The 2021 International Networking Week is just around the corner. Fourteen years ago, I helped BNI® launch an initiative we called International Networking Week which is held during the first week in February of every year. This initiative continues to grow year after year and it is open to ALL businesses around the world. It provides business leaders a chance to celebrate networking by providing gratitude and appreciation for those people who are in their networks.
This will be a week of global recognition and gratitude from February 1 to 6, 2021 to thank those business owners who have helped you to grow your business while networking. Therefore, it’s time to build your powerful personal network now. Invite various business owners who helped you to grow your business to your BNI online chapter to network and to recognize the power of networking. Watch our promo video for the 14th Annual International Networking Week.
The 2021 International Networking Week theme is “A World of Thanks”
Building on last year’s success, we are continuing this initiative by connecting the BNI core values of Recognition and Building Relationships through a program we’re calling, “A World of Thanks”. Studies show that gratitude improves the connection between people and enhances trust. This, in turn, actually improves performance. Please use these hashtags when posting your thank you messages, photos, or invitations on social media: #WorldOfThanks #INW21
2021 International Networking Week Video Contest
“Thank you’s” make a difference. So, I ask you to take this opportunity to thank someone who has helped you in some important way. Thank them in person, in writing, or on social media. But thank someone who has been there for you or your organization. We are looking for your story and we would love stories from every country worldwide. Please create a 30-90 second testimonial video of your story expressing gratitude to another BNI member who helped you this year. The submission deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021. Submit the video at https://internationalnetworkingweek.com/
I would like to take this opportunity to be the first to thank BNI leaders and members.
2020 was the most challenging year I’ve ever seen for business people around the world. I am incredibly proud of how members and BNI leaders got focused by fear and not frozen by fear. We watched people come together to support one another both personally and professionally. BNI members have told me that they are proud to be part of this organization, and so am I. I was humbled by what I saw happen last year and I want to thank everyone for living the philosophy of Givers Gain and being there to support the people in your network.
I would like to especially thank the following BNI leaders for agreeing to participate as an International Networking Week guest blogger this year. Look for their articles about “A World of Thanks” on my website during the week of February 1 to 6, 2021.
- Frank De Raffele BNI USA
- Avryl Au BNI Thailand
- Bijay Shah BNI UAE
- Diana Ninsiima BNI Uganda
- Tiago da Cunha BNI Spain SLC
See, it’s that easy to thank someone. Now it’s your turn. Be specific and have it come from the heart. Take a minute to think of people you can thank during the week of February 1 to 6, and celebrate The 2021 International Networking Week with us. You, and they – will be glad you did.