Are The People in Your Life an Engine or an Anchor?

Are The People in Your Life an Engine or an Anchor?

Is your network full of people who are engines helping you go to the next level in your life or your career? Or, are they anchors weighing you down with the plethora of issues, problems, and complaints?

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Balance Doesn’t Exist

Balance Doesn’t Exist

Forget about balance. It’s an illusion. Yes, you read correctly. Balance assumes that we spend equal amounts of time in each area of our life, which realistically, is impossible. I believe in harmony, in finding ways to creating synergy between the things you love to do and the things you’re paid to do (if you’re lucky, they’re one in the same!) Try these seven simple techniques: 1. […]

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Are You Spread Too Thin?

Are You Spread Too Thin?

This is the third video in the “Ivanism” Garage to Global series, hosted by Entrepreneur.com. In this series, I expand on classic phrases I’ve used over the years. Do six things a thousand times and NOT a thousand things six times! But what does that really mean? It means focus on key priorities and making them perfect (or close to it) before moving on to […]

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Are you Flame or Wax Happy?

Are you Flame or Wax Happy?

This is the second video in the “Ivanism” Garage to Global series, hosted by Entrepreneur.com. I expand on common phrases I’ve used over the years and explain how they can apply to your business and referral networking style. Are you flame or wax happy? That sounds like a bizarre question–but it’s not. When you’re working in your wax and when you’re working in your flame are […]

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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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MSNBC’s Your Business

MSNBC’s Your Business

On Thursday, I was swept off to a land far, far away. OK, not that far away. But TV has to be dramatic, doesn’t it? Even though I was close to home, I visited the homes of millions by appearing as a guest on MSNBC’s Your Business, with host JJ Ramberg. I was featured as an expert on referral networking (imagine that!) and spoke about […]

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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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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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Keeping Up Productivity During Q2

Keeping Up Productivity During Q2

Now that we’re into Q2, all of your 2016 goals for your business should be well underway. The downside of Q2 is that many people begin to lose their momentum around this time of the year. The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and our attention span at work is getting shorter. One great way to maintain momentum in your business is […]

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Short Term Goals for Long Term Success

Short Term Goals for Long Term Success

What is your goal for your business for the next year? How about for the next quarter? Next month? A lot of business owners don’t have goals broken down like this, but why not? It’s difficult to reach a goal that doesn’t exist, and just saying that you want to grow your business isn’t specific enough to actually help you achieve results. To really achieve […]

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Make a Resolution You Can Keep for 2016

Make a Resolution You Can Keep for 2016

The new year is always a time when people choose to make resolutions to make positive changes in their lives. In general, people’s resolutions tend to fall flat, and I know we’re all guilty of taking up a resolution and dropping it by the end of January. For 2016, you should consider making a resolution that is not only realistic so you’ll be more likely […]

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