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.
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!
Blogging Wiz, If Ever a Wiz There was! by Marian Gregor
Blogging Class Taught By the Wonderful Missy Caulk by Lisa Bender * Coming up in March!