Less than Six Degrees...How the Rapidly Shrinking Human Web is Changing Real Estate!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

Less than Six Degrees of Separation

They say, that we are all separated by just six degrees from every single person in the entire world.  This theory about the Human Web is a powerful reminder of the fact that we're all connected...and that connections and relationships matter!

Last week, I was in Ann Arbor, MI to teach a series of two Real Estate Continuing Education Classes, Blogging Basics for Real Estate Professionals (K1061) and Blogging Basics for Real Estate Professionals K(1062).

Prior to my experiences on the blogosphere, I would have walked into a room of complete strangers.  But, the blogosphere has a way of making strangers into friends.

Karen Moorhead was the first person I met, or should I say hugged. I had never met Karen or Marian Gregor who introduced herself next, but meeting both of these ladies felt like greeting a friend.

When Missy Caulk walked in, it was great to see her again after our first meeting in Grand Rapids last year. There were several agents from Missy's Keller Williams office and I had the opportunity to meet Chet Hill, the Broker and office manager.

One of the benefits of having fellow bloggers in the class was in the way in which their presence expanded the discussion.  Missy, Karen & Marian were generous in sharing their insights with the class in a way in which really enriched the experience for everyone. 

This is one of the most impressive contributions of the blogosphere to our profession; the sharing of ideas and the power of the synergy which this generates.  The picture above illustrates in a way, one of the ways this has impacted my learning curve.  Everyone in the flower circle is a person who I've talked with because of my blogging...an individual who I might never have met or learned from apart from this remarkable medium.

I'd have missed getting to know Jeff & Racquel Turner who are extraordinary people in so many ways, nor would I have known about Real Estate Shows, a service which has generated thousands of hits to my listings and website.  Talking with Jeff Dowler and the subsequent introduction to Amber Riviere would never have happened.  Jeff Dowler is also a trainer at heart and Amber, an innovative writer and entrepreneur.  And then last but, not least...I wouldn't have been embraced by a warm circle while visiting another city for a presentation.

 This experience has given me the privilege of a less than six degree connection through which I've talked with or met the Broker & the Lovely Wife from Florida, Midori Miller my friend and fellow trainer, Sally Cheesman in Hawaii, Jesse Clinton in Alaska, Colleen Kulikowski in upstate New York, Sara Bonert and Craig Schiller in Chicago, Lydia & Matt Heaton from Washington, Maureen Francis, Kris Wales, Russ Ravery, Sonya Loose & Gary Smith from Michigan, Carol Smith in Ohio or Steve Volkers and Michelle Gordon in Grand Rapids, MI amongst others. 

Has your world been shrinking since you started blogging?  Mine has...and I think that's a wonderful thing!

Related Articles:

Blogging Wiz, If Ever a Wiz There was! by Marian Gregor

Real Estate Blog - The BEST con-ed class I've ever attended and it ... by Kris Wales

Making the Change We Need Happen...Active Rain's Michigan Agents Lead the Way! by Lola Audu

Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors hosts Lola Audu for Blogging Con Ed by Missy Caulk

Blogging Class Taught By the Wonderful Missy Caulk by Lisa Bender * Coming up in March!

 real estate shows: The Smartest $10.42 Investment I've Ever Made! by Lola Audu



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Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte

Hi Lola, Wow that was nice that you could meet more of the people here in the Rain. I bet it is a lot easier walking into that room knowing you have some friends instead of all strangers. When you blog you are putting yourself out there so when you meet people that know you from your blogging they really know you already:)

Feb 25, 2009 03:29 PM #1
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!

Teresa, what's really interesting is whether you're meeting in person or talking on the phone, it's so comfortable.  The 'ah ha' moment for me was when I realized that this may be how people who I help with real estate feel after they've read blogs.  It really is remarkable.  BTW, I've not met all these individuals personally, some of them I've had great conversations with on the phone.

Feb 25, 2009 04:00 PM #2
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


 I would think that is a great return on your investment


Tom Braatz

Feb 25, 2009 04:59 PM #3
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Lola you have VASTLY grown in connectivity!!  Reminds me of the scripture... "your GIFTS will make room for you and place you before GREAT men"!  Had you any idea you'd soar to such heights in the Rain & the world of blogging?  ... AND the most remarkable part of it, is that you've have maintained your integrity and respect through it all! (so proud of you)

Feb 25, 2009 06:13 PM #4
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

Lola, I just love the way you write.  The words dance across the page like emotions.  I can feel your sincerity.  I have not yet shared your experience, but I know that eventually I will.  I love reading these kinds of stories about friendships that have sprouted.

Feb 25, 2009 06:15 PM #5
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


Great post..I do believe you are right..and the world is shrinking!! And that is a good thing!

Feb 25, 2009 10:33 PM #6
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Lola, so good to see you again and meet your husband. That was the BEST Con Ed class I have ever taken. You Rock ! I have had one person sign up for AR under me from the class. We need to figure out a way when we teach we can get some points. LOL.

Feb 25, 2009 11:23 PM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lola, the answer to your final question is certainly YES for me, and there is no way I would have made the connections that I have if it were not for blogging.

Feb 25, 2009 11:45 PM #8
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

The faces on the comments connect me to the active bloggers so I feel like I know them better every time I see them. We are just one little happy family.

Feb 26, 2009 01:04 AM #9
Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA

Hi Lola,

Truly, it is amazing how the e-web connects us all and promotes positive changes.  Thank you for your e-influence on me!

Feb 26, 2009 03:28 AM #10
Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team

Remember how we used to say that the internet opened up a whole new world to us?  Well, that has certainly changed and now it is that blogging has opened up a whole new world to us.  It's absolutely wonderful to get to know so many people who, like you, I probably never would have met had it not been for blogging!


Feb 26, 2009 04:43 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Lola - I continue to be amazed at the number of people I have gotten to know rather well in the last several years, something which I never expected. And the special bonus is talking to them, or even better, meeting them in person at events I have attended around the country.  Truly the world of social media is becoming an amzaing way to establish and maintain  a wide range of relationships. Who'da thought?


Feb 28, 2009 06:34 AM #12
Dena Stevens
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004

Lola, there are certain advantages and disadvantages to the six degrees of separation. My favorite joke about Pueblo is everyone knows each other and everyone is related to each other and they all deny it! And there is no need to pick up the yellow pages - I guarantee you've got everyone you need in your phone. The disadvantage to all of that is - you know everyone.

Feb 28, 2009 11:52 AM #13
Chuck Dinolfo


Great to meet you and your husband at the "Gathering".  Wonderful reviews of your course and I see that the blog almost takes on a life of it's own.


May 16, 2009 04:41 AM #14
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