This week has been a banner week for me in terms of networking. I usually do most of my networking on the computer, which is fine and all but it really doesn’t have the same affect as shaking someone’s hand and sitting down with them for a few minutes to talk. I am starting to realize this and will continue to work at getting out of my shell and literally talk with fellow investors.
Recap of my Networking this week…
Monday phone call with Shae Bynes of GoodFaithInvesting.com. We had a great talk about our goals for the rest of the year. Shae and I do a pretty good job of pushing each other to stay on track with our goals and keep the motivation flowing. We also spoke about marketing our blogs and some techniques we use to get traffic. Shae has been writing some wonderful articles for BiggerPockets.com, EzineArticles and also for my site as well. Here are some of the articles she has written for my blog…
- Using Social Networking to Grow your Real Estate Investing Business for Free – 10 Quick Tips
- D.D.I.Y. (Don’t Do It Yourself)
- Get Up Off That Thing – And Network!
- Will The Real Deal Investors Please Stand Up?
Wednesday phone call with Nick Johnson of Subject2.com. I met Nick through Shae and connected with him first over on Twitter. I didn’t know to much about him before hand but let me tell you this guy knows what he is talking about. Nick gave me some great advice for getting and making some extra money on the side from the probate leads, or any leads for that matter. I’ll create a separate post about that sometime over the next few days.
Nick is a really nice a sincere guy and I look forward to talking with him more. He is currently doing a multi-part series on subject2 investing over at Shae’s blog, so go check it out. Subject2 Investing with Nick Johnson.
Thursday’s Mastermind meeting with Jon Zorrer of ReiTvShow.com. I was lucky enough to have Jon find me through the blog. He is a very successful investor in Northern New Jersey and is a genuine guy who is just as much into helping others as he is investing. It turned out he runs a meetup.com group called Real Estate Deal Makers Mastermind.
I went to the meeting last night and was highly impressed. Met some great people and was able to talk with Jon for about 45 minutes. We talked about my probate investing strategies and also he gave me the name of another investor in Morris County that he knows. I’m very glad to have met Jon and look forward to getting to know him and the rest of the members of the mastermind group. The group has the same family feel as Flippinghomes.com forums.
My Question to You…How to Actually Network?
As I was sitting in the meeting last night I realized that I needed to learn how to network properly. Sure I could show up to these meetings or talk to people but if I didn’t have an agenda I was just wasting my time. I was just fooling myself. I spent the first half of the meeting watching how other people interacted, watching what the experienced investors where doing and saying.
What I’m actually asking with my question is as a “new” investor, how do you network? I have no deals to shop, no experiences to share and I don’t know what I don’t know so I can’t ask questions. So out side of just introducing myself and explaining what I am trying to do, what else can be said?
For the newbies out there who feel the same way, I can tell you the answer…Make Offers, Get into the game and you will have plenty to talk about!
That was the revelation I had last night when it comes to networking. It was a good night!
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