What began as 3 people is now +165. How a MeetUp supercharged our networking & connected us with experienced investors!

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Greeting BP members, especially newbies who are looking for creative ways to connect with other experienced real estate investors, mentors, coaches, etc.

Think you're living in an area where it's hard to network with others? So did we. 

We being members of the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup in Korea.

About 8 months ago, @John Van Uytven reached out to me through BiggerPockets. I thought, "This is awesome! Even all the way out here in Korea there are people I can meet to talk with about real estate investing." I brought along my real estate investing partner @Benjamin Hauser and the three of us met for coffee.

After we met, we decided to do this regularly and John even had the idea to create a meetup group.

We thought maybe we'd find another investor or two out here in Korea, so we were pleasantly surprised when 12 people signed up for the next meetup. And from there it continued to grow and grow!

We now have over 165 members, and expect +30 people at each of our meetups. We've been averaging 20 new signups each month. So how have we've been able to grow?

I've signed up for about three or four different meetups and here are four ways our meetup is different:

  1. 1. Sending out post-meetup wrap-ups. After each meetup, I'll send out a summary of what happened last time. (If you want to see samples, I've included a link below)
  2. 2. Creating videos clips from our meetups and posting these to build credibility. It helps make our meetups look professional.
  3. 3. Sending out a personal greeting to each new member that features links to posts, vidoeos, etc. about us. 
  4. 4. Finally, the most helpful thing was probably posting here on BP about our successes.

By posting on BP about our successes, we've been able to attract awesome BP 'virtual guests' such as (sample video clips below):

@Joshua Dorkin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNe1b178zWY

@Brandon Turner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqgZTwwu_2Q&featur...

And this month's Virtual Speaker:

@Ali Boone

https://youtu.be/tVFHBSi9ipY

who generously spent over 45 minutes answering questions about Turnkey Real Estate Investing. (Click on the link above to find out Ali's method advice on AVOIDING THE SCAMMERS!)

In April, we'll be having @Engelo Rumora as our virtual guest and we may be able to get @Jay Hinrichs to speak if we can make the times work out.

So, through our meetup, not only have I've been able to talk with all our speakers personally and ask them questions (every newbies greatest hope!), I also feel good because we're able to give back to them by helping to increase their profile (international speaker sound good to anyone??), and introduce them to a new audience. 

While what we give back is only a fraction of what they give us, I still feel good about that.

Meanwhile we've also been able to grow the BP community.

Our latest in-person speaker @Robert E. Medlock II and newly minted BP member, gave an awesome talk on how he rehabbed and rented out a $9,000 house in Jacksonville, Florida, complete with pictures of the entire process. 

So if you're looking for a way to connect with more experienced investors and a way to build your own credibility and brand, I definitely suggest starting a meetup. There are so many benefits and the only 'cost' will be a little bit of your time.

That's it for this post. I hope it encourages others to start their own meetup!

Here's a link to some of the messages we've sent our members:

http://www.meetup.com/Seoul-REI-Meetup/messages/bo...

Here are some pictures from our latest meetup:

Some of those featured in the pictures:

@Sandra Roddy , @Dustin Karns , @Josh McNicoll , @Account Closed

@Daniel Ryu

  thanks for the mention... hopefully our schedules will mesh !!  Although Engelo will probably steal the show !!

@Engelo Rumora

@Jay Hinrichs

Hahaha.. Yeah Engelo is a powerhouse! 

We plan on having you in different months though. (With your over 30 years experience in real estate investing, I doubt anyone could steal your thunder ^^) I know our group is going to learn a ton and I'm super excited about it. I hope we can make it happen!

Originally posted by @Jay Hinrichs :

@Daniel Ryu

  thanks for the mention... hopefully our schedules will mesh !!  Although Engelo will probably steal the show !!

@Engelo Rumora

haha

Thanks Daniel,

It will be a pleasure sharing my experiences with everyone.

Only with my accent Jay lol

You have been someone I looked up to for a while now and followed your advice from very early on while I was still in OZ and even today as you know.

Its a pleasure knowing you mate and thanks for your support :)

Originally posted by @Daniel Ryu :

@Jay Hinrichs

Hahaha.. Yeah Engelo is a powerhouse! 

We plan on having you in different months though. (With your over 30 years experience in real estate investing, I doubt anyone could steal your thunder ^^) I know our group is going to learn a ton and I'm super excited about it. I hope we can make it happen!

Now this woman here @Dominique Osborn is a power-house Daniel.

Just like Jay's wife, they both steal the thunder from us any day while also accomplishing more than us in half the time haha

Thanks mate :)

Congratulations on your success! What a great use to technology to allow for even more interaction between BP members and other investors as well. I wonder, have you, or other folks who run REIA meetings considered taking a virtual approach for the entire meeting? I know here, in MA, there are several different REIA meetings but my work schedule does not always allow for attendance due to location from work. I would be able, however, to get home in time, to log in and attend virtually.

Thanks for sharing your story and the clips!

@Lynne M.

Great question and suggestion! Thanks for the feedback. 

I tried a virtual meetup once. It was through Go To Meeting. The host didn't show up though so I'm not sure what it's like. 

Face to face definitely has it advantages. I think online is great for learning, but I'm not sure how the networking and casual conversations translate. 

Maybe you can try hosting something online in your area? If you do, let us know how it goes ^^

Originally posted by @John Van Uytven:

@Daniel Ryu

Great write up about our group.


Looking forward to the next meeting, and having @Engelo Rumora

 as our virtual guest.

Plus @Jay Hinrichs

 in the future

Thanks John,

It will be a pleasure sharing my experiences.

Have a great day.

@Daniel Ryu , that was a serious write-up. Looking forward to our next meetup and hearing from @Engelo Rumora !

Josh McNicoll
REI in Incheon, South Korea
 

Originally posted by @Daniel Ryu:

Greeting BP members, especially newbies who are looking for creative ways to connect with other experienced real estate investors, mentors, coaches, etc.

Think you're living in an area where it's hard to network with others? So did we. 

We being members of the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup in Korea.

About 8 months ago, @John Van Uytven reached out to me through BiggerPockets. I thought, "This is awesome! Even all the way out here in Korea there are people I can meet to talk with about real estate investing." I brought along my real estate investing partner @Benjamin Hauser and the three of us met for coffee.

After we met, we decided to do this regularly and John even had the idea to create a meetup group.

We thought maybe we'd find another investor or two out here in Korea, so we were pleasantly surprised when 12 people signed up for the next meetup. And from there it continued to grow and grow!

We now have over 165 members, and expect +30 people at each of our meetups. We've been averaging 20 new signups each month. So how have we've been able to grow?

I've signed up for about three or four different meetups and here are four ways our meetup is different:

  1. 1. Sending out post-meetup wrap-ups. After each meetup, I'll send out a summary of what happened last time. (If you want to see samples, I've included a link below)
  2. 2. Creating videos clips from our meetups and posting these to build credibility. It helps make our meetups look professional.
  3. 3. Sending out a personal greeting to each new member that features links to posts, vidoeos, etc. about us. 
  4. 4. Finally, the most helpful thing was probably posting here on BP about our successes.

By posting on BP about our successes, we've been able to attract awesome BP 'virtual guests' such as (sample video clips below):

@Joshua Dorkin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNe1b178zWY

@Brandon Turner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqgZTwwu_2Q&featur...

And this month's Virtual Speaker:

@Ali Boone

https://youtu.be/tVFHBSi9ipY

who generously spent over 45 minutes answering questions about Turnkey Real Estate Investing. (Click on the link above to find out Ali's method advice on AVOIDING THE SCAMMERS!)

In April, we'll be having @Engelo Rumora as our virtual guest and we may be able to get @Jay Hinrichs to speak if we can make the times work out.

So, through our meetup, not only have I've been able to talk with all our speakers personally and ask them questions (every newbies greatest hope!), I also feel good because we're able to give back to them by helping to increase their profile (international speaker sound good to anyone??), and introduce them to a new audience. 

While what we give back is only a fraction of what they give us, I still feel good about that.

Meanwhile we've also been able to grow the BP community.

Our latest in-person speaker @Robert E. Medlock II and newly minted BP member, gave an awesome talk on how he rehabbed and rented out a $9,000 house in Jacksonville, Florida, complete with pictures of the entire process. 

So if you're looking for a way to connect with more experienced investors and a way to build your own credibility and brand, I definitely suggest starting a meetup. There are so many benefits and the only 'cost' will be a little bit of your time.

That's it for this post. I hope it encourages others to start their own meetup!

Here's a link to some of the messages we've sent our members:

http://www.meetup.com/Seoul-REI-Meetup/messages/bo...

Here are some pictures from our latest meetup:

Some of those featured in the pictures:

@Sandra Roddy , @Dustin Karns , @Josh McNicoll, @Account Closed

Thanks for having me Daniel... it was a lot of fun! I didn't even realize we had chatted that long. When I got back into dancing everyone thought I had left. Haha. I may or not have done some bragging at that point that I had just been out talking to Korea. You know, no biggie, just a typical Friday night. ;)

Thanks again!

@Ali Boone

The pleasure was all ours! 

You deserve to brag - INTERNATIONAL superstar that you are ^^

On behalf of the whole group, thanks again. And I hope to see you next time I'm out in California. 

Haha. Nahhh. I'll officially be international if I actually travel to places around the world to speak! Now THAT is when it gets really cool :)

You're very welcome, and yes definitely let me know!

Originally posted by @Daniel Ryu :

@Engelo Rumora

@Jay Hinrichs

It's so awesome to know both of you!

@dominique osborn

Glad to meet you! Hope we get a chance to talk in the future. 

   

Thanks Daniel! Looking forward to connecting further in the future! 

Originally posted by @Engelo Rumora :
Originally posted by @Daniel Ryu:

@Jay Hinrichs

Hahaha.. Yeah Engelo is a powerhouse! 

We plan on having you in different months though. (With your over 30 years experience in real estate investing, I doubt anyone could steal your thunder ^^) I know our group is going to learn a ton and I'm super excited about it. I hope we can make it happen!

Now this woman here @Dominique Osborn is a power-house Daniel.

Just like Jay's wife, they both steal the thunder from us any day while also accomplishing more than us in half the time haha

Thanks mate :)

Haha @Engelo Rumora - someone has to keep you in check! ;) lol 

Daniel,

What a great concept and idea. I'm looking for meet ups in my area suitable to meet my time constraints. After reading your post, I think I'm going to start my own. Great post!

@Stephen Seaberry

Sounds great Stephen! Keep us posted on how it goes. And feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions.

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