When a Pandemic Hits, Bring on the Positive Attitude…and Network, Network, NETWORK!

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

When a Pandemic Hits, Bring on the Positive Attitude…and Network, Network, NETWORK!

 

Recently Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker & Intructor shared a great article about networking. Tying that in with Lyn Sims' question about the election last week, made me think about some of the lessons we all learned during The Great Recession. While this is nothing remotely like the Great Recession, the pandemic has dealt us a different set of challenges - but, they are challenges just the same.

 


 

 

Finding a scapegoatWhen times get tough, people often like to find scapegoats. They want to find someone to blame for their own problems. Whether it’s gas prices, the economy, the election or COVID-19 - it’s someone or something else’s fault.  

 

The reality IS, your success is up to you--and you alone. Sorry, but you can't blame anyone else. You have to take control of your own life and make your own success--no one is going to do that for you. Whether you're a glass-half-full kind of person or a glass-half-empty person, you must accept this reality before you can move on with your life, and thus your success. 

 

Unless you're already independently wealthy, the money you earn in your future is going to come from other people. Networking has become a basic 'staple' in our business and we need to be open and willing to network in order to develop solid relationships with others. Your networking 'friends' must be able to see solid real value in YOU and thus, put their trust in you.

Pandemic Solutions

Building value and increasing trust is what networking (a.k.a. 'relationship marketing') is all about. You develop relationships with potential buyers, sellers, colleagues, investors and other stakeholders in your field of business and believe me, it pays off!

 

That said, the foundation of all relationships is your attitude. The great thing about our psyche is that you can choose to have a great attitude no matter what happens in your business or your life. Remember the old adage, when one door closes, another opens? So very often, we so focus on the door that closed, that we don't see that another one was opened for us.

 

 


 

 

So, set out and look for new opportunities--your OWN opportunities! Think how many are out there right in front of your nose?

  • Have you visited your local Chamber of Commerce lately? There is a wealth of information on YOUR business there. At our local Chamber (CLT Alliance), they continue to encourage collaboration and promotion for the advancement of business in our region, virtually during the pandemic.

  • Have you attended a local Chamber meeting in recent months to see how the reset of the economy, following the pandemic, is going in your area? In Charlotte, they are hosting these meetings virtually and welcome the community’s input at these virtual meetings.

  • Local schools are in need of volunteers - yes, even with the limitations for in-person classes, there is a lot to be done. The community is helping by delivering assignments and equipment to students.Tutors are still needed as well and many of the schools could really use your help. All I can suggest is to simply inquire.

  • Your local Rotary International club could use a hand with a Habitat home or a local orphanage that may need help with deliveries. Inquire within!

  • If you have small children, outdoor activities bring alot of parents to games and events (yes, outdoor sporting events are taking place in North & South Carolina) and the opportunity to meet new people is there, each and every time you participate in one of these activities! If you don't have your own children, what about nieces and nephews?!

  • Local political volunteer opportunities abound right now! Get involved and meet new networking 'buddies'!

Virtual Conferences for Networking

 

This list is just the tip of the iceburg! Get busy networking with your positive attitude and when you’ve done your local networking, sign onto ActiveRain and make some new friends in the Rain. There are no better networking possibilities out there for you. And, whatever you dive into, don’t forget to bring your positive attitude! As well, join us on our weekly ZOOM meet-ups - you'll be glad you did!

 

Whatever you do, bear in mind that your success is ultimately up to YOU--start with a positive attitude, add some hard work, networking and planning - and you’ll be well on your way to success.

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | When a Pandemic Hits, Bring on the Positive Attitude…and Network, Network, NETWORK!

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Roy Kelley
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Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

Oct 18, 2020 07:34 AM #15
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Steve Higgins, thank you and I not only believe that, I live it too! Our success is, indeed, in our own hands. 

Oct 18, 2020 07:56 AM #16
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I like what you did there, Michael Jacobs! Yes, positivity has worked for me my entire life...so, I'm sticking with it!   

Oct 18, 2020 07:57 AM #17
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Thank you so much, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS! We are having glorious weather so, I'm enjoying it tremendously and I hope you are also!

Oct 18, 2020 07:57 AM #18
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Trying has everything to do with success as well, Laura Cerrano. What have you lost by trying?! 

Oct 18, 2020 07:58 AM #19
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That is so true, James Dray! I know several agents who rely solely on internet leads; they never follow-up with their past clients. To me, that is the best form of networking and those agents are missing the big boat!

Oct 18, 2020 08:00 AM #20
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Thank you, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400! Having lived and flourished during The Great Recession, you know exactly what I'm talking about!

Oct 18, 2020 08:01 AM #21
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That is definitely a big part of networking, Brian England - you nailed it! 

Hope you're having a great weekend and we hope to see you on Tuesday! 

Oct 18, 2020 08:02 AM #22
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You're so welcome and thank you, Roy Kelley for the future re-blog. I'm honored you considered this re-blog-worthy! 

Have a great Sunday! 

Oct 18, 2020 08:03 AM #23
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Congratulations on being featured.  I enjoyed your post and would like to re-blog this.  This right here is so true. Love it! "The reality IS, your success is up to you--and you alone. Sorry, but you can't blame anyone else. You have to take control of your own life and make your own success--no one is going to do that for you. Whether you're a glass-half-full kind of person or a glass-half-empty person, you must accept this reality before you can move on with your life, and thus your success."

Oct 18, 2020 08:35 AM #24
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Hi Debe,
I know a positive attitude is always with YOU!  We've all had the opportunity to figure out how to succeed with a new way of doing business.  We're all in the same boat so those willing to adapt with certainly come out ahead. 

Looking for Scapecoats is a sure path to failure.  If it is to be it is up to me! 

Carry on...  

Oct 18, 2020 09:08 AM #25
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Debe networking at local functions use to be a big part of my week, but COVID-19 has put a damper on that this year.  However, even though ZOOM meeting are not the same, they at least keep me connected.

Oct 18, 2020 01:40 PM #26
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Hi Graziella Bruner! Thank you so much for your kind comment and of course, I'd be honored if you re-blogged it!

Have a great week ahead...

Oct 18, 2020 01:51 PM #27
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You said it, Carol Williams - "those willing to adapt with certainty" - YES! And, of course, I agree wholeheartedly with "If it is to be, it is up to me."  

See you on Tuesday!

Oct 18, 2020 01:54 PM #28
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You're right, the ZOOM meetings are not the same but, boy, are they ever a great substitute, George Souto!

Oct 18, 2020 01:54 PM #29
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You hit the nail on the head Debe!

The reality IS, your success is up to you--and you alone. Sorry, but you can't blame anyone else. You have to take control of your own life and make your own success--no one is going to do that for you

Oct 19, 2020 04:03 AM #30
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Indeed, we are all responsible for our own success (or lack of)....  And networks are so important (and often fun too).

Enjoy your day!

Oct 19, 2020 05:31 AM #31
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Great post! Thanks for sharing! 

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Hi Debe:

There is lots of great advice here. Networking these days has taken on some new forms - different but very do-able. And our success really DOES have to do with attitude - personally and in our businesses.

Jeff

Oct 20, 2020 07:58 AM #33
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So true!

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