Volunteering Benefits in Many Ways - Lesson Learned
Did you know that volunteering is not only good for the soul, but also for your business? This is something I have learned over the years in my real estate career.
I have volunteered in the horse community since my kids started getting involved with horses. They started out in 4H, then moved on to U.S. Pony Club. Even when they horse showed, I volunteered to help where needed while they showed, although I did reserve the right to be able to watch my children's classes.
What I found out during this time was that it felt great to help others. Besides, instead of standing around being bored, I kept busy and did something useful. This was when I found out that it not only benefited the person, organization or event, but it also benefited me. It was such a wonderful feeling.
I continued to volunteer after my son and daughter became adults and moved out to live on their own. I did take a year off from it after my youngest finished college. During that year, even though I enjoyed some time off, I felt like I was missing something. So, I returned to volunteering. That was what I needed.
Now, I began my real estate career a few years after my children left home, but I continued to volunteer. In my new career, I had learned that networking was one way to get business. Well, I began attending networking events, but found it was way too much competition. So many other agents were there.
One day, during an event I was volunteering at, I was on break, standing at the fence of the riding arena, watching the class. A couple of parents were behind me, talking. I turned and joined in the conversation after a while. We were just chatting about horses. (Of course.) Somehow, the conversation led to farms and horse properties. Naturally, I joined in with my expertise, but as conversation, not being pushy.
At the end, before parting, I asked them if they wanted my card. They answered no, but only because chances were they would most likely lose it while on the show grounds helping their kids. What they did say, though was that they were able to find me on the Internet easily enough if they needed my services. (That was great to hear!)
After this event, I went over everything that had led up to this conversation. Then a light bulb went off over my head! It occurred to me that this was a way to network. Not only that, if I kept volunteering at these events. I would be continuously in front of people so they would remember me. Plus, this was a non-invasive way of doing it.
It also showed me that volunteering at events shows the others how much I care about the horse community and am willing to help when it is needed.
This was a powerful lesson I learned through volunteering.
Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR® (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.
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