Why Bother Networking? It’s a Fair Question!
Who has time for all this networking and business development stuff anyway?
“In my office, we barely have time to take care of our clients. My family thinks all I do is work -- and now you want me to go out and network? When did I last get to do something just for me, anyway -- 2003? “
That’s pretty much what one CRE agent said. Ouch!
As the 2019 President of the Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors (CFCAR). I took a deep breath as I heard the comment and slowly let it out.
It’s a fair question, why participate, why connect, why network? Why bother? Why indeed.
It’s true… some CRE pros want the designation but are simply not interested in being a local member of any group. We thank them for their contributions and respect their choices. For majority of the rest of us, Realtor-chartered organizations and memberships in designation-related associations connect us.
Being a member of these associations allows us to grow our talent, our voice and support our community’s economic strength – and being a member of CFCAR is no different.
Thanks to the friendships and business connections I have made through the many CRE focused groups and organizations in our area, my own small brokerage business is growing and thriving! As well-connected as I have become over the years in this industry, I truly don’t think this would have been the case if I wasn’t networking and active in these professional groups.
And along the way, I have learned tons -- about how friendships can carry you through dark days; how a fellow commercial agent can push you to get back on your feet and dig deep during tough times; and how getting out and spending time with fellow industry professionals can be the key to your success.
Network and you will learn best practices; have work referred to you; allow you to stay on top of changes in your market. You will be inspired, refreshed and uplifted. And when you start to share some of your own hard won wisdom with others you will feel something exceptional. Just try it this summer, you will see!
Who has time for all this networking business? Who doesn’t?
CRE pros have their choice of numerous great events all across Central Florida over the next several quarters:
I hope to see you soon at one of these upcoming opportunities to grow, learn and do business. And when I see you, please be sure to let me know what type of leads I can send your way!
Carol Tanner, CCIM