Kathie Thomas l Owner l A Clayton’s Secretary


Members Details
Kathie Thomas
A Clayton’s Secretary
BNI Muskateers in the BNI Melbourne East Region

Tell us about your business:

I own and manage a Virtual Assistant Network, having provided secretarial and admin support for well over 30 years. My business is almost 18 years old (next month). I’ve been a keen advocate of BNI for a good 10 years – did leave for awhile, but came back after shifting house as I knew that was the best way to connect with local businesses in the area. Second time round as a BNI member has been even more successful.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

  • Keep networking and never stop.
  • Always follow up and keep in contact.
  • Remember to say thank you.

What can’t you live without?

My camera, but that’s another story.

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why?

Networking for $uccess by Robyn Henderson. I built my fledgling business on this book back in 1994 and still refer back to it – great and valuable tips.

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

A colleage contacted me around 2000 or 2001 and told me he’d heard about a new networking group coming to Melbourne. He knew I was a keen networker and thought I’d like to check it out.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

I first joined June 2001, stayed for a few years, left and came back April 2010.

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

President, Vice President, Treasurer, Membership Committee

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

I’ve also been an Associate Director.

Credibility, being known ’heard of’ by many people, as well as business. I’ve also gained most of my resources and contacts via BNI.

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

I don’t know – it was too long ago and BNI has evolved a great deal since those days.

Do You Have a BNI Story To Share?

There was one, can’t remember it exactly at the moment. A publication in a US mag relating to my BNI membership – many years ago.

Your Dream Referral Is…

A business owner/operator who needs admin support for approx 5-10 hours a week.

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