Are you missing out on a HUGE Networking Opportunity?

Reblogger 1~Judi Barrett
Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 141871

Anna has made an excellent point..  send the thank you card, or make the call..  it will get to be a habit and you will be so glad that you did. 

Original content by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! AZ Broker BR030809000


Networking has been an important part of my business model from my first years in the real estate business.  I was fortunate to have a broker/mentor show me the ropes and get me involved (whether I wanted to or not). He also pretty much made me (or so it seemed at the time) to join committees as well as volunteer to be an ambassador or whatever else they needed. I've belonged to a couple of Chambers and other network groups and have also have created successful network groups. It's no surprise that networking at this point is 'fun' to me. I couldn't say that 30 years ago!  And, sure networking brings in business but what I enjoy the most is meeting  new folks, having meaningful conversations and building long term relationships.


Are you missing out on a HUGE Networking Opportunity?


This past week at a network meeting it dawned on me that most people are missing out on a Huge Networking Opportunity. At most network meetings members donate door prizes. Everyone loves this part of the meeting  and they get amped up about their chance to win a prize. It's always fun to win a door prize! But what happens after one wins a coveted door prize? Surprisingly not much other than a thank you - and that's a maybe.



Hello – can you say HUGE missed Networking opportunity?



After winning a door prize it would be a perfect opportunity to write a personal note or make a coffee/lunch date with the person who donated the prize. Duh?


Isn't the idea of networking to build relationships with the other members of your group or organization? So why not take the opportunity to thank the person who donated the gift and make it a WIN–WIN all the way around?


Are you missing out on a HUGE Networking Opportunity?


I’m sitting here thinking that I can count on one hand the number of people over the few last years who have made a point to write a note or take me to coffee/lunch after receiving one of my door prizes. And honestly I've been just as clueless when I've won a door prize (most of the time).  If I were to count up all the missed networking opportunities over the last 30 years it would be in the hundreds. HUNDREDS OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES! Light bulb moment!  Pretty good wake up call don't you think! 



Are you missing out on a HUGE Networking Opportunity?

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

This is a great one for a re-blog, Judi! I honestly had never thought of thanking the provider of the 'gift drawing' - I don't know why!

I'm big on thank-you notes to individuals and friend or work groups who I need to thank but, had never thought of reaching out to the 'company' or charity who was giving away a door prize...muchless the one who donated the gift to the event! A great lesson learned, for sure!

Sep 20, 2017 09:30 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Judi, thank you for your kind words on my post, yes this is an awesome post to reblog from our friend  Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI 

Sep 20, 2017 11:05 PM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Judi - I love the way Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI describes network.  It is formal groups and informal and yes I too find it fun.

Sep 22, 2017 05:21 AM #3
Tracy Lee Parker

GREAT idea ! I am definitely going to do this Anna! Thanks for the re-blog Judi! 

I recently won a necklace, a Yeti cooler & money in a money machine, all at realtor events. 

Oct 07, 2017 10:31 AM #4
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

As they say: sometimes success is just showing up. 

Great reblog! 

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