Less than Six Degrees...How the Rapidly Shrinking Human Web is Changing Real Estate!

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

Less than Six Degrees of Separation

They say, that we are all separated by just six degrees from every single person in the entire world.  This theory about the Human Web is a powerful reminder of the fact that we're all connected...and that connections and relationships matter!

Last week, I was in Ann Arbor, MI to teach a series of two Real Estate Continuing Education Classes, Blogging Basics for Real Estate Professionals (K1061) and Blogging Basics for Real Estate Professionals K(1062).

Prior to my experiences on the blogosphere, I would have walked into a room of complete strangers.  But, the blogosphere has a way of making strangers into friends.

Karen Moorhead was the first person I met, or should I say hugged. I had never met Karen or Marian Gregor who introduced herself next, but meeting both of these ladies felt like greeting a friend.

When Missy Caulk walked in, it was great to see her again after our first meeting in Grand Rapids last year. There were several agents from Missy's Keller Williams office and I had the opportunity to meet Chet Hill, the Broker and office manager.

One of the benefits of having fellow bloggers in the class was in the way in which their presence expanded the discussion.  Missy, Karen & Marian were generous in sharing their insights with the class in a way in which really enriched the experience for everyone. 

This is one of the most impressive contributions of the blogosphere to our profession; the sharing of ideas and the power of the synergy which this generates.  The picture above illustrates in a way, one of the ways this has impacted my learning curve.  Everyone in the flower circle is a person who I've talked with because of my blogging...an individual who I might never have met or learned from apart from this remarkable medium.

I'd have missed getting to know Jeff & Racquel Turner who are extraordinary people in so many ways, nor would I have known about Real Estate Shows, a service which has generated thousands of hits to my listings and website.  Talking with Jeff Dowler and the subsequent introduction to Amber Riviere would never have happened.  Jeff Dowler is also a trainer at heart and Amber, an innovative writer and entrepreneur.  And then last but, not least...I wouldn't have been embraced by a warm circle while visiting another city for a presentation.

 This experience has given me the privilege of a less than six degree connection through which I've talked with or met the Broker & the Lovely Wife from Florida, Midori Miller my friend and fellow trainer, Sally Cheesman in Hawaii, Jesse Clinton in Alaska, Colleen Kulikowski in upstate New York, Sara Bonert and Craig Schiller in Chicago, Lydia & Matt Heaton from Washington, Maureen Francis, Kris Wales, Russ Ravery, Sonya Loose & Gary Smith from Michigan, Carol Smith in Ohio or Steve Volkers and Michelle Gordon in Grand Rapids, MI amongst others. 

Has your world been shrinking since you started blogging?  Mine has...and I think that's a wonderful thing!

Related Articles:

Blogging Wiz, If Ever a Wiz There was! by Marian Gregor

Real Estate Blog - The BEST con-ed class I've ever attended and it ... by Kris Wales

Making the Change We Need Happen...Active Rain's Michigan Agents Lead the Way! by Lola Audu

Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors hosts Lola Audu for Blogging Con Ed by Missy Caulk

Blogging Class Taught By the Wonderful Missy Caulk by Lisa Bender * Coming up in March!

 real estate shows: The Smartest $10.42 Investment I've Ever Made! by Lola Audu

 

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Rainer
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Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
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Hi Lola,

Truly, it is amazing how the e-web connects us all and promotes positive changes.  Thank you for your e-influence on me!

February 26, 2009 11:28 AM
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Kathy Toth
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Remember how we used to say that the internet opened up a whole new world to us?  Well, that has certainly changed and now it is that blogging has opened up a whole new world to us.  It's absolutely wonderful to get to know so many people who, like you, I probably never would have met had it not been for blogging!

Kathy

February 26, 2009 12:43 PM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Lola - I continue to be amazed at the number of people I have gotten to know rather well in the last several years, something which I never expected. And the special bonus is talking to them, or even better, meeting them in person at events I have attended around the country.  Truly the world of social media is becoming an amzaing way to establish and maintain  a wide range of relationships. Who'da thought?

Jeff

February 28, 2009 02:34 PM
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Dena Stevens
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Century 21 Canon Land & Investment

Lola, there are certain advantages and disadvantages to the six degrees of separation. My favorite joke about Pueblo is everyone knows each other and everyone is related to each other and they all deny it! And there is no need to pick up the yellow pages - I guarantee you've got everyone you need in your phone. The disadvantage to all of that is - you know everyone.

February 28, 2009 07:52 PM
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Chuck Dinolfo

Lola,

Great to meet you and your husband at the "Gathering".  Wonderful reviews of your course and I see that the blog almost takes on a life of it's own.

Chuck

May 16, 2009 11:41 AM
Rainmaker
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