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Building up your network without losing your mind

(BROKERAGE) Knowing how to build a solid network is growing more and more crucial. Learning how to do it from scratch can be daunting but it is possible.



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How do you network?

Building a network can be an exciting and dedicated task. It is not something that happens overnight, but is something that has the potential to snowball into a collection of talented individuals.

Since recently graduating college, I’ve been working on building a network of professionals to keep in contact with as I begin my career. What I’ve been amazed with is how my network has grown in just a few months and in the most unexpected of ways.

Networking is a constant

Having been a communication studies major with a wide range of interests, I’ve been dabbling in a number of different projects since graduation. As a result, I’ve been fortunate to meet some very helpful individuals who have been great with giving guidance and advice, as well as assistance with putting me in touch with people in my fields of interest.

While it may not have always been something that I sought out, I’ve been trying to converse with as many people as possible and build connections in any social situation outside of my norm.

It is always best to just put yourself out there, because you never know where it may take you.

Networking as a new agent

This is especially important if you are just starting a career as an agent, or leaving your brokerage where you have to build your network from scratch.

The best first step in this situation is to reach out to people in your existing network to see if they know anyone where you’re going who may be of assistance.

Once you settle into your new normal, it can be helpful to break the ice with your colleagues and potential clients. Not only begin to build rapports and relationships with them, but find out who they know. Figure out what your goals are for building a network and seek out individuals who may have insight.

Communication is key

Now that you’ve been put in touch with a person or two, make sure that you’re following through on that communication.

Having a name won’t do you much good, you need to start a dialogue and see where that may take you.

Whether it be a one-time conversation or a conversation that leads to a lifelong relationship, making that communicative first step is crucial.

Being in a new setting, you won’t be doing yourself any favors by shutting yourself in or turning down introductions.

You need to be open to meeting new people and attending different professional/social functions, even if you barely know anyone there (that’s the whole point of networking!)

After a few months and (hopefully) a fairly solid network, do an evaluation to make sure that this network of people aligns with your goals and values. With this, reach out to the people who are doing the things that you find interesting.

Networking as we speak

I was recently put in touch with a mentor who gave me a piece of advice that has already proved to be beneficial.

She urged me to not just look for opportunities that are available, but seek out information on what I’m interested and find a way to pitch myself.

Having worked on different social media management projects in the past, I’ve been seeking out opportunities that would be beneficial in terms of both experience and interest. With my mentor’s advice, I decided to reach out to one of my favorite bands and simply ask if they were looking for any assistance with their social media.

A week later, I found myself at a dinner talking about different options for their social media.

From the I wound up meeting a number of other individuals who were looking for social media advice. As a result, my network wound up expanding in a positive way, just from a simple inquiry email.

Show ‘em what you’re made of

Do not be afraid to put yourself out there and to ask questions. The biggest lesson I’ve learned in the professional/networking realm since entering “the real world” is that no one is going to do it for you.

So, send that inquiry email, seek out those introductions, and be receptive of invitations and opportunities – you never know where it may lead you.


Taylor is a Staff Writer at The American Genius and has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Illinois State University. She is currently pursuing freelance writing and hopes to one day write for film and television.

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Bill Gates’ big regret of a simple command haunts him, what haunts you?

(EDITORIAL) If BIll Gates is still living with a big regret, it’s time to ponder your own, your own humanity, and consider moving past it in a healthy way.



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It has come to light that Microsoft founder Bill Gates regrets some of the original design decisions of the PC. Namely, the CTRL+ALT+DEL command that allows you to log in to the computer, due to its lack of simplicity when trying to access a key part of a computer’s operating system.

I know Mr. Gates probably has other regrets when looking at the span of his more than thirty years involvement with being associated with one of the most profitable companies in the world. I am assuming that you also have some regrets you have also in regard to your own business and/or career.

We all do.

According to psychologists, regret occurs when an something perceived as an error is made that has some personal accountability tied to it. If you’ve ever been a part of a business team, supervising employees, or been the boss, you’ve had a wealth of personal accountability. And, since you’re human, you’ve definitely made some mistakes.

One of my former bosses told me after a long day, in which I made some mistakes: You did the best you could have with the information you had. More than likely, if you’re agonizing about that mistaken car reservation or wrong decimal point, you made a normal human error. Even if it isn’t a small day to day thing, but perhaps a big issue with some big consequences, you can move on from that. It will be okay.

A great way to move on from a failure or mistake in business is to use the situation as a lesson for the future. Chances are, if you’re a team leader who messed up a relationship with an agent, you will have more agents in the future to avoid that error with.

Learning from your mistakes, and using your errors as fuel to increase your motivation for the next project, is a great way to deal with regrets healthily. If you don’t process your regrets, you can deal with a wealth of mental and physical health problems like chronic stress, depression, and damage to the systems that regulate your hormones.

You will have mistakes, but those mistakes have gotten you to this point in your life. It’s impossible to guess how your life would change if you were able to go back and fix that one thing that feels like a turning point in your business life. Living in spite of regrets is one of the hardest challenges in life to face, but just like Gates, you will accept the past and move on.

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Recognize and use free time at work like the gift it is

(PRODUCTIVITY) Free time during your workday can lead to furthering your mind and productivity.



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Clocked in but clocked out

We’ve all had those slow days at work where we’re looking for ways to kill the time until the clock strikes five.

While it can be tempting to use this time to text or mess around on the Internet, there are much better ways to use that free time that will make your future so much easier.

Cleanliness is next to godliness

First off, tidy up your workspace. Papers and items have a way of accumulating and may be distracting you even if you don’t realize it. By organizing your stuff and throwing away what you don’t need, you’re able to breathe and focus within your workspace.

It also does wonders for your work brain to clear up your email inbox.

Once that’s all done, plan out the rest of your work week. Make a list of the major goals you’d like to accomplish and then a sub-list of how you’ll knock those goals out. Update your calendar and make sure everything is on track.

Social media, networking, and research

It’s also beneficial to use this downtime to further yourself and your organization. Three ways you can do this is through: social media, networking, and research.

If you have access, take some time to look through your company’s social media and see what can be done to enhance it. Either throw up some posts yourself or pitch ideas to the social media manager.

Networking can be done in this small amount of time by sending out “catch up” emails to old colleagues, “welcome emails” to new clients or introduction emails to LinkedIn contacts.

Send them a “how’s it going?,” tell them what’s new with you, and see what they have going on. You never know where networking can lead so it’s always good to stay in touch.

With research, see what the latest trends are in your field and study up on them. This may give you new ways to look at projects and tasks at hand. And, it’s always beneficial to have continued learning.

Get Smart(er)

While on the subject of continued learning, take this time to mess around with something you may not feel completely knowledgeable of. Maybe dig around RPR data, perhaps practice using different computer programs it is never a bad a idea to nourish your brain.

Having free time during the workday is something of a gift. If you can help it, try not to waste it.


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The housing shortage is real and so are these solutions

(BROKERAGE) The housing shortage is real but former San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, has a few solutions to it.



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Real life shortage

If I learned anything from my high school economics class it’s that when you have a demand higher than your supply, that is a shortage.

Shortage is exactly where the housing market is right now and exactly where it needs to stay.

Quick run down

Because of the housing shortage, home prices are rising in ways that people can’t afford.

In California specifically, the housing shortage has become a housing crisis. And on top of that crisis, the state seems to be dragging its feet for a solution to it. One former San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, has a few ideas on how to solve both the crisis in California and the shortage sweeping the nation.

Response not reaction

The first response to the housing shortage Mr. Reed suggests should be taking steps to deconstruct the massive amounts of hoops that local governments put out for developers and builders to get plans approved.

Those hoops include, but are not limited to, occupancy limits, profit limits, and eviction rules.

We can deconstruct these hoops through legal action at the local level all the way up the chain to the Supreme Court.

Another response to the housing shortage Mr. Reed proposed is to change the states’ fiscal restrictions to favor housing.

Granted, he is referring to California’s fiscal restrictions but California isn’t the only state to impose restrictions like that.

In terms of the other states, modification of property tax allocations would allow for housing permits to generate enough money for cities to pay an increase service demand.

Reed also would like to see other reviews, like environmental review, streamlined so that they can’t be used to block developments for arbitrary reasons such as neighbors not agreeing with the color scheme.

In the end, Reed’s biggest response is for people to start electing legislators who understand the needs and growing pains of the housing market so that you already have the people in place to make changes.


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