It's Do Over Time! Making Changes Successfully...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000


While I was reading Grant Schneider post regarding his DO OVER CHALLENGE I knew EXACTLY what I needed to DO OVER in 2017!  I created a new Business Network Group in 2016 and things haven't gone exactly as I had envisioned them in my 2016 Business Plan.  Previously I ran a very successful network group that met for over 10 years+ so I know what creating, growing and running a network group 'looks like'. When the economy took a big hit in 08 the group disbanded because many of the members were dramatically effected by the economic downturn and they needed to take other jobs, close down their business and/or move to another area. 


It's Do Over Time! Making Changes Successfully...


Creating a new North Phoenix Business Network Group had been on my mind for several years.  I finally committed to the idea in late 2015 and made it official in 2016.  At this point we have 15 paid members and my goal was to grow the group to 30 or so members in 2016. Clearly I fell short by quite a bit but that's about to change. I've been thinking about what to do but had no formal plan for the changes that needed to be made in order to ramp up the member count and get this group rock and rolling full speed ahead in 2017.


1. Change in venue was a must!  Currently we meet in a local cafe that was a convenient location, but honestly it's kind of crappy looking and noisy - just not the best place for an up and coming successful network group. I have made arrangements to move the group to a new venue starting in January.  It's a new, conveniently located restaurant and has excellent, updated facilities and great business ambiance.  I'm quite certain the venue will be much more attractive to potential members. The owner and her staff have A+++ service plus they are opening just for our event twice a month. We hosted our 10 Year Anniversary  Client Party there in November and they did a fabulous job for us. Needless to say I am very excited about the change as are all the members of the group!


2. Board of Directors shift.  We got off track over the summer and the board hasn't been as focused at it really needs to be. As the President it clearly is up to me to re-focus the board and get them (and moi) more involved once again.  I know I got so busy with business that I just had no more time, but that excuse needs to go by the wayside!!  Done.


3. Get out to network events more often! The entire Board of Directors must attend more networking meetings around town to 'interview' potential members for the group. I had started to do this last year but got really unimpressed with a few groups that were so unprofessional and full of lots of MLM folks. (Don't get me wrong MLM's are fine but it's just not our target market for this group). We are looking for business owners or executives in business for at least 3 to 5 years. I am considering re-joining the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. I was a very active member for years and know a lot of the members so it would be a good fit (I hope) once again.


It's Do Over Time! Making Changes Successfully...


4. Make those calls!  I simply need to reach out to more folks and meet them for coffee to ascertain if they're a good fit for the group. I know a lot of people on Linked-In that may be potential members but I just haven't taken the time to make that happen. I am setting a goal to meet with 2 new people a month as that is doable with my schedule.


5. Social Media and Website.  We started out posting on FB and LI etc about the meetings and presentations of the members, but we all got off track  on doing so this past summer. And the website is simple a mess of a situation. Thankfully Ken Jones keyed me into a solution and my next step is to reach out to him for assistance!  He already said he'd be more than happy to help me but again - there's that time excuse of mine.  This is so NOT about time!  I know I've been dragging my feet on it making everything else more important.  So you see.....I know when I need to SHIFT my mindset!!  To Think Is To Create Ms Banana! I know this stuff folks!! And it's way past DO OVER TIME for me!!


Thanks Grant for creating this contest! It is so what I needed right now to formulate my plan to get this Business Network Group growing and off to great success for all it's members in 2017 and beyond.



It's Do Over Time! Making Changes Successfully...



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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Ms. Anna Banana -  YOU CAN DO IT and sounds like an excellent plan to get your Business Network group moving forward.

Dec 01, 2016 06:10 PM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've never been part of a business networking group, but it would be something I would definitely look into for 2017.

Dec 01, 2016 06:12 PM #7
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


A business networking group is a good of business . . .  When we work at it.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 01, 2016 06:33 PM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Anna Banana Kruchten - i could feel your determination coming off the page right at me!  I know you will be successful in refocusing your group. Your plan is right on this page and it looks like a winner to me. But it truly is your determination that will make it so.

Dec 01, 2016 07:13 PM #9
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I'm sure that if the 'Big Banana' decides to get that group off the ground and flying high, it will be done early in 2017

Dec 01, 2016 07:18 PM #10
Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Sounds like you have thought this through and have a great plan for the near future!

Dec 01, 2016 09:40 PM #11
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good Morning, Anna Banana Kruchten - I think your fresh new ideas will be the beginning of something great! The motivation is there and it sounds like the timing is right!

Best wishes for a great new year!!!

Dec 02, 2016 03:01 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Anna. Your plan sounds viable and I 'm always betting on you.

Dec 02, 2016 05:51 AM #13
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Your smart to recognize that something needs fixing. Good luck with your Do-Over!

Dec 02, 2016 10:16 AM #14
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Hi Anna, it does sound like you are in control and have your plan ready to go for 2017. Have a great day.

Dec 02, 2016 11:57 AM #15
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

It seems Grant Schneider's contest post was perfectly timed for you Anna Banana Kruchten.  I know your networking group will hit its stride in 2017, you've got a game winning plan!  

Dec 02, 2016 12:25 PM #16
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Anna - The two business network groups I tried were a waste of time - it would have been totally different if you had been running the show. Great project - I'm sure it will be successful.

Dec 02, 2016 01:54 PM #17
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Congratulations Anna Banana Kruchten on that great turn around do over.  Networking is a worthy goal and just reworking it with different objectives made a difference.

Dec 02, 2016 01:57 PM #18
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Anna,  I like the idea of forming your own networking group.  Are you doing this under BNI or other group ... or completely on your own?

Dec 02, 2016 03:22 PM #19
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Anna --- Debbie Laity used the word "enthusiasm" and Sheri Sperry - MCNE® added "determination" to describe your outlook expressed in this post -- as I was reading it those were two things that stood out for me as well.  

Dec 03, 2016 09:43 AM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Anna

I'm pretty impressed with what you have done, as well as the plans for the  Do Over. Wishing you much networking success in 2017!


Dec 03, 2016 04:26 PM #21
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 I like your can do attitude with that 2017 should be great! Happy SUnday!

Dec 04, 2016 01:37 PM #22
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

O Anna I know you will get it done because that is what you do 

Dec 04, 2016 04:17 PM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Excellent re-do entry, Anna Banana Kruchten!  If at first you don't succeed...

Seriously, I think you've laid out some excellent tasks for you, as the President, to focus on for your 'new' group in January.  Knowing you, this will be a wildly successful group too!  Good luck!

Dec 05, 2016 05:30 PM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sounds like you have this bull right by the doubt things are going to change for the better in 2017!

Dec 07, 2016 02:01 PM #25
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