Ivan Misner

Ivan Misner

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI

Ivan Misner is founder and chief visionary officer of BNI, a professional business networking organization headquartered in Upland, Calif. He is co-author, with Hazel Walker and Frank De Raffele, of Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think (Entrepreneur Press, 2012).

The Simple Formula for Following Up
Networking

The Simple Formula for Following Up

You meet a lot of people at networking events. Here's a system that can turn those meetings into real business.
4 Keys to Becoming a Networking Catalyst
Networking

4 Keys to Becoming a Networking Catalyst

Your network is standing in place, waiting for you to set the pieces in motion.
Features Tell But Benefits Sell
Sales

Features Tell But Benefits Sell

Inspirational language packaged with a great benefits-focused message helps create binding relationships with others.
Don't 'Stop Networking.' Just Start Doing It Right.
Networking

Don't 'Stop Networking.' Just Start Doing It Right.

Good networking is all about making an investment before asking for a withdrawal.
Be Self-Aware, Be Selfless, and Then Be Selfish
Networking

Be Self-Aware, Be Selfless, and Then Be Selfish

While you shouldn't apologize for being a product of your selfish instincts, you need to be aware of them when networking for new business.
Networking Is a Contact Sport
Networking

Networking Is a Contact Sport

Networking is not a face-to-face, cold-calling opportunity. When it's done right, it's about building long-term meaningful relationships.
The Real Secret to Success Isn't Really a Secret
Success

The Real Secret to Success Isn't Really a Secret

In the end, success is not about being different or having secret knowledge.
7 Secrets to Finding Harmony in Work and Life
Work-Life Balance

7 Secrets to Finding Harmony in Work and Life

Don't think about work-life balance. Think instead of finding harmony between the two.
3 Essential Questions to Ask for Your Networking Plan
Networking

3 Essential Questions to Ask for Your Networking Plan

Time is money. Ask yourself what you're looking for before you commit to networking events.
Don't Be a Networking Frog
Networking

Don't Be a Networking Frog

You want to be the Networking Prince or Princess, not the frog. Here's how to make that happen.
Potential Referrals Are All Around You. Pay Attention.
Networking

Potential Referrals Are All Around You. Pay Attention.

Giving referrals is one of the best ways to start getting referrals.
Finding 'Why' You Do What You Do Is Key to Excellence
Success

Finding 'Why' You Do What You Do Is Key to Excellence

Your "why" is the reason you do the things that you are passionate about. Find it.
How I Dealt With Cancer In the Corner Office. My Own.
Leadership

How I Dealt With Cancer In the Corner Office. My Own.

When the boss had health issues, a company needs to act decisively. That's especially true when you're the boss.
Look Up! How to Learn to Be Mentally Present to Succeed
Control What You Can

Look Up! How to Learn to Be Mentally Present to Succeed

Don't get so caught up in something that you cannot set it aside to change gears and focus on what is right in front of you.
The Danger of Continuous Partial Attention
Networking

The Danger of Continuous Partial Attention

Your distractions are keeping you from being alert, attentive and focused and can hamper your post-event follow up not to mention your day to day activities.