A colleague of mine invited me to a "networking" event today at noon. Networking... Of course my ears perked up. In our Bay Area Real Estate market has been just a little trying, I am out performing many "Back To Basic" activities to fill my day. Today was a Toastmasters Day! Great! I like to make toasts and I like to enjoy good wine. I thought there was a correlation between the two. I was looking forward to this networking meeting. Not only was I going to meet potential buyers and sellers, we were going to have fun too!
I was surprised, but not in the way I was expecting. We arrived early to our appointment. As we entered the room, I realized no wine bottles, no glasses, not many potential buyers or sellers. Instead, standing in front of me was a podium, a small group of people, a gavel, and a quiet room. As I glanced at my peer with a question mark plastered on my face, "She said, "Oh, didn't I tell you? This is a speech club. It is a place to face your fears of public speaking!" FEAR???? I was the wallflower in High School.
Selling real estate, and presenting listing presentations was acceptable. Drinking a glass of wine and making a toast was even more enjoyable. But standing up in front of those I do not know and give a 1-2 minute speech was not what I was expecting. But in an unsuspecting, good sort of way, it made me realize.... I tend to stick to the activities in my business that are safe. Why not think "Outside the Box".....venture into my fear zone, and explore a part of selling real estate that is not so natural. I guess I need to face my fears, and stop being the wall flower!