I’m happy to be back in Austin after 5 days of real estate redevelopment learning in Houston. The second class I took was a repeat of my favorite, the rehabbing class. I’ll talk more about that later. Today I want to rave about the best thing about joining a group to learn new skills: networking.
Now, Lee and I are both introverts. We came by the “Hermits” label honestly. Being in large crowds tends to be very draining for us. Nonetheless, we had a great time last week, as I pointed out in my first post about our Houston classes. It turns out to be a lot easier to just gab with random strangers if you know you have something in common. Everyone at this event works in some area of home renovation, so we all had something to talk about immediately.
What Gets Hermits Networking?
I figure everyone is at least pretty nice, or they wouldn’t be fans of the ethics of FortuneBuilders. We even decided to get together with a nice couple we met just standing around the hotel restaurant, some time when we are in College Station. We share an interest in wine. I had a great time getting to know the four women who sat around me in my class. Each of us had some information that really helped the others in some aspect of their business. I had lunch with a woman from Illinois who I had run into a couple of times, and loved getting to know her.
We networked like crazy Saturday night, and weren’t even exhausted. I introduced Lee to Debbie, who was in my class, and who we might work with on later projects. It was cool to see them hitting it off and discussing her business model.
And at the breakfast on Sunday morning, I even met Wonder Woman, who was a member of the “Crush It Crew,” or local folks who volunteer to help out at the meetings. She was a pink cowgirl on another day. I enjoyed seeing how much fun some of these folks have. You should have seen Gustavo, the guy we met the first day, high-fiving everyone in the whole place as they walked by. The energy was contagious.
This introvert was nowhere near as worn out as usual after a conference. We even had the energy to drive to Spring and visit with our friends Myron and Tina, who have been private money lenders for us. Yep, more folks we met through this organization.
This is not a commercial for the organization that hosted our meeting. There are many good groups you can join, like local real estate investor groups and meetups. What’s important is to get out there and talk to people, because all the connections you make can lead you to money for your company, and lots of deals.
What about Deals?
It wouldn’t be a FortuneBuilders event without a deal or two. Much of the time we were in Houston, we were working with our friends Vern and Stephanie to finalize the deal on a house in Tyler that we are joint venturing on. We finally got all the papers notarized on Sunday, on our way out of town. Believe it or not, there was a bank open in the nearest WalMart, and they had a notary available! On Sunday! We got it done! Vern then rushed them to Dallas to close by our deadline.
And where did we find these new colleagues? Through networking, of course. Super-networker Larry introduced us to Vern, as well. Larry could network with a tree stump and get something useful out of it.
We are already working on more deals with these nice folks from the Waco area.