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).

Hate Small Talk? How to Break the Ice When Networking for Business
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Hate Small Talk? How to Break the Ice When Networking for Business

The fear of small talk is a common objection for those who shy away from networking. But ice-breakers can be yours for the asking
How to Network With the Elephant in the Room
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How to Network With the Elephant in the Room

Consider these tips when you next need to navigate potentially awkward business networking situations with minimal drama.
A New Definition of Networking
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A New Definition of Networking

It's time for a fresh look at the way we form and develop business relationships.
Packing for a Business Trip? Some Must-Remember Items
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Packing for a Business Trip? Some Must-Remember Items

What business travelers should be packing when heading out of town.
Can't Spare the Time to Network? Can You Afford Not To?
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Can't Spare the Time to Network? Can You Afford Not To?

The more solid relationships you build, the more credible you are. The more your credibility grows, the more people will hire and recommend you.
5 Ways to Use Your Network to Grow Your Business
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5 Ways to Use Your Network to Grow Your Business

Learn the right way to tap your business network to gain more information and knowledge.
Why Everyone Should Talk About Politics While Networking
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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
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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
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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?
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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 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.