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Sep. 20, 2011 - The Well's Not Dry!

And, as a matter of fact, even here in this ‘ole desert, right now, we have plenty of water for drinking, bathing and watering the many plants on my 5 acres of paradise! Recently we have had visits from a Gila Monster and a Horny Toad who look to be thriving as well. How blessed I am to get to hang out here in this corner of the world. Life is good!

I am reading Nancy E. Turner's book,Sarah's Quilt, set in 1906 documenting life on a Southern Arizona ranch. Click here to read more and the rest of CoachJoeann's Tuesday Tips....

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Aug. 10, 2011 - Are You Having Fun Yet?

August's Best Business Tip


Yep, I know it is stressful and challenging in real estate these days. But, you know, no matter what the markets bring, there are always those who find the difficulties and get stuck focusing on them. What you put your attention on EXPANDS! Always!

There are also those, that no matter what the difficulties, are able to focus on what the opportunity is or how to survive and thrive as a challenge.

Perhaps you, like me, fall in to both of these categories some times. The trick, I have found, is to remember I can always choose my attitude, even if I can not choose my circumstances -- and it always feels better to have fun and be happy.

So, if you want more business, start having more fun. People like to do business with happy people. Start by being grateful for what you do have. Pay a little more attention to it. Notice what is ok. Laugh.

I was impressed when I was in Juarez, Peru with CARE how happy the people we met were. They had very little. They were living on less than $50 a month, some of them. But they grew their plants or raised their guinea pigs and smiled and were grateful. 
When we are happy; when we are having fun, the world responds with delightful surprises. REALLY! Try for a week to double the amount of fun you are having and then let me know how much more business shows up, ok?

Borrowed Wisdom

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
- Maya Angelou

"Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit."
- William James

"It isn't the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it's how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer."- Pema Chodron
"The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy."

- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

I Always Love Freebies!

Vic Johnson is always full of resources for success. Right now he is offering a free e-book edition of Earl Nightingale's The Strangest Secret to Success. A classic!

And, if you haven't gotten your free copy of Think & Grow Rich... you can get it here. This is a paperback edition. You pay only the shipping

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Mar. 1, 2011 - Hit a Home Run this Year: Start With Spring Training!

 I’m not too much into sports (you may think it sacrilege to live in AZ and not know whether the Cardinals are a football team or basketball!) I did grow up in Baltimore, though, with the “then” Champion Orioles and Colts and knew which was baseball and which football…. Sports gives us some great analogies for having a winning business. Let’s take a look at this today.

What does it take to be a winner?

1.    It starts with a plan. We’ve talked about this, right? You have your plan in place for 2011 (or you need to go get my Awesome Year Plan right now!)

2.    Then there is Practice! In baseball, there is Spring Training. I’d like you to consider what practice & training you need to win this year.

a.    Do you need to brush up your skills with a class? In most states, it is very inexpensive to go back to GRI Classes after you have your designation. If it’s been a few years, likely there have been changes or there may be elective courses you never took that will give you solid skills. Or how about the new e-PRO Course? It is an elective for the CRS, RSPS ABR, CIPS and RSPS (Resort & Second Home Specialists!

b.    Or, perhaps you need a new tech tool! Are you using a tablet computer? An iPad? Do you have a great website?

c.    What are you doing to increase your effectiveness with clients? Do you have a mastermind group or a coach that helps you stretch, stay accountable and feeds you nuggets to help you be creative and unleash new ideas?

3.    And, of course, then there is The Game! How are you doing so far this year? We are almost 1/6th through the year. Are you on track for your goals? Have you been productive, rather than chasing your tail busy?

Take a few minutes and see what’s working and what isn’t. Take action on one step this week to improve your game. Sometimes, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the to do’s and ideas, and then do nothing. Instead, pick 1 action right now and do that this week. Pick another next week. By the end of the year, you will have made 52 improvements in yourself and in your business. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare??? Be a tortoise this week! 

And, if you are in Arizona, you have a great opportunity to REALLY bring your game to the next level by attending the 2011 Winter Conference themed BASES LOADED on March 9-11 in Prescott! For only $50, you get 3 days of exceptional breakouts, presentations and even a RE BAR Camp! Lily helped me explain why you should go! 

And, if we are not connected yet....

Add me as a friend on Facebook

Follow me on Twitter

Connect with me on LinkedIn

...or if you haven’t joined my my Facebook business side…please come play!

...or come play on FourSquare!

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Sep. 21, 2010 - Dropbox and a few other freebies!

 My favorite 4 letter "F" word is FREE

Today here is a handful of freebies just for your productivity!

  1. Dropbox   is something I am so excited with. Backup, synching and sharing of files "in the cloud" all brought together to be simple and easy! I think the synching is what i like best-even with more than 1 computer! It's magic :>)
  2. Fossland’s Free Forum for October

    Lose 200 Pounds of Clutter!

    Join me and Unclutter Queen, Sue Rasmussen on
    Tuesday, October 5 at 11:00 a.m. PST
    For a free teleseminar.

    Sue Rasmussen is a Master Certified Coach who teaches people how to clear out what's getting in their way (she calls that stuff clutter) and create a home, a home office, and a life that really works for them. She will sharing her wisdom and techniques that will help you Conquer the Clutter! Register here.

  3. A free website for 3 months is available here

  4. A great 5 minute motivational program is yours every week day at www.realestatecoachradio.com 

  5. And great prices & free help with travel is available for signing up as a preferred client here.

    I'd love to hear what freebies you love!
  6. Conquer the Clutter! Register here.

    Have a Happy Week! It IS up to you!!!!!

    If we aren’t already connected…

    ...or if you haven’t joined my my Facebook business side…please come play!

    ...or come play on FourSquare!

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May. 6, 2010 - Fossland’s Forum for May with Jack Peckham

Fossland’s Forum for May

My monthly teleconferences are recorded and archived if you miss them or want to listen to a previous recording.

Top 10 Real Estate CyberTips!
With John M. "Jack" Peckham III, CCIM, CIPS, RECS
Real Estate CyberSpace Society

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
9 AM Hawaii, Noon PDT & AZ, 1 PM MDT, 2 PM CDT, 3 PM EDT

Talk about someone who really has his fingers on the pulse of real estate! This interview is not to be missed if you want to stay on the cutting edge!

Click Here to Register

If we aren’t already connected…

Add Joeann as a friend on Facebook

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...or if you haven’t joined my my Facebook business side…please come play!

...or come play on FourSquare!

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May. 5, 2010 - Are Your Finances Ready for Retirement?

Are You Set For Retirement?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. The research I’ve been doing for myself includes using my IRA money in a self-directed IRA with real estate. There are so many good reasons to do this…beginning with the fact it is a GREAT TIME TO BUY!!!

Only 4% of Americans know that they can purchase very carefully selected Real Estate with a Self Directed IRA.

You can help your clients by being a resource to your clients and educating them (differentiating yourself as a trusted advisor) to an alternative to the scary stock markets!

I have found a company, Bullseye Investment Group, that will help you help your clients (and provide you with a commission…we all need to be developing passive streams of income, don’t we?)

Take a look at this video to see the opportunities then use department code ACP-JF-001678 to access a 3 Month Trial (No cost, No Obligation…..$397 Value!).

Here are a few things to think about if you want to focus on your primary practice while making significant secondary income:

  1. According to NAR only 2% of Agents and Brokers earn income from Self Directed IRA's.
  2. The Average Affiliated Agent is earning $8,000 to $12,000 each and every month. Many realtors have made more than $25,000 in a single month.
  3. Bullseye Investment Group has more than 30 years experience in this field.
  4. Bullseye Investment Group services more than 1600 Agents and Brokers.

Take a look to see if this might be a good fit for your retirement money or create a good investment for your clients!

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May. 5, 2010 - Green Tech Tip!!

Green Tech Tip!!

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Wired and YouRenew are challenging readers to recycle 40,000 consumer electronics in one month and get cash back. Beginning on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, through May 21, you can go to http://www.wired.yourenew.com and type in your used phone, digital camera, laptop, or even your old calculator to find out what it is worth. There’s even free shipping! Spring Clean and recycle!

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Apr. 30, 2010 - Who Are You Hanging Out With?

Last week was a fantastic week of connecting with amazing women. For three wonderful days, I attended Bernice Ross’s Awesome Females in Real Estate (AFIRE) conference in Scottsdale and then my friend and national trainer extraordinaire, Amy Chorew, came for the weekend! I am so grateful and fortunate to have such inspirational women in my life. I believe it is important to surround yourself with people who elicit the best from you, who energize you and who model what you want to evolve into!

Here’s some of what I learned this week:

  • @KellyWhite CFO of www.GoodLifeTeam.com shared their progressive company’s “Constellation” strategy for social media, which ties all the activity into a focused, comprehensive plan that systematically leverages everything they do. Their innovative support for agents was fascinating and is destined to continue to help them capture a large share of business from the internet and building relationships through their social media. They have truly invented a model that is the brokerage of the future.
  • @TerriMurphy of shared how her company is helping people with reputation management and shared how negative social media posts can be buried by flooding the channel with positive posts.
  • Bernice Ross (@BRoss) said “remember what your mother always told you, 'If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all.'” She also told us that video testimonials are the BEST way to get higher Google rankings (who knew? Cool!)
  • Tricia Andreassen (@TriciaSings) from www.ProStepMarketing.com suggested how Press Releases and partnering with businesses (á la the Social Partnering™ that I have been sharing with you this year) are a good demographic fit and can give you more expert status, credibility and exposure.

There was lots, lots more. I’ll pull more nuggets for next week!

What did you learn this week? There are so many opportunities and now is a perfect time to be learning, expanding and networking:

  • Attend a webinar-check out what is available at no cost through RightToolsRightNOW or Women’s Council of REALTORS®
  • Go to a National Meeting! The MidYear NAR meetings in DC in May will offer lots of great networking and learning. Sign up for the National Convention in New Orleans in November.
  • Take a GRI, CRS, SRS, PMN or other designation class (even if you already have the designation, it’s a great value). Besides the current content, you’ll meet others who are serious about expanding & learning.

...or if you haven’t joined my my Facebook business side…please come play!

...or come play on FourSquare!


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Feb. 24, 2010 - Tips for Success

Tuesday’s Borrowed Wisdom

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake...”
-- Francis Bacon, Sr.

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”
-- Groucho Marx

I have just posted my weekly Tuesday's Tips on my website

Do you need some inspiration today?
Some ideas on expanding your referral base?

Here are the topics for this week:

The 9th Annual National Cyber Real Estate Convention & Expo
Spring Cleaning! The FREE March Fossland’s Forum
Upcoming ePRO Presentations
Ongoing Ways to Play...


I hope you'll sign up for the newsletter while you are there and


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Feb. 12, 2010 - February Top 10 Freebies!



You know me…

I love deals and Freebies. So, today I put together a list of 10 great tools and resources to help in business and in your life! Enjoy:

1. Real Estate Coach Radio - My friend,BerniceRoss is doing a new, daily radio show that is succinct and powerful: A 5 minute mood and skill set boost to give you tips and ideas to make you more successful!

2. Right Tools Right Now - NAR members can take advantage of hundreds of NAR products and resources that can help their business now for FREE or AT-COST. Download the 2009 Homebuyers and Home Sellers Profile for trends and information you can use to create on target strategies for your business, or to show sellers EXACTLY why you do the marketing you do, based on where consumers are looking! The local market data reports are also a way to WOW your clients!

3. Fossland’s Forums - I am resuming my complimentary monthly teleconferences! I want you to be VERY successful this year. I know referrals from strategic partners can increase your business. Want more? Join me on Feb 16 for an hour to talk about Social Partnering™: The Value-Added Solution To A Six-Figure Income! at noon EST. It will be recorded if you miss it. Register here to participate or get the link to the recording!

4. Agents Helping Haiti Recordings - On January 28th, I joined Justin Zimmerman and 10 other caring and generous national speakers & trainersfor a 6 hr marathon of a Tele-A-Thon to share ideas that will grow your business AND to help Haiti. We each shared 30 minutes of the best of our material to raise money for Haiti. The Agents Helping Haiti Recordings are available for you to listen to and hopefully you’ll be moved to make an appropriate donation as well!

5. ePRO Workshops - I love to travel and I love to present the Technology Workshop for NAR’s certification for technology training! These workshops offer solid technology tips and discounts on the ePRO certification. We are giving all the participants who enroll in the ePRO Course the brand new Web 2.0/Social Medial Course for free too! Here is the national calendar of the upcoming workshops. Click on your state and see what’s there. As a certified ePRO Trainer, I can also offer you a $25 discount on the ePRO course, if there isn’t a workshop near you.

6. Free Meditation MP3 - Author of The Goddess of Happiness, Debbie Gisonni, debbieg@reallifelessons.com, has a great newsletter. If you sign up, you can also download a guided mediation. I have trouble sitting quietly and mediating (go figure!) but love to relax with a nice guided mediation. This one is good and what a nice gift!

7. Joeann’s Monthly Freebie - If you didn’t grab this last week and you want more referrals in 2010, use my Fabulous Fifty List to plan what new Social Partners™ you will add this year. Who is interested in the same demographic, geographic and sociographic person you are? Time to do some partnering!

8. Free NAR Webinars are another part of the initiative to help you from NAR. On this page, you can sign up for one of the future webinars, or listen to one of the archived ones!

9. Do More Great Work! Is an inspiring new book by Michael Bungay Stanier…in putting the book together, he interviewed dozens of inspiring and amazing people. On his website, you can listen to these recordings as his gift to you! I bet you’ll get at least 1 GREAT idea from each and every one! And you may want to buy Do More Great Work!

10. Clutter Coach Sue Rasmussen conducted a FREE teleclass "Streamline Your Success (The EASY Way)" on last Wednesday! you can STILL sign up to hear the audio recording.

During this f.r.e.e. teleclass, she talked about how letting go of the resistance - whether it be clutter in your physical environment, time clutter, relationship clutter, or emotional and mental and spiritual clutter - is absolutely KEY to creating room for opportunity, abundance, inspired ideas, and synchronicity ... all necessary to accomplish the truly great things you are capable of achieving in your business and your life.

Here's the link to get your copy of the recording:  click here for your copy

BONUS ITEM!!!!!! Free in February for everyone who joins one of my 2010 Coaching Groups. I have a Broker/Owner Group and a Motivated Agent Group that will meet 3 times each month for an hour of brainstorming, accountability, and coaching. There are a few spots left in each group…so let me know if this is for you!



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May. 15, 2006 - New Real Estate Agent Training

Calling All New Agents!!!

Step To Success Coaching Program
I am excited to be partnering with Kelle Sparta to be offering

a Six Month Long Coaching Program

For agents who are not content to learn and grow slowly but who want it NOW!!!
You Can Get on the Fast Track

for only $99 per month!

...begins August 9th


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