What's In It For Me?
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Orlando REALTOR® | November/December 2012
It’s perfectly okay to ask what
you will get out of volunteering at ORRA
The members who volunteer to serve on ORRA’s committees are an essential element of the association. ORRA — and by extension the entire membership — is most definitely on the receiving end of its volunteers’ expertise and efforts.
But volunteering also provides tons of professional and personal benefits to the volunteer. Specifically, committee service can be a great way to develop new skills, learn about career options, make friends, garner additional professional contacts, learn to cope in a new environment, or even just shake up your routine.
Volunteers rarely speak of the benefits of volunteering to themselves. Who says that doing good for your association and your profession and enjoying yourself while meeting your own personal and professional goals can’t happen at the same time? If in the process of meeting your personal and professional goals you are helping to meet the goals of your committee and helping to move ORRA’s mission forward, then it’s a win-win situation!
Part of finding the right ORRA committee on which to serve (learn more) is being honest about what you hope to learn and accomplish. With that in mind, here are some of the personal and professional benefits you can gain from volunteering on an ORRA committee:
Have you always wanted to learn more about property management or diversity marketing? Do you have experience with local politics? ORRA has committees that address all of these topics and more, and volunteering can help you learn new things or use your existing skills in new ways.
ORRA committee service provides lots of opportunities to acquire group leadership skills. Committee chairs attend an annual training workshop, and all committee members may attend the annual ORRA Leadership Institute. And those who serve on the grievance and professional standards committees — two crucial committees involved with REALTOR® Code of Ethics violations — receive highly specialized training.
Never underestimate the power of networking, especially with fellow real estate professionals! Volunteering offers the opportunity to cross paths — as well as, in many cases, quickly bond — with REALTORS® from all over our area, including many with whom you may not otherwise have contact.
In addition to professional networking, volunteering can be a fun, meaningful way to make new friends. Are you new to Orlando, looking to branch out socially, or simply searching for something to do with new people? Can you say "Young Professionals Network, Orlando?” Pick an ORRA committee, council, or task force and get to know others who care about the same issues that you do.
Serving on a committee allows you to meet and network with numerous people from different brokerages that you may never have been introduced to before. Make sure you connect with your fellow committee members not only in your role as volunteers but also to form outside business relationships with them.
Mixing with other real estate professionals is also a great way to identify a mentor for yourself, or someone who could benefit from having you as a mentor.
Finally, as a volunteer you will be presented with opportunities to attend various committee meetings and ORRA events. Try to attend every event and gather the courage to introduce yourself to as many people as you can; remember, take a lot of business cards with you.
Have an impact – on yourself
Volunteering is one of the best ways to make a difference to your association and your profession. Whatever your interest or passion, however you get involved, committee service offers a way to have a real and lasting impact – on yourself!