Ivan Misner

Ivan Misner

Founder and chairman of BNI

Ivan Misner is founder and chairman 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).

From Ivan Misner

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When Networking, Vive la Difference?
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When Networking, Vive la Difference?

Both men and women can benefit from better understanding gender-specific communication styles. Consider these tips to start you on your way to success in networking with the opposite sex for your busi
Do Chamber Meetings Still Beat LinkedIn for Networking?
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Do Chamber Meetings Still Beat LinkedIn for Networking?

A recent survey finds that online networking and women's and service clubs are less effective than in-person networking-focused organizations.
Networking Strategies for the Holidays
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Networking Strategies for the Holidays

The holiday party season is a great time to meet people -- and you should have a plan.
10 Questions for a Networking Referral Power Team
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10 Questions for a Networking Referral Power Team

Working with people from complementary professions can help you leverage your referral network. Here's what you need to ask to find their sweet spots.
Don't Wait for a Reunion to Network With Former Classmates
Marketing Basics

Don't Wait for a Reunion to Network With Former Classmates

If done right, reconnecting with old college friends can spell new referrals and maybe even revenues for your business.
An Expert Networker's Five Tips for Getting the Most from LinkedIn
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An Expert Networker's Five Tips for Getting the Most from LinkedIn

In the wake of LinkedIn's IPO, our columnist in the '500+ connections' crowd weighs in on the site's benefits for business owners.
How Introverts Can Be Better Networkers
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How Introverts Can Be Better Networkers

Follow these tips to help break the ice in social situations and get on your way to forging lasting business relationships.
10 Must-Haves for Better Word-of-Mouth Marketing
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10 Must-Haves for Better Word-of-Mouth Marketing

These tactics can help enhance your credibility when attending networking events.
Four Steps to Building Social Capital
Networking

Four Steps to Building Social Capital

Over time, strengthening relationships within your network can lead to new business.
Three Essentials to Creating a Networking Strategy
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Three Essentials to Creating a Networking Strategy

Establish a plan to help determine who you want to connect with and where to find them.
10 Ways to Strengthen Referral Relationships
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10 Ways to Strengthen Referral Relationships

Building good will and credibility among referral sources can benefit your business, as well as theirs.
Don't Make This Networking Mistake
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Don't Make This Networking Mistake

Five tips to avoid a common disconnect at business events.
Secrets of Successful Networking Groups
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Secrets of Successful Networking Groups

Don't overlook the seasoned old pro when deciding which group to join.
What's the Best Way to Ask for What I Need When Networking?
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What's the Best Way to Ask for What I Need When Networking?

Ivan Misner, founder and chairman of BNI, on cultivating fruitful networking relationships.
What's the Most Efficient Way to Do Networking?
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What's the Most Efficient Way to Do Networking?

Ivan Misner, founder and chairman of BNI, offers tips on being a more effective networker.
How Do I Find Like-Minded People Who Are Passionate and Professional?
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How Do I Find Like-Minded People Who Are Passionate and Professional?

Ivan Misner, founder and chairman of BNI, on connecting with people you can network with.
How Can I Break the Ice?
Networking

How Can I Break the Ice?

Ivan Misner, founder and chairman of BNI, on starting conversations with strangers at networking events.
Three Networking Trends to Watch
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Three Networking Trends to Watch

How your business connections will evolve through technology and education.
Five Ways to Take Charge of Your Own Networking
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Five Ways to Take Charge of Your Own Networking

Every business should have a networking expert, but you don't have to hire one. You just have to take on the right mindset.
Three Big Lies About Networking
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Three Big Lies About Networking

Once you know the truth about networking, you can build connections that provide continuous business opportunities.
3 Ways to Get More Business at Networking Events
Networking

3 Ways to Get More Business at Networking Events

When it comes to building contacts, quality trumps quantity.
Master Networkers Ask the Right Questions
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Master Networkers Ask the Right Questions

Five ways to keep the conversation rolling, set yourself apart and boost referrals
The Dos and Don'ts of Social Networking
Finding Customers

The Dos and Don'ts of Social Networking

Use these tips to maximize your time and get the most out of your online efforts.
Growth Strategies

Wherever You Go, Networking Makes You Grow

There's a reason referral networking has become a marketing strategy worldwide: It works.
Finding Customers

Great Referrals Aren't Accidents

Make networking part of your relationship-building strategy, and you'll see real results.
Customer Service

Get the Real Story on Networking Groups

Overcome the self-imposed roadblocks holding you back from networking success.
Networking

New To Networking? No Problem

Build your networking skills--one step at a time.
Growth Strategies

How--and Where--People Network

Online isn't for everyone; geography matters when it comes to building connections.

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