How are people expanding their networks these days?

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Rank: Senior Chimp | banana points 25

I am looking to expand my reach and what are we finding are the best methods to do that. And where are people finding you at?

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Feb 1, 2019

jhamlin, hey, look at the bright side, at least you didn't get a ton of monkey shit thrown at you...here is my best guess on threads that might be helpful:

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Feb 3, 2019

This wasn't a witty comment. I was serious. I have connected with several people here who have given me invaluable advice. I actually made a very good friend from this site.

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Feb 4, 2019

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Feb 4, 2019

Industry events, industry organizations, and frankly just existing in the business. You will inevitably meet a lot of people. "Networking" is creating relationships with them beyond exchanging cards.

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Feb 5, 2019

If you exchange card with someone do you guys typically reach out to most of those people? I often times find it hard to reach out unless I a,looking for info/need something which is obviously wrong. Curious how others maintain relationships with contacts that I don't regularly see but work just a few blocks away.

Feb 5, 2019

Coffee, lunch, and beer

Feb 5, 2019

I guess I always just feel weird asking people to meet for coffee and beer. Especially the people I've only met once. The first reconnect is the hardest.

Feb 4, 2019

It's no less weird for them. Still have to make relationships

Feb 5, 2019

Good to know. I try to follow up with everyone and typically people will express gratitude for me doing so. The initial hurdle for me is really just sending the email and wording it correctly so I don't feel weird.

This will sound really dumb (though it can be a reality) but especially when its someone of the opposite sex who you respect and want to learn from/build a professional relationship with but don't want them to think you are making a pass at them.

Feb 4, 2019
jpacai:

If you exchange card with someone do you guys typically reach out to most of those people

As long as they aren't weird, yes.

Feb 6, 2019
jpacai:

If you exchange card with someone do you guys typically reach out to most of those people?

It depends. If I get a card from a plumber, for example, I generally will send an email but not follow up further. Those folks aren't really looking for a personal relationship, just to have an opportunity to bid.

Brokers, other principals, gov't employees, etc... those folks I'll meet with.

Feb 6, 2019

Yes yes, can't be seen sullying ourselves fraternizing with the proles. Righto.

Feb 6, 2019
dsch:

Yes yes, can't be seen sullying ourselves fraternizing with the proles. Righto.

Not sure when "government employees," or even your typical paid-by-commission junior broker became part of the overlord class, but good to know there's yet another WSO poster out there willing to look like an idiot if he thinks he can sound clever. Righto indeed

Feb 5, 2019

Totally understand. Brokers, principals, school alumni is what I typically keep it to.

Feb 4, 2019

NIOP events or conventions like ICSC aren't a bad place to start if you are in the NJ/NY area. I'm a recent college grad from a non target real estate school and that's how I got in the door with two major real estate companies. Hope this helps!

Feb 4, 2019

go to CREFC events

Feb 4, 2019

Have you graduated yet or are you still in UG?

Industry events are the easiest, plus you typically get to wine and dine on the company dime. ULI, NAOIP, even things like ABC if you wanna goof off with dirty construction people like me. Washington Building Congress in DC is an equivalent of ABC but i'm sure you can find some in your area.

Feb 4, 2019

What @CRE said.

Also, further on the industry events..join a ULI, NAIOP or whatever and try and go to any happy hour they have. I've always found networking to be much easier in a more casual environment then at some 100+person event where everyone is just measuring each other's dicks amongst each other.

Also, find alumni in your interested area of RE and just shoot them a message on LinkedIn or email. I've gotten good responses from this. You'd be surprised how willing people are willing to help even to some stranger. If they don't answer then fuck them and move on. Nothing to lose.

Feb 6, 2019
Feb 6, 2019