Now that business has picked back up and we’re all getting very busy working with buyers and sellers, we seem to have less and less time for going to education classes and even less time for volunteering at our associations. Stop and make time…you read right, make time for education and volunteering. They will both pay off more than the time you invest. Several weeks ago I wrote about education programs at our associations and how they should be packed with REALTORS® wanting to learn more so they can earn more. Today, I want to say from personal experience: Volunteer and you will get back so much more than you give – it’s just the nature of volunteerism.
Volunteering offers many benefits…Volunteering is the perfect conduit to develop a new skill or to discover a new talent. It is never too late to realize new skills or accumulate knowledge that can help us in our everyday real estate business. Planning and implementing a major fundraising event like an RPAC auction or Golf Tournament can help further develop our goal setting, planning and budgeting skills. Serving on a committee or your Board of Directors is a great way to learn group dynamics and team work. Serving as a committee chair increases your facilitation skills – we can all use more of those when working with today’s buyers and sellers.
Be part of your community. There are so many options for being involved in your community, no man or woman is an island. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others taking part in impacting people’s welfare and happiness. What better way is there to connect with your community and give something back? I hear everyday about the wonderful projects that associations are involved in: Habitat For Humanity, March of Dimes, The Walk for MS, Christmas in July…the list goes on and on. Do you feel strongly about something that is happening or not happening in your community…get involved! As a volunteer, you certainly return to society some of the benefits that society gives you.
Receive personal rewards and sense of achievement. Volunteering is about donating your time, energy, and skills generously. Volunteering may simply be a break in regular routine or an opportunity to create balance in our lives. Volunteering around a personal interest or hobby can be enjoyable, relaxing, and revitalizing – your associations have so many opportunities. Think about what you did in your previous life (life before real estate). Those skills and that knowledge can be a huge asset on a committee or a task force.
Create Leadership. Watching those around you can allow you to identify leadership qualities that you most appreciate and can develop in yourself. Committees, task forces or Board meetings allow you to learn strategic thinking and conflict resolution skills. You will learn about your community, about trends and concerns, about people and about resources–all of which can help you develop your leadership potential.
Enhance Business Opportunities. Networking – Volunteering offers an incredible networking opportunity. You will develop lasting personal and professional relationships. I can’t tell you how many times the relationships that I developed by serving with other REALTORS on committees helped me out when trying to show properties, negotiating a offer on a property, trying to get financing options for a buyer. The list goes on and on.
Why do you volunteer? Let me know so we can share here.
Volunteering offers many benefits…Get involved…Florida REALTORS® sign-up for committees is fast and easy – The deadline for submitting 2012 Committee Service Request/Recommendations is May 24th, 2011. Go to FloridaRealtors.org and click on Committee Signup.