It’s now 2014 and with all the new apps, social media websites, tech gadgets and software, sometimes trying to figure out where to start can feel like an insurmountable task. In real estate, there are so many techniques, CRMs, and website that promise to provide more lead it’s hard to figure out what's the best way to reach people. I love building relationships and getting to know peoples personal stories. With all this social media and texting, it’s hard to connect with people on a one-on-one level anymore.

However, if you don't adapt in business you'll get left behind. So I decided to curb my anxiety and attend a workshop titled "Get Your Business Online in 2014". I found this event through my "MeetUp" app. For those who don't know, MeetUp.com is an amazing way to meet people in your local community with similar interest. There are more than 9,000 groups that meet each day. You can download the app from your phone or simply go to the website www.meetup.com to find a local group. 

This was my first Meet Up event and I must say it was fun and informative. The event was held in the Microsoft store located in Pentagon City Mall. My best friend Charles and I arrived a little late but we were just in time to still walk away with valuable nuggets of insight to implement in our respective fields. 

Colin Yearwood was the host. However, I immediately got a sense that he was just as passionate about the internet as I am about real estate. He was knowledgeable, vulnerable, funny and overall very welcoming. He addressed topics about how to tackle the social media aspect of business, how to start blogging, what to blog about and how to provide valuable content. I told him I would write my first blog post about the experience, so here it is. I made connections with the other attendees and I look forward to going to the second half of the workshop.

After having such an enriching experience, I've decided to make Meet Ups a part of my monthly networking routine. I love meeting new people and learning new things. I consider myself a student of life so I'm always a work in progress.