Last Thursday (17.11.16), I attended a networking event held by a Developer. I was introduced to this Developer by a mutual friend. I stayed for about 2 1/2 hours with my business partner. I didn’t socialise much as I don’t enjoy doing small talk with strangers and pass my name cards around. I prefer smaller group event because then conversation will be more fruitful and with substance. Anyway, I had my partner there so we took this opportunity to catch up on work as we don’t see each other often in the office.
We were introduced to a few people by my Developer’s friend and we made some small talk. Buffet was served and we grabbed some food to eat. After dinner, we continued to drink and sat there to chat with 1 of the new guy introduced to us.
As we were chatting away, suddenly I heard someone called my name and I turned to see who it was. It was a woman. Before I had a chance to say a word, she told me her name, Janet, and mentioned that she didn’t think I know her, but she knows who I’m. She said she was my ex-colleague at my ex-company where I first joined as a real estate agent. I was like ok. She went on to tell me that we joined in the same year (2001) and she can still remember me because there was 1 year I beat my ex-company top performer in sales and became No.1. Frankly, I vaguely remember. I asked her if she was sure since it was over a decade ago! She assured me and her partner who was also my ex-colleague (different branch) also confirmed what she told me. I asked them further how could they recognised me since it was over a decade ago. They said I still look the same! Haha. I take it as a compliment. It means I aged well 😀😜!
Janet also told me she actually tracked my movement for awhile! Eerie…..because she wasn’t the first person to tell me that. A few other people whom I don’t know and never met before know who I’m and they also told me they tracked my deals and movements. They could listed out some of the big deals I had done in the past. It was flattering to know that my competitors viewed me as a worthy opponent and a threat, but it is also worrying as in my line of work I need to be low profile because if not then there is a risk the deals I’m working on will be exposed before I close the deal.
There is nothing I can do to avoid being track because I’m known in the industry and people are curious about me. Beside, I don’t know them and even if I do I’m terrible at remembering faces especially if I met them briefly only. It is definitely a recognition to be recognised by my peers and competitors in the industry, but is also a curse because I don’t want my competitors to smell the deals I’m working on!! Anyway, it is unavoidable. I just have to be more careful and goes even lower profile than I’m now to safeguard my deals.
It is definitely a Catch 22 situation. Is nice to get the recognition, but it is also sucks to be recognised!! 😃😫