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).

Why Everyone Should Talk About Politics While Networking
Marketing

Why Everyone Should Talk About Politics While Networking

But if you want to keep your business going, keep your mouth shut.
How a Networking System Can Help Save Time -- And Get More Results
Productivity

How a Networking System Can Help Save Time -- And Get More Results

To get more out of networking, consider tracking your efforts. Learn how a simple system can make a big difference.
To Develop Your Network, Target Your Market
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To Develop Your Network, Target Your Market

Successful networking doesn’t mean running all over town. Here's how to create a strategic approach that makes the most productive use of your time.
Headed to Asia for Business? Pack These Networking Tips
Growth Strategies

Headed to Asia for Business? Pack These Networking Tips

Understanding cultural differences is becoming more important in the increasingly global economy. Consider this advice when seeking out new business connections in China and elsewhere in Asia.
When It Comes to Networking, Farmers Will Always Beat Hunters
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When It Comes to Networking, Farmers Will Always Beat Hunters

Asking for the business too soon is a common networking mistake. A better approach is to use networking as an opportunity to meet people.
When It Comes to Successful Networking, Everyone Wants to Get Along
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When It Comes to Successful Networking, Everyone Wants to Get Along

Women and men agree that networking is valuable, but sometimes it's easy to give off the wrong impression inadvertently.
Learning to Network: Organized Study vs. Winging It
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Learning to Network: Organized Study vs. Winging It

Do men and women network in different ways? Here's a look at the ways in which each sex approaches it.
When Networking, Vive la Difference?
Marketing

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 business.
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
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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
Marketing

10 Must-Haves for Better Word-of-Mouth Marketing

These tactics can help enhance your credibility when attending networking events.