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By Six Figure Real Estate Coach Roberta Ross
Branding. It’s a buzzword that seems to be everywhere we turn these days. And it’s no doubt an important part of your business. But branding by ITSELF is not really effective. One of the biggest errors agents make is they rush to develop branding that feeds their EGO but not their business. Here’s what I mean. Ever see those branding packages that are high gloss, have the agent’s picture larger than life, and the copy is all about how WONDERFUL the agent is, right down almost to their grade school award for perfect attendance? (All right, that last part is an exaggeration – but you get the picture.)
While that looks great, and it makes an agent feel pumped up and excited about their cool new marketing materials – what it DOESN’T do is tune into the WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) channel that today’s sellers and buyers are tapped into. Frankly – they don’t care if you had perfect attendance – or much else about YOU other than what you can do for THEM. In order to do that, you need to know what’s IMPORTANT to THEM. Or as I like to call it, you need CLARITY.
Before you dive headlong into the fall market for even a minute more, take some time to really think about WHO you want to work with. Are they move-up marketing candidates? Are they seniors? Are they golfers? Boaters? Horse breeders? Harley owners? A hybrid of a few? Get CLEAR on who your I.C., or your Ideal Client is.
Next…What are their hot buttons? Where can you find them? How can you position yourself as THEIR expert? What do they want from a real estate professional? Why are you a good fit for them? Ask yourself these questions and get the answers crystal clear in your mind. THEN wrap your branding and marketing around those things and you’ll discover that you’ll find their hands raise a whole lot faster – and you’ll be a whole lot happier. Why? Because you’ll be working with the people you WANT to work with – and that just makes life exponentially better, don’t you think?
Here’s to clarity! And here’s to you! Watch this quick clip for more on why clarity is a key to your success…
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them below – and happy listing this season!Read More
Seth Godin, one of my favorite bloggers, reminded me of something in his latest blog. That is, an agent's real estate business is a living, breathing thing. Developing an intimate relationship with it, like one would with their garden, is what makes it grow, makes it sustainable, and a truly meaningful for all involved. While it's important to have systems in place to run it like a business, it doesn't mean that it needs to be treated like a machine. In today's hectic world, people complain of being treated like "prospects" or "contacts" rather than human beings. In an effort to build your business, have you (like so many) forgotten that you sphere of influence is not really a list, but rather an living, breathing, ever-changing entity comprised of people that prefer individualized care and attention to yield the greatest results?
I'll share Seth's blog below.
Gardens, not buildings
It works or it doesn't.
Build something that doesn't fall down. On time.
But in fact, great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or fades away, we prune, replant and grow again.
Perfection and polish aren't nearly as important as good light, good drainage and a passionate gardener.
By all means, build. But don't finish. Don't walk away.
Here we grow.
Posted by Seth Godin on July 29, 2013
Are you fighting for what you want? Do you think it's necessary for you to be a successful real estate agent? Before you put up your dukes, I highly recommend you watch this short clip!
Inspirational Message from Roberta Ross
Happy New Year! I hope your 2013 is off to an excellent start. In reflecting on the past year, I've been thinking about one powerful attitudinal lesson that had a major impact on my life in 2012. It’s so good that I wanted to share it with you in case you would benefit from it as well. Here it is:
Take FULL responsibility for the energy you bring to every person and situation.
Whether we are picking up the phone to make a business call, sitting to dinner with family, approaching our children or relatives, or beginning a sales meeting – that the energy we bring has the power to alter the course of our experience is a given. The question is, are we bringing what we want (joy, love, peace) or what we don’t want (tension, negativity, mediocrity)?
This one idea has significantly improved my business and personal relationships and raised the quality and frequency of my joy. I wish the same for you.Read More
You’ve likely heard that, according to the Mayan calendar, tomorrow is the end. What it is the end of is up to many interpretations. Rather than passively watch another “end of the world” date come and go, or worse, waste it on feeling bad, why not choose see the opportunity in endings?! Instead of doom, let tomorrow mark the end of that which holds us back, individually and collectively. Tomorrow marks the end of choosing fear, the end of anxiety, worry, and stress. How about the end of complaining and ingratitude? Let’s begin tomorrow by replacing these with gratitude, love, peace and joy. See? Endings can be really great. So if tomorrow is the end – I say “Bring it on!”
I am grateful for you…and I promise that WON’T end tomorrow. I do wish you a “to be continued” and wonderful holiday season!
Happy Holidays to all!
By Julie Escobar
With the second quarter in full swing now, and spring re-energizing agents everywhere, I wanted to turn our attention this month to that most-important business foundation must-have – the sphere of influence. To do that, I turned to a good friend and amazing speaker and coach – Roberta Ross. She’s successfully helping agents not only earn to their highest potential — but doing so with passion and purpose. I asked her if she’d share some of her secrets of success with us this week, and of course, she graciously agreed.
Here’s an inside peek at our interview…
Q: Roberta, first of all thanks so much for your time! You’re always fun and insightful to interview! In a time when our industry is still, in many ways, recovering – I wanted to talk a little about the ways new agents (or RENEWED agents) can take the best practices of top producers and adopt them in their own careers so that they can hopefully avoid the dramatic commission roller coaster that so many agents get on. What are some ways to build your foundation (or re-build in some cases) the right way?
A: Of course, Julie- I’m always happy to share! I would first say that in ANY business it’s critical to always keep the fundamentals in place. I like to use the analogy that your business is like a pot of water – you’ve got to keep it at a boil all the time. You can’t take it off the burner or it gets cold – right? That happens with agents too. They get busy doing other things and they take their eye of their “pot of water” and it cools off, then they have to exert all that energy to get things cooking again. Successful people know they have to always keep that pot simmering, or keep focused on the book of business that is generating the referrals. It’s fine to add new things to the mix—social media comes to mind, but only if you can assimilate those new things into your routine while keeping your eye on the prize which is maintaining those relationships.
Q: Great analogy Roberta – I’m stealing it and making it part of the article title! You and I have talked many times about the role mindset plays in the success or failure of a career – and relationships. Can you share your thoughts on that?
A: Absolutely. We’ve often discussed the Prosperity vs. Scarcity mindset. The difference being that with a scarcity mindset, everything equals fear. “There’s not enough, nothing’s working or there’s no opportunities.” With a prosperity mindset the opposite is true, “opportunities are abundant, what can I do NOW to attract more listings, more customer relationships, and more success?” Remember this: Seeking out what you want will always outperform the fear of not getting enough.” Fear is not the mindset in which to make good business decisions. Open your mind to possibilities and give that fear a rest!
Q: Love that! I know one of the powerful things you teach is the power of niche marketing – can you give us some insights about adding niche markets to your sphere?
A: Sure. One of the first things agents ask is “How am I going to stand OUT?” What’s misguided for many agents though is that they don’t realize that JUST standing out and getting noticed isn’t it. What successful people do is create an IDENTITY that is not about them so much as it is about what resonates with their prospects – what’s meaningful and important to their customers. Some are so busy STANDING OUT that they don’t present themselves with clarity to their customers. (And a confused customer is rarely a happy – or a referring customer!) When your customers see your marketing materials, read your blog, connect with your social media – they should see themselves in what you offer and think – “Yeah – that’s the one for me!”
I’ll give you an example. Most speakers use their names as their identity right? (Most agents do too!) Now imagine if I sent out some direct mail to an area where my name wasn’t as well known and I decided to send three postcards out. The first one I’d send as Roberta Ross, LLC. That wouldn’t mean much to those agents right? So the next one I send out I’m going to send out as Marketing Solutions, Inc. Still – not going to get many raised eyebrows will it? Now the last one I send out I send as Six Figure Real Estate Coach. What resonates more with a real estate agent? My name, a broad term like ‘marketing’ or Six Figure Real Estate? Six figures of course! That’s the kind of clarity you want in your branding as well.
Niche marketing also gives you the ability to go from starter to expert more quickly because by zeroing in on that niche – you have clarity and your customers have clarity. You’re not trying to be all things to all people or an expert at EVERYTHING. You become better, faster because you’re FOCUSED on a specific market – specific segment of people – and hopefully something you’re passionate about.
Q: Clarity is an AMAZING differentiator—for both the agent AND the prospect! Good advice. So where does an agent START?
A: Well, I’d say where any good business starts – building a database of the people you know first. Friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. – get them all into a format you can build on. From there you can build on that foundation and build out from it. You can add in social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN. After all, the fundamentals haven’t changed – you have to continuously CONNECT with the people in your sphere. Social media just gives us new way to reach out and connect one to many, as opposed to just one-to-one. You’ll want to use all the tools in the chest though to make sure you are engaging people in different ways – and especially in the ways that make sense for them.
Remember – you go the distance by doing the two things that agents continuously get paid to do:
- Build relationships
- Provide exceptional service
Get out there and engage – create new opportunities to do those two things over and over again. Some ways to engage…
- Direct mail. It’s not dead, in fact, there’s more opportunity than ever since fewer people are using it.
- Hosting events. For some agents – a great conduit for providing exceptional service and growing their book of business has been to host events or workshops in the niche of their choice. Hosting events for first time home buyers, investors, expireds, FSBOs, — any focused group is a terrific way to differentiate yourself as an expert while making those all-important connections.
- Social media. There’s no denying that these platforms are most definitely extending agents ability to reach out and stay engaged. I would just say be clear in your purpose, be true to yourself and your IDENTITY that we talked about earlier – and don’t use it as a reason not to interact one-on-one with your sphere as well.
Before we move on though, let me be clear about what I mean in terms of “exceptional service.” I do mean staying informed, continuing your education, building your skills, becoming your best in terms of what you do so that you can be the best advocate, resource and agent for your customers. I do not mean however that you should do EVERYTHING they ask, and allow them to own you. Service isn’t always about saying yes – it’s about doing what’s best and necessary in the best interests of your clients.
If you’re going to lead – you’ve always got to be in learning mode. Because when you STOP learning, stop working on getting better, guess what? The water stops boiling…and you have to start starting over.
Q: I agree with that 100%! You know, Roberta, one of the things I appreciate about you and the message you get across from the stage is how important humor and balance is to a healthy career – not to mention healthy person, relationships, and life! What’s the secret?
A: No secret really and I love this question! Whenever I’m speaking or working with my coaching members or involved in any project really, I always take some time to remember NOT to take myself too seriously and I share that advice with the people I work with. When we take ourselves too seriously, we’re filled with ego—and egos are by nature filled with worry about the past and the future. That takes us out of the present and in doing so – creates a situation in which you are less than authentic. Real humor lies in the now, really being present. It allows you to embrace what’s going on and find the good stuff in it. I do take business seriously and I want my audience and coaching members to as well, but with humor, and the ability to laugh and be light at heart. It keeps you on your toes and in the present!
You know, humor is about more than just fun. It’s deeper than that. If we lose humor, it leaves room for that scarcity mindset to creep in. Don’t let that happen! See the humor – and let it into your life both personally and professionally.
Thanks so much Roberta for all your insights. You’ve given people lots of fuel for thought in terms of keeping their sphere of influence simmering and their business flourishing!
If you’d like to learn more about Roberta and Six Figure Real Estate Coaching, you can visit her online at www.SixFigureRealEstateCoach.com or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/6FigureRealEstateCoach. While you’re there, be sure to look us up at www.facebook.com/ProspectsPLUS.
If you’d like to learn more about our powerful, direct response tools for consistently staying in touch with your sphere and keeping your business simmering, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 866.405.3638 or visit us online at www.prospectsplus.com. Mention or use promo code GROW10 to save 10% off any order this month!
In challenging economies, our sense of net worth and emotional stability very often rise and fall like the stock market ticker on our television screens.
Finding that much-desired feeling of empowerment and security may seem tougher to come by, but by shifting your view to what is possible, you find enormous opportunity. The value of your stock is not based on what is, but upon your response to what is. Top agents rely on action, tenacity and good old fashioned people skills to keep their stock high and their stress to a minimum.
Building your “stock” in today’s market has much more to do with your daily activities than your investment portfolio. A great number of successful businesses and extraordinary entrepreneurs are born from tough markets. The question is, will you be one of them? In this economy it’s important for serious real estate professionals to tap into what can be done NOW – that means, investing in yourself, your business, and your future. Here are four key strategies to ensure that your “stock” is on the rise.
Build your inventory. It is listings that drive this business. Your income is determined by your inventory. For example, if you only have a handful of listings, you can’t with any certainty “bank” on closing transactions this month. However, if you maintain an inventory of 15-20 or more listings, and they are PRICED right, you can trust that you’ll have a steady flow of income. Markets are always in flux and when sales contracts are suddenly on the rise and buyers are on the move, there is opportunity for those who are prepared. By keeping your inventory in place, you are positioned to capitalize on these market shifts. Whose listings they purchase is entirely up to you!
Price them right. We’ve touched on it already, but pricing has never been more critical. I’ve heard agents say, “Any listing is better than no listing,” and that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are currently in a market saturated with fence-sitters – buyers who people who are waiting out the market to buy and sellers who are waiting to sell at their price. It seems to be a perpetual game of “how low—or how high—can we go?” Overpriced listings that sit only compound the problem of an over-glutted market and damage your reputation.
Real estate guru Darryl Davis offers some great dialogue for competitive pricing: “Mr. and Mrs. Seller, if the market is going down in price, we can’t price it at what the market IS; we have to price it at where the market is GOING to get it sold.” ProspectsPLUS! users are getting a lot of mileage from the Merchandising Review and Price Pyramid found in their agent marketing software. It is important to include tools and visual aids in your presentations that demonstrate the importance of pricing right. Why? They help the agent convey to sellers how critical it is to price at or below market value in today’s economy if they wish to get their home sold sooner rather than later.
Get organized! There are signs across the nation that our markets are picking up. If you don’t get organized, systemized and prioritized now – when will you EVER have a better opportunity? When business is at a full-court-press agents tend to ignore all those “little things” like staying in touch with their current book of business. Trust us when we tell you that if you don’t know who your customers are and have a system in place to remind them that you are there for them consistently; they will most definitely return the favor. Build your systems now, and they will serve you for years to come.
Build relationships. Sales skills and negotiations aside, this is and always will be a people business and people do business with those they trust. Our trying times have made consumers all the more anxious to ensure they have the best possible advocate and resources on their side. Gone are the days of just “getting by” in terms of customer service and relationship building. People expect more than they ever have and certainly have more exposure than ever to your competition because of the internet. In Gary Keller’s book, The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, he shares that statistically, one in every twelve people in your sphere of influence will result in a transaction per year if you’ve stayed in touch with them. Top that with the studies conducted by the National Association of Realtors which tell us that top producers credit their sphere of influence for more than 74% of their business. Marketing analysts tell us that it takes roughly $10.00 of new business to replace $1.00 of lost business. What does that tell you about where YOUR marketing dollars should be spent?
Remember, success occurs when preparation meets opportunity. Building your stock is the preparation that will position you for success. More than anything else, your best investment strategy in ANY market is an open mind, a positive perspective, a willingness to continuously fine tune your skills and connect with people. Keep growing, learning and taking action and you’ll find yourself pulling ahead of your competition and staying there.
Roberta Ross is President of Six Figure Real Estate Coach, Inc. She has been in the real estate business for more 15 years. She travels nationwide speaking to thousands of real estate professionals and coaches agents on marketing, lead generation, and business strategy. Her unique blend of business and speaking experience enables her to educate, entertain and motivate real estate professionals to achieve their goals and beyond. To get great tips and insights for your business click here to like her page!
Julie Escobar is a syndicated columnist with more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the real estate and speaking industries and is passionate about providing the tools, techniques and solutions brokers and agents need to build extraordinary careers.
By Roberta Ross, "America's Six Figure Real Estate Coach"
[Note: This article was so popular when it appeared in Broker/Agent News in 2008, we wanted to share it again!]
You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” right? Well, while that is a great old adage, I believe more to the point in today’s tightening market it would be better to say, “When the going gets tough – the tough dig deeper.” Tough times do call for tough measures, thicker skin, smarter strategies, finite focus and the ability to embrace the adversities. I am reminded of the Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s words, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Well friends, it’s not our time to go – so what do you say we seek the strength we need to not merely survive, but thrive in any market?
1. Anchor or Rocket-booster? Floyd Wickman says that adversity can be an anchor or a rocket-booster depending on your attitude and your actions. I invite you to look at today’s current market changes for the tremendous opportunities they present. Challenges are great conduits for change. They force us to really examine what we are doing and truly take our professionalism, focus and efficiency to the next level. Look to those agents who have successfully navigated tough markets and real adversity in their careers and you’ll discover that many of them made more money, captured more market share and developed some of their sharpest skills as a salesperson and negotiator during down economic times. Why? Simple: timing is everything and when they looked around and saw 80% or better of their colleagues in the industry going into fear mode or leaving the business altogether – they recognized the opportunity to ignite the rocket fuel before them and take their careers to the next level. Ask yourself this: Do you want to be weighed down by an anchor, or realize new career heights? The choice is yours.
2. Clean House. I’m not talking about dusting the baseboards in your kitchen. More importantly in a changing market, you need to clean up your thought processes, habits and priorities. Put these three things on the top of your spring cleaning list and you will help set the stage for a fresher outlook, a streamlined business plan and a clearer sense of direction.
- Thought processes. Your thoughts are the springboard for your actions, your actions--or what you do—determine which direction you will go. Do you really want to start that whole process with a negative? Of course not. There is enough negative news out there to go around – feel free to leave your share on the table, television or parking lot when you head into work for the day. Your brain – your powerful mind – is truly still the best computer in the world – and like all computers it is susceptible to what we used to call in the OLD days of technology, “garbage in – garbage out.” Feed your mind with affirmations for success and with viable information that will help you help your clients.
- Habits. Oh, this one can be tricky. What’s that old saying? “Old habits die hard.” Indeed they do, but kicking those unproductive habits off of our daily to-do lists is a critical part of building momentum. I’ll give you an example. I know many of you are bloggers and have incredible success from this online networking portion of your business. I caution you however, to make sure that your “blogging time” doesn’t cut into your “prospecting time” with live, voice-to-voice, face-to-face, belly-to-belly contact with your prospects. Many of you want to spend hours and hours trying to design your own marketing pieces, newsletters, postcards, draft, redraft and redraft again your business letters or re-decorate your cubicle in the office. While that’s all wonderful – it will not make you any money. So focus on building GOOD habits such as committing to an “Hour of Power” each day of no-nonsense, full-tilt prospecting.
- Priorities. One of the things we focus on in our seminars is teaching real foundation builders for salespeople. Understanding and IMPLEMENTING the basics are a must-do in a changing market. Things like smart budgeting, measurability, consistency are key. One of my favorite foundation cornerstones however is “Work high priority activities first.” I truly believe that as professionals and entrepreneurs who are looking to put themselves ahead of the competition and build experience repeatable, sustainable success in ANY market – stay true to those items closest to their revenue line. What do you get paid to do as a REALTOR? Prospect, Present and Close. Each work day, make it your priority to prospect, consistently fine tune and tweak your presentation and learn to close like the pro you are. It’s a funny thing about these three items. If you ask a dozen agents what the MOST important component is – you will get mixed reviews. All are important, backwards, forwards and in between. If you are strong and confident in your close and presentation, it takes a little of the fear out of prospecting. If you are terrific at prospecting, you know you’ll be in front of more people and forced to perfect your presentation and close. Stick to these top priorities, delegate as much of the “busy” work that is bogging you down and you’ll see that revenue line build before you know it!
3. Toughen Your Standards. Are you ready to be tough? Are you willing to shed the negative influences, thoughts, habits that tether weaker agents to mediocre income levels? Start today, right now. Toughen up, get back to the basics and dig deep when it comes to those core activities that will help you weather any market such as:
- Stay close: Your sphere of influence is the lifeblood of your business, both in now revenue and future referrals. Stay in touch. Consistently, creatively and with care, EVERY month.
Farm effectively: We have a saying, “It is more important to reach the people who count than counting the people you reach.” In other words, know your best customers, farm using targeted data mining to find more of the same and concentrate your efforts, energy and marketing dollars on the people with the highest propensity to buy or sell from you.
Get out there: Are you an active, visible part of your community? Today’s consumers are looking for advocates, people they can trust, know, and communicate with on a first name level. Forge those relationships with smart networking and community involvement.
Put systems in place: You know it, I know it; we all know it. Profit and productivity in a challenging market is no small thing and it is not something easily done by those “flying by their seat.” Top producers ensure that systems are in place to automate their marketing, allow for checks and balances and provide a constant stream of prospects to fill their pipeline. Systematize! It will save your sanity and help you earn top dollar!
Now, more than ever, it is a time to dig deep and really search for those nooks and niche markets that are perfect for your personality. It is a time to carefully measure your results while remaining in a visible presence in the market. It is a time to know what you are made of and as always, where you are headed by way of goals and dreams. The right goal, the right mindset and attitude coupled with a fierce determination that you can control YOUR economy regardless of THE economy will win you results and help you to wear the confidence of someone who not only has survival skills, but the kind of spark and staying power most entrepreneurs strive for.
Go ahead, get tough. We’re right there with you.
"America's Six Figure Real Estate Coach" has been in the real estate business since 1995. She is a speaker and coach and travels nationwide speaking to real estate agents on lead generation, mindset, and business develop. Her unique blend of business experience, sales success, and energized, meaningful speaking style enables her to educate, entertain and motivate real estate professionals to achieve their goals. She believes in working smart and structuring a plan that is effective, efficient and enjoyable! To invite Roberta to bring TOUGH MARKET skills to your associates and sharpen your company’s competitive edge; or to have her speak at your next event or association meeting click here.
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Back to School Time Success Strategies for Real Estate Professionals with Roberta Ross
By Julie Escobar
You can almost feel it -- that anxiousness, excitement and uncertainty that envelopes us around this time year after year. As tens of millions of children head back to classes, even those without little ones can get caught up in the thirst for knowledge, need for more certain schedules and the never-too-old-for allure of new notebooks and supplies. All right, maybe that last one is just me, but you'll have to admit there is something exciting about creating a clean slate, learning to the best of our abilities and growing as a sales professional as well as a person.
To tackle this topic, I turned to keynote speaker and friend Roberta Ross and asked her to put on her "Professor Hat" for the day and share with us what she believes to be the top three topics agents need to master in their market and best practices for continuous growth in this industry.
Ready to get started? You've had a healthy breakfast, donned your uniform (name badges everyone!); put on your thinking caps and you're ready to learn - right? Here are the "classes" you must master in this market:
1. Niche Marketing: New or experienced, the most important thing you can do to grow your business is to establish a niche," shared Roberta Ross. Niche players fare better, earn more, usually are better at time management and can more quickly define themselves as an expert in their market area. Why? First, it gives you clarity of purpose, so you're more efficient in the way you conduct your business, in the manner you build your skill sets and your knowledge base and in how you grow your customer base. You don't need to be all things to all people. You just need to be the best at reaching out to, teaching and building relationships with that core group or niche. That not only builds your business faster, but it gives you a sense of certainty and confidence that you wouldn't have if you were trying to work with any and all customer types.
I'll give you an example. I recently talked to an agent that was a FSBO expert who told me she didn't need to work any other prospecting base. She has been working with FSBOs so long and so well, that she knew, almost even before she walked in the door for the listing appointment what they would ask, what they would need and what it would take to get the listing. Now if YOU had that kind of confidence for every appointment, how many MORE doors would you walk through?"
FSBOs not your thing? Consider becoming a "condo king" or specializing in working with people who are going through a divorce. So often those people need a trusted resource they can turn to, and you can start by networking with area divorce attorneys. Put them on your sphere of influence mailings and your Just Listed/Just Sold postcard system. You'll demonstrate that you're the expert to get things done in today's market. Another of Roberta's students in Annapolis had a former career in the medical profession and focuses all of her efforts and energies building her niche in the medical communities. Remember our friend Karin Hill, manager at Watson Realty Corporation in Florida who makes the motorcycle community her niche of choice or her agent that specializes in working with the hearing impaired? Now that's thinking outside the box!
Whatever niche you choose, make it your own, speak the language, reach out to everyone and anyone in that sphere and you'll find yourself building a business that's more fun, more interesting and believe it or not, less work!
2. Leveraging Technology Tools: "Leveraging technology and available networking to maximize your potential for lead generation, prospecting and keeping your pipeline of customers filled is crucial to your success," says Mrs. Ross. "That means learning how to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and the social networking tools that are available today. It can also mean hosting weekly or monthly conference calls, webinars and workshops for those in your niche, community or sphere of influence. These are great ways to inexpensively and effectively establish and reinforce your niche. Technology allows you to be in many places and in front of many people at one time, which helps you build relationships by using these tools to share information on a regular, consistent basis. Technology also allows you to put systems in place such as automating your postcard marketing using tools such as MLSmailings.com or your ProspectsPLUS.com postcard gallery which can take some of the daily, weekly and monthly marketing chores off your to-do list, freeing you up to spend more time at what you do best - getting face-to-face with customers and prospects. Also, you'll want to use RSS feeds from your blog to auto-update your social networks and websites as well without costing you precious time.
3. Work High Priority Activities First. "Real estate agents get paid to build relationships and provide exceptional service. There are, of course, a million and one ways to be busy but making no money - critical to your success for both new and experienced is to make sure those priorities are worked first. If you put them off until later, too often, later never comes. You need to have absolute focus on scheduling the time to prospect, present, close and build relationships before anything else. That means making and KEEPING that appointment with yourself every day.
The last thing we wanted to cover in our time together is how, as sales professionals, we can create good study habits that will also contribute to our success. A technique shared by both Roberta and myself is to first of all, appreciate the time you already have. Think about the down time you have commuting to the office, running errands or driving back from an appointment. You could easily use that time to nourish your mind and build your skill set by listening to audio books, podcasts or powerful motivational or technique-filled CDs. Roberta pointed out that often, these little "bites" of education along the way can be even more conducive to learning as we can absorb information better in snippets than we can if we were to try to sit down and try to digest a one-two hour audio course at once.
Another great idea is to begin and end your day with a chance to learn. Keep a book or two beside your bed and spend that first fifteen minutes or so when you rise and before your head hits the pillow at night to drink in new information. It's a great way to fuel our minds and a powerful way to bookend your day.
Thank you much Roberta for your time and wisdom. We both hope you've picked up a few good lessons here today. We challenge you to make the most of your time, this market and the clean slate that this "back to school" season offers all of us!
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