Business Planning

Chop Wood, Carry Water

“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”  – Buddha. With simply a casual glance at the picture on the left, One could be very confused as to the direction of this article. Yet… with further examination, it’s clear. So, let’s examine further…. The man in the picture (carrying water, by the way), is the greatest marathoner of all time, Eliud Kipchoge. With an extremely lucrative… Read More »Chop Wood, Carry Water

Got Relevance?

Talked to your travel agent lately? NO????? I was cleaning out a drawer a few days ago and happened upon a handout from a keynote I had delivered some time ago. It was the opening address at the Active Enterprise Network’s Annual Conference in Breckenridge. Their theme was “Winning Customers and Influencing Markets.” Setting the tone for the conference, I decided to focus on relevance. I began my presentation with Young and Rubicam’s… Read More »Got Relevance?

Effective Sales: from Fats Waller

When Fats Waller wrote the words, “Find out what they like and how they like it and let them have it just that way,” I’m sure he was composing within the context of the song written for the musical Ain’t Misbehavin.’ What he may not have known, at the time, was he was also creating the pathway for effective sales. This great lyric pretty much says it all, everything from buyer/seller counseling… Read More »Effective Sales: from Fats Waller

Ten Reasons Being a Realtor is like Marathoning

There are two things in my life I have done for a considerable amount of time: running (51 years – over 111,000 miles) and real estate (26 years). What I have learned from these experiences is that they are incredibly alike. So without further ado, I give you the Top Ten Reasons Being a Realtor is like Marathoning. 10. It sounds extremely easy the first time someone says “you should give… Read More »Ten Reasons Being a Realtor is like Marathoning

“Working Smarter” Operative word is WORK! YPPE #5

Today, I want to talk about this concept that is tossed around so frequently in the workplace and in our lives that I think we misunderstand what it means. It’s time to talk about, yes, working smarter.

SWOT? No, SDOO. Let’s talk STRENGTHS! YPPE #2

With the new year already in full swing, most of you have put together either resolutions, goals, or plans OR some variation of all of those. And while we business planners reinforce important things like our vision statement, set new goals, play with the budget and finances, and carefully design our action plan; we ignore a key component of success in this year: 2018. Strengths.  

Optimism and 2018 YPPE #1

So here we are, saying good-bye to 2017 and look to the coming year with hope and anticipation. Honestly, I can’t help but to think it’s going to be an excellent year. The question, then, becomes: How do I (I meaning you, me, anybody) make it a better year, or at least have it be as good as we’d like it? For me, the answer has always been clear: OPTIMISM!

2018 and Optimism As a Choice

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Happy New Year! As we say good-bye to 2017 and look to the coming year with hope and anticipation, I can’t help but to think it’s going to be an excellent year. The question, then, becomes: How do I (that’s you, me, anybody) make it a better year, or at least as good as we’d like it? For me, the answer has always been clear: Optimism. It has been said that… Read More »2018 and Optimism As a Choice

Sales and Branding: Short Term and Long Term

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Today I booked a course for February. That’s sales. The class may or may not happen. I may or may not get paid (mostly according to whether or not it happens). That is sales. Sales brings in the income, keeps the bills paid, brings home the “bacon,” so to speak. Periodically, I sell. The more I do it, the more I make (sort of). It is rare, however, that I… Read More »Sales and Branding: Short Term and Long Term

CRS Changes Designation Requirements

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Three major changes have occurred at the Council of Residential Specialists, effective January 1, 2018. Here they are: 1. Requirements for becoming or maintaining the position of  Certified CRS Instructor have been revised. 2. CRS has implemented a designation maintenance requirement for the coming year. CRS Designees are now required to take 2 hours of CRS Education within a calendar year, in addition to paying their dues, to maintain their… Read More »CRS Changes Designation Requirements