Attending Dave Lindahl’s Private Money/Syndication Bootcamp has really made me realize how super important networking is. It was actually one of the speakers there that really made it sink in. His name is Joel Brough. I first was introduced to Joel at round table discussions that Dave had. Joel was speaking about Property Management. He gave some awesome information about how to network with property management companies to get information from them and to then get information from other folks.
Joel then came up on the last day of the Bootcamp to talk about networking (grant it, he was trying to sell some software that apparently he and Dave created) but the reality was a lot of stuff he was saying made sense. A lot of times we network with folks at perhaps REIA meetings or seminars and bootcamps and we collect tons of business cards but we don’t stay in touch with folks. Sometimes we may not even make contact again after getting their initial business card. Well that was wasted networking efforts. Why put the time in to get the business cards if you aren’t going to take advantage of them?
Anyway, he says not to go to these events with business cards. He says “it’s not about you! It’s about them!” He says to have your “elevator speech” ready to give to folks but don’t hand them a business card, just get there business card. Then come home and put them in your database and stay in constant contact with them, etc. Obviously he went into more detail but you get the gist of it, I’m sure. I really liked Joel.
So now I’m totally excited to network. Dave and others gave us great ideas and examples for our elevator speeches and I’ve been practicing mine since Friday night. I’m ready to use it on everyone. And who knows…perhaps I’ll get a bunch of
private money commitments!
I am going to a my first ever Toastmasters meeting next week. Not because I am afraid to speak in public, cuz I’m not, but I’m sure I can learn some great techniques there, but I’m going because it’s a networking opportunity and this particular chapter meets at a country club hehehe so hopefully there is money there that I can eventually tap in to.
Kathy and I will begin to meet with a few folks that we know for a fact have money and have even spoke to us about either investing with us in regards to the money angle or investing with us in regards to buying properties (this guy we’re going to try to convert to a private money lender tho.) Plus, after I get my speech and presentation really down good….I’m going to meet with a high school friend’s father who I know has money and I know knows lots of folks with money.
As far as offers go, we still just have that one out there and after re-doing the numbers…as long as we use equity investors and not debt investors, I think our initial offer of $900k to $925k is good! (I thought I screwed something up with the numbers and was suppose to offer $750k to 800k!)
Kathy is meeting with a commercial broker in Odessa, Texas today and I also set up a meeting for her to meet a woman at the Economic Development Committee. She’s there for work so I figured I’d put her to work for us too! The Odessa/Midland area is an emerging market that we’re targeting for now.