Ivan Misner, Author at Dr. Ivan Misner®
5.6 Billion People

Are We Now Connected to 5.6 Billion People Worldwide?

Here’s an interesting question:

“Hi Ivan – How are you? At 250,000 members in 70+ countries according to Dunbar we are all 1 degree of social connection from 38 million people, and 2 degrees from 5.6 Billion people (or about 3/4 of the worlds population). Dunbar says 150 people each so 250,000 x 150 x 150 = 5.6 billion people. Is this correct?” 

I received this question in my inbox and it is a very reasonable “Ask Ivan” question.  From a purely mathematical perspective it sounds true.  However, the short answer is, “sorry, no.”

The idea that 5.6 billion people are ALL connected by six people is a myth.

Here’s why.  The Dunbar Number is a sociological equation not a pure mathematical equation.  For example, if you use pure math you must assume that there is no overlap between the 150 people you know and the 150 people I know.  However, we both have many of the same 150 people in our own personal sphere (hence the sociological equation vs. a pure mathematical equation). In addition, don’t forget that Stanley Milgram’s “Six Degrees” is actually a fallacy.  Check out this short video as to why:

https://ivanmisner.com/santa-claus-easter-bunny-six-degrees-separation/

Sorry.  I don’t mean to be a “kill-joy.”  It was a good question.  Maybe the best question I’ve had in a long time.  I like the way you think. I highly recommend for everyone to please continue to send me your questions and I will attempt to answer as many as possible.

Boring Networking Events

Boring Networking Events

I was recently asked this question by a reporter: How can you best deal with a BORING networking events?

Here was my answer to the reporter:

I remember going to a networking event many years ago, looking around the room and thinking – “wow, this networking meeting is really boring.”  As I stood there and observed the room, I came to the realization that, “if I am bored at this networking meeting – it’s all my fault!”  I’m here to network.  Networking starts with “being interested” and not with “being interesting.”  With that, I dove into the room and was committed to be interested in meeting other people and learning about what they do.  All of a sudden, the meeting became interesting.  For me, it was a reset, of the mindset.

If you’re bored at a networking meeting, you’re doing it all wrong.

Dive in to the meeting and start learning about the people in the room.  Ask them questions like:

  • What do you do?
  • What’s your target market?
  • What do you love most about what you do?
  • What’s new in your industry?
  • What sets you apart from your competition?
  • Why did you start your business?
  • What’s your most popular product?
  • What are some of the challenges for you and your business?

Focus on being interested.  You’ll find that there are many people in the room that are interesting and you’ll walk out with some valuable contacts.

[See Chapter 29 of The 29% Solution for more ideas.]

"City Boy"

“City Boy” vs. “Country Boy”

Frank James De Raffele Jr. and his wife Crystal De Raffele were with us on the first couple days of our writing retreat. Frank and I saw this table and what looked like a little “step stool.” He and I set up the little piece of wood, as a “City Boy”, in the front of the table like a little step that would take you to the next step (first photo). We just couldn’t figure why anyone would step up to the top of this table. What was it for?

My Father-in-law (born in Texas) was visiting on one of the days and we asked him what it was. I just know he was thinking (oh you “city boys”) and he walked over to the table and put the “step” up on top of the table and proceeded to step over what we thought was the second step and sat down. He then moved his arms as though he was resting a rifle on the table and placed the back of one hand on what we thought was a step. He said, “that’s where your bean bag goes to hold the barrel of you ‘huntin’ rifle boys. You shoot deer from here.”

I’m pretty sure he was thinking, “Dang city folk. They wanted to step up on it and do something silly like dance on it or worse yet, give a speech.”

Sorry Dad. I’m learning.

Andy Lopata

The A-Z of Networking: Y and Z are for… (by Andy Lopata)

This month, Andy Lopata shares his final networking tips in his series which begin with the letters “Y” and “Z”.

  • Yackety-Yak
  • Yes
  • You
  • Zeal
  • Zen
  • Zest

and Andy finishes his networking tips… We thank him for his many submissions over the past two years.

Click here to watch this video

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

https://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 “Y” or “Z” list or any additional “Y” or “Z” words about networking you will want to add to the list. Please share your feedback to this entire series by leaving Andy 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.

Currency

Relationships Are Currency

How can you deepen the relationships with people to get to the point where they will be be willing to help you out in the future? Here are four quick steps about relationship currency to get you moving in the right direction.

Social capital

Social capital is the international currency of networking, especially business networking. If you take as much care in raising and investing your social capital as you do your financial capital, you’ll find that the benefits that flow from these intangible investments will not only be rewarding in themselves, but they will multiply your material returns many times over.

How many times have you seen an entrepreneur, maybe even yourself, go to a networking event, meet a lot of good people, then leave and never talk to them again, right? It probably happens too often. Not because the entrepreneur doesn’t like them; it’s really because they haven’t had system to connect. New contacts are really where future business is often born. It’s meeting those new people and getting into visibility that leads to the rest of your business.

It’s not the number of contacts you make that’s important, but the ones that you turn into lasting relationships. You’ll always get better results trying to deepen relationships with people you already know than starting relationships with strangers.

Relationships are part of the fabric of the development of your social capital. You must keep investing in the relationship if you ever expect to make a withdrawal. 

 

Ivan’s Inner Circle – You Asked… We Listened.

We just launched Ivan’s Inner Circle.  It was introduced with the training and private support community connected to the software platform provided by SYNDUIT.

Jared Yellin (Founder of SYNDUIT) and I got on a call 72-hours ago and we decided to unbundle this package so that people who wanted access to our training and support community by itself – can do so, and people who wanted access to our training, AND the SYNDUIT marketing software can do so as a separate bundle.  Hence, you can get just the training and support of Ivan’s Inner Circle and/or the SYNDUIT platform – whatever works best for you.

This is a really big opportunity for any business who wants to become a master networker, create predictable referrals, increase their success as a marketer, scale their business, all while living a balanced lifestyle. The curriculum for Ivan’s Inner Circle represents the knowledge, experience, (and yes, a lot of the gray hair) that I have acquired over the past four decades working with hundreds of thousands of businesses.  And, you now have unrestricted access to all of it.

Take a look at this curriculum (so far – more to come!):

  • Module 1 – Who’s In Your Network?
  • Module 2 – Networking Like A Pro
  • Module 3 – Ignite Your Brand
  • Module 4 – List Building 101
  • Module 5 – The Networking Disconnect
  • Module 6 – Santa Claus and Six Degrees
  • Module 7 – Build And Implement An Annual Marketing Plan
  • Module 8 – Business Networking and Gender
  • Module 9 – Behavior Styles And Networking
  • Module 10 – Social Media Marketing With No Budget
  • Module 11 – Truth Or Delusion
  • Module 12 – Networking Up
  • Module 13 – What’s Your Verb
  • Module 14 – Webinar Wizardry
  • Module 15 – Storytelling
  • Module 16 – Mastering Your Calendar
  • Module 17 – A New Revenue Stream With Affiliate Marketing
  • Module 18 – Garage To Global
  • Module 19 – Your Vision, Mission, and Core Values
  • Module 20 – Delivering Your Call-To-Action With Confidence
  • Module 21 – Launching An Online Challenge
  • Module 22 – The Secret To Balance

Plus, you will gain complete access to “Ivan’s Inner Circle Private Facebook Community” where both Jared and I will answer your questions, offer regular ideas and inspiration, and host Live Q&A sessions only for our members.

To honor you, we have a Founding Member special and I hope you are able to grab a spot. The first 1,000 people who sign up for Ivan’s Inner Circle will gain LIFETIME access. Yes, this means FOREVER!  You’ll have access to the content and the support group for the life of the program.

What you’ll get is the following:

  • Let Dr. Ivan Misner and Jared Yellin become your mentors
  • More than two-dozen never-before-seen modules focused on networking, referral generation, sales, marketing, scaling your business, having it all, and so much more!
  • Access from anywhere you have an internet connection
  • Invitation to the Ivan’s Inner Circle Private Facebook Group
  • Exclusive live Q&A sessions with Dr. Ivan Misner And Jared Yellin (only available for members of Ivan’s Inner Circle)

Total Value – $795/year

 Founding Member Special – LIFETIME Access Only $495 one-time!

I am donating 100% of my royalties from Ivan’s Inner Circle to a non-profit charity supporting children and education.

(Limited to 1,000 Members) 14-Day Money Back Guarantee

I invite you and encourage you to become a Founding Member by visiting www.IvansInnerCircle.com and grabbing your spot today. Plus, think of one other business that would benefit from being on the inside of our community and invite them to join as well.

My 10-year vision is officially real and I appreciate all of you who shared your desire to unbundle this program so that you could gain access to what you want and need.

I will see you on the inside!

Tim Roberts

Are you limiting your opportunities? – by Tim Roberts

Submitted by Tim Roberts
National Director – BNI United States
Tim Roberts
When I ask professionals why they network the most common answer is to expand their opportunities. These opportunities can be in the form of contacts, referrals, business opportunities, even job opportunities. This is what networking is all about. However, one of the most common mistakes I see when networking is many limit their opportunities by limiting their networks.
X
If you are truly looking to maximize your opportunities it is important that you look at the makeup of your network. Does your network lack diversity? Are you limiting your exposure and relationships and thus limiting the potential contacts, referrals, or connections you could be making? The quickest way to make your network more effective for you is to expand it. It is a numbers game. The more people you have the right reciprocal relationships with the more chances of success for you.
X

 Together we can

I have been working with professionals for over 16 years in building and achieving results from their networks and while it always amazes me how many want to keep their networks small I get it. The key to success in any network is the relationships you have with those within the network. It is not about how many business cards you have been able to collect, it is about how many people you have true business relationship with. How many people can you call today and ask for a favor and not only will they answer your call, but are likely to help you?
X
With importance of relationships it is natural to self-limit the size of our network out of fear of not being able to maintain or invest in too many people. With the right systems and structure, we can build relationships with more people then we initially believe is possible.
X
Dr. Ivan Misner and I look forward to welcoming everyone attending the 2019 U.S. National Conference later this week in Dallas Texas! #BNIUS19
Andy Lopata

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

This month, Andy Lopata shares more of his networking tips which begin with the letter “X”

  • X-Factor
  • Xenial
  • Xenium
  • Xenophyle
  • Xerox
  • X-Rated

and a few “eXtra” tips…

Click here to watch this video

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

https://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 “W” list or any additional “W” words about networking 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.

Ivan’s Inner Circle

Tomorrow is the Unveiling of Ivan’s Inner Circle

Ivan’s Inner Circle is addressing both of these pain points because I will be your mentor. I will teach everything I have learned over the past 30+ years in networking and referral generation, and our technology partner at Synduit will become the only marketing software you need to build and implement your marketing plan for the entire year. I have not been this excited in years because the impact that all of us will produce together will be seismic in the world, and it will also take your franchise to the next level while supporting all of your members as well.

The more I think about this launch, the more I realize how vital this program is to the success of small business owners and franchisers. Networking, referral generation, and marketing have become somewhat of a lost art and nearly every marketing software that I have ever seen is too complicated for the everyday user.

I am ready to share Ivan’s Inner Circle with you and anyone else you decide to invite during our official unveiling tomorrow – Tuesday, March 26 at 12 pm ET (9 am PT).

If you have not done so, please make sure to register here: https://tribe.synduit.com/IvanInnerCircle0001

Feel Better Fast

Feel Better Fast and Make It Last

Dr. Daniel Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. When your brain works right, he says, you work right; and when your brain is troubled you are much more likely to have trouble in your life. His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives. In this video, Dr. Amen reveals his “BRAIN-XL” framework to help others feel better fast and make it last:

B for “Brain”

Your brain likes to do what it’s always done, even when that isn’t in your best interest. Getting stuck in unhelpful behaviors, holding grudges, and engaging in unproductive worrying all cause immense suffering. Work to optimize the physical functioning of your brain and shift your thinking habits to more positive practices for better health.

R for “Rational Mind”

It’s important to develop the mental discipline necessary for feeling better fast, including eliminating the ANTs (automatic negative thoughts), quieting your mind, focusing on gratitude, and even welcoming failure. With the help of some basic techniques, it’s possible for you to master your rational mind.

A for “Attachments”

Our attachments bring us the greatest joys and the most painful sorrows. It is when our relationships break people have the most mental health problems. Improving relationships and dealing with painful memories can help you achieve better outcomes. Learning how to improve your relationships can help you save your job, your marriage, your friendships, and all your relationships.

I for “Inspiration”

How to keep your pleasure center healthy in today’s world. Knowing and acting on your “why” is critical to living each day with joy. Purposeful people are happier and healthier, and live longer. Protecting your brain’s pleasure centers can help you live with passion and purpose.

N for “Nourishment”

In a world full of fast food and processed ingredients, our brains are affected by what we put into our bodies. Are you experiencing brain fog? A helpful nutritious diet can help you feel better quickly. Eating healthy foods can immediately boost your focus, memory and mood.

X for “X-Factor”

In any given situation, the X factor is the variable that has the most significant impact on the outcome.  Taking a look at the brain can be the difference between success and failure.

L for “Love”

Love yourself. Do things out of love of life or others. Caring for your body and brain affects your health and the health of generations to come. Love is the motivation that prompts us to put in the consistent effort and make the changes required to get healthy.

If you want to learn more about how the BRAIN-XL principles can help you stop the pain quickly, we recommend reading Dr. Amen’s new book, “Feel Better Fast and Make It Last.”

 

Feel Better Fast and Make It Last

Renowned physician, psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, and founder of Amen Clinics Dr. Daniel Amen understands how critical it is for you to know what will help you feel better fast, now and later. Dr. Amen has helped millions of people change their brains and lives through his health clinics, best-selling books, products and public television programs. In his book, Feel Better Fast and Make It Last, you’ll discover new, powerful brain-based strategies to quickly gain control over anxiety, worry, sadness, stress and anger, strengthening your resilience and giving you joy and purpose for a lifetime. If you want to feel happier, more optimistic, more joyful, and resilient, Dr. Amen’s groundbreaking new book is for you.

Please order his book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Please view Dr. Amen’s website for more information about his clinics.

Inner Circle

Be a Part of my Inner Circle

Networking, referral generation, and emotional intelligence still aren’t taught in colleges and universities and nearly every marketing software system that I have ever seen is too complicated for the everyday user. For the past decade I have been thinking about building an environment where I could easily share the top lessons and skills I have acquired on networking, referral marketing, time management, and scaling a company with a select inner circle.  I am pleased to say that I found the perfect partner to make these lessons an absolute game-changer for business people.

Ivan’s Inner Circle

I am really excited, because after 10-years of contemplating this idea, my friends at Synduit have developed a program they call “Ivan’s Inner Circle” which will officially launch on Tuesday, March 26 at 12 pm ET (9 am PT) during a FREE live webinar and Q&A.

I will be your mentor. I will teach everything I have learned over the past 30+ years in networking and referral generation. Our technology partner will become the only marketing software you need to build and implement your marketing plan for the entire year. Allow me to mentor you on networking, referral generation, and marketing with the simplest marketing software for your business that you will ever find.

Who’s in Your Network?

The first webinar topic is: “Who’s in Your Network?”  It is a spin on the content from Who’s in Your Room? but it is specifically aimed at BNI members and networking. Please invite other business people you know to this experience too.

I invite you to please join me by registering here: https://tribe.synduit.com/IvanInnerCircle0001

I have not been this excited in a long time, and I am eager for you to take part in this monumental launch of “Ivan’s Inner Circle”.

Patty Aubery

Patty Aubery Shares a Simple Marketing Solution

Fellow Transformational Leadership Council member and friend, Patty Aubery, shares the release of a simple marketing solution for small business owners in this video.

Patty Aubery is the Co-Founder of The Canfield Training Group, former President of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Patty Aubery knows what it’s like to juggle a publishing company, family, and social obligations—along with the responsibility of developing and marketing more than 250 titles and 500 million copies of the Chicken Soup books and licensed goods worldwide.

About Patty Aubery

Patty Aubery has released the most complete and simple marketing solution for small business owners that we have ever seen. Not only does this affordable marketing software provide you with all of the features you need to run your business, but it also comes prepopulated with millions of dollars worth of content that is backed by data and relevant for over 30 industries. Patty is the ultimate master of strategy and implementation and she is empowering businesses from around the world to “stay in their lane” and allow the Business In A Box to automate, replicate, and personalize complicated marketing strategies in seconds.

Take a look at a special offer that she is extending in this video – www.SYNDUIT.com/patty

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