Ivan Misner

Ivan Misner

VIP Contributor
Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI

About Ivan Misner

Ivan Misner is author of Networking Like a Pro, 2nd Edition (Entrepreneur Press 2017). He is also the founder and chief visionary officer of BNI, a professional business networking organization headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. and co-author, with Hazel Walker and Frank De Raffele, of Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think.

Books By Ivan Misner

Business Networking and Sex

More From Ivan Misner

Leadership

The Importance of Getting Along With Others

Not much has changed from childhood playgrounds to the professional workplace.
Marketing

Hold That Door! 7 Rules for an Elevator Pitch.

Make the most of precious moments with a captive audience.
Personal Growth

7 Ways to Say 'No' Without Sounding Like a Jerk

It is important to recognize when someone else's opportunity will become your distraction.
Networking

Why Collecting Business Cards is Not Networking

Don't be afraid to really put yourself out there.
Networking

Use This Networking Strategy And You Could End Up Meeting the Next Bill Gates

Why you should always get to know the wallflowers.
Leadership

Manage the Status Quo or Lead the Disruption

To ignore or fear change is folly for your business.
Networking

Why Soft Skills Make Strong Networks

It is possible to do well, by doing good.
Growth

What It Takes to Grow a Little Company Founded on a Big Vision

With big aspirations comes a responsibility to constantly innovate and take on a wide range of roles.
Motivation

The One Rule to Achieving Work-Life Balance

To find true balance, you may need to evaluate who you spend the most time with.
Networking

What to Do When Your Client Is Just Not Referable

If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you are able to take feedback and adjust.
Meetings

Why the Remote Meetings of the Future Will Be Face-to-Face

The future of business networking may vary dramatically from the in-person interactions we're used to.
Networking

How to End a Conversation -- Without Offending Anyone Around You

Whether you're ready to wrap it up immediately or have time for courtesies, here are a handful of efficient exit lines.
Connections

The Steps You Should Take If You Want to Build Business Off Referrals

Move past the mentality of "wanting referrals and wanting them now" by considering the strength of your relationships.
Networking

Dude, Where are My Wheels: Why A Strong Network Can Always Help You in Difficult Situations

How one unfortunate story in my youth taught me the importance of knowing the right people.
Networking

How to Display the Ideal Body Language When Networking

Learn when it's appropriate to use hand gestures and head nods when building new relationships.