Category Archives: BNI Brookline

An Interview With Emily Cherin of Room To Breathe

Business Name: Room To Breathe
 Home Organizing
Years in Business: 2

Phone: 604.834.1618



Describe the perfect referral.
Seniors who are downsizing and need help sorting, purging, organizing, packing, orchestrating …

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An Interview With Ian Forman from Premier Pavers & Hardscaping Co.

Business Name: Premier Pavers and Hardscaping Co.

Profession: Installation of hardscapes, concrete pavers and natural stone


(781) 257-2242






Describe your ideal client or customer:
A homeowner wanting to …

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Swapping 45’s

Christie Dustman of Christie Dustman & Co. dons a coat & tie becoming Nick McCumming of Bearing Star Insurance. Chris Riffle of Bay State Financial becomes Lauren Carroll of Compass Real Estate. Each week at BNI Brookline, members have 45 seconds to talk about their business whether it's highlighting a specific service, asking for a certain type of referral or telling a brief anecdote. Last week, our fearless president asked us to pick a business card "out of a hat" and give a 45 for the business we picked. Many of the 45's were humorous, some were dead-on imitations others required accessories. It was one of the most lively meetings of the year!
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The Golden Rule BNI Style

A great Ed moment from Deborah Tyson:  There is some version of The Golden Rule in every religion.  I'm currently trying to teach it to my 5 year old, in the hopes that she becomes a human that cares about others (doesn't currently) Essentially it is about treating others as you'd want to be treated - in a nutshell, empathy. We start to develop empathy around age 5 and it grows over time as our brains continue to develop - sometimes it's not complete until age 20! As adults, our brains are fully developed and we hopefully learned empathy while we were growing up. How does The Golden Rule apply at BNI? Most of us want to treat others well and with respect just because it's the right thing to do. In this context, who wants to refer business to and build a relationship with people they feel disrespected by?…
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