As I walked in, I was greeted at the door by the host, got my name badge and looked around. I had nobody to talk to.
Everyone else seemed to know everyone else but I knew nobody.
How long would I stand there by myself before someone came over to say hello?
Standing in the middle of the room for what seemed an eternity, nobody did come to me.
So I took a big gulp and strolled up to the bar where there were a couple of other guys sitting chatting. Although I had done this many times before, I couldnâ€™t think of single thing to say.
Thankfully, one of them turned to me and stuck his hand out and introduced himself. He was a local carpenter and he was chatting with a local painter.
What great flooring contacts! I thought to myself...
Nope. I introduced myself for the very first time as a full time real estate investor - and although my first interaction was a bit forced and needless to say, very uncomfortable, I had done it.
That night, I did the same thing on numerous other occasions (maybe the two Bud Lights helped a bit) - but I actually met other local people and handed out my card.
I was horrible at it that night, but I kept going.
Believe it or not, I signed up for more networking groups like BNI and REIA where I did the same thing - sometimes sitting in my car, sweating bullets before I went in - but over time, the fear was less and less and less. And not only that, but the contacts I made were starting to add up.
By the end of my first month of networking, I had met over 30 people, from bankers to contractors to real estate agents to hard money lenders. A few of which eventually became a part of my house flipping team.
I wasnâ€™t good at it first, but I did do it. And I got better at it, each time I did it.
How to Network As a Real Estate Investor
How do you do it so you donâ€™t have to go through the hell I went through?
In this series of videos, we show you exactly how you can sidestep many of those very same fears I had and get really good at the one thing that helped me launch my real estate investing career more than anything (even coaching and education).
Its how to do good real estate networking: