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 Charlotte, N.C. He is the author of Networking Like a Pro, and co-author, with Hazel Walker and Frank De Raffele, of Business Networking and Sex: Not What You Think.

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
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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
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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.

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