Ask for Written Testimonials

Ask for Written Testimonials

Last weekend, my wife Beth and I were on a weekend trip. We wanted to go out for a nice dinner but weren’t quite sure where to go since we weren’t all that familiar with the town we were in. As Beth perused a local magazine for restaurant reviews, I logged onto the internet to search for the top-rated restaurants in the area. We settled […]

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Networking with Confidence

Networking with Confidence

You know, it continually amazes me how often I meet businesspeople who are at the top of their game in the business world, but who struggle with confidence when it comes to networking meetings. How can these men and women–who are remarkably impressive performers in other areas of business–find networking so difficult? It was this question which inspired me to make a new video, which […]

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How Do the Master Networkers Do It?

How Do the Master Networkers Do It?

If you’re reading this blog, you’re obviously interested in networking. And if you’re interested in networking, then you’ll want to know about a fascinating international survey that was conducted recently. Two thousand business professionals from all over the world were asked about their views on what contributes to social capital and what makes an effective networker. I discuss the survey results in my latest show […]

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Commit to Lifelong Learning

Commit to Lifelong Learning

Since practically no college curriculum in networking exists (despite its importance in the world of entrepreneurial business), you’re pretty much left to your own devices to find training in the art and science of this set of skills. The fact is, if you want to be a successful networker, you need to commit to lifelong learning on the subject of networking.   This may sound […]

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Networking Lessons From Nature

Networking Lessons From Nature

Recently, when visiting our favorite Napa Valley winery, Chateau Montelena, my wife and I decided to take a tour of the agricultural side of the operation.  The vintner shared with us the technique the winery uses to ensure the quality of the juice from the grapes year after year after year regardless of the climate–a technique known as “dry farming.” As he explained the benefits […]

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Presenting at Networking Meetings is Nothing to Fear

Presenting at Networking Meetings is Nothing to Fear

I had an interesting experience with a BNI member some time ago that has really stuck with me. She was scared stiff of having to give presentations each week at her networking meeting; in fact, she found it so stressful that it was seriously affecting her networking activity. She was losing great opportunities to tell her fellow members about what she did, and it was […]

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Ask Ivan Misner

Ask Ivan Misner

I’ve spoken to tens of thousands of people and written many books and articles on networking, referral marketing, sales, business and success. I’ve had many questions on these topics over the years and I have recently decided to compile the best questions and my answers to them as part of a project that I am doing with my good friend Alex Mandossian. If you could ask me […]

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A Great Tip for Networking Events

A Great Tip for Networking Events

At networking meetings and events around the world, I often meet people who are uncomfortable with introducing themselves to new contacts. For some people, the barrier is a feeling of inadequacy (“Why would anyone want to meet me?”), but mostly the problem is the sheer awkwardness of approaching a stranger and saying “Hi.” One of the best ways to put yourself at ease and overcome […]

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