Why Is It Important To Network?

Hello again ūüôā

It’s been suggested that my blogs are a bit ‘long winded’ and I admit I do tend to waffle on a lot so I’m going to try and keep them a bit shorter so that people don’t get fed up reading half way through (and it’s less time for me to have to sit tapping on the laptop!)¬†I can’t promise, I do like attention to detail, but here goes….

Never underestimate the power of networking

Anyway, networking, why is it important?  What is networking all about?

If you look up the¬†term ‘networking’ in a dictionary it¬†describes it as: ¬†‘a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest’¬† which sums it up perfectly.

You really cannot underestimate the power of what networking can do for you and your business.

I love going to networking meetings. I’ve met some amazing people, everyone is unique and has a different story to tell and EVERY¬†time I pick up new tips and skills that increase my knowledge.

 So how can you network?

  • Attend courses
  • Networking meetings (held all over the country)
  • Post on forums (as many as possible, get yourself¬† ‘known’)
  • Sign up to all the social media sites
  • Call people you meet regualrly and keep in touch
  • Listen in to webinars
  • Attend relevant events (seminars, free events, workshops etc)
  • Go to social events (a great and informal way to get to know people)

Whilst at these events, speak to as many people as you can, find out why they’re there.¬† What do they do? Where are they from? What do they hope to gain? What are they looking for? What skills do they have? Can they help you at all? and most importantly, how can you help THEM?

Collect business cards, as many as you can, because you need to build your list of contacts, you can never have enough of these. Networking will help you to expand your contact list. This will help you to expand your sales base and bring you in touch with different requirements to help you to diversify your business.

Join property forums, ask questions to build your knowledge.¬† Join in with discussions and help new investors by answering their questions, add people as ‘friends’ and keep in touch regularly. The one’s I currently use are:¬† TYCOONS: www.property-networking.com¬†¬† PROPERTY TRIBES:¬†¬†www.propertytribes.ning.com¬† and SINGING PIG: www.singingpig.co.uk

Join as many social media networking sites as possible like: Facebook, Twitter, Digg It, Stumble Upon (there are loads of them) social networking is very powerful and members are growing in their thousands daily so you need to get your name and your business on there.

When I started my first property course there was a lot of emphasis put on ‘networking’ and why we should all be doing it.¬† At first I didn’t give it a lot of thought. I told myself I’d try and make it to a couple of meetings if I had the time.

However,¬†¬†since I’ve been attending events, socialising, posting on the forums etc, I have met SO MANY PEOPLE, a lot of whom have become good friends and I’ve learnt as much from them as I have from¬†paid courses. It has not ceased to amaze me how people have been and continue to be so helpful ūüôā

The more people you meet and network with, the more opportunities will come your way.

Forums are great for making friends and asking questions and you can have a good chat on the ‘phone¬†but I prefer to meet up with people face to face.¬†¬†It’s much more informal, you can relax over a drink¬†and get to know the ‘real’ person this way.

Maybe it’s a ‘woman thing’- and I’m biased- but intuition plays a big part for me. ¬†I can ‘sense’ if I’m going to like and trust someone pretty quickly, and I wouldn’t want to work with someone I didn’t like¬†or trust.

People I’ve met recently and learnt from through networking

I’m only mentioning RECENT people I’ve met in the last month as I’d be here all day if I listed ALL my contacts. ¬†I like to get around ūüôā

Vince Audritt and Laura Smithson

I have a new business partner called Vincent Audritt who I met through the TMA course, he’s very intelligent, has a great head for business as he’s run his own company for many years, and is a really nice trustworthy guy.

My husband and I have become good friends with Vince and his partner Laura (I love her, she’s great fun) and meet up socially regularly.¬†

They have just flown off to Thailand on an intensive Internet Marketing course (wish I could’ve gone!)¬†Vince is a great writer and also¬†has his own blog: www.propertyinvestmentjournal.com

as does Laura: www.laurasmithson.com  

Colin & Karen Parker

Colin Parker:¬† I first met Colin through a property forum about a year ago when he helped me with a query I’d posted (one of many lol)¬†

 Last week Colin and his wife Karen (lovely person) invited me up to Newcastle for a couple of days to have a  look around the area and see how they run their very successful property investment company called ONEPORTFOLIO-NGU www.highgrowthpropertyinvestment.co.uk

They¬†were good fun, great hosts and took me out ‘on the toon’ ! I had a¬†brilliant¬†time, learnt a lot about how the company runs and was very impressed (particularly with their ethics) ¬†and as a result of my visit¬†I will now be working closely with them. More about this in my next post ūüôā
 

Rob Hubbard

A couple of weeks a go I met up with Rob  Hubbard who I met through the Property Tribes forum.

We met in Leicester for a drink and a chat, he’s a friendly¬†guy, very knowledgeable and willing to help, he’s given me lots of tips on property investment strategies
.
Rob is a property investor and sourcer who’s based in Wakefield and he recently did an interview talking about his views on ethical property sourcing ¬†ÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅÔĽŅhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj6CBSbT3UQ¬† with Vanessa Warwick (another friend of mine and co administrator of the Proprty Tribes forum)

¬†We keep in touch and he’s invited me up to the next Northern Property Tribes meet to speak!!! OMG don’t know about that, I’m very flattered,¬†but what could I possibly speak about! ¬†I’d like to¬†¬†go anyway as a guest, meet new contacts and make new friends ūüôā

Sue & Maksoom, property entrepreneurs

Sue Elkington & Maksoom Hussein: Two lovely friends I met through Parmdeep Vadesha’s TMA course.

Amazing people, they both had a difficult start in life yet have triumphed against all odds to become successful investors and now co- host the Birmingham Property meet which I try to attend regularly, they have some great speakers.

We keep in touch and I met up with them for a lunch time meal in Birmingham to hear all about the interesting things they were getting up to. Sue is a dab hand at DIY with many years experience¬†and would put many a man to shame, she’s soon running a course on Property Refurbishment which I can fully recommend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZGjeNtjCng

Philomena Connelly

Yesterday¬†I met up with Philomena Connelly who I met on the Wealth Dragons course, she’s a genuinely¬†kind and friendly¬†person who runs a home design business so can help if you need to dress up a property to optimise it’s sale price for resale or letting : www.shapinghomes.co.uk¬†

We met¬†for lunch (she lives in Bristol and came out of her way enroute from Bedford to meet me) ¬†and we spent three hours chatting, exchanging experiences¬†and had a lovely time (you know what it’s like when women get together! )

Philomena is determined, like myself, to pursue a career in property investment, as well as as being a teacher of Salsa! (Oh I’d love to be able to do that!) We shared our recent findings and experiences and will definitely keep in touch.

¬†I’ve also spoken to lots of people by email and on the forums in the¬†past month, they help me and I help them, which is what it’s all about, you don’t just take, you give back. I’ve met sooo many helpful people in this industry, I love being¬† apart of it and get a great buzz from being able to help a ‘newbie’.

Yes it takes up a lot of my time to do this but as the saying goes ‘Two heads are better than one’¬† so think of the possibilities of having many heads helping with your knowledge and building your business ūüôā

Tomorrow I’m in Milton Keynes all day for training as an apprentice for the Wealth Dragons.

Until next time, Happy Networking Folks. You know it makes sense!

Mmmm, wasn’t exactly SHORT was it? Sorry ūüėČ

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lvanemmenis
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 10:08:07

    I hope you don‚Äôt mind me contacting you. I found your details on google doing a search for ‚ÄėWealth Dragon Apprentice‚Äô.

    I have just come back from the Wealth Dragons Bootcamp of Jan 2012 (great 4 days) and have signed up for their Apprenticeship Program. I hope you don’t mind me asking this but I thought I’d do some research and see if I could find some other past Wealth Dragon Apprentices and ask how they found the Apprentice experience

    I really loved the Bootcamp; it was a great weekend and learned a lot! But I have but I have made some poor financial decisions in the past whilst being ‚Äėemotionally charged‚Äô and am now wondering if it will be worth it. The Apprenticeship is not cheap and I, being already in a fair amount of unsecured debt, will have to make even more debt to pay for it. I am a complete newbie to the property game and am looking for all the advice I can get!

    Could I ask your honest opinion on the apprenticeship? All advice is greatly appreciated!

    Regards

    Lourens

    Reply

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