This is my very last BNI blog. Why? Because about three weeks ago I was sacked as a BNI Director Consultant by Jonathan Hamilton the Executive Director for Surrey.
I started my BNI journey 14 years ago in 2003, becoming a Regional Director (now Director Consultant) in 2006. Soon after I joined I became a member of my chapter’s Leadership Team and since then have held every role within a chapter. I have been voted Director of the Year for London North West and also been an Area Director. In 2008 I started writing this blog, have made a number of BNI videos that have been used, by both members and Directors alike, around the world, written a best-selling BNI book, visited chapters in Ireland and Scotland, as well as in Africa and Japan, but, most importantly, helped hundreds of members not only get the best from their BNI membership but also helped them in their businesses.
So you might be asking yourself what I could have possibly done to warrant an instant sacking with no right of reply or opportunity to change whatever it was that I was doing wrong. It’s a great question and one I asked, having got over the shock. The answer is the way I was attempting to help some of my members and my communication method (email) with them in doing so.
In life I don’t believe that there are any good or bad learning experiences, just learning experiences. So what can we learn from my demise?
Well firstly, always expect the unexpected; this is as true in your business life as it is in your personal life. And secondly, find out if people really welcome whatever it is that you are doing to help, because they won’t necessarily tell you otherwise.
So, what now for David Wimblett? Well I set up my first business at the tender age of 21 and since then have learnt a great deal about every aspect of running a business. With this in mind I have started a new business blog called 'Marketing and Business' and set up a new FacebookBusiness page, also cunningly called 'Marketing and Business'. Therefore, if you get a minute, I would really appreciate it if you had a look at them and I would welcome any feedback that you might have.
I loved being a member of BNI and will certainly miss it and you all. Although I must admit that I’m not going to miss getting up at 5.00am on a freezing winter’s morning to get to a meeting.
So for now, goodbye, but I hope to meet you or hear from you again soon.