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Are you introverted and anxious about networking? Two steps to overcome that and networking your way to great success!

People ask me about how I was able to invest in Florida while still living in Korea? How was I able to begin my journey to becoming an international real estate investor? The short answer: Getting active on the real estate investor forums on BiggerPockets was a huge first step.

But sometimes we find ourselves having a hard time taking the first step and interacting with "strangers." It might be because of a language barrier. Or fear of looking foolish. Or just generally being a shy person.

That can definitely hold you back. Here's the story of how I overcame my fears and took the plunge. I'm glad I did because it's paid off in big ways! I'm now in two overseas partnerships with the strong potential for at least one or two more.

It's sometimes hard to take the first step and network when you're introverted. But taking very small actions can lead to big results!

Quick tip: How to re-energize yourself in 5-10 minutes

I, like most people, occasionally get burned out or feel unmotivated when it comes to real estate investing or other projects I'm pursuing. At those times, one thing that really helps re-energize me is learning new tips and tricks.

There are times when I want to dive deeply into a subject and read 100 pages about one aspect of real estate investing.

And there are times when I just want some quick, easy-to-digest information that is helpful but also helps re-energize me and stay focused on my goals.

One resource that provides quick, 5-10 minute videos on different aspects of real estate investing is the BiggerPockets #AskBP Podcast (BP = BiggerPockets) series, available on both iTunes and YouTube.

These are produced daily and feature Brandon Turner or another experienced investor answering questions that are submitted by BP users. (Anyone can submit a question by simply clicking the "Click here to submit a question" button featured on this page.)

If you're looking for something to help energize and keep you focused on real estate while commuting or waiting for your friend to arrive at the coffee shop, check them out.

If you have any questions, let me know.

BiggerPockets CEO, Joshua Dorkin, speaks at the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup

On February 7, 2015, Joshua Dorkin, CEO and founder of BiggerPockets was our virtual guest at the Seoul Real Estate Investing MeetUp. In this clip from the 30-minute interview, Joshua gives great advice to newbies looking to get started in real estate investing:

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Feb 2015 recap - Joshua Dorkin, BiggerPockets CEO, visits

Sometime last year around November, I got a random message from someone I'd never met before through an online real estate forum, BiggerPockets - John Van Uytven. The only thing I knew about him: Like me, he was living in Korea, and like me, he was a member of BiggerPockets.

What started out as messages back and forth eventually ended up with us grabbing coffee to talk about real estate investing. I brought along my real estate partner, Benjamin Hauser, who also lives and works in Korea.

One thing led to another and after a couple more meetings, John said the next time we meet up, he'd post something on meetup.com to see if anyone else would be interested in joining us. We were surprised when we took up almost an entire floor of a coffee shop with over 12 people showing up including fellow BiggerPockets members Josh McNicoll and Jacob Michaels.

Thus, the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup was born.

At last meeting we had Brandon Turner Skype in. Here's a clip from the meeting in which he tells about his worst real estate experience ever! (Warning: You may not want to watch if you're about to eat!)

And at this meetup, the head cheese himself, Joshua Dorkin was kind enough to take time out of his busy Friday night to join us. Here's a short clip from the interview. (Watch til the end and see how Josh McNicoll convinces Josh to visit Korea - and it has nothing to do with real estate!)

The meetup has now grown to more than 110 people and more than 30 people in attendance. It was literally a standing room by the end.

In addition to Joshua Dorkin, we also had Sandy Rodriguez discuss her real estate investments in Arizona as well as local real estate agent, Jeff Yu, who explained different ways of investing including gweonligeum - a system where the former tenant of a building receives money from a new tenant for any added value that was created during the former tenant's tenancy.

A year ago I started on this journey into real estate. I had no idea what I was doing - I just knew that this was something I wanted to do for the future. I started like most people - by reading and reading and reading. I learned a lot, but it wasn't until I joined BiggerPockets and actually started to meet and connect with others that I made real progress.

And by progress I mean forming a joint venture with Ben and fellow BiggerPockets members Kelly L. and Maxwell Lee last year and closing on my first buy and hold rental property in Jacksonville, Florida at the end of 2014.

If I could somehow buy a house in a state I've never visited with partners I knew only through the internet; help organize a meetup of real estate investors in Korea; and have Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner attend our meetups, all while living and working in Korea, running a business and raising two children, then I think anyone can do it!

If you're involved in a meetup in another country, send me a message or post to this thread! I think we share a special kinship as "international meetups," and I'd love to discuss how things are going.

Lastly, for the members of our meetup, post an introduction to yourself on this thread here. Let the BP community know who you are and what you're doing out in Korea!

And now for some photos:

Jan 2015 recap - Brandon Turner, author and BiggerPockets VP, visits

In a few short months, we are proud to say our membership has grown to over 70 members (online) and over 100 Facebook "likes." I'm sure other meetups have more impressive numbers, but considering we originally thought it would be just four or five of us meeting at Holly's Coffee in Itaewon, we've been very pleased to see it take off.

Of course, this meetup was a little different and a little more special, because in addition to featuring great fellow BiggerPockets members as speakers, we had one of the BiggerPockets Grand PooBahs (I wonder if Brandon's ever been described that way before!)

Brandon Turner, BiggerPockets VP and author, visits the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup

What do four college guys do when their toilet stops working? Not what you think:

Brandon Turner, (BiggerPockets VP of Growth, podcast co-host of the BiggerPockets, and author of The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (or Low) Money Down), joins The Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup virtually from his broadcasting studio in Washington and explains why he no longer manages the plumbing in the homes he manages.