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Here are some guidelines to help you with your introduction post here in the BiggerPockets New Member Introductions forum. Please follow the following approach to introducing yourself:
1. Please try and mention where you're from in your post titles.
It helps our members to network with one another.
e.g. Newbie from Lawrence, Kansas
Many of our members have set up keyword alerts to help them find other members in their area. By including your location in your title/post, you'll allow our system to notify your peers of your post so they can jump in and start networking with you.
For a tutorial on our keyword alerts click here
2. In making your introduction, tell us a bit about yourself.
Things that you might want to share include: your real name, your background in real estate, where you're from, what you do, what your goals are in real estate, and how you came to join BiggerPockets.
3. Once you've introduced yourself, please check back with your post.
Our members go out of their way to welcome you to the site, ask you questions, etc. The forum loses steam when new members get a great welcome, but never come back to follow up with the questions/comments posed to them by others.
By default, when you post a new topic, you're automatically subscribed to it, and will get notifications of replies by email. Just jump in when you get those emails and meet your new friends.
4. Reciprocate and welcome other new members to the site.
Not only is this a great way to start networking, but it helps generate "positive mojo
5. Please do not use your introduction as a sales pitch!
Any sales pitches need to be in the appropriate areas of the site - our Marketplace. Introductions are a place to share with others who you are.
You should not use your introduction to sell your company or business to us. To find out more about our rules, please see our forum rules
6. Don't just stop engaging after introducing yourself.
Have fun, ask questions, network, and learn!! Those members who are active -- both newbie and experienced -- tend to attract large networks of colleagues, partners, and business opportunities. By staying active and visible here on the forums, you'll gain exposure to the largest community online of real estate investors and aficionados -- good things typically come to those that do.
MODERATOR: PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR OWN INTRO HERE. PLEASE START YOUR OWN THREAD.
Nice post @Joshua Dorkin . I would add that when you are attempting to become colleagues with other members, that you DO include a short message with that colleague request. I can't stand it when I'm at a REIA meeting and somebody hands me their business card and runs off without even saying a word; these blank colleague requests feel the same way to me ...
Great post Josh. Steve's comment reminded me of something similar that occurred Saturday at an REI Conf. A guy was walking up to everyone in a long line saying, "Hi, I'm networking." At which point he did nothing more than hand you a tablet and a pen to write your name, number, and email. I tripped him all up when I asked what he did and why we should exchange contact info.
All good suggestions.
I would also suggest being more specific than just saying that you want to get into "real estate investing". That's so broad, and there are so many members here who are involved in so many different types of "real estate investing", that you'll probably generate more interest and connections if you state specifically what type of investing you're interested in (i.e. wholesaling, fix-and-flip, buy-and-hold rentals, etc).
Lastly, it seems to be helpful if you fill out your profile first, so that when people see your introduction they can then click on your profile to learn even more about you. Plus it will save the moderators from having to remind you to fill it out. :)
Very good suggestions Josh. I feel like I need to go back and re-introduce myself now because I am sure I did it all wrong the first time!
Great post and great suggestions. Completing your profile, consistently engaging the forums by asking questions, and staying active on the board is essential. For whatever reason, many start their intro then do not follow up and stay active. If you want to be successful, you must be determined, consistent, and willing to spend the time to learn.
Welcome all new members to BP Nation!
Great post. I noticed this shortly after posting my introduction this morning..could have done the tell us a bit about yourself more, but I'm here to stay and will be working on that in my profile so not a lost cause. But I definitely like this post because it gives a great template to introduce yourself.
I will be keeping this link and passing it on daily!!
I want to add what a difference it can make to post a photo. It feels much more real and personal than an avatar or photograph of a landscape. Not that there is anything wrong with the generic ones, but an actual photo make me feel like you are a person instead of a company.
This is a really great post. It is sometimes daunting to join a community that you are unsure how to engage, but this post is really helpful. Thanks.
No problem, @Michael Rious ! Thanks for joining up.
Another request. Use the introduction thread to introduce yourself as described above and let's not break out into some RE deal or situation, those need to be in the appropriate sections.
And, when you ask for advice in some activity about a property please provide all the information you can. Sale price, market value, rehab cost, rents, down payment, loan amount, if it's an REO or foreclosure or FSBO or MLS, and general location, such that is applicable. I've seen threads that have taken many posts just to get enough information to begin addressing the topic. The more information and details given the better chance of getting better feedback.
There is also too much information, going on about history, like how you got into some mess may not be applicable to the reality of the day, so consider if all the verbage is really needed to get your answers. And, LOL, I have some of the longest posts on BP, not sure if people read them or skim them or just overlook what is said being so long. :)
thanks for the tips
Thanks, @Joshua Dorkin - your post gave me a great start to starting the conversation here! Glad I stumbled on this site!
No problem. I'm glad everyone is finding the tips helpful. When you have a chance, John, do upload a personal profile pic so people can better get to know you as you engage here.
That's a great guideline, I did my intro post just a few days back. I already have some great feedback and info, two new colleagues, and following some BP members. Very happy I joined the conversation.
Thanks for the advice Joshua! Maybe there's a better place to ask this question, but as a newbie I'm still finding my way through this site so I'll ask it here. I'm trying to reply to each of the individuals who took the time to respond to my introduction. Is there a way to directly reply to someone's comments or does the reply always just go to the bottom of the comments thread? Thanks!
@Brian Jones - Thanks for sharing. That's the power of this place. The more you engage, the more quickly you will grow your network and business.
Thanks for the tips!!
Thanks for the tips!!
Thanks for the post and great suggestions!!
Thanks this is really helpful!!!
I agree so much with Carlos Flores! Not everyone is meant to network with everyone. People think exchanging contact info means your networking. NOT! We should want to build meaningful and mutually-beneficial relationships with each other. I can have 700 "networking" contacts but if I'm only reaching out to 20 of them that becomes severely disproportionate. Quality over quantity anyday!
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Great Post and replies. I'm very excited I discovered this site!
I'm off to create my introduction post. Thanks for the clear instructions!
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