I'll confess, as an engineer I'm not the most adept at picking up on subtle social signals...and sometimes even blatant social signals :)
It's part of the challenge for me when walking in to do a listing presentation or meeting with a buyer. I'm an introvert (and then some), so I'm looking for the commonalities between me and the potential client.
Have we lived in the same area? Maybe we've both served in the military? They have dogs? Cats? Travel? Somewhere there's SOMETHING we can use to establish common ground.
When I'm in a crowd of strangers, I make a few assumptions.
Some of them may be future clients.
Some of them may have serious clout.
Some of them may be jerks.
Some of them may be the greatest people on earth.
The thing is you don't know any of this when you start, and sooner you figure out who the power players are, the better off you're going to be.
This applies in person, or in the virtual world.
Joined a new Facebook group? You may not know who's who in the zoo at first, but in time you learn who to rely on and who has brown eyes because they're at max capacity for brown stuff.
And the same applies in this community. New to the Rain? No different than the real world.
There are people that bust their tails to help others.
There are some that are just here to take.
There are wizards behind green curtains who talk a good game, but beware the smoke and mirror show.
In general, pay attention, especially when you're new.
Learn the expectations in this sandbox and you can gain much.
Join in, participate, understand the cultural differences.
What plays well in New York may fall pretty flat in Ohio.
Real estate is local, and immensely different while still accomplishing the same overall tasks.
Read the room and reap the rewards.
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!
Bill & Liz aka BLiz