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Jacqui l Owner and Graphic Designer l No Grey Creative

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Jacqui
Owner and Graphic Designer
No Grey Creative
www.nogrey.com.au
BNI Bayside Boomers in the BNI Melbourne Region

Tell us about your business:

We provide graphic design and branding services to businesses. Including logos, brochures, websites and all things in between.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

1. Listen and let the other person talk
2. Its better to turn up to events alone as it forces you to get amongst it and meet new people
3. Never, ever sell to anyone

What can’t you live without?

My dog Pippi

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why?

Im not much of a business book reader, however, a friend gave me ’100 habits of successful graphic designers’ recently which i have enjoyed reading and implementing into my business. Its nice to have a Graphic Design specific business book as that is rare. People like me need visuals!

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

A copywriter, who was at the time a client of my father (he is a home loan broker). They were chatting about me and how I was starting my own business and she was a member of BNI and invited me to come along via my father. I honestly joined because I had no experience or training to run a business and it seemed like the type of place I could learn something. Plus I was very lonely working on my own. Also, apart from not having the money I couldn’t find a single excuse not to attend the meeting! I found the money some how and joined after one visit.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

5 Years

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

President, Membership Committee, Education, Events, Visitors Host

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

I have learned above and beyond my expectations of what I thought BNI would be, here are just a few of the values and benefits…..
• Public speaking abilities
• Presentation skills
• Managing people and groups
• Networking skills (SO IMPORTANT)
• How to speak succinctly about my own business
• How to speak to people in other industries
• There are some very dodgy business people out there!
• I love that I can learn business tips and ideas from others in the room around me
• Ive made so many life long contacts and friends that I would otherwise never have met
• I don’t have to run my business by myself

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

Nothing really, I have really enjoyed the learning process.

Do You Have a BNI Story to share?

I have many! This one is not really business related but good for a chuckle.

I was in a amateur production of Annie a few years ago. Because I was quite shy about some people coming along to the show, I didn’t really publicise it that much. I only invited a select few, especially from my business sphere. I sent out an email BCC to about 20 close business contacts telling them the details of the show and invited them to come along.

Anyway, one of the recipients who was a member of my BNI group mistook the email and assumed that it was written to our BNI chapter. As she was the events co-ordinator at the time, she then proceeded to advertise the show to everyone in the chapter and make it the next social event for us!! I was horrified at the thought of everyone turning up from our Chapter to see me sing and dance on stage. Of course everyone was really keen to come along and we had a great turnout. It ended up actually working to my advantage because it really increased my visibility and credibility and the people who came to the show were very impressed and had a fantastic evening.

I’ll never forget catching a glimpse of their faces in the audience that night! Very funny.

Your Dream Referral Is…

To brand and creatively support a group of independent travel agent retail stores.

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