Do Networking Groups Actually Work?

Real Estate Agent with Jaffe Realty Group at Keller Williams BK3160278

Having been a member of a couple of groups, one in MD and now another in FL, I can say without hesitation, YES, they work. I'm talking about a regular weekly meeting, like BNI,NPI, etc. where there is a structured format. I find, in addition to getting those referrals, that you can hone your speaking and listening skills. Sadly, most of us are short on the listening side! Weekly repetition helps you remember who you want at top of consciousness for giving referrals. I find that listening to my customers/clients helps me to refer quality people to them for their needs and wants. For that, they are appreciative. It adds yet more value to my services. I have learned how to succinctly describe what I do and make it more interesting than just "I help people buy and sell homes". It has made me think more creatively, and certainly has helped me think on my feet! And another very important piece to this networking is making trusted friends, taking it beyond acquaintance. Although I am no longer in MD, some of my dearest friends have come from that networking group and although we may now be scattered, we still get together frequently during the year. It's merely expanded the referral base even further!

So, if you have an opportunity to join one of these groups, give it a try, make the commitment. I know you'll find it worthwhile in so many ways.

Comments (6)

Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

Laura, we have both been involved in networking groups and they do work. Just like anything else, the more you put into them, the more you can get out. The relationships you make are the best part of these groups.

Apr 05, 2009 04:09 AM
Debra Cernick
DeShazer Ryan Realty - Libby, MT

Laura- I do believe they work and am learning more everyday.

Apr 05, 2009 04:17 AM
Jessica Jones
Sandestin Real Estate - Sandestin, FL
Destin Sandestin 30-A Real Estate

Laura - networking is key to this business. Great post!

Apr 05, 2009 04:28 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Networking groups are like anything else it seems -- if one puts something in to them , then they get something out -- but if not, then no.

Apr 05, 2009 04:39 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Appreciated your enthusiastic endorsement.     Always essential to be among those who can spark us to be better at what we do.  

Apr 05, 2009 05:07 AM
David Bruce, Jr.
Frederick Web Promotions - Frederick, MD
Local SEO Apex Predator

Hi Larua, I was recently invited to a Gaithersburg Maryland BNI group and I got 2 ciients from the participation, I might not be a good cross section to test your premise "Do Networking Groups Actually Work?" Because I'm an SEO (who doesn'lt want to be #1 in Google, I specialize in Real Estate SEO)


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Feb 22, 2011 04:42 PM