From Nov. 3–8, rheumatologists will gather by the thousands at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. And in addition to the more than 450 educational sessions offered during those six days, attendees will have the opportunity to meet new colleagues and build relationships. Connecting with counterparts across the country and broadening your network beyond your current job can help advance a career path, says Ivan Misner, founder and chairman of BNI (Business Network International), a 32-year-old, global business networking platform based in Charlotte, N.C.
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Mr. Misner once spent one week on Necker Island—a 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands that is owned by billionaire Sir Richard Branson—all because he met a guy at a convention and is really, really good at networking. In fact, CNN calls Mr. Misner “the father of modern networking.”
“I stayed in touch with the person, and when there was an opportunity, I [was] invited to this incredible ethics program on Necker, where I had a chance to meet Sir Richard,” says Mr. Misner. “It all comes from building relationships with people.”