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).

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
Focus

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.
What to Do When Someone Refuses to Take Your Business Card
Networking

What to Do When Someone Refuses to Take Your Business Card

Sometimes, you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation where someone doesn't want to network.
Four Ways to Better Involve Your Company In Charitable Activities
Charity

Four Ways to Better Involve Your Company In Charitable Activities

I was inspired to get more involved in the world at large. You should do the same.
Is Your Network a Mile Wide But an Inch Deep?
Networking

Is Your Network a Mile Wide But an Inch Deep?

You may know a lot of people, but probably not well. Learn about your contacts and new opportunities may spring up.
The Quality of Your Life Depends on Who's In Your 'Room'
Networking

The Quality of Your Life Depends on Who's In Your 'Room'

Ask yourself, if you had to spend eternity with everyone you accepted, whom would you choose?
What to Do When You've Forgotten Someone's Name
Networking

What to Do When You've Forgotten Someone's Name

Whether it's a senior moment or entrepreneur brain, it happens to us all. Here's what to do.
Sales

Understanding the Sales Clock and the Prospect

Always remember that the buyer is looking for the best solution, delivered in an effective and pleasurable manner.
What a Difference a Mentor Makes
Mentorship

What a Difference a Mentor Makes

Success takes self-confidence, and that is boosted by the support of a mentor.
Lacking Motivation? Follow These Steps to Get Back on Track.
Motivation

Lacking Motivation? Follow These Steps to Get Back on Track.

Motivation comes from within you, not from outside you. No one can motivate you but yourself. Here's how to best do it.