What are You Doing to Connect with Your Community?

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Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

As REALTOR®s, we ought to always be creating new ways to put ourselves out there, as well as sharing them with each other. If you are looking to give back to your community in some fashion and are stuck for ideas, here are a few Outside-the-Box ideas that have helped me to continue to be fruitful both in business and my personal intentions for being better at both. 

 

Women's Wisdom Circle

I'm a big believer that women who come together with the common intention of inspiring one another can make a very positive impact on their own lives and on society as a whole.  Last year I wanted to gather some of the positive-thinking women in my local community to sit down together and share a quote, a story; anything that inspired them to be better women. Our first gathering, just about a year ago was monumental in several ways. Women who didn't even know each other sat down and were completely authentic in what touched them and I was so honored to be a part of that afternoon where we bared our souls and were all moved by it. It should have come to no surprise to me that we could peel away the layers in a very short period of time and expose our soulfulness without qualms. It did surprise me and was exactly what I needed to start the year of 2018 with inspiration and mindfulness. We continue to meet in a loosely arranged, mostly once-a-month gathering at my home, now a year old, increasing in numbers and sharing authenticity and wisdom! (This month's theme: rejuvenation). 

 

Facebook Group: "Fishhawk Lake Folks"

(The photo above I took years ago of some of our neighbors at one of our volunteer events. This is what greets people when they visit our community site)

This may not be for everyone. I wasn't and am still not much of a Facebook user, but years ago, I decided to create the Facebook group called Fishhawk Lake Folks (now 361 members). For several years it was an open group on Facebook. Photos, stories, videos of  Fishhawk Lake are shared amongst members, along with power outages, road closures, general weather problems, and every now and then, when someone is missing a tool, a pet or an ingredient for a recipe, they put it on my group page, and within a few moments of replies, someone has the solution! 

 

Because we have a Homeowner's Association, there will always be some sordid tales of what's not being done right regarding the volunteer board and last year when there were some tough dialogues about an increase in dues and what was or wasn't being reported honestly, there were times when the back&forth got to be a bit heated. 

 

One board member asked me privately to take the group down. I felt that the conversations needed to happen, without picking sides. After all, it was based on community, as an open forum type of site. I did not take it down. I did make it a private group and added 3 questions that potential members have to answer. Not tough questions, but if you don't bother to answer them, I don't make you a member. 

We got through that bump in the road. People really do appreciate the immediacy of reaching out to neighbors and we are back to getting along, or simply not being snarky, because I want this to be a "community" in the truest sense of the word. 

 

Resource List

Living as well as working in my local community, many of my buyers who became new neighbors would call me after their purchase and ask about a roofer, or who brings gravel, who can build a dock, etc. etc. It seemed very natural to create my own Angie's List of sorts, so I put that together on my website alphabetically and have added to it over the years. It has saved me and my community a lot of time and headaches because we are remote and not everyone comes out here to service our area. That and it's always nice to hire a contractor who actually shows up ON TIME and gets the job done because they come recommended! 

In the years that I've had it, I will only add those companies and services that I've either used myself or have been referred to me by a satisfied member of our Fishhawk Lake community. I've also added utility companies, local restaurants, pharmacies, animal control, county phone numbers, even a local dog park! It helps everyone, gives those businesses a bit of free advertising and I don't get so many phone calls at 9pm asking if I know a plumber! 

 

Three unusal ideas...what works for you in staying connected with your community?

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lee
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3 outstanding ideas. You do what works for you and obviously these do. Have yourself a great week. 

Jan 07, 2019 05:22 PM #4
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Gayle, I loved the ideas, not sure if Diane would like it if I joined the Women's Groups:) Just kidding, seriously who am I kidding she would not care... and more than likely they would not take me in:)Endre

Jan 07, 2019 10:46 PM #5
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William Feela good for you! It's giving back that's important. 

Sharon Lee we all have our passions, and it's important to tap into those to be around people with similar things in common. Safe travels.

Endre Barath, Jr. you crack me up! You would fit right in with our eclectic group of women. They'd even let you talk. Or listen..... Diane is a gem. 

 

Jan 08, 2019 06:58 AM #6
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Brian England
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You are such a wonderful woman, I would truly love volunteering with you!  I enjoy volunteering and will get a chance to do it again today!

Jan 08, 2019 07:02 AM #7
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Brian England what is it you are volunteering to do today? Would love to know. 

Someday our paths will cross....go live happily and spread it around. 

 

Jan 08, 2019 07:13 AM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Gayle - finding common "bonds" and purpose is good. For life/for living. And for so much more.

Jan 08, 2019 08:18 AM #9
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We are all connected Michael Jacobs, and finding those commonalities can do wonders for all of us..."and so much more". Yup, I totally agree. 

Jan 08, 2019 08:33 AM #10
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Gayle - great ideas for connected.   I know that open forums can be a problem for complainers and making the qualified private forums with moderation will mitigate but not totally eliminate.

Jan 09, 2019 06:44 AM #11
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Grant Schneider you are right, that's been the case, but it ebbs and flows. I stay neutral and find that the best way. 

Jan 09, 2019 10:48 AM #12
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Lottie Kendall
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Gayle, I really like both of the examples you shared about ways you create community. I need to ponder this idea and see what might work for me.

Jan 09, 2019 06:29 PM #13
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Lottie Kendall (love your new photo), it's always fun to share ideas here for each other and get those synapses firing about new creative ways to spark our business! 

Jan 09, 2019 07:09 PM #14
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Bunny Terry
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This is a great post with really workable ideas. Thanks!

Jan 09, 2019 08:17 PM #15
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Bunny Terry I hope you run with one or all of them! Thanks for your uplifting comment. 

Jan 09, 2019 09:44 PM #16
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
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Gayle, I really like your idea to add the preferred tradesmen you recommend to your website. That's valuable and saves you time by being able to send anyone who asks the link. I find the community page is a great one, we made one for Kingstowne, on occasion we get some ugly comments but, the good far outweighs the bad. Thank you for your post, I hope you are doing well!

Jan 10, 2019 05:15 AM #17
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Joan Cox
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Gayle, love your post, and we do need to contribute.   Our Association has a project (or two) every year.  We have "beautified" yards for the eldering, brought sweatsuits to the VA, and contributed financially to non-profits in the area.  Like your ideas.

Jan 10, 2019 06:53 AM #18
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Amanda S. Davidson so nice to see you and your astute comments. That Resource List has been a God Send. My neighbors will also let me know when they've used someone whom they think ought to be added to it. I have it on two sites and send those links to not only my buyers/sellers, but to other agents as well. 

And another thing I tell my neighbors and soon-to-be neighbors, "No matter how small a community it is, you're always going to find a curmudgeon." They also chuckle and often agree. (Especially with an HOA, it does ruffle feathers). 

Joan Cox not only contribute, but connect with all age groups, genders and the like. What is important is choosing something that you are passionate about, as it makes it much easier to keep up with. 

Jan 10, 2019 09:14 AM #19
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - In a world where people seem to be drifting apart, you're ideas pull people in. If they weren't interested, you wouldn't have achieved the type of success you have so far. Good for you!

Good friends trust each other and know who to count on in times of need. You have done some great things for your community!

Jan 10, 2019 03:44 PM #20
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP as do you, I am sure! Being relationship driven is at the top or what we do, right? 

Jan 11, 2019 07:58 PM #21
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It's great to be so involved in your community. Good for you!  Great move on the FB neighborhood page.  Snarky can get nasty pretty quick!

Jan 14, 2019 06:07 PM #22
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Jan Green good to see you, missy! Thanks for the positivity. 

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