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Dr. Ivan Misner



Dr. Ivan Misner

Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chairman of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. BNI was founded in 1985. The organization now has over 6,200 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world. Last year alone, BNI generated 6.9 million referrals resulting in almost $3.1 billion dollars worth of business for its members.

Called the “Father of Modern Networking” by CNN and the “Networking Guru” by Entrepreneur magazine, Dr. Misner is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on business networking and has been a keynote speaker for major corporations and associations throughout the world. He has been featured in the L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, as well as numerous TV and radio shows including CNN, the BBC and The Today Show on NBC.

Dr. Misner is on the Board of Trustees for the University of LaVerne. He is also the Founder of the BNI Misner Charitable Foundation and was recently named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Red Cross. He is married and lives with his wife Elisabeth and their three children in Claremont, CA. In his spare time, he is also an amateur magician and a black belt in karate.


Jul/Aug 2011 Issue
BNI—The Real Scoop
by Dr. Ivan Misner
To reap the highest benefits from networking at BNI meetings, focus on building relationships, not on closing deals.

Jul/Aug 2010 Issue
The Art of Conversation
by Dr. Ivan Misner
Five questions you can ask to leave a lasting impression.

Nov/Dec 2009 Issue
Networking Mixers
by Dr. Ivan Misner
Break the ice, build your contacts, grow your business.

Mar/Apr 2008 Issue
Know Your Network
by Dr. Ivan Misner
Five critical facts members of your network should know about each other.

Sep/Oct 2007 Issue
Speed Networking
by Dr. Ivan Misner
How to use speed networking as a tool for creating viable referral partnerships.

Jul/Aug 2007 Issue
Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Six Degrees of Separation
by Dr. Ivan Misner
Debunking the myth of �six degrees of separation.�

Nov/Dec 2006 Issue
Diversity and Networking
by Dr. Ivan Misner
Branch out by connecting with people who are different from you.

June 2003 Issue
Your Four P’s for Success
by Dr. Ivan Misner
Perspective, prospecting, presentation, persistence.

Networking Trainers Article
The Ten Commandments of Networking a Mixer
by Dr. Ivan Misner

Do you suffer from "Butterfly-itis" at the very mention of networking at business functions? If you answered yes, you are not alone! Many business people and entrepreneurs get a bit uncomfortable when it comes right down to walking up to someone and starting a conversation. Many others are concerned about getting effective results from the time they spend networking. The process doesn't have to be traumatic, scary, or a waste of time. When done properly, it can truly make a difference in the amount of business your company generates. With the right approach, you can use it to build a wealth of resources and contacts that will help to make your business very successful... read more


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