on phones and tablets, email and work is never far away. Although, admittedly, it is great to disconnect from it all when possible – and clear the head.

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why?

“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson – an inspirational, unique and outside-the-box thinker. The world is a better place because of Steve Jobs.

How Did Your Find Out About BNI & Why Did You Join?

My partner had been a member of BNI for years and had seen the immense potential for my industry – as soon as a vacancy opened up in my area, I jumped on the chance to join.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

2.5 years

What Position/s On The Leadership Team Have You Held? 

Vice President, Visitors Host

What value & benefit have you or your business gained by being a BNI Member?

Personally, a boost in confidence and networking skill.

For the business it has been great to work with other dedicated and skilled businesses in the area.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told Your When You First Joined BNI? 

Talk slower… and remember to pause and take a breath.

Your Dream Referral Is…

A connection in to a gym (especially group fitness, yoga, or specialist environment – i.e. physio) or cinema network to build a web presence that makes browsing easy and effective, and streamlines classes, bookings and purchases. Some awesome management systems exist that can seamlessly and beautifully connect in with websites – and I truly thrive on this level of development and integration.

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shaunaMembers Details
Shauna Maguire
Owner & Director
Take my word for it
http://www.takemywordcopy.com
BNI Pegasus in the BNI Brisbane Region

Tell us about your business:

Great copywriting doesn’t have to be formal or stuffy to be successful. Like a great conversation, it speaks to people – it’s fluid, effortless and simple. It puts people at ease, sticks in the mind, and creates the perfect first impression. That’s the kind of copy I write.

I’m Shauna Maguire, a freelance copywriter. I write persuasive, professional copy designed to tell your business’ story your way. You’re not like everyone else, so why sound like them? I can help you say the right thing, the right way, to the right people. I’ll help you start the perfect conversation – Take my word for it.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

Listen – everyone you meet can teach you something new

Ask questions – If you don’t ask, you’ll never know!

Perfect your pitch – Have your 45 second infomercial ready to go at all times

What can’t you live without?

Good books, good company, warm weather. (A bit of chocolate cake also never goes astray….)

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why?

Life in half a second by Matthew Michalewicz – It’s about seizing the moment and living the life you want to live right now. Essential reading for those wondering ‘Should I, could I, would I?’. As Yoda says, there is no try, there is only do.

How Did Your Find Out About BNI & Why Did You Join?

Introduction from a fellow professional. I joined to expand my network, find a mentor/s and grow my business.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

2 months

What value & benefit have you or your business gained by being a BNI Member?

I’ve already been fortunate enough to have received several referrals from my chapter. The fact that this has happened so quickly isn’t something I take lightly as I know it takes time to establish relationships and trust. I’ve also established relationships with a great group of articulate, intelligent and motivated professionals.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told Your When You First Joined BNI? 

You can’t wing it – be prepared for every meeting. That way you’re not just showing up, you’re showing up ready to do the best for your business, as well as your fellow members.

Your Dream Referral Is…

A business owner with an existing website or one in the process of developing one. They’re deeply passionate about what they do and the services and products they supply and want the world to know they’re the best at what they do. They want compelling, converting and conversational content that expresses their business’ unique personality – after all, they’re one of a kind and not afraid to show it!

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samMembers Details
Sam Spence
Owner & Executive Virtual Assistant
Executive Virtual Associate
www.executivevirtualassociate.com.au
BNI Sandhurst in the BNI Victoria Country Region

Tell us about your business:

I am Virtual Assistant giving business leaders back their valuable time – Executive Virtual Associate.

My Virtual Assistant business supports busy business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs get back some of their valuable time.

For business leaders who find it difficult to manage their daily admin needs, partnering with a Virtual Assistant is the answer! At EVA, we have extensive admin experience, are fully trained and have your business as our focus. Our Clients enjoy the benefit of having their own personal executive assistant, but without the overheads, when needed, to complete a variety of projects and tasks.

As the owner and principal of EVA, I am the only Australian VA to have successfully achieved the IVAA (International Virtual Assistants Association) EthicsCheck Exam.

Share your workload with us, not your office!

What are your top 3 networking tips?

1. Turn up & be present.
2. Ask questions & listen.
3. Be accountable for your own actions.

What can’t you live without?

My family

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why?

Likeable Business, by Dave Kerpen.

Dave shares his experiences in business and explains why he is a business leader in the marketing and social media world. Simply put – listening and delighting his contacts.

How Did Your Find Out About BNI & Why Did You Join?

I came across BNI when I was looking to grow my connections. Our town (Bendigo) has two chapters, and as I use Social Media I found our chapter via Facebook. I invited myself along to have a look.
I joined because I liked what I saw, the people I met and knew it was a great step to support my business growth.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

A little over a year

What Position/s On The Leadership Team Have You Held? 

President, Events

What value & benefit have you or your business gained by being a BNI Member?

Increased business success, confidence & knowledge.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told Your When You First Joined BNI? 

I can’t really think of anything, but I do wish someone had mentioned BNI to me earlier!

Your Dream Referral Is…

A busy entrepreneur, who run 1 or more successful business, travels regularly and needs support to manage his/her diary, emails and travel.

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John Millar
Managing Director
More Profit Less Time Pty Ltd
www.moreprofitlesstime.com
BNI Eastern

Tell us about your business:

We provide business training and development solutions for small to medium sized business owners and their teams.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

Be Honest
Be Present
Be Interested

What can’t you live without?

My wife and kids

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why?

“How To Turn Your Idea Into A Multi Million Dollar Business” Its an Amazon Best Seller I wrote and is written to help small to medium sized businesses achieve their best!

How Did Your Find Out About BNI & Why Did You Join?

I was referred by a colleague and I joined because the opportunity to refer quality providers to my clients helps me help my clients

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

4 years

What Position/s On The Leadership Team Have You Held? 

President, Membership Committee, Education

What value & benefit have you or your business gained by being a BNI Member?

I have had the chance to meet a swath of people I would not have otherwise not met.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told Your When You First Joined BNI? 

How addictive it is!

Do You Have a BNI Story to share?

Because my industry is largely self managed and is full of unsavoury people it was initially a challenge and while I gave more referrals than anyone else I didn’t get a single referral for a year. The great thing was that eventually everyone was certain I wasn’t the same as everyone else and the referrals started flowing in. Now BNI equates to almost $150,000 in repeat and new business each year that came directly from a member in BNI.

Your Dream Referral Is…

A business owner of a good business that wants to have a great business and is willing to learn and do what I show them 🙂

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