Marketing Your Business for the Holidays

Marketing Your Business for the Holidays

Are you taking advantage of the holiday season when it comes to marketing your business? You should be! Festive posts really attract audiences who are feeling sentimental, or those who are looking for some services specifically around the holiday season. Marketing for the holidays doesn’t mean adding a few snowflakes to your Facebook page, and seasonal networking doesn’t mean drinking egg nog with a contact […]

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To Connect or Not to Connect, That is the LinkedIn Question

To Connect or Not to Connect, That is the LinkedIn Question

LinkedIn is an extremely powerful tool to help you grow your network and your business. Unfortunately, it is also a network that many can abuse. There are social networking tactics that work perfectly on Twitter and Facebook that flop on LinkedIn, and vice versa. One huge mistake is forgoing importing your email contacts into LinkedIn. The vast majority of your business contacts are likely on […]

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Will You Take the Givers Gain Challenge?

Will You Take the Givers Gain Challenge?

This time of year always leaves me very reflective. Since it is Thanksgiving here in the United States today, I just want to take a moment to talk about something near and dear to me – Givers Gain. I have a lot to be thankful for, from my wonderful family to my striving business networking organization. Thanksgiving isn’t the only day that I’m thankful, but […]

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Kids Are Heroes

Kids Are Heroes

I am honored to be able to introduce a very special guest to you today–MaryMargaret O’Neil.  MaryMargaret is the sixteen year old co-founder of the international, non-profit organization Kids Are Heroes®.  I find this organization to be truly amazing and I absolutely love it!  Kids Are Heroes is teaching kids across the globe about entrepreneurship and how to combine it with a cause in order […]

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Top Etiquette Tips on Doing Business & Networking Globally

Top Etiquette Tips on Doing Business & Networking Globally

We’re constantly becoming more of a global community and we’re receiving more and more opportunities to network worldwide right alongside cultures which are very different from our own. This makes it very important to know what to do and what to say when it comes to respecting cultural norms, boundaries, and traditions–more importantly, we need to know what not to say and what not to […]

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Make a Good Living While Serving a Greater Good

Make a Good Living While Serving a Greater Good

All of us are in business to make a profit. But if that’s the primary driving force in business, we become mercenaries to that process.  I believe that I should serve a greater need than simply to make a profit. I believe that business can be honorable.  It can make a difference in individual lives as well as communities. Small business is the engine that […]

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Hey, Facebook, Free Ivan Misner!

Hey, Facebook, Free Ivan Misner!

Facebook deleted my account last week saying that I was impersonating Ivan Misner! I haven’t been able to get them to put it back up.

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New International Networking Week® Video for 2014

New International Networking Week® Video for 2014

The new video for International Networking Week® 2014 has just been released! This short, six-and-a-half-minute video, sponsored by the Referral Institute, explains how the week of February 3rd-7th, 2014 will bring about great opportunities for businesspeople around the world and increase worldwide awareness about the powerful benefits of business networking.  2014 will mark the 8th annual celebration of International Networking Week which is now recognized by many countries […]

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Building Social Capital Is the Groundwork for Future Payoff

Building Social Capital Is the Groundwork for Future Payoff

In a video blog I posted recently, I talk about the Law of Reciprocity which is one aspect of social capital theory.  In today’s video, I specifically address what social capital is and why investing in social capital is one of the best investments you can make in order to secure future success for yourself and others with whom you network. My friend Alex, whom […]

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8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Sponsorship Opportunity

8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Sponsorship Opportunity

Local communities and organizations–be they service clubs or professional groups–depend on sponsorships to make ends meet at some of their events.  This is also true for association trade shows and exhibitions.  In most cases, the dollar amounts for sponsoring events of this sort are modest–ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. How many times have you been asked to be a sponsor?  […]

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Richard Branson’s ‘Plan B’ Initiative for a Better World–How You Can Make a Difference

Richard Branson’s ‘Plan B’ Initiative for a Better World–How You Can Make a Difference

[Note – unfortunately, there was a lot of wind during this recording.  We did our best to edit it out.  Thanks for understanding.] I mentioned in a previous blog, “Virgin Territory,” that I recently visited Necker Island and had the opportunity to spend some time with Richard Branson.  During that visit, Richard was kind enough to take a few minutes to record this video with […]

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International Networking Week Video 2013

International Networking Week Video 2013

The new video for International Networking Week® 2013 has just been released! This short, 11-minute video, sponsored by the Referral Institute, explains how the week of February 4th-8th, 2013 will bring about great opportunities for businesspeople around the world and increase worldwide awareness about the powerful benefits of business networking.  2013 will mark the 7th annual celebration of International Networking Week which is now recognized […]

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