Getting the Word Out -- Part III

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Taking Making Time to Network – Part III

Step three – how to use the time wisely.

In Part I of this series we talked about what types of networking opportunities there are.

In Part II the focus was becoming involved in the networking groups of choice. 

So now you have joined a few different types of networking groups. You have even volunteered to serve the members of the group as well as your community at large. Now what? How do you get the most out of giving your time to these groups? After all, your time is valuable. What is the best way to get the members of your particular group or groups to help you?                                                                                                                                                      

Home Staging PatiencePatience – Take time to get to know the other members of the group as they also take time to know you. When you join a group you will more than likely be able to tell others about you and your Home Staging business. It is always possible that one or more members of your group may have begun a search for a Home Stager just before you joined. The truth is; that is not likely! Yet as the members of the group get to know you, as they get to know your work ethic through your volunteerism, and as they get to know more about what skill sets you have then at some point they will remember to recommend you to a friend, a business associate, a family member or even an acquaintance at some point.

 

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Pay Attention – Listen to your associates. Hear what they say about what their needs and desires are. Be prepared to recommend them to people you know. Think of ways you can help others in your group achieve their goals. Take note of your companion’s hobbies, interests and activities and think of ways to connect with them through this knowledge.

 

 

Home Stager Plan

 

 

Plan – Develop a plan or strategy for remembering what your fellow members say about themselves. Some people take notes on the back of business cards. A way that I’ve discovered to capture information is to always have 3X5 cards with me and to use them for taking notes. These cards fit in a shirt pocket or a purse easily. I stow them in my planner, my business card holder, my purse, my briefcase, my laptop carrier, and the glove box of my car. (The folks at the office supply store probably wonder what in the world I do with all those 3X5 cards. I hope they ask me because I would love to tell them about my Home Staging business!)

 

 

 

 

Practice real estate networking    

Practice – Practice the three “P’s” above. When you walk into your first meeting practice patience – don’t expect others in the group to flock to you as if you are the answer to all their needs. Several months may pass before anyone even remembers what it is you actually do. Practice paying attention. Ask questions of your fellow members which allow them to tell you things about themselves. Without getting too personal you can ask questions like, “How did you get started in your business?” Or, “What is the thing you like most about the business you are in?” Practice capturing and using information about your fellow members or participants to form bonds. For instance if you find that “Harry” loves to go fishing you may wish to pass on the discount certificate you received from the local sports store. Or, you may discover that “Elaine” is planning a trip to Lander, Wyoming. You may wish to send her a list of the places you visited and enjoyed when you were there a few months ago.

Just like anyone who wishes to play the piano or any other instrument must take time to practice in order to become good, so you to must practice all the skills necessary to become a great at networking. 

 

home stager play      

Play For Fun – Participate in and attend all your meetings prepared to answer questions asked of you about you or your business by others. But, more importantly, when you attend meetings and activities have fun learning about the other participants businesses, goals and desires. Strive to help others. Make a game of trying to always find a way to help someone in some way at each networking opportunity. Spreading the message about you and your business will be taken care of when others realize you are a caring and giving person who can be counted on to get things done.

 

 

Dan McComb the Co-founder of Biznik.com is another person who believes it is necessary to think of others first when networking. You can read his blog about networking to glean further information.

This information is provided by Yvonne Root owner of rooms b.y. root. The team at rooms b.y. root helps home owners and real estate professionals in Prescott and surrounding areas as well as central Northern Arizona prepare property in order to make it stand out from the large crowd of other houses for sale in today's real estate market

 


       


 

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Lori Kim Polk
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Wow Yvonne, you are just a wealth of information this weekend :)  Another fabulous Blog and I really like the way that you have spoken in parts.  It makes it easy to understand. Great Job :)
Oct 07, 2007 11:02 AM #1
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Cheryl-Anne Priest
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Yvonee - thank you for the three P's.  I especially like how you have described the Patience part and letting others get to know about your "work ethic".  That is a vital in not only in networking but throughout life in general.  A strong work ethic was instilled in me at a very early age and I am happy to say that many of my clients have complimented me on the fact that my work has exceeded their expectations.  This whole series deserves a 5 rating.  I agree with Kim that you have made this series very easy to understand and that you have done an excellent job. 
Oct 07, 2007 12:17 PM #2
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Kathy Riggle
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Very informative & thanks!
Oct 07, 2007 01:17 PM #3
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Calie Waterhouse
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Yvonne - another great one! Someone once said to me (probably my Mom) that we were given one mouth and two ears that we may listen more than speak.  This practice seems to have worked for me - in any situation.  Business or personal, taking that extra pause or allowing the other person to finish their thought gives me the time that I need to either formulate an intellectual response or sympathize, empathize or appreciate the other person and their situation a little bit more.  As the song goes "I want to take about me" and don't we all?

 

Oct 07, 2007 09:21 PM #4
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Paul Slaybaugh
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This is a fantastic post, Yvonne.  Joining any new endeavor inevitably leads to the "Okay, I showed up ... now what?" stage.  I distinctly remember feeling much the same way when I first got my Real Estate license.  I was quite excited, but the feeling eventually yielded to ... uh, what now?  The blueprint you provide here should benefit anyone stepping out into uncharted territory, not just a networking group.  Great advice and wisdom!
Oct 08, 2007 02:11 AM #5
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Cynthia Bartch
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Yvonne, Thanks so much for this series you have put together, I'm learning much from all your hard work. You are definitely one of the gems here on this board!
Oct 08, 2007 09:53 AM #6
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Yvonne Root
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LKP, Thank you for your very kind words. I'm so glad you were able to enjoy the series. Call me.

Cheryl-Anne, You too, are so kind. Thank you. A strong work ethic seems to be the unusual rather than the norm in so many cases these days. Recently my hubby and I observed a tent card at a particular restaurant which was an ad for employment there. Among the benefits listed was one that said if a person actually showed up for all his scheduled work for a one week period he would be rewarded with a weekly "show-up" bonus. You have got to be kidding me!!!

Calie, Your mom must have been talking to my mom. They did have good advice; didn't they? I'm still practicing and hoping to improve that skill with each passing day. Did you hear me?

Paul, Wow, Thanks! It is nice to see you here. You are so right. Sometimes just showing up is so hard but the whole idea of "what now?" does take real courage.

Cynthia, You are really making me blush. It is so nice of you to notice the work of putting a blog together. You know because of your custom made floral arrangements that taking time to do something you enjoy can be so rewarding. I would love to see you blog about your talent for arranging. 

Oct 10, 2007 11:19 AM #7
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Cynthia Bartch
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Oh my Yvonne, our very own Cheryl Priest has been gently nudging me to blog about just that.....maybe one day.

I'm not a very good word-smith, blogger, or writer, My thoughts are at times very hard for me to put into words. But I do enjoy reading your posts. Yyonne, you write with energy, an open heart  (if that makes sense) and a genuine love for what you do. Oh and most of all, lots of brilliant information for us all to use.

Thanks so much for sharing, I really appreciate all the work that has gone into your series.

Oct 10, 2007 01:20 PM #8
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Yvonne Root
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Cynthia, You are so sweet. You are also a blogger in hiding. I copied your above comment into my word processor and asked for a word count. Are you ready? 100 words. Did you know you only have to have 50 words in your blog to receive points? You wrote quite well. You made me feel great! You knew your audience -- me. That is how you can approach your blog. Write it too me. Be sure to include a few pictures because I love them. :) I'm excited to see what you have to say. 
Oct 10, 2007 02:23 PM #9
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Karen Otto
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Excellent information and advice here Yvonne. An investment of time pays in many ways and both personally and professionally.  I would rather cultivate a relationship before doing business with someone, that way I know what kind of person I'm dealing with.  You go girl with your blogging!
Oct 10, 2007 07:36 PM #10
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Yvonne Root
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Hey my Plano Friend, Thank you for your kind words. You are so right -- it is an investment to spend time with others. It can and does pay off.
Oct 11, 2007 07:31 AM #11
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Cynthia Bartch
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Oye Ve Yvonne, hopefully soon I will do just that, and of course photos! Thanks for the hearfelt encouragement, you're a dear!
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Yvonne - I too have seen those ads and just shake my head.  What happened to the "good old days" when we showed up for work out of loyalty.  I have heard so many stories from retailers lately about the problems with not only finding staff but maintaining them as well. 

About a month ago I had noticed three new trainees at a store I frequent.  When I enquired about these people last week I was informed that they had all left as they had been offered positions at another retailer for a few dollars more.  The ones I truly admire are those that see the future potential of loyalty now.  They will surely end up as managers and assistant managers while those that "flitted" from job to job may find they are unemployable.  It is really too bad that employers are having to stoop to "bribery" just to get staff. 

Upon stopping for gas on a recent trip out of town, I noticed the restaurant next door, a McDonalds, was closed and the sign on the door read "Closed Due to Lack of Staff"!   I have also seen signs that indicate the hours of operation have been cut "due to lack of staff"?  Where on earth are all the people that could be working?  How are they living?  What are they living on?  Hmmmmmmm, great idea for a post.

Oct 11, 2007 09:54 AM #13
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Cynthia, You go for it girl. We can't learn to swim until we get in the water. Be sure to let me know when you write it so I won't miss it.

Cheryl-Anne, I know it is rather wild; is it not? We recently drove about 25 miles to go to a restaurant we have enjoyed in the past to see the same type of "Lack of Staff" sign. It seems to be epidemic. You have a great idea for a post. Let me know when you get it posted.

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