Welcome everyone to today’s interview.
I am Gina Davis, #CustomGrowthGroup – Blogger. Author. Coach. Follow-up & Building Better Customer Relationships.
I am a long time Business Over Coffee International Member and the Guest Blogger Coordinator for both Business Over Coffee International & iShare Agency Websites.
Last year the website for Business Over Coffee International, also called BOCI, went through a metamorphosis behind the scenes and has rocketed itself into the 21st century.
Today I am talking with Founder and CEO of BOCI, Sherri Henley. Sherri has also gone through an evolutionary process in the past year. Today our interview will cover this metamorphosis and the new model for BOCI.
Let’s get straight to the interview.
Gina: Hi Sherri, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to let everyone know what has been going on with you and Business Over Coffee International. Sherri, tells us about the changes in your path.
Sherri: As an entrepreneur, there are many moving parts to the overall picture of what I do. Although I understand how these pieces fit together, I have realized the importance of making the picture clear for consumers. In an effort to do so I have begun to manage my message with more fluency. For instance; Sherri Henley Intelligence is the social media intelligence training and business brainstorming launch pad for individuals, groups and corporations. This is where I am bringing ideas together for people to develop to their fullest potential. The 2015 launch of Digital Citizen University, also know as DCU, developed by me and inspired by my book, Digital Citizen 101 is focused on the training aspects of Sherri Henley Intelligence. DCU is sponsored by BOCI and available at a discount for BOCI Professional Members.
Gina: What happened with BOCI last year?
Sherri: We masterminded behind the scenes with Cheryl Malik on the website. The goal was to be able to deliver to our BOCI members a website that is applicable to today’s digital navigation and engagement.
Gina: Tell us about the direction that BOCI is taking now?
BOCI MidSouth Region is in collaboration with Talk Shoppe for weekly networking events that are live on Talk Shoppe TV, hosted on BOCI TV Channel AND in person each Wednesday. BOCI is also in collaboration with More Memphis, BNI MidSouth, SunTrust Banks, Ridgeway Business Center and more!
Gina: This sounds like a new direction for BOCI. How will this affect membership? Can anyone still be part of BOCI? I know everyone is wondering – What is in this for me? What are the benefits to regular membership?
Sherri: Good questions. I am glad you asked. 🙂
Yes…anyone can and is encouraged to register for a complimentary membership of BOCI. By joining BOCI you gain more connections, collaboration, exposure which leads to more business. We also offer and highly recommend the Professional Membership.
Our defining statement is – ‘We work with professionals who want to optimize their business through social media, educational exchange and networking events.‘ And, we offer just that.
Here are a few benefits of the BOCI Professional Membership:
WHY GO PRO?
– Gain Education: Receive a free ebook monthly from Founder and CEO, Sherri Henley among other business experts
– Attend Digital Citizen University: Receive $25.00 promo code off registration for ongoing global events or one time 3 hour DCU course
– Save on Virtual Office Space (Midsouth Region) – 10% off monthly fee (up to $312 annually)
Upgrade to BOCI Professional Membership for only $100.00 per year or $10.00 per month recurring.
Gina: Tell us more about being a Guest Blogger. How is that going to work?
Sherri: At BOCI we are responsible to bring experts in business to the table for thought leadership. Because of this we will be very selective of Guest Bloggers for the BOCI platform. Guest Blogger will benefit from blogging with BOCI because of the recognition in the BOCI community, in turn, we are looking for guest bloggers that will help us build recognition in their communities. In the long run…this is a win-win-win, because our members win by gaining a connection with an educational guru, our guest bloggers win because they receive collaborative powers of BOCI, and we win due to the benefit of strategic alliance with movers and shakers in the digital world of thought leadership.
Gina: Will anyone be able to blog? What are you looking for?
Sherri: We are looking for guest bloggers with a high profile online encompassing the characteristic of a business person of integrity that is making a difference in a positive way with their message.
Gina: A guest blogger might be wondering – What’s in it for me?
Sherri: Exposure for your business, a launch pad for your ideas, a place to share your thoughts with the power of collaboration in business with BOCI.
Gina: Sherri there is an additional program you have not mentioned; the Professional Boost Program…
Sherri: BOCI has had the unique opportunity to work with individuals who want to boost their professional presence and develop a business from grassroots level through the Professional Boost Program (PBP). Through this process, we have discovered business owners who have developed thriving businesses of their own. Two of the PBP alumni work with me on an ongoing basis; LRD Virtual Admin Service who works as the virtual admin for BOCI Radio and Sherri Henley Intelligence/DCU and Cheryl Malik. who is the mastermind web designer behind all websites associated with the following:
Business Over Coffee International (BOCI): Bringing Everyone Together
Sherri Henley Intelligence: Bringing Ideas Together
Sherri Henley: Harnessing the Power of Your Audience Author. Speaker. Trainer
iShare Agency: Bringing Experts Together
Gina: iShare Agency? What is this?
Sherri: I have not mentioned this yet because I wanted to save the best for last! PBP alumni, Cheryl Malik, is also serving as the collaborative partner of iShare Agency where we spotlight experts that were discovered through BOCI memberships, radio and TV. Through iShare Agency you and your business receive senior project management, speakers bureau access and brand identity.
The story of iShare Agency began as I worked with clients through Sherri Henley Intelligence and would discover the need to pull experts from BOCI and beyond into the project for team management. Taking from a former BOCI event named; SHARE…I constructed of the acronym – S.H.A.R.E which stands for Sherri Henley Agency of Renowned Experts – The “i” represents internet, international, and intelligence…all interchangeable – while “agency” speaks for itself. So there you have it: iShare Agency was born and is now thriving. Interested in being considered for an expert seat? Apply here to join the global agency.
Gina: Sherri, is there anything else you would like to share with us today?
Sherri: I think the main message I would like everyone to take away from this interview would be to evolve as a business and as a person continually. One thing that is constant is “change”, so embrace the process and gain strength from the stretch. Keep in mind that all pieces of your evolving identity must fit together to create a collaboration in sync with your message. Case and point: Visit any one of the 4 websites mentioned in this interview and you will be able to navigate to the other with one click of a button…they are all integrated. This is how we must marry our ideas in order for them to become a visual reality to the consumer.
We also must appreciate the greatness in others and pull people of character and expertise into our inner circle of influence. By putting this process into practice…we become collaborationist which creates a winning proposal for all involved.
Last but not least…whatever your field of expertise…become a scholar of your subject. Manage your message and let your voice be heard. For more on my thoughts visit my website – author page for a monthly ebook and additional books (Become a BOCI Professional Member and a receive monthly ebook free). Notice the book; The Power of Collaboration in Business – This is a true testament to who we are and what we do at BOCI!
Gina: Thanks for sharing with us today.
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