Networking in Columbus: Brooke’s Story

You never know who you’re going to meet at a Columbus networking event . . . or where it could lead.

Brooke Georgiton had changed careers from teaching to sales back in 2011. Like countless others in the capital city and beyond, she was trying to discover her place in the world.

“For my first two years, I was selling insurance and financial planning products.  While I enjoyed being self-employed, the product I was selling and the agency I was with were not a good fit for my personality,” she recalled.

Georgiton attended a lot of networking events, but one in particular changed the course of her life. She met a career coach.

“He could tell I wasn’t happy,” she recalled. This led her to take an assessment with him to reveal her personality strengths.

“Although this helped, I stayed with my company at the time and kept pushing through,” she said.

Her coach asked her just three weeks later if she was ready to find out what offered her a better shot at happiness. Ready she was.

The assessment revealed Georgiton would succeed best at real estate; she now works for e-Merge with tremendous success.

“I am so thankful for the doors which have opened for me through networking,” Georgiton said. “My business is growing and prospering, and I love being a REALTOR®.  Networking is a powerful tool and can open doors for many new opportunities in your life!”

Georgiton found success because she stepped outside her comfort zone. She emphasized this point in her advice to other networkers.

“When attending open networking groups such as GETDOT, set a goal as to how many new people you want to meet each time,” she said. “It’s easy to spend the entire time with people you already know.  Also, really take the time to get to know people. When people know and trust you, that’s when business will be passed.”

Fun fact: The career coach introduced her to Eric Rine . . . who is now GETDOT’s current president.  And he brought her into GETDOT.

Georgiton now serves on our board and continues to enjoy more connections and friends as a result.

Chris Alexis
Chris Alexis
Chris Alexis is a writer by nature. By day, he's a marketing representative for the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering and penning a variety of articles for worthy causes, including GETDOT.