Add Something Else to the Calendar!
My schedule is full. Like many people, I’m not sure how to fit anything else into my life, however, I always keep my eyes open for new ways to meet people that might enhance my business. Along the way, it seems to benefit me in much bigger ways- and friendships are formed.
Do you pay attention to what is going on in your community? Driving by the same ‘ole little park in my town, I noticed a sign, “Downingtown Celebrating 150 years 555-1212”. The first day I saw it I thought to myself, “That’s great. 150 years. Wow.” Then it hit me later… “Kim! You have to get involved with this!” A town celebration – what a great event to get plugged in !?!
Overcome the Fear
I went to the first meeting was last night, and I walked in with butterflies in the stomach. Yes, although deemed a Social Butterfly sometimes they creep into my stomach and flutter ! It’s not always easy to jump into a situation where you aren’t sure if you will know anyone – but after a bit – the nerves tend to settle.
It’s about getting yourself out there. There are opportunities to volunteer utilizing what time you have available to commit. Most organizations and/or events are looking for many different talents and skills – chances are you will find something you enjoy doing and will help you get involved in the community. Just suck it up – and get to it.
The Benefits are Endless
When the word begins to get out there that there is a celebration for the town, do you think someone will think about Googling it? Could your blog be the blog they find? Sarah shares, What if you showed up the day of the event with a shirt on that said “PRESS: WestofPhillyBurbs.com” on the back? Post pictures you take that day to Flickr allowing others to tag or print them. Could your blog be found when they look for memories of the event?
What About the Other Volunteers?
It does seem that it needs repeated often… don’t show up as “The REALTOR ® looking for business.” Show up as you. Let the conversation and discovery about you being a Real Estate Agent just work it’s way into common knowledge after people get a chance to know you. Remember the new adage in networking, “Get to know me before you sell me something.” Be subtle. How about just passing out the blog post link where you wrote about the event? Make sure they know you are helping with the marketing. We know what else they’ll find on your blog.