I don't know whether it is the time of year or the softness in our real estate business or just people being generally depressed, but we have never had so many requests to "Let's get together and have lunch!" Let's not, and just say we did!
Lately we are besieged for lunch request by loan officers, other agents, and brokers looking for free advice, and possible referrals. I wouldn't mind, but most of it is not really about business or sharing ideas. So why bother? Gossip and commiseration is not a good use of time. I guess with slower times, many in our business do not know what to do with all the free time. We were all used to working on a moments notice to close our next deal. It isn't that way anymore. It is not that I dislike lunch...it can be a great learning tool. It is my belief that just having lunch is a great way to network perhaps at a convention, and listen with an undivided attention to a new marketing ideas, and building rapport with clients, and other agents. It is not something to do out of habit. As in once a week let's meet for lunch because there is nothing else going on!
Lunch hour tends to be a frenetic time of day which can lead to loss of the most of the day. A luncheon has to be planned to avoid the business rush at lunch hour! Between travel time, gas, tips, return trip the day is shot! A late lunch is disastrous! 3:30PM is almost 4 PM. So to make this short there is a loss of major productive time. The day is basically shot after a lunch, and sometimes if you have other work to do...you'd rather pass on real work! Why not nap? The other side of it is that it is easy to fall into the habit of "Let's Do Lunch!" So let's think before we eat! If not the consequences can be dire!