Saleem Althaf, BNI® Master Franchisee/National Director in Oman, recently sat down for an interview to discuss his experiences and perspectives on networking and business growth. As a leader in BNI, Saleem brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. In this post, we’ll explore some of his insights and advice as a new Master Franchisee/National Director.
One of the first questions asked was what inspired Althaf to become a BNI Master Franchisee/National Director. He explained that he was looking for an opportunity to achieve his professional and personal goals, and BNI was the right fit for him. He also discovered that there were many people in Oman who were waiting for the BNI opportunity to arrive, which made the role even more rewarding.
When asked about the biggest challenge facing BNI in Oman today, Saleem pointed out that businessmen and women in Oman have a misconception of BNI. To address this challenge, he emphasizes the importance of visiting a Chapter and seeing how it works firsthand. Additionally, some people may question the value of BNI, or they do not understand the business model fully to see how it will benefit their business. Saleem’s approach to addressing this issue is to educate people on the benefits of BNI, and how it can help with business challenges.
To keep BNI Members ahead of the curve, Saleem stressed the importance of staying up to date on the latest networking trends and technology. In Oman, he is working to introduce the BNI business model, which he believes will help businesses overcome challenges in the market.
One of the most important traits for BNI Members to have, according to Saleem, is passion. Members should have a desire to do something better than what they were doing before, connect with local networks, and bridge gaps. Staying up to date with current trends is also critical.
To encourage Members to stay engaged and active in their BNI Chapters, Saleem believes that consistency is essential. He emphasizes following the proven system of BNI, which has enough solutions to establish engagement. Regular meetings, follow-up calls, and other practices can help keep Members involved.
When it comes to diversity and inclusivity within BNI, Saleem emphasizes this focus from day one. Saleem diligently unites and actively engages people from diverse cultures, languages, and races, fostering a profound sense of togetherness. Onboarding all segments of society is a key priority.
What sets BNI apart from other networking organizations? According to Saleem, it’s the professional structure and Core Values that make it unique. For anyone considering BNI for the first time, either as a Master Franchisee/National Director and or Member, Saleem advises having the passion and the willingness to go the extra mile. Giving back to society and being a part of the growth of the country is also an essential part of the BNI experience.
In conclusion, Saleem Althaf’s insights and perspectives on networking and business growth provide valuable advice for anyone looking to succeed in today’s fast-paced business world. By staying up to date on the latest trends and technologies, staying engaged in BNI Chapters, and having a passion for success, anyone can achieve their goals and find success in their business endeavors.
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