Teamwork, Networking and Responsibility

Real Estate Agent with Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ BR564219000

I belong to a networking group or two.  Most of us do, in business, I think.

  • Marana Chamber of Commerce (GREAT, loyal group)
  • My own personal Wine Whine group of mostly ladies that meet once a month.
  • A "Best of the West" group a co-worker is forming.
  • A few others I occasionally attend, but haven't JOINED.

Marana Chamber of Commerce

I watched an interesting personal video from a member of Marana Chamber of Commerce recently, and parts of it are still resonating.  One of those things I've ingested and it keeps making it's way to the surface.

Within it, "John" said, (I'm going to call him John in my story here) "networking is NOT about the individual attending".

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To elaborate, he went on the say that in successful, referral-based groups, networking is about being part of a whole.  It's about being there for others.

To push that thought a bit further:

Suppose your networking group has a presenter, like Toastmasters.  Or a presentation, or a sponsor...

Put yourself in their shoes.  They are spending their time and efforts to bring a quality product or service to the attention to the group.  What if, that week, we decided not to show... What if almost everyone didn't show...

How does that affect the effectiveness of the group, the morale, and so on?

Getting together for Ribbon Cuttings


Now, fast forward to today.  Why am I once again thinking of John's Facebook speech?


I help a group of mostly newer agents in our office at Dove Mountain.  Most weeks, there are around 10 attendees, which is cool because that's almost 25% of the office (that generally comes IN to an office) attending regularly.  This is a volunteer "Accountability" group that I personally find inspirational -- one of the reasons I try to keep it going.

The group requested that we have an "Ask the Experts" panel, which was put together and promoted for two weeks prior, during the same time as our weekly meeting.  I had 6 panelists to speak:  A former real estate designated broker, focusing on the inspection period and requests for repairs, etc; a Pillar to Post home inspector; a licensed gas/plumbing/heating/AC/hot water heater professional; ListerPros that help with photography, drones, marketing materials, websites; 2-10 Home Warranty, and the Vice President of Long Realty to answer questions about FSBO's and Expireds, among other questions.

So...pretty full, intelligent and experienced panel.  Attendees were asked to bring their questions!


Of the newbies, 5 were missing.  50%. Half.

I KNOW stuff comes up, we get sick, etc. etc. etc.

But I found myself thinking about the "responsibility" of being in a group, and how volunteers might feel when they are let down, including myself.

We still had decent attendance, many experienced agents came for the presentation -- and I think the presenters felt validated.


But still - think about the networking groups you have committed to.  Is someone counting on you? Will you experience the importance you play in your next networking opportunity?


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Comments (7)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Great thoughts about networking, Cara. One of the most successful networking I've been associated with met every 2 months. Once a month and members were more casual about attending. Every 2 months seemed to get attention and a more consistent turn out--because they were scarce, members made more of an effort to attend.

May 03, 2018 04:35 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

That makes a lot of sense.  The group Best of the West meets quarterly, which is nice because we have so many monthly obligations!

May 04, 2018 09:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those photos are a testament to a good time was had by all.  The lady on the left in the second photo looks like Flo from the Progressive Insurance ads.

May 03, 2018 05:21 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

That's who she was dressed up to be for Halloween - Flo!  

May 04, 2018 09:46 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Our area has never had networking groups, too bad. I wish they had existed when I was in real estate. Now my clients come from everywhere else but the local area, so it wouldn't be of interest.

May 04, 2018 04:37 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I was slow to join, but don't regret a meeting.  :)  The relationships and referral base is invaluable.  I love having trusted people I can recommend to my clients.

May 04, 2018 09:47 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

If you are going to belong to a group of any kind, you ought to participate.  As you state, it's about the collective, not the individual.

May 04, 2018 06:40 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

That's becoming more and more clear, and after hearing that Facebook session, am a true believer.  It's about the collective!

May 04, 2018 09:48 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I am always amazed at networking events, how people who know each other well huddle together. I go to network, that means I mingle and meet new people and develop new relationships.

May 05, 2018 01:02 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I try to look around for those that seem to be by themselves, or are a bit shy to mingle.  They are easy to approach!

May 08, 2018 08:46 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Cara Marcelle,

Looks like this is working for you. I am a member of an interest group, but we have sort of suspended our meetings.

May 06, 2018 09:04 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

A comment above alluded to making their meetings more "scarce" adding to their appeal.  Maybe that would work for yours.


May 08, 2018 08:47 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

What a great Blog Cara Marcelle Mancuso - I totally hear your message!  I remember going to my 1st Chamber of Commerce Meeting, and I was the one knowing no one, when I walked in.  My first thought after getting my coffee, was, 'I can spend 20 minutes here, and then sneak out, and no one will notice . . .'  Well, that didn't happen!  Some people did come up to me, and that started conversations - I just couldn't go up to folks already talking in groups, as interrupting seemed rude . . .  So, 'others' saved me!!  I do need to write a Blog!!  It wasn't about me at all, but how others brought me into their groups, and that's how I learned to 'return that favor' at the next Get-Together!! 

May 09, 2018 03:34 PM