The Easiest New Year’s Resolution to Keep!
If my own personal experience is anything to go by, at this point in January it could just be that some New Year’s resolutions – especially those of the “I am not going to do, eat, or drink that any more” or the “I am going to do this, that or the other every day” variety, have already been consigned to history. Disappointing as that might be, for those of you who followed this suggestion….
“In 2023 I am going to give a few minutes of my time to learn more about just how easy it is to get more involved with BNI Foundation activities in my region and why that could be important for me, my BNI team and my own business”
……you are still very much on track – at least with this one!
And the quickest and easiest way to get started is to put the date of this year’s 2nd Business Voices Future Leaders (BVFL) Week in your diary NOW – October 15 – 21, 2023. This is the week in which we invite BNI Chapters to hold their weekly meeting in a nearby school. If the week itself is not convenient, any time in October is fine too.
At the end of the weekly meeting, in which 15- to 18-year-old students have the chance to experience how modern business owners work together to help each other become more successful, selected Team Members go to or remain in the school to provide career orientation sessions, talking about their own professions to young people facing complex career decisions. The students’ homework assignment then gets them talking to their parents/guardians about their own jobs and careers and the experiences they have drawn from them.
Business Voices Future Leaders Week took place for the first time in October 2022, when 770 BNI Members from 65 Chapters gave practical career orientation advice to over 6500 students in 11 countries! And now for the really exciting part:
· After one meeting, 4 students went home and told their parents “Mom/Dad, school was so cool today, please can you join BNI?!
· An electrical contractor was approached after his weekly presentation by a 16-year-old boy who offered to connect him with his father who was building a factory. The last time we heard, negotiations had already commenced!
· Within four weeks of BVFL 2022 closing, it had already resulted in one Thank You for Closed Business for $243,000!
BNI Members who took part last year got so much out of the event themselves that they are already looking forward to returning in 2023 and a number of schools have asked if we can establish BVFL as a permanent fixture in the school calendar. If you would like to know more about how your chapter can take part, please register your interest via this link Business Voices Future Leaders Week – BNI Foundation to receive a detailed information package.
And if you simply have questions about what we do at the BNI Foundation and why we do it, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team members will be in touch to set up a call. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
David Kauffman, January 2023