Anyone who has known me for long, knows that I loved the TV series, West Wing. It was television at its best. One of the episodes introduced the “Big Block of Cheese Day” concept to many people, myself included.
The idea stems from a situation in 1835 where 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 which was a decidedly mixed blessing. It was a wonderful gift, but it was also 1,400 pounds!!! Jackson didn’t know what to do with all of this cheese so, he opened the doors of the White House for the public to come in and take some of the tasty (and according to some accounts, smelly) cheese for themselves. Apparently, thousands of visitors came to the White House and dispatched the massive block in just a few hours.
The TV series had a couple episodes where they took this concept further and required that all the top staff meet with public citizens to listen to topics that they wouldn’t normally embrace.
BNI Founder’s Day
That tradition has motivated me to do a “networking variation” of the idea. On the third Thursday of June every year, I’m going to have a “Founder’s Day” (starting in 2023, it will be the last Thursday in June). On this day each year, I will book at least 16 individual 1-2-1’s with BNI members from around the world. The purpose is for BNI members to ask any business or networking related questions they would like to run by me during their 25 – 30 minute 1-2-1 with me. If you are a BNI member, I invite you to complete the form included in this blog. We will select the best responses from many places all around the world.
Business owners and professionals, have you invited your team or your customers to have a conversation with you or ask some questions? It can be a great way to build and strengthen your business relationships. Even without the cheese.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR 1-2-1 REQUEST WITH DR. IVAN MISNER
BNI Founder’s Day = Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 9:00am – 6:00pm CDT
THIS COMPLETED REQUEST FORM MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 21, 2021.
I’m sorry, you have missed the deadline. The opportunity for BNI members to submit their request for a 30-minute one-to-one with me has passed. Please try again next year.