Here is my idea about being involved, and reaping the benefits. When I first started as a Realtor, for about the first two weeks I thought I would never close a transaction. I had no clients, no family in town to refer clients to me, I was lost. So, I decided to sit with a veteran Realtor and ask some questions. The most helpful suggestion that continues to resound in my head was this:
What, you say? Two words helped you? The answer is yes, two words helped me. They helped me to earn the award of "Rookie of the Year" and Prudential's "Multi-Million Dollar Embassy Club Award" in my first year. So, how did these two words help me you ask? I'll tell you.
To me, "Getting Involved" meant going to functions, becoming a member in certain groups, becoming active on certain committees, etc... All I had to do was get involved. And I had one goal. At every function I was going to gain at least one client. It's just that simple. Go to one function a month, gain one client per function, and you have 12 new clients on the year. The frequency of your involvement will define how many clients you add to your already growing list of clients.
Golf is a wonderful sport. And how many chances do you get to participate in golf outings? I had the opportunity to sponsor a 1 Million Dollar Life Insurance Hole in One Prize at a gold outing through a networking group i was involved in. There must have been 100 golfers in that outing, and every one of them knew about the Million Dollar Hole. I was able to speak with a number of golfers about their businesses and services, and got to talk about myself a little too. This is networking people!!! I gained a number of clients that day, and guess what? They referred me to people, who have since then referred me to more people. So, by getting involved in one golf outing, I was able to gain, and continue to gain clients.
Not quite sure how or where to involve yourself? For those of you reading this blog reply with helpful hints or different communities, committees, or functions that you have inveld yourself in, and how you have reaped the benefits.