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Are You Having Fun?

by Geoff Kirkwood

This is a 2-3 minute activity that involves those at the meeting. You will need to read it through beforehand and be prepared. What you say out loud to the group is in larger type in bold.


The purpose of this workshop is to highlight the value of enjoying what the members do.

Ask the chapter the following question and repeat some of the responses.

Give me a show of hands please from those people who genuinely see BNI as a FUN organisation?

Ask those who raise their hands for some specific examples and repeat them to the group.

From my perspective the old question “if you are not making money and not having fun then why are you doing it?” is very relevant.

So this morning, for 90 seconds I want you turn to your neighbour and tell them what things you do to have fun in your business.

When time is up, seek 1 or 2 responses.

Then say……

Ralph Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters International is well known for saying “we learn best in moments of enjoyment” so if you aren’t enjoying your BNI experience you are limiting its value.

Ivan Misner, the founder of BNI is reported as saying “if you have to get up as early as 5.30 am to go to BNI 49 weeks a year you better be having fun”.

So remember that while business is a serious matter that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun as well.

The Referral Master®

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Margie Harris 14 February 2011 - 3:50 pm

Geoff, thank you for all the workshop tips. In addition to being able to use them as an Assistant Director, I use them as education coordinator for my chapter. I know they thank you for the great materia.

Geoff Kirkwood 14 February 2011 - 4:01 pm

G’day Margie – thanks for the feedback. You may not know but these are meant for EC’s. I have a swag of 10 minute Director workshop on my own site if you want – just register at http://www.geoffkirkwood.com

john leade 20 February 2011 - 6:38 pm

That is one of the best for a while. I have done something similar in my education spot and it is great moment to reflect.

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