Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk: The Tidewater Entrepreneur. " Learn how to blog"

The Tidewater Entrepreneur. " Learn how to blog"

Every second SaturdBusines owners at meetingay of the month a group of 18 to 30 wannabes  gather together at "El Desorden" a Colombian  restaurant to learn about business, to network and have a great breakfast.  
I started this group three years ago because I couldn't join a BNI group.  The first year we had any where from 4 to 9 people show up, but for the past two years we have had a consistent group of close to 20 entrepreneurs give or take come to the meetings.  We have a few regulars, but mainly we get different business owners come join us every month. I have had the opportunity to make some great contacts.   We have learned about Franchises, taxes, personal image, Internet networking, resources to build your business and the list goes on and on.  We even had Martin Crenshaw a motivational speaker one month.  A lot of connections and alliances have been created thanks to the group. This will be our 38th meeting.
Devie Robertson of Roberson Global has helped organize and run the gatherings for the past year.  He does a great job, and adds his own flair to the meetings.  Last month we had one of the best meetings we have had, as it became more of a forum with everyone adding their own experiences with the subject at hand , and that is how I ended up becoming the speaker for this month.  "Learn how to blog a beginners guide".  A year ago, I would not have ever dreamed that I would be consider an expert, but after blogging all these months, it appears that I do know more about it than most every one in the group.  I have to admit that I am very nervous, as I get stage fright, and I am still learning about blogging.  Thanks to all the experienced bloggers in Activerain, I will share the joy of blogging to my fellow business owners.  The Tidewater Entrepreneur is a group of business owners in the Hampton Roads area, and I am the only real estate agent.  We have all kind of businesses represented in the group.  If you are looking for a different place to learn about business, and network in a very relaxed atmosphere come join us at "El De
sorden" in Virginia Beach.

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The Tidewater Entrepreneur. " Learn how to blog" was first published on Hampton Roads Real Estate VoiceCopyright © 2010 By Tere Rottink, All Rights Reserved.

Comment balloon 7 commentsTere Rottink • March 12 2010 08:59PM


I am still learning about blogging myself. It seems though, that it gets easier everytime. I truly enjoy the exercise and it is all together beneficial for you.

Posted by The Villages Florida Real Estate, Living and Loving Florida! (RE/MAX Premier Realty) over 10 years ago

Looks like alot of happy bloggers! Blogging to me is better than reading only since you can get more opinions and some new facts.

Posted by Monika Depalo, REAL ESTATE Agent/Stager (GAFF'S REFERRAL'S INC.) over 10 years ago

damn, wish i was in your town, i would love to be at your meetings....

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) over 10 years ago

Your meetings sound great! We have had a lot of experience with public speaking and here is our best advice:

Don't put too much weight into your performance. It sounds like a casual setting, and no one expects you, or anyone else, to be the best speaker since JFK! Also, don't pay any attention to normal stuttering or word displacement. This is the way normal conversation is, and no one will notice it- In fact, it actually enhances a public speaker's like-ability!


Hope that helps! Good luck!

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Thank you all for your support.  I think blogging is a continuous learning experience. 

Monika:  I totally agree with you.  I love the input in the comments in every blog.

Ken: Check out the manual.  It is specifically dedicated to this profession and Activerain

Todd:  Thanks for the speaking advice.  I will follow it.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) over 10 years ago

You did a great job today Tere. I really enjoyed the meeting, and look forward to attending in the future. Thanks for the topic, I left knowing a little more about blogging than I did when I arrived. It was a very successful morning.

Posted by Troy Pappas, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Safe House Property Inspections) over 10 years ago

Thanks Troy.  It was gret meeting you on Saturday.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) over 10 years ago

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