Why Referral Networking Will Work for People Networked by the Web

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Now that networking is more commonly associated with things digital, it may matter even more.

When BNI, the world’s largest referral networking company, started in 1985, there was only one kind of networking that mattered. Now that networking is more commonly associated with things digital, it may matter even more. Just look at who’s helping one huge online community.

BNI (Business Network International) recently announced a partnership with CoachVille, the web’s biggest business-coaching resource site, and in doing so, is demonstrating just how important old-school networking techniques are, even to the online world.

In late December of last year, BNI announced that it had formed a strategic alliance with CoachVille, creating an online, interactive forum where the connected can learn how better to connect from the leader in the field.

“The idea that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts is old” say BNI CEO, Ivan Misner, “and it’s probably more important than ever. The Internet and the way it can help people connect make the speed at which opportunity can be realized much greater.”

Participants of the virtual community can join calls with Dr. Misner exploring a variety of networking and business building strategies. They can post their questions at the interactive forum, and download free resources.

“This community,” Misner says, “ is great if you are looking to strengthen your networking skills and learn more about how Social Capital can grow your business. And because you’re already likely linked in a web-community, reaping the benefits could make more of a difference than ever.”

BNI (http://www.bni.com) is a referral networking organization, which at last count had over 3,600 individual chapters in 22 countries worldwide. BNI’s Founder & CEO, Dr. Ivan Misner is the author of several book’s including the NY Times best-seller, Masters of Networking, (http://www.MastersofNetworking.com) and the recently released #1 best-seller, Masters of Success (http://www.MastersofSuccess.biz).


Michael Drew


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