Raj Taj, Drive By Blessings!  (RE/MAX)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Not a problem. Since this is a friend I would take the event as an opportunity to assist in the presentation training. I would even be so kind as to 'squeeze' to ensure skills in handling objection are used and ability to create a win/win to those the plan is presented to.

Now, I would suggest ambushing rarely works. The network of friends and associates created through a lifetime of caring is placed in jeopardy when friends are dismissed at the urging of a trainer.  Much like newbie agents are encouraged to do regarding ambushing their family, friends and associates in order to get referrals. 

It's amusing to see how many of us OBJECT or take offense, but direct others to go and do likewise.

Has MLM happened to me? Yes. 

Offended? Of course not. I am bigger than that.

Jan 14, 2016 09:20 PM
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Brenda J. Andrew
ULTIMA REAL ESTATE - Corpus Christi, TX
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I think we all have.  Apparently they don't realize, you could have just met for lunch, and then you would have sent business down the line in the future-but now you might send elsewhere.  It's good to connect with people just because and not be pushing business.

Jan 15, 2016 09:52 PM
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Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

This recently happened to my boyfriend.  It's so annoying.

Jan 15, 2016 08:10 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This kind of pitch is to be expected from some. Just screen the reasons for meetings.

Jan 15, 2016 05:54 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

John,
I try to be nice no matter what but it is disappointing when people feign friendship but want your money.

Jan 15, 2016 05:28 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

yes I have.

Best to ask ahead of time what the meeting is about.

Jan 15, 2016 05:16 AM
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Joy Bender
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Team

Hi John I would be disappointed.  

Jan 15, 2016 05:13 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've had one or two of those.  Disappointing to say the least.  I helped a friend out and bought product that was all right.  But regretted the final cost and some of the addons "oh I'll sign you up as a seller too" then 20 minutes later you find out that costs money.

Jan 15, 2016 03:47 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've had some old friends try this.  They are no longer my friends.

Jan 15, 2016 03:07 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

This kind of thing is pretty annoying to me.

Jan 15, 2016 02:38 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

A local bank held an 'appreciation' event and THEY were sticking hands in pockets for donations for something!
I am the absolute WORST to invite to such things. I will just not go. Period.

Jan 15, 2016 02:08 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Yep and I wasn't a happy camper.

Jan 15, 2016 01:49 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

No

Jan 14, 2016 10:12 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

that's never happened to me....they know better and I would ask the reason for the meet up!!!

Jan 14, 2016 10:04 PM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Yes and I was not happy. I'm not into Pyramid presentations!

Jan 14, 2016 09:52 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Once a neighbor invited us for wine & cheese and it turned out to be an Amway Presentation !

Jan 14, 2016 09:42 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

yes - I remember someone from church who joined Amway.  'Nuff said! 

Jan 14, 2016 09:34 PM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Yes, that  had happened to me as well once. It wasn't a recruitment event but turned out to be a sales event for candles. Not happy and needless to say, I didn't buy. 

Jan 14, 2016 09:32 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It has happened to me and it was not pleasant! Not an MLM fan!

Jan 14, 2016 09:29 PM
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Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

No I haven't had this happen to me. 

Jan 14, 2016 09:09 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hasn't happened to me...yet.

Jan 14, 2016 08:45 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

yes. We we were disappointed when they tried to sell us a pyramid scheme.

Jan 14, 2016 08:10 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

no that has not happened

Jan 14, 2016 06:59 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I think from time to time, we've all had this happen to us. Not a good feeling.

Jan 14, 2016 05:11 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning John. We have all had it happen, no pleasant as it is often not done in a straight way, but rather as a pretense of something totally different.

Jan 14, 2016 04:23 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

No.

Jan 14, 2016 04:02 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I don't like to be tricked and it has happened to me more than once.

Jan 14, 2016 02:41 PM