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Time Wasters of Networking

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Its very important when networking to keep in mind not to waste time.  Its easy to fall into the pitfalls of networking and not accomplish the goals you want to accomplish with networking.

Here are a few time wasters I have identified:


  1. Going with a friend. While it’s comforting to have a friend there with you, unless you have a plan, it doesn’t usually work.  When you go with a friend or co-worker you usually end up spending all of your time talking with them instead of reaching out to meet new people.  If you go with a friend, make a plan that you will each connect with 2 or 3 new people each and then schedule a follow up appointment with the three of you. If you bring a friend and utilize this method, you will increase your connections while spending half the time you would by yourself.

  2. Wasting time with people you already know. Again, because you are secure talking with people you know well, it’s hard to get out of your comfort zone and talk to new people. Its much more comfortable spending time talking to the same people you already know, but its probably not going to do much to grow your business. Make a goal to meet a specified number of people at each event.

  3. Just sitting by yourself. I have seen this at more than one event. In talking with a fellow networker we both agreed that it’s about stepping out of your comfort zone. When you go to an event, everyone there is in the same situation. Most people feel awkward when attending these events, especially if they only know one or two people. Again, make sure you talk to people you don’t know as awkward as it might feel.


Basically, get out of your comfort zone, have a plan, and meet new people!

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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

True. There is a difference between hanging out with friends and developing a network.   While being with friends may be more comfortable it is networking with strangers that will help your business.

Aug 04, 2015 11:02 PM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Great blog...thanks for sharing!

Aug 04, 2015 11:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The secret to all this is so simple it escapes many. BE yourself & others take note

Aug 04, 2015 11:28 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Wednesday morning Jennifer Provencio -

Good post and information.  I must agree with Richie Alan Naggar just be the amazing you.

Aug 04, 2015 11:45 PM
David Barr
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Sarasota, FL

Good points.  Unfortunately, I have not found networking events to be productive.

Aug 05, 2015 12:34 AM
Bob Bloom
Cuzitmatters - Vancouver, WA
Agent Mentor & Coach

Wow... I have never been very good at those and now I know why.... Nice blog.

Aug 05, 2015 12:42 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Terrific points.  Going it alone will definitely force you into conversations and yes, stay away from people you see all the time who just want to chatter.

Aug 05, 2015 12:57 AM