Meet Levi Meyer

A top-producing South Florida agent, and the founder and president of the incredibly successful Meyer Group, Levi Meyer is an expert when it comes to branding and building a referral-based business.

Levi recently joined us for Agent Talk, where he sat down with Chirag to discuss his approach to winning referrals, how he networks and builds relationships with agents, and to share some exciting information about his upcoming joint project with Chirag!

On His Early Years

You run a top-producing business in Miami. What drew you to this line of work and to that market?

Well, I’m a Miami native. I grew up in the area. I’ve lived in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove. It’s my home. I’m also from a large family, and I’ve been sort of scrappy from youth. You know, kind of a hustler. So after working in a bunch of different fields and careers, I settled in real estate, as it seemed like a natural fit for me, and it allowed me to work in the home and area that I love.

You’ve been with Compass for five years. What drew you to the brokerage?

Yes, I joined Compass about five years ago, back when the company’s presence in Florida was very small. It was, like, me, Beth Butler, and a handful of other agents. So I came in on the ground floor. What drew me to Compass and what I love most about the company is its network. I operate a referral-based business, so I’m often making trips to New York, to California, all over to generate business. It was actually on a trip up to the Hamptons, where I made a ton of new connections and friends, that I first realized the power of the Compass network. It’s been a huge asset for my business.

On Running a Referral-Based Business

You’ve mentioned that you generate most of your business from referrals. How do you go about building those relationships with agents from other states?

Well, as I’ve said, I take a lot of trips around the country, meeting new agents, strengthening existing relationships, all of that. I recently was up in San Francisco, where I made a ton of new connections. My goal on these trips is to make myself the go-to Florida agent for these out of state people. When they’re referring a client to my market, I want these agents to think of me first. If you’re building a referral business, you really have to position yourself as the face of your market.

And how much of the talk during these networking trips is devoted to business, and how much to the more personal side of things?

I think it’s different for every agent. I know for myself, I try to keep things as personal and human as possible. You know, people don’t want you throwing your business card in their face all the time. They want to get to know you as a person, and I want to get to know them as well. Usually, to keep track of who I’m meeting, I set up a spreadsheet for myself, outlining the basics; you know, who they are, what they do, who referred me to them, but also including sections about personal information. I definitely try to remember the FORD acronym as much as I can on these trips: Family, Occupation, Relationships, Dreams. I try to touch on all of those aspects when talking to agents, in addition to just talking shop.

On His National Agent Network Challenge

You and Chirag are collaborating on a brand-new, very exciting project called the National Agent Network Challenge. Can you tell us a little bit more about that project?

Of course. It’s something I’m very excited about, and I know Chirag is as well. We know that, for most agents, November and December are sort of lighter months in terms of business activity. So, over the next two months, Chirag and I are partnering up on holding a few joint coaching sessions, where we’ll guide agents through creating a nationwide referral network of their very own. We’re still mapping out the details of the project, but we think it’s going to be a very exciting program.

And what are some of the things agents can expect to learn from this program?

We’ll be doing a deep dive into how I like to plan and schedule my networking trips. How I build relationships with agents. How I network. I’m hoping the agents who attend will have a better understanding of what it takes logistically to plan these kinds of networking trips, and how they can quickly and effectively build long lasting business relationships with other agents, so they can really make the most of the time they spend networking and chasing referrals.

On His Advice to Agents Looking to Build a Referral Business

What advice would you give agents looking to build a referral-based business like yours?

I think you definitely have to look at the big picture when it comes to building these types of relationships. You want to make solid, personal connections with other agents that are not entirely about the business. You want to connect on a personal level, as much as on a business one. I also think, if you’re not in a position right now to afford to invest in a networking trip of your own, then the Compass retreats can be a great place to start building that referral network. I like to keep myself nimble during retreats, and leave myself open to going to unscheduled side events, or a party in someone’s suite, or something like that. Not all the connections you make at a retreat will be at official retreat events.

What’s a common misconception about networking and building referrals that you want to dispel here and now?

Well, the most common mistake I see new agents make when trying to build a referral network is constantly going after the biggest, baddest agent they can find, and trying to get their attention as a new agent. I call it, “chasing the whale,” like Moby Dick. New agents always want to make connections with the uber-successful, high-value agents they want to emulate, but oftentimes that type of relationship doesn’t last because it’s based purely on self-interest, and the super successful agent might not have time to devote to building this relationship with this new agent. I think new agents are better served by making connections with other new agents like themselves, and also focusing initially on making regional connections as opposed to national connections. Not every referral you make has to come from out of state. Start locally, build your network from there, gain experience building connections, then take it to the next level when you’re ready and know what you’re doing.

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