The TRUE Definition of Networking

The TRUE Definition of Networking

What is the true definition of business networking? I’m going to give it to you straight. Networking is the process of developing and activating your relationships to increase your business, enhance your knowledge and expand your sphere of influence. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Notice that the key word here is relationships. Successful networking of any kind starts with the genuine desire to build relationships for […]

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It’s actually NOT about who you know

It’s actually NOT about who you know

When it comes to networking, the old adage goes, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” We’ve all heard it and we’ve probably all said it. But I’m here to tell you it’s NOT about who or what you know, but about how well you know each other! Networking can become a shallow game if you treat relationships like chess pieces, using them […]

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Thanks, But I Don’t Need Your Card

Thanks, But I Don’t Need Your Card

This video is hosted on the Networking for Success YouTube Channel, hosted by Entrepreneur.com. Imagine you’re at a networking event. I know, it’s a stretch. But work with me here. So you’re mixing and mingling and start passing out your business cards like candy. Suddenly, someone hands it back you and says, “No, thanks.” This actually happened to a BNI Member. He wrote to me, astonished, […]

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Why Successful Networking is All About You…Kind Of

Why Successful Networking is All About You…Kind Of

This is the first in a two part series. Do you find yourself a networking event, standing alone awkwardly and wondering why you can’t hold a conversation? Do you wonder why others don’t seem interested in talking to you, while those around you are conversing easily and often? You wore the right thing, you have a drink in your hand and clearly you have no one […]

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Resist Coin-Operated Networking

Resist Coin-Operated Networking

When networking, do you only talk to those who can give you the most in return? Do you only give your business card to someone who you will bring you a ton of referrals? Do you only give referrals if you know you’ll get them in return? If this sounds like you, you are doing it all wrong. Networking is not a vending machine. You […]

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GAINing a Trusted Relationship

GAINing a Trusted Relationship

I’ve been thinking about the concept of trust lately. Given all that’s happening around the world, with the constant influx of distressing news, it’s hard to know what information to trust, or who to trust, or even where to place our trust. In networking, trust is a major factoring in giving and receiving referrals– remember, it’s not what you know or who you know, but how […]

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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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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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You are not entitled to referrals

You are not entitled to referrals

Three easy steps to encourage referrals

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How Public Speaking Can Help Your Grow Your Business

How Public Speaking Can Help Your Grow Your Business

Public speaking can be a huge snag for so many business owners. Even experienced and successful business owners often freeze up in front of crowds. While public speaking may not seem incredibly important when it comes to growing your business, you may be surprised how it plays into your networking efforts. There are numerous ways to help reduce your stress when it comes to public […]

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