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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John Maxwell Interviews Ivan Misner

John Maxwell Interviews Ivan Misner

In this video, I share with John Maxwell how I manage the “rainbow” of my day to attempt to have a “green day”.  I  also share with him my “secret to success” and my “secret to balance”. Please click on the photo below to watch the video of my personal interview with John Maxell.   Ivan Misner on the “Secret to Success” from The John […]

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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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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

VIDEO BLOG: Culture is a blend of attitude, beliefs, mission, philosophy and momentum. As a result, culture helps to create and sustain a successful brand. The way people interact with one another and the overall growth of your company is affected by culture. What creates organizational culture? Culture is key in an organization for long-term success. It is the most important thing in an organization and […]

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Relationships Are Currency

Relationships Are Currency

How many times have you seen an entrepreneur go to an event, meet people, and never talk to them again? Contacts are valuable, and your relationships are currency. Don’t fall into this networking pitfall. When it comes to your contacts, it is how well you know each other that counts, not how many contacts you have. What is the best way for you to grow […]

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Lifelong Learning: Lessons in Leadership

Lifelong Learning: Lessons in Leadership

  As many of you know, I was given the fantastic opportunity to spend a few days with John Maxwell at his Leadership Conference in Orlando Florida last week. (You can read my initial reaction to winning the Leadership award here.) John shared a story that I thought was a great networking lesson, and it’s something I want to share with all of you. He began […]

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A Humbled Man

A Humbled Man

I consider myself a pretty humble guy; but when you win an award, it makes you feel even more gracious and grateful for the opportunities you’ve been given in life. Last night, I was honored to be awarded the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award. The award was given to me at the Maxwell gala, held at the end of a three day training conference, The […]

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Conquering the Fear of Rejection

Conquering the Fear of Rejection

Fear is a powerful driver in most people’s lives. It dictates what we take risks on, it makes us hold back, and it even hinders us from reaching our potential. The fear of rejection is an emotion that many of us carry in our personal lives, but it can very easily seep into our professional one as well. We all come to that nexus point […]

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Can Your Business Serve the Greater Good?

Can Your Business Serve the Greater Good?

A friend of mine once said, “If we could get every single business person in the world, every single entrepreneur, to play their part, we could get on top of most of the worlds problems.” That friend was Richard Branson, and I took his message to heart. It made me think about what I could do through BNI to make an impact on the globe […]

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Life Lessons – A 40-Year Plan

Life Lessons – A 40-Year Plan

Almost forty years ago, I assembled a plan of where I wanted my career to be as I matured throughout my professional years. I know, I know–life never turns out the way you plan it. But try telling that to a 20-something who has overwhelming ambition to blaze his own trail. Right after college, I sat down and wrote out my vision of where I […]

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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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The Entrepreneurial Spirit Within

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Within

What does it mean to have an entrepreneurial spirit, and how do you know if you have it? For me, I knew (or at least in hindsight, I would come to know) that I was an entrepreneur at the age of 13. It wasn’t even a word that I knew or even understood at the time, but I had an instinct for business. There was […]

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