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#BNIGC18 - Reflections on A New World of Opportunity

Par: Daniel Dixon
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With nearly 3,000 Members and Directors in attendance, BNI’s 2018 Global Convention in Bangkok, Thailand was an incredible achievement for the organization. As our first convention outside of the United States, it set the benchmark for future events.

Some of the most influential business leaders and brightest minds from around the world came together to share their wisdom, pass referrals and tell inspirational stories.

#BNIGC18 was engaging from start to finish, whether it was our speakers, breakout sessions or the opportunities for one-to-ones. There was value to be found everywhere… even our opening session, which gave attendees an incredible display of Thai culture!

Our list of Speakers was exceptional, starting with BNI Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Ivan Misner, who spoke to the philosophy of Networking Up. BNI’s CEO, Graham Weihmiller, then issued A Call To Leadership and discussed how events like convention can change your life, if you’re open to it. He emphasized that BNI’s goal is to become the world’s most powerful platform for global business development.

And that’s just the start, as many members and directors shared their wisdom through insightful stories. Many of which, will be made available in the near future. So please check our blog and Facebook page for updates. 

In addition, our Keynote Speaker, Steve Farber delivered a rousing an inspirational address focused on Becoming Greater Than Yourself. Through this topic, Steve showed that dedicating oneself to bringing others along so that they can achieve more than you is the ultimate way to boost talent, ramp productivity and create truly significant leaders.

If interested in learning more about Steve, please visit his website.

As many of you didn’t have the opportunity to join us at #BNIGC18, we have made Dr. Ivan Misner’s presentation and Graham Weihmiller’s presentation available to you:

To view Dr. Misner’s speech, please click here.

To view Graham Weihmiller’s speech, please click here.


Many attendees took the time to provide us valuable feedback:

“Being my first convention, it was incredibly eye opening. I am able to relate more with people that are in my line of business, instead of viewing them as competition.”

“It was awesome and very well organized”

“Outstanding event! We are all one BNI!”

“It was very well organized, the scale of the event was amazing.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed as it was one of the best yet.  So much to take in and the positivity, energy and enthusiasm was intoxicating.”

“It was one of the best conventions that I have ever attended”



As you can see, #BNIGC18 left a lasting impact and featured numerous highlights, some of which we have shared below:

Our Members Meet & Greet event, an annual tradition, displayed the positive attitude and passion that each attendee had throughout the week. This event brings together Directors and Members from each respective country to showcase what makes them successful in BNI. The enthusiasm displayed during this event is contagious. 

Our annual Gala was a celebration of Thai culture and recognition. We’ve grown so much throughout 2018 and it was important that our leaders throughout the world were recognized for their incredible achievements.


As we embark on a New World of Opportunity, #BNIGC18 has illuminated the path for BNI's future and sustained success.



BNI’s 2019 Global Convention

Warsaw, Poland

6-7 November – Members | 6-9 November – Directors

We would also like to invite you to attend next year’s convention in beautiful Warsaw, Poland. This marks our first Convention in Europe and we couldn't be more excited to be with all of you in Warsaw.

Registration is open, and to date, we’ve already registered a record 700 individuals! Early-bird pricing is available through 31 January, so don't delay, register here.

We can’t wait to see you next year! Get ready for another high energy convention with world class content, networking and FUN!