Diversity

Diversity and Networking

Diversity in your personal network enables you to increase the possibility of including connectors or “linchpins” in your network. Linchpins are people who in some way crossover between two or more clusters or groups of individuals; this allows them to link groups of people together easily. The best way to increase the number of possible connections in your network is to develop a diverse network – not a homogeneous one.

The truth is when it comes to networking – not having a lot in common with someone may mean that they can be a connector for you to a whole world of people that you might not otherwise be able to meet.

Networks are by nature “clumpy”

(that’s the technical term). It is human nature to congregate with people that are very much like us. People tend to cluster together based on education, age, ethnicity, professional status, etc. When we surround ourselves with people who have similar contacts it may be difficult to make connections with new people or companies with whom we desire to do business.

If you wish to build a powerful personal network – branch out. Build a diverse network of professional contacts that include people that don’t look like you. Finds others who do not sound like you, speak like you, or have your background, education, or history. The only thing that they should have in common with you and the other people in your network – is that they should be really good at what they do. Create a personal network like that, and you’ll have a network that can help you succeed at anything.

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When Networking, Are You Active or Passive?

Networking is a contact sport, it requires people to get out there and actively and strategically build relationships. What exactly does that involve? What defines “active” networking? This is actually a great question. It opens up a discussion about not only what it means to be an “active” networker but also what it means to be a “passive” networker.

Active Networking:

You invite other people to one or more of the networking organizations you belong to, carry several of the business cards of your members with you all the time, and above all, refer your members to others whenever you have an opportunity to do so.
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Active networking also means having a reciprocal relationship with others. We prefer doing business with people who do business with us. Why give your business to someone who’s not willing to return the favor? There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of competent, dependable business professionals in your area who provide any given product or service. They don’t have to buy something from you to reciprocate. They can join one of your networking groups, carry your business cards, or simply refer you to people looking for your product or service.

Passive Networking:

You use other people as a resource occasionally but for some reason cannot actively network with them. It may be because they represent a narrow market where you have no way of assisting. Perhaps they’ve told you they’re not interested in participating in any networking organizations. Are they located too far away to refer to them regularly?
Now that you know the difference between active vs. passive networking, strengthen your networking strategy by pinpointing one person this week with whom to actively and strategically build a stronger relationship. What can you do to begin to form a connection with them? I welcome your questions and comments.
Andy Lopata

The A-Z of Networking: K is for… (by Andy Lopata)

Another guest video by Andy Lopata about the A to Z’s of Networking.

This month, Andy shares his networking tips which begin with the letter “K”

  • Kappa
  • Karma
  • Keeping in Touch
  • Kindness
  • Kissing
  • Knockbacks
  • Knowledge

and more!

Click here to watch this video

Please click here to see Andy’s playlist of his networking tips from A to Z.

http://ivanmisner.com/category/a-to-zs-of-networking/

By knowing why you are networking and what you want to achieve, it is possible to plan accordingly and get great, measurable results. If you have any comments about Andy’s “K” list or any additional “K” words you will want to add to the list. please leave me a “Comment”  below.

Andy Lopata

As a business networking strategist, Andy Lopata works with companies on how to use networking tools to develop their businesses. Networking is not just about sales. Whether for lead generation, breaking down silos internally, recruitment and retention of top staff or developing future leaders, networks and collaboration have a key role to play. Andy works with clients to help recognize that role and put the strategy and skills in place to leverage it.

Referrals

Standing in The Middle of Referrals

Referrals are all around us. Are you paying attention?

Watch the video to see why I have a photo of a crying baby with this blog.

Referrals are all around us, it’s just that we’re not paying enough attention to what’s going on in order to identify them.  You see, there’s a part of our brain that’s called the Reticular Activating System.  It can be described as a filter between our conscious and our subconscious mind. Your subconscious screens out things you determine that aren’t important and it alerts you about things you think are important. Therefore, understanding how it works can be a great tool to recognize the daily referral opportunities surrounding us.

Watch the video now to learn not only about the Reticular Activating System but also about another powerful tool which I call the “Language of Referrals”.  After watching the video, you will likely begin to remember times when your Reticular Activating System was in full effect. However, you just didn’t realize it at the time.  You may also remember instances where you’ve clearly heard the language of referrals in conversations with people.

I’d really love to hear about your referrals experience with one or both of these things so please share your story/stories in the comment forum below.  Thanks!

 

 

Trilogy

E-Myth Trilogy

Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber is about to create a literal trilogy, including “The E-Myth Revisited”, “Awakening the Entrepreneur Within” and “Beyond The E-Myth”, and he’ll bring them all together. I chat with him about this on this video.

The books in his Trilogy

In his book, “The E-Myth Revisited”, Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business. Michael Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, he draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.

In his book, “Awakening the Entrepreneur Within”, Michael E. Gerber shares how a business without a dream is like a life without a purpose. Making your dreams real is the first step to creating a successful business—and this book provides the key. If you see something missing in your world, it’s time to start dreaming. Let Michael Gerber welcome you to the Dreaming Room, where your own entrepreneurial dreams will come alive and become reality.

In his book, “Beyond The E-Myth”, Michael E. Gerber embraces the fundamental premise of his book, “The E-Myth” — that a small business only succeeds to the degree its owner goes to work ON the business rather than just IN it, creating the systemic Operating System that makes that business unique in the marketplace. Beyond The E-Myth expands that conversation with the entrepreneurial small business owner, in a clear, precise, and compelling overview that addresses their main job — inventing, building, and launching a company with the power to “scale” — to grow beyond the “Company of One” in a straightforward, eight-step process.

royalties

I don’t want to make money from my cancer diagnosis due to the book royalties

Please watch this video from Beth and Ivan Misner about how the royalties from sales of the book, “Healing Begins in the Kitchen” will be donated to support nutritional research.

The Book

“Healing Begins in the Kitchen” shares the remarkable story of how I went into remission from cancer just nine months after my diagnosis.

Get Well and Stay There with the Misner Plan

The visible changes in my health, including my weight loss and improved fitness level, have led to requests to share my eating protocol and fitness regimen after my cancer diagnosis and subsequent state of remission without standard medical treatments (chemotherapy, surgery, and/or radiation). We received so many requests that we felt we needed to create the “Misner Plan” book in order to share this information with more people than Beth and I are able to e-mail on a daily basis.

We all know and love far too many people who are obese and/or suffering from many health issues that are due primarily to how and what they eat. Many people know they need to make changes, but they are not interested in doing so. Many people want to make changes, but they don’t know exactly what to do. We need support and a community in which to make lasting changes. Having the input of someone who has been there before and has regained health is very powerful.

Eat real food. Enjoy real health!

The book, “Healing Begins in the Kitchen”, by the authors: Ivan Misner PhDBeth MisnerEddie Esposito, and Miguel Espinoza MD offers both information and support for you as you seek to regain and maintain your health while increasing your outlook for a long and healthy life. We have learned many things on this journey, and we want to share what we have learned with you. We continue to learn new things and find ourselves amazed at just how much there is to learn and understand about medical nutrition.

In this book, you will find stories of our personal experiences, struggles, and successes. We also, share input we have received from other well-informed and renowned healthcare professionals. As you read through the content, we encourage you to underline and highlight the sections that illuminate your own path.

Your success means so much to us. We are thrilled that you have found the “Misner Plan”. Focusing on eating real, healthy, nutritious foods can save your life and make a good life a fantastic life. “Healing Begins in the Kitchen” is now available on Amazon at the http://amzn.to/2sVW3jm website! It has hundreds of pages of recipes! If you pick up a copy – I’d really appreciate if you would PLEASE do a review. Next, we will be working on the Kindle edition.

http://tinyurl.com/HealingBeginsInKitchen

Healing begins in the kitchen

Customer Rollercoaster

Customer Rollercoaster (with Tiffanie Kellog)

Your relationship with your customer is a Customer Rollercoaster and brings out a wide range of emotions during the process of doing business with them. In this video, Tiffanie Kellog and Jason Avery discuss this from his book, “Constructing Success: Blueprints for a Referral Based Business”.

About Tiffanie Kellog

For more information on Tiffanie Kellog, please visit her website at tiffaniekellog.com/

Tiffanie Kellog is a professional speaker and trainer with Asentiv, and is co-owner of a business with her husband.  Therefore, Tiffanie has helped entrepreneurs over the years make more money while saving time. Thus, they can have more fun. She is dedicated to helping others make more money in less time.

To contact Tiffanie, call her at 813-263-9690 or email at referrals@tiffaniekellog.com

Workplace Stress

Stress in the Workplace: Managing Job and Workplace Stress

Let me start by talking about “good stress” vs. “bad stress.”  Certain kinds of workplace stress can actually be good for you.  Good stress can help give you focus and achieve your personal and professional goals.  A deadline is a good example of how it can help you focus your efforts and achieve the results you want.  Good stress tends to be short-term.  It isn’t pervasive.

Bad stress, on the other hand, tends to be long-term and inescapable.  It can feel overwhelming and never-ending  What I’ve learned over the last few years is that this type of stress can absolutely, positively, unequivocally, affect both your business and your health.

Consequently, it’s good to have a plan at your job to address workplace stress and then execute on that.  If you’re feeling stressed out at work, try these three techniques:

  1. Work in Your Flame. This one may take time. People are either working in their wax (they hate what they’re doing) or they’re working in their flame (they love what they’re doing).  Do your best to transition out of things that are your wax and move into your flame.  For the record, it took me years to get to that place.  Set realistic expectations and move towards that goal daily.

 

  1. Job Discernment. Change the things you can change at work and accept the things you can’t change.  A mantra I learned from Jack Canfield which I absolutely love is, I have a child (business), I’m not my child (or whatever applies to you – such as I have a boss, I’m not my boss).  Discern what you can change at work and work on it.  Those things that are out of your control (like the traffic or your boss), you need to let go.

 

  1. Help Others. According to the American Journal of Public Health, “helping others predicted reduced mortality… by buffering the association between stress and mortality.”  Who would have thought?  If you help someone to grow their business, you will feel less stressed!  Well, to be honest, I’ve seen this professionally for many, many years.  One of the principle core values of my company, BNI, is Givers Gain.  This is a perfect example of feeling better at work by helping others first.

My book

My book, “Healing Begins in the Kitchen” shares the remarkable story of how I went into remission from cancer just nine months after my diagnosis.

http://tinyurl.com/HealingBeginsInKitchen

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Compassionate Capitalism

Compassionate Capitalism

Blaine Bartlett joins Ivan Misner to discuss his International Best Selling book, “Compassionate Capitalism: Journey to the Soul of Business”.

Pay attention to the soul of your business or you might miss incredible opportunities.

Business is the most pervasive and influential force on the planet today. Its activities transcend national and international borders. Its activities are not unduly constrained by financial, political, cultural, ethnic, or religious concerns. The net of this is that business, as a prevalent and important force, has a moral responsibility to guide, enhance, value, and nourish the existence of all that it encounters. In the world today, the absolute opposite of this occurs. Therefore, business today seldom assesses the efficacy of its activities through the lens of anything but profit.

Traditional capitalism forgets an important variable, that of happiness. The true purpose of business is to uplift the experience of existing. It is not to make owners wealthy. It is not to produce ever-cheaper goods and services. Compassionate capitalism is an economic system meant to make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun. It is not to keep an avaricious and toxic economic model afloat and it is certainly not (with no apology to Milton Friedman) to make a profit.

Click the URL below to purchase this book, and use the special offer code: BNI 

https://www.blainebartlett.com/BNI

Compassionate Capitalism

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from the sale of this book from BNI and my followers will be donated to the BNI Foundation.

Doctors

What Doctors Don’t Tell You (with Lynne McTaggart)

Lynne McTaggart, author of “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”, joins me in this video to discuss her alternative medicine magazine.

Chick here to watch this video.

The Book

This highly controversial and campaigning book, “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”, reveals the truth about modern medicine.  She discusses the pills and procedures your doctor prescribes and offers proven alternatives for diagnosing, preventing and treating many illnesses. For example, 1.17 million people are put in a hospital bed every year when a medical procedure has gone wrong. Furthermore, 80% of the treatments we take for granted have never been scientifically proven to work. Click to view her book at https://www.amazon.com/What-Doctors-Dont-Tell-You/dp/0007176279/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Magazine

In her online magazine, “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” reveals the real secrets of modern medicine. Lynne McTaggart gives you all the information you need to take your health into your own hands. She exposes the true dangers of conventional medicine. She offers up-to-the-minute, scientifically proven alternatives for diagnosing, preventing and treating many illnesses. Click to view her magazine at https://www.wddty.com/

 “Healing Begins in the Kitchen”

My book, “Healing Begins in the Kitchen” shares how I went into remission from cancer nine months after my diagnosis.

http://tinyurl.com/HealingBeginsInKitchen

personal stress

Beyond Mars Venus

Beyond Mars and Venus with Dr. John Gray

Two decades ago, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus revolutionized the way we thought about love and partnership. John Gray’s work has helped countless readers improve and even save their relationships. But as society evolves, relationships do, too. It’s time to move beyond Mars and Venus, toward a new relationship model for modern couples.

Today, men and women are no longer trapped by rigid societal roles. Now more than ever, we have the freedom to be our authentic selves. Women can access their masculine side, and men can embrace their feminine side. This new freedom is a good thing, but it also brings new challenges.

Men and women still need the right tools and skills to help build stronger relation- ships. While previous generations sought “role mate” relationships, based on the more rigid gender roles of the time, today’s couples need a new kind of relationship: a “soul mate” relationship. These more emotionally satisfying relationships require a deeper understanding of our partners’ individual needs. In Beyond Mars and Venus, Gray teaches you how to strengthen your bond and grow in love together, so you and your loved one can meet each other’s needs in the best way possible, bringing you lasting happiness and a fulfilling partnership.

Buy this book

Click here to order this book on Amazon

personal stress

Four Ways To Manage Personal Stress

It is good to have a plan to address your personal stress and then execute on that plan. Here are a few things that you might want to consider to tackle your personal stress.  It’s unlikely that every one of these suggestions will resonate with you – but try most of them on for size.  See how they help you and your particular life situation. If you’re feeling stressed out, look over this list and try some of these techniques. They’ll make a difference in your health.

 

  1. Meditate. This is a tried and true standard to manage your personal stress.  I’m not always great at doing “traditional” meditation regularly but I do practice it.  There are other ways to meditate.  I generally take 15-20 minutes every day in a steam shower.  I definitely use this time to meditate almost every day.

 

  1. Breathing. This obviously goes hand-in-hand with meditation.  However, it is also useful when you find yourself in a stressful situation.  When we are in a “fight or flight” scenario our brain goes into overdrive and we tend to do short, shallow breathing.  To deal with personal stress, we should take long, deep breaths.

 

  1. Exercise. Walking, running, weight lifting, Yoga, Cycling, martial arts – whatever you’ll do regularly is what you should be out there doing.  This is a big personal stress reliever for many people.  For me – not so much.  I do it for my health, not because it relieves stress. That said, it’s obviously good for various reasons.

 

  1. Mental Health Day. This one is my favorite personal stress management tool. It’s also something that I have done pretty consistently for many years.  One day a week, I try to take a “mental health day.”  That is, I fully and completely relax.  How I relax may be different than how you relax.  For me, it’s about staying home and doing what recharges my batteries.  It might be watching movies or shows on my DVR or hanging out in the pool.  But the bottom line is that I relax and I definitely do not leave the house.  It took a few years for my family to understand my need to do this one but, seeing how I was much nicer when I could get one of these each week – made it easier.

 Personal stress

My book, “Healing Begins in the Kitchen” shares the remarkable story of how I went into remission from cancer just nine months after my diagnosis.

http://tinyurl.com/HealingBeginsInKitchen

personal stress

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