I have been asked to join a BNI chapter, and wanted to see if others can share any experience they have had from getting involved and attending these meetings?
Its a big committment and a new chapter, therefore I imagine it will take some time to get going. My dilemma is that they offered me a seat as the guy who provides Probate and Estate Admin (I was referred to as the will writing guy during the meeting too). However, they have not filled the accountant seat, and when asked if I could take that seat instead, they have kept putting off to discuss it. Intially, the accountant seat was not offered to me. I know this is the most popular seat at the BNI, which worries me a little.
My opening pitch at these events is that 'I am a chartered accountant'. However with another accountant at the table, I can see possible conflict. Further, I would not refer the other accountant business as I would be able to do the work myself. This may then cause problems, as I know these events are about people bring in business for each other.
Any views/ comments welcomed.