Every year I host a pre-Thanksgiving Gratitude Gathering to thank my clients, friends and service providers for another year of referrals, closed business and good will. It's one of my many Client Appreciation events. This annual event promotes community amongst my clientele; lots of people sharing their stories about how I sold them their dream home. People getting to know each other, friendships blossoming amongst my clients; my team members putting faces to names in our digital world. I was proud to have my #1 lender & fellow AR member, Jason E. Gordon their, co hosting with me again this year; Jason an I share so many of the same clients annually.
(from left to right) JT (one of my photographers) Thomas J Nelson,
Melissa Day (my back up agent) & Jason E. Gordon and my lovely bride Ailina Nelson
During the year, I pop-by my clients & networking partners at work or home, (typically with arranged warning) and say a quick hello, check in and deliver an item of value since I never go to someones home empty handed. But, it's about the gift of my time & the value of a face to face 5 minute visit at the doorstep, not the item itself.
With Hai, a repeat client and another With Jim, a good friend, client and With Bouteina my Stager/Decorator
photographer I work with my Toastmaster President
This is my reverse pop-by event. Instead of me going by my clients' homes, they come to my office in years past, this year we got too big so I hosted it at Leucadia Pizzeria (quite successfully) for a party with food, drinks, a raffle and everyone leaves with a "world famous" Julian Pie of their choice (the Cadillac of pies)...Julian Pies are a coveted homemade pie from a local farm. I get them fresh that morning every year and everyone takes home a whole pie for their Thanksgiving celebration 2 days later.
Dr. Wong & Angels, my Eye Doctor Dr Valencia & Dr Jin (& Jason Lender) my Dentists Birgit my Holistic Nutrionist
(above) With some of my Health & Wellness Team who all happen to be clients too!
(below) Some of the over 60 valued clients in attendance including former AR Top Blogger Russel Ray
They get a pizza pie before their Julian Pie: "anti-Thanksgiving food" is served; flat breads, pasta, wood fired Pizza Margherita and the drinks do flow! So much fun and it sets up the referrals for 2017, in fact I already have two for Q1 as a result of this event. :) I also remind my tribe every year that they are my VIP's, my friends and valued relationships; this is why it's not just a client appreciation party, it's a Gratitude Gathering of my most valued relationships in my business. Thank You!