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 holidays. 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 you […]

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The Butterfly Effect of Networking

The Butterfly Effect of Networking

Years ago, I was relaxing on Necker Island in the Caribbean where I was meeting with about 20 business leaders including Sir Richard Branson the founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways and owner of the Island. My journey to this island is a dramatic example of “The Butterfly Effect of Networking”,  a theory that a small action in one place may have a ripple effect that […]

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Four Strategies to Stay in Touch

Four Strategies to Stay in Touch

People often ask me, “how can I stay in touch with people or get back in touch with people that I haven’t seen or spoken with recently?” Start by making a commitment to improving this area.  There’s a great Chinese proverb that I really like – “When’s the best time to plant an Oak tree?  The answer is – 20 years ago.  When’s the second […]

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Why Steve Farber Believes in Love (in Business)

Why Steve Farber Believes in Love (in Business)

The notion of love is too touchy-feely for many of us, especially when it comes to business. But my friend and fellow Transformational Leadership Council Member, Steve Farber, doesn’t think so. Steve is one of the most renowned leadership speakers in the industry. When we were in Napa Valley together last week, he talked to me about making love a part of your every day mantra […]

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If I’m Not Approachable…am I Alienating?

If I’m Not Approachable…am I Alienating?

Truth? You might be. In the first part of this two-part blog, I talked about how to know if you are approachable when it comes to mingling at networking events–because you may not know that you are the one getting in your own way when it comes to meeting new people and kindling business relationships. If you read the first blog (found here: http://ivanmisner.com/successful-networking-kind/ ) and […]

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Which Networking Style Are You?

Which Networking Style Are You?

This is the fifth and final video in the “Ivanism” Garage to Global series, hosted by Entrepreneur.com. In this series, I expand on common phrases I’ve used throughout my 31 years of referral-based networking. When you’re at a networking event, do you eagerly bounce around the room, chatting with various people and passing out business cards? Do you tend to seek deep connections by only […]

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State Side Once Again

State Side Once Again

Passion. Energy. Gratitude. Those tokens are what I remember from those who attended the BNI Conferences of Italy and England. For those of you who don’t know, my wife Beth and I were in Europe the past three weeks traveling to Italy and England for their BNI National Conferences. This was our first trip to Italy, and  I hadn’t visited England in several years, so this was […]

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Is Ignorance on Fire Ever a Good Thing?

Is Ignorance on Fire Ever a Good Thing?

The following video is part of my new “Ivanism” Garage to Global series, hosted by Entrepreneur.com, where I expand on catch phrases I have used frequently over the years.   I know, it’s a strange concept: “Ignorance on fire is better than knowledge on ice.” Most people read that statement and think, someone who’s excited but ignorant can do more harm than good. I’m here to tell you […]

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Giving Your Network a Boost

Giving Your Network a Boost

A question from India came to me via Twitter, and I found it to be such a universal topic that I thought I’d share it with you all. (And BONUS–it was shot in my new home studio!)   What happens when your networking group hits a plateau?  

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Counting Your Referrals

Counting Your Referrals

Referrals are the backbone of word-of-mouth networking, am I right? So if you reach out 100 people with a referral and ten reach back, did you give 100 or ten referrals? Many would immediately assume the higher number, because let’s face it–100 is better than 10. But that isn’t the case! But WHY is this? I come to you today with a Vlog (video blog) […]

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Networking with a Purpose

Networking with a Purpose

VCP is changing the way the world does business… and community service.

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You are not entitled to referrals

You are not entitled to referrals

Three easy steps to encourage referrals

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