My Fourth Annual Founder’s Day Event

In 2021, I announced that I was beginning a new tradition called “Founder’s Day” which is a day where I meet with BNI® members from around the world in exclusive one-to-one meetings. This is possible because of the technological innovations that allow us to conveniently have global video conversations from the comfort of our own home or office, which fits in very well with our BNI Core Value of Traditions + Innovation.

The Founder’s Day idea came from of my favorite television shows called West Wing, which talked about the “Big Block of Cheese” concept in one of the episodesThe story goes that in 1835, the U.S. President, Andrew Jackson, was given a 1,400-pound block of cheese from a grateful dairyman. The gift was delivered to the White House (the U.S. President’s residence) and he didn’t know what to do with that much cheese. So, he opened the doors of the White House for the public to come in and take some of the tasty cheese for themselves. They say that thousands of visitors came to the White House and dispatched the massive cheese block in just a few hours.

The “West Wing” series had a few other episodes where they took this concept further and required that all the President’s top staff meet with public citizens to listen to topics that they would not normally hear about and embrace.

That motivated me to do a networking variation of the idea. Founder’s Day is my opportunity to meet with BNI members from around the world for the purpose of answering their questions about business or networking or leadership.

The results from the first three annual events have been gratifying. I have enjoyed the one-to-one meetings and greatly appreciate the 30+ conversations with BNI members as well as their positive comments. One person shared afterward, “It was an inspired session. I am ready to hit new destinations in this journey.” A new book in both English and Hindi, “Knowledgepreneur”, came about because of one the meetings. I was able to connect with people from around the world in a way that was meaningful for both of us.

BNI Members: You’re Invited

BNI members – I invite you to follow me on social media for information on how you can submit YOUR request to be part of my 2024 Founder’s Day on June 27th.

You can find all of my social media links at the top of this page. The Founder’s Day posts will provide the submission form with due date information.

Have Your Own 1-2-1s, Too

Business owners, managers, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals: have you invited your team or your clients to have a conversation with you or ask you some questions? Purposeful meetings can be a great way to build and strengthen your business relationships.

The 2024 Founder’s Day is taking place on Thursday, June 27th. I invite you to have your own special day of 1-2-1 meetings that day, too (or a least do 1 or 2 that day). Schedule time to meet with your customers or your teammates so you can hear and answer their questions. You may discover overlapping areas of professional and personal interests, and you may find ways that you can help them in their business or role. BNI members, when you meet with fellow BNI members, remember to share your One-to-One information in BNI Connect.

 

BNI Members Only: Click here to submit your 1-2-1 request for 2024 Founder’s Day.

It will take place on Thursday June 27, 2024, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CDT.

The completed form must be received by May 16, 2024, 11:59 pm EDT.

 

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