Education & Training with Performance Development Strategies

I started my business after leaving the corporate world of HR in 2008.  I had the knowledge and the experience but I did not have the customers yet.  I was also a member of BNI and a fellow member Debbie Gartner had a floor covering business.  She had been in marketing before she had the flooring business.

Debbie was very marketing savvy and attracted my attention.  One day when she was doing a flooring estimate for Phyllis and me she was excited to tell us about this blogging group she had joined called Active Rain.  She had recently attended a Rain Camp and was excited.

Well, I don't sell Real Estate I thought but would love to have people in Real Estate and related fields as clients.  We met one day in Starbucks and she set me up.  That was August 2011.  So Debbie was my mentor.  I started.  I started following people and started having followers.  So how did this help me.  The picture above is a meetup in White Plains with Debbie Gartner , Joanna Cohlan , Hillary Sheperd and others.

Well I had a new website built with a blog.  I was in the same group of affiliates and coaches as Leanne Smith.  Some other affiliates had web sites and blog but nothing much.  I had learned blogging from Bob Stewart 's seminars and I used it in my regular blog too.  My web site got noticed and I got SEO.  I wrote a blog every week blowing away the web developers at my affiliate organization.  I have never stopped.  I write a blog every week.  I repurpose the blog and put it on Active Rain.  That has gotten me business and recognition.  I have had some work with AR members.  I also sent it to social media and received some great clients including a multi unit restaurant company in New Orleans Below.

Spahr's Restaurant Group in New Orleans area billed themselves as the premier Cajun restaurant of southern Louisiana.

Thanks Aura Alex , Leanne Smith , and Carol Williams for the challenge.

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Comments (36)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Nina - thanks.  We will have that third opportunity to meet, I am sure.

Wayne - I had to go to Boston for that meetup because I didn't want to disappoint Lisa Von Domek and I am glad I did.

Roy - I have enjoyed it and enjoyed interacting with you.

Kat - I remember seeing you many place. You must have missed this meetup.

Brian - we definitely need to have our own personal meetup.

Lynn - the best to you.  Thanks for the inspiration.

Leanne - I remember you talking about the Realtor you were working with in Indiana at one of the Quarterlies.

Joan - thanks I appreciate that.

Michael - glad to know that I have still more to share.

Mark - I did choose well or perhaps she chose me.

Eileen - I love your last sentence.  Yes, we need to take action.


Oct 05, 2022 09:44 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Grant,
I am so glad I am among those people who have met you. I didn't know Debbie Gartner was your mentor. That's awesome.

Oct 05, 2022 10:00 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Carol - yes she was and glad to see that she caught this.

Oct 05, 2022 10:50 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Grant:

I really enjoyed reading about how you got started in AR, your mentor Debbie Gartner , and the successes you have had...and some really well done posts. And it was such fun to actually meet you and Phyllis in Boston a few years ago after following you for years!


Oct 05, 2022 12:08 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant, if it wasn't for Debbie introducing you to ActiveRain, we would probably have never met.

Oct 05, 2022 01:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Grant- what a great story about the power of blogging and how it worked for you!!! I am so glad that I got to meet you and Phyllis when you were in FL. And yes about Debbie Gartner I've learned so much from her. And remember calling her with a flooring question once when I was on a consultation. She answered and was able to help. 

Oct 05, 2022 06:37 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Jeff - it was great seeing you in Boston.  I have enjoyed that we also have similar professional backgrounds.

George - yes.  And the first time you and I met was at Dagny Eason 's meetup.

Kathy -  I really loved the meetup you had in Delray in August 2017.

Oct 06, 2022 03:42 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday afternoon, Grant. I hope you are having a productive week.

Oct 06, 2022 12:56 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant,

I really enjoyed reading about how AR has helped you.  You have made the most of this website and it is inspiring to read about your success. 

Oct 06, 2022 01:25 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - yes, I am.  I hope you are too.

Sheri - thank you.

Oct 07, 2022 03:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Grant,  We learn so much from others here in the Rain and all on zoon calls.  Great to learn how you got with us in the Rain.


Oct 07, 2022 10:06 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Such a great entry Grant. I'm glad you have found additional success and friendships being in The Rain!

Oct 08, 2022 06:08 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, you have done a great job over the years with your blogs, and have many that read them!

Oct 08, 2022 07:36 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I miss our large group meetups ... back in the day!  I've met so many wonderful people (now dear friends) here in the AR community.  Blogging does work - many times it works better than networking groups like BNI, Chamber of Commerce, etc. 

Oct 09, 2022 11:30 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Those were the days. I recognize several people from your meet ups and I appreciate your blog post Grant 🙂.


Oct 10, 2022 06:00 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Thank you Grant Schneider for sharing your story of how you got involved with Active Rain and how Debbie Gartner was and is your mentor!  I have been with AR for a few years and for whatever reason still feel like a newby when it comes to blogging. Will it really get easier?  It seems to be a real challenge for me.  

ps:  i have only attended two meet-ups (a few years ago) and wish they still existed. They are a great way to really get to know one another!

Oct 13, 2022 03:41 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Blogging has given me a new perspective on how networking works Grant Schneider 

Oct 13, 2022 08:18 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Grant Schneider  I have been reading your posts for years. Miss Joanna Cohlan please say hello to her for me. Blogging is a wonderful thing is it not? Great post 

Oct 14, 2022 12:04 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Grant,

You had a great mentor to get you on the right track! Your posts I always relate to and enjoy reading. We are all in the people business and your advice is always spot on! Great entry into the challenge!

Oct 16, 2022 07:55 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Grant, the reason you are so good at what you do is because you are so good at relationships and understanding that is the foundation to our businesses. I'm honored to have also been one to meet you a couple of times and love that you are a part of our weekly ZOOM calls too. 

What a great entry in this month's challenge - thank you!

Oct 23, 2022 07:58 AM