BNI Brings Referral Networking to Taiwan

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Taiwan is the 27th country for BNI, an international referral networking organization that helps businesses and professionals cultivate success through word-of-mouth marketing.

BNI proudly congratulates everyone who worked to make our entry into Taiwan a success, especially BNI Taiwan National Director Jihong Hall

Taiwanese professionals have a new way to generate business for one another, thanks to the historic launch of Taiwan's first BNI chapter. Taiwan is the 27th country for BNI, an international referral networking organization that helps businesses and professionals cultivate success through word-of-mouth marketing.

"BNI proudly congratulates everyone who worked to make our entry into Taiwan a success, especially BNI Taiwan National Director Jihong Hall," said BNI Founder & Chairman Dr. Ivan Misner. "Her months of planning and dedication laid a solid foundation for the exciting launch of the Qi Qian--or 'Flagship'--chapter in Taipei, Taiwan on March 31, 2006."

A core group of 16 committed members quickly grew to about 30 from all key professions by the day of the launch. The meeting room was filled with excitement March 31st as 126 guests gathered to celebrate Taiwan's first BNI chapter.

Jihong Hall ran the chapter's first meeting like an expert. "It was a tremendous effort from our local director, Simon Wang, and our founding members to make this event such a success," Hall said afterwards. "Two of our members, Gloria Liu and Fiona Lee, brought no fewer than 30 guests between them! With 10 membership applications from this inaugural meeting, the Qi Qian chapter truly will be the flagship chapter for the region."

In addition to Hall, others have been working to establish BNI's presence in Taiwan. The leadership team includes BNI Taiwan Executive Director Simon Wang, BNI Taiwan Regional Director Carson Chu, and recently trained new directors Xie Smart and Xie Marco.

To help prepare for the kick-off, Wang had visited BNI meetings and a chapter launch in the United Kingdom, and completed Member Success Training.

As exciting as this launch of Taiwan's first BNI chapter is, the future is equally bright. Three new core groups have already begun and are planning their own kick-offs.

BNI's "givers gain" philosophy fits well with Taiwanese business culture, since relationships there are based on respect and trust. BNI helps professionals create opportunity in part by establishing and nurturing lasting relationships that result in mutual benefit.

"The whole basis for word-of-mouth marketing is trust," noted Misner. "Our members in Taiwan can gain new skills through BNI that will help them generate new business while remaining sensitive to and respectful of their own culture and customs."

Questions about BNI Taiwan can be directed to the address below, or to Dr. Ivan Misner at BNI Headquarters in the USA at 1-909-608-7575 (e-mail: misner@bni.com).

BNI (Taiwan)

New Concept Business Center

8F,1-1, Sec. 5, Chung Hsiao East Rd.

Hsin Yi., Taipei 110, Taiwan

BNI (http://www.bni.com) is a referral networking organization, with over 4,000 groups in more than two-dozen countries worldwide. BNI's Founder & Chairman, 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). He is also the Founder & Spokesman for the Referral Institute (http://www.referralinstitute.com) a referral training company with operations around the world.

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