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206 weeks ago, by Jackie
Morally wrong?
At a BNI breakfast yesterday, one member told a fellow guest: "I have five referrals for you, but I won't pass them to you unless you join."

I thought givers were supposed to gain?

If I know the right person to recommend to a contact, I'll do it, no matter what organisation they belong to. How about you?
206 weeks ago, by James
Morally wrong and, personally, I would walk straight out of the door. There's a line of thinking that states that you are the average of the people you spend most of your time with.

It doesn't work on two levels; firstly the 'only if you join' and secondly the 'five referrals'. I'd like one good one rather than a page torn out of the phone book, please.
206 weeks ago, by Tim
I have just left BNI after 8 years. I saw this scenario many times and I always argued, publicly amongst the group at times, that if I visited us and received referrals what better motivation to join was there than that?

The argument against stated they do not need to join if they get the referrals, which is ludicrous. You want continual referrals, not just to be given some once. The debate will continue I am sure.

What chapter are you Jackie?
206 weeks ago, by Jackie
I'm not a member. I was a visitor.
206 weeks ago, by Tim
You're highly likely to remain a visitor with an experience like that.
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Hates: tomatoes, alarm clocks and shoes. Likes: dancing, scuba diving and making people laugh.
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I run a writing and design agency that specialises in making complex information appear simple. I spend two-thirds of my time doing hands-on copywriting, and one-third training other people how to do it themselves (mostly for websites, newsletters and social media). My experience comes from over three decades in the marcomms industry, spanning copywriting, graphic design, print, web design, sales promotion, brand identity and much more. Before going freelance in 2001, I worked my way up to Senior Manager level in the corporate world, with a team of 12 graphic designers and copywriters reporting to me. I have also worked as an insurance clerk, a barmaid and a tea-lady.
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