Congratulations to our new members and renewing members who attended and made sure they have successful footing in their BNI chapters and business!
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Our BNI Member and friend, Clyde Baumgardner passed away Saturday, April 6th at 3:55 in the afternoon, peacefully with his family around him. While we will miss his positive energy and wonderful spirit, we can be thankful that he has been released from the physical problems that had troubled him.
Clyde was a guiding force in making the Business Advantage Chapter of BNI the success that it is! Those of us that have coached with him have benefitted from his wisdom and his positive outlook, and we will continue to use his teachings to “Open doors to a brighter future” for ourselves and others!
All our love goes out to his wife Kazuko, his children and grandchildren.
Information about the memorial and donation fund in his honor follows:
The memorial will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 11 am in the main Temple of Lake Shrine, 17080 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, Ca 90272.
Reception to follow.
A memorial fund has been set up in Clyde Baumgardner’s honor. You may contribute cash, or write a check made to: Kazuko Baumgardner.
At the memorial, Mary Jo Reutter will be collecting the donations and depositing them into the account. If you prefer to mail something in, you may send to:
Complete It for Clyde
c/o Mary Jo Reutter
12534 Greene Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Clyde Baumgardner Clyde received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Illinois. He has been coaching successful business men and women in the Los Angeles area since the year 2000. In summer of 2008 he attended two weeks of intensive training to become a Christopher Howard Master Results Coach, Performance Consultant, and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. In February of 2010 Clyde attended Marcia Wieder’s Dream University for one week to become one of her certified Dream Coaches.
While in college, Clyde worked summers as a refinery engineer for Standard Oil Company of California, Management Training Development workshop participant at Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company, and conducted a nation-wide customer satisfaction survey for Ford Motor Company on their Econoline truck.
Clyde worked for McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) as a Manufacturing and Manufacturing Engineering Project Manager which included a tour of duty in Japan. He married a Japanese woman and for three years worked in Japan for a Japanese company supervising 30 Americans teaching conversational English to Japanese businessmen.
Returning to the United States, Clyde started a company which built industrial scale models for such companies as Bechtel Corporation, McDonnell-Douglas Aeronautics, Braun Engineering, Universal Studios, National Steel & Shipbuilding, and TRW. He grew that company from a start-up to a $1 million a year business before selling his interest.
He spent 3 years working for his church, Self-Realization Fellowship, playing a significant role in construction of the Lake Shrine Temple in Pacific Palisades, California. In May, 2009, he was recognized and honored for the 20 years of his “devoted and loving service” as a lay leader of that church.
He has been a member of Century City Toastmasters for 10 years. In 2007, he was honored by the creation of the “Clyde” trophy, ‘Awarded in Recognition of Exceptional and Continuing Service to Century City Toastmasters’ and was its first recipient. Clyde has been a member of the Business Advantage Chapter of Business Network International (BNI) since 2008, and has served as its Events Coordinator, as well as past President.
Clyde has always enjoyed working with people and entered coaching so he could focus on using his “people skills” to help others take their successful businesses to the next level. He works with clients, helping them develop and use their personal strengths to achieve superior results. Clyde does life coaching with an emphasis on the business.
Don’t tell prospective members too much. The less you tell them, the better. If you try to tell them everything you can about BNI and why it is so great, they will make a decision based on what you are telling them. It is like trying to give someone a haircut on the phone, you cannot get a prospective member excited just by telling about BNI.
Let the MEETING sell BNI
All you want to do is to get them to come to the meeting. At that point, the meeting will sell them on BNI. If they see a structured meeting with supportive members helping each other and lots of business done, they will want to become involved in your chapter.
Six “Don‘ts” for Successful Inviting
If you want to maximize the number of your invitees who agree to attend a meeting, never mention any of the following during your conversations with them, whether on the telephone or face to face:
1) 7:00 am
3) Weekly meetings
4) Networking: network marketing or networking is often associated with multilevel marketing; not word-of-mouth.
5) That dreaded four-letter word “JOIN”: remember that you are not trying to get them to join the chapter, you are only inviting them to attend a meeting.
6) BNI’s meeting agenda: your objective in inviting them is to let them experience first hand the excitement that you felt when you decided to join your chapter.
So WHAT Should You Say?
Here is a good way to make that initial approach. Use it word-for-word when you invite people and you will get a lot of visitors to your chapter.
“John, I am working with a group of local business people who are looking for a plumber (insert the profession of the person you are inviting) to give their business to. Would you like to come and meet my colleagues?”
Do not say ANYMORE—let the MEETING sell them.
Hot off the presses, the official statistics for BNI referrals passed worldwide last year have just been released!
Congratulations to BNI members around the world on playing such a huge part in helping the businesses of your fellow members thrive in 2012! Your dedication to the Givers Gain® philosophy is the reason this organization continues to grow and impact businesses and lives in a phenomenally positive way.
Please feel free to share BNI’s 2012 referral statistics during your International Networking Week® events. We can’t think of a better way to demonstrate that networking is a truly powerful and life changing tool and that BNI really is Changing the Way the World Does Business®!
*Statistics are calculated based on two doctoral studies;
the first done by Dr. Ivan Misner, BNI’s Founder & Chairman, and the second done by Julien Sharp, a business consultant and BNI member based in Colorado.
Our friend and BNI Member, Joe Taylor, passed away Saturday afternoon, January 12th from a cardiac event.
Joe will be remembered for his intense smile, his love of life and those around him. We’ll also remember him and his motto of life, “It’s all about the ride!”.
His favorite quote seems timely as of this day:
“Earthly possessions are not what you came here to gather. Do not worry about your earthly possessions. Place your attention on your heavenly goal–the evolution of your soul–and you will find peace even while on earth.”
Memorials services for Joseph Lee Taylor will be held at Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230 on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1pm.
In addition to his mother, Wendy Taylor, who we know as a BNI member, he is also survived by his father Gary Taylor, wife Dana Love Taylor and son, Jeremy Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank, donations may be made to: Wendy Taylor/Memorial Fund for Joseph Taylor.
For further information regarding the memorial fund contact Wendy Taylor via email at firstname.lastname@example.org