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 how it can positively affect small businesses. The entire experience was easier than I expected and JJ was well-prepared and professional–and I’m sure glad she was, because it really helped ease my nerves.
And of course, I couldn’t get out the door without using referral networking. The producer asked if I could refer her to other BNI experts to be featured guests! (Who knows–maybe it could be YOU!)
Check out the clip below and tell me what you think.
Where is your cell phone right now? For many of you, you’re reading this blog post on it. For those who aren’t, it’s probably in arm’s reach.
We are always connected to our jobs, our families, our outside lives. All thanks to that little ringing device we carry in our pockets and bags. This state of hyperconnectivity leaves us often dividing our focus, and rarely are we 100 percent paying attention to any given thing.
Check out this week’s video blog by clicking on the graphic below, or clicking here, to hear what I have to say about this rising phenomenon.
I have been doing video blogs for quite a few years now and a while back it occurred to me that some of the videos I’ve previously posted focus on timeless topics that deserve to be revisited and not buried way back in the video blog archive. For this reason, I decided to occasionally feature a “classic” video blog from my blog archive and today I am sharing the fourth one–”Networking Faux Pas: Not Following Up”
In this video, I talk about the faux pas which I see happen most out of all the faux pas which can possibly occur in the world of networking. It also happens to be the faux pas which frustrates me the most (Seriously–it drives me crazy!)–it’s when you give a networking partner a referral and they drop the ball and don’t follow up on it.
Remember, if you aren’t following up when your referral partners call you and/or aren’t following up on the referrals you’re given, you’re not just losing business . . . you’re also losing your credibility and that’s something which is extremely difficult to earn back. So, for those of us in parts of the world who are currently starting a brand new year, why not make a vow right now to make following up our number one networking priority this year? I guarantee it will pay off in big ways.
Have you had an experience where you gave a referral to someone and they didn’t follow up on it? If so, will you continue to give that person referrals? Or, have you dropped the ball on following up on a referral before? If the answer is yes, did you learn a lesson from it? Please share your experiences in the comment forum below. Thanks!
I have been doing video blogs for quite a few years now and a while back it occurred to me that some of the videos I’ve previously posted focus on timeless topics that deserve to be revisited and not buried way back in the video blog archive. For this reason, just this past July, I decided to occasionally feature a “classic” video blog from my blog archive and today I am sharing the third one–”What Do Most Successful People Have in Common?”
In this video, I talk about the one thing the majority of successful people have in common–a positive attitude.
In the video, UAE networking expert Bijay Shah and I discuss how a positive attitude is one thing that you’ll find in almost any successful person anywhere. More importantly, we explain how YOU can stay positive and headed toward success, despite challenging situations in both your business life and personal life.
After watching the video, I invite you to leave your feedback in the comments section–what do you think of our strategies for staying positive? Have you personally used any of these strategies already? If so, how effective was the strategy you used in helping you maintain a positive attitude in the face of the challenge(s) you were facing?
How many times have we heard people say that it never hurts to ask? Surely more times than we can count.
Well, in this video, I explain why it definitely hurts to ask sometimes–especially if you ask to soon! I share a personal story of a recent time when a stranger contacted me via LinkedIn wanting to connect and accompanied the connection request with a note asking me something which I found inappropriate to the point that I decided right then that I was never even going to consider connecting with her.
Watch the video to hear the story and to find out why I flagged the woman’s LinkedIn request as problematic on three significant levels. Let me just say that this is ‘Networking 101’ and if I were her teacher, she would have gotten a failing grade–this is not the way to network! Whether you frequently participate in face-to-face networking, online networking, or both, you’ll definitely want to hear this story so you never make the three mistakes that this woman did.
I’d really love to hear your feedback on this. What are your thoughts? Also, please share any similar horror stories you may have in the comment forum below–I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
I have been doing video blogs for quite a few years now and a while back it occurred to me that some of the videos I’ve previously posted focus on timeless topics that deserve to be revisited and not buried way back in the video blog archive. For this reason, just this past July, I decided to occasionally feature a “classic” video blog from my blog archive and today I am sharing the second one–”How to Invest Your Time & Money for the Highest Return.”
In this video, I talk about how to invest time and money into your business in the way that will ultimately pay the highest return–education.
Many businesses fail within their first three years of existence because they only pay lip service to education yet aren’t willing to invest the time, effort, and money into learning about how to continually grow and develop in order to achieve the business goals and the vision they outlined for themselves at the start.
The fact is, people who immerse and engage in a culture of learning are much, much more successful than those who don’t. Watch the video now to learn about an action you can take this week that will help you measure whether or not you’re investing enough of your time and money into what will truly help your business earn more and achieve more.
I’m quite interested in hearing your thoughts on this video, your comments about what you currently do in order to invest in educating yourself to build your business, and also your results from carrying out the action item I explain at the end of the video. Please leave your feedback regarding any or all of these things in the comment forum below.
In this video, I talk to Dave Buck, the owner of Coachville, about the importance of coaching skills for entrepreneurs.
Any successful entrepreneur can tell you that success depends on the quality of the results produced by the people on your team; and the best way to get better results from the people on your team is to coach them.
Watch the video now to find out what Dave thinks is one of the key skills for entrepreneurs to have when coaching their team and, also, how you can participate in an entire program to become a really powerful and effective coach.
Do you have any coaching tactics or strategies that you’ve found to be particularly effective in coaching your team/employees? If so, I’d really love to hear them. Please share your thoughts in the comment forum below. Thanks so much!
Last week, Facebook closed down my personal account as they claimed that I was “impersonating Ivan Misner.”
While waiting for Facebook to fix this, I began thinking that there just might be an opportunity here to turn “lemons into lemonade.” Turns out there certainly is such an opportunity. Austin Coulson (from Riverside California) came up with a great idea. He suggested we create a social media campaign called: “Hey Facebook, Free Ivan Misner.” We’re hoping this will aid in helping to wrestle back the social media pages that are linked to my account AND serve as a social media boon for us at the same time. (Thanks, Austin–great idea!)
[Important Update: Since this was published, I am very pleased to announce that Facebook has let me out of Facebook Jail! I have my page back. I want to thank the Facebook employees who helped to make that happen. I also want to thank the hundreds of people who assisted by joining the “Free Ivan Misner” group on Facebook. This truly shows the power of a personal network! Check out the video though – it is pretty funny (in a sad sort of way).]
Someone once said to me, “Man, judging from the amount of things you accomplish, you must be motivated all the time.”
Uhh, no . . . that’s hardly the case! It’s nearly impossible to feel motivated ALL the time yet sometimes it can feel like we’re in a real doldrums slump. So what can we do when that happens? In this video, I outline my top 5 tips for getting inspired when you’re lacking motivation.
From advice on how to prioritize to examples of what to surround yourself with and what to avoid, you’re sure to glean some powerful insight that will help you get back on the road to productivity and success in no time!
After watching the video, I’d love to hear your personal tactics for pull yourself out of an unproductive rut and taking steps to start accomplishing great things. Please share your thoughts, stories, and feedback in the comment forum below–thanks!