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Feb. 12, 2010 - Who Do You Hang Around?

You've heard me (and many others!) say "what you focus on expands"!

It DOES Make a difference who you spend time with!

If you surround yourself news and people who give you more evidence of how tough it is...it's easy to buy into excuses for your own lack of results. If you want to attract and create more to be positive, happy and grateful about ... your thinking and positive emotional state are the best tools you have to start with.

Is it time to upgrade your Rolodex and your experiences? Have you outgrown some of the people you hang out with? Or are the folks to spend time with each day inspiring and encouraging?

I'm not saying to abandon old friends or give up mentoring or helping others, but I am saying that careful attention to what input you let in can impact your success!  You can read more about this topic and the  lively discussion it spurred  on my Active Rain blog......

 

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Feb. 12, 2010 - Go To The Expo In Your Jammies!

This Month’s Not to be missed EXPO!!!!!

Get your Pass Now -- National Real Estate CyberConvention & Expo (Feb 21-27 all online).

I love this EXPO because I can walk the aisles and listen to the speakers while I am in my jammies!!!!!

I am one of the sponsors for the ninth annual National Real Estate CyberConvention and Exposition, http://recyber.cyberconventions.com which is expected to attract over 10,000 real estate professionals over the seven days of the event (February 21-27).

This year's speaker line up, the largest ever, include major keynote addresses by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior VP of Research, National Association of REALTORS®, Michael Russer, President, CEO, Russer Communications, Randy Eagar, President, Computer Camp, and Jennifer Allan, Author, trainer, Jennifer Allan Sell with Soul, plus over 50 Nationally recognized real estate trainers, authors and industry experts in four educational tracks: Broker/Agent Productivity; Tech Tips and Tools; Promoting Your Business; and Top Commercial Presenters.

You will be able to network in the new CyberConvention Community and check out the latest business building ideas, products and services at the booths in the Exposition. No Travel - No Hotel stays- no time away from home - Good for the environment, this is the Greenest of Green!

You may register now and attend this premier networking event from the comfort of your home or office. You will be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing for a Seven Day Luxury Cruise for Two!

Register Today Here 

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Oct. 27, 2009 - Tuesday Tips-Lotsof Resources!

Creating Miracles: Three Cups of Tea
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
- Mother Teresa

I love reading and being inspired by unreasonable people who have a dream and set about to make a dent in the world! Often, against all odds and logic, their taking action shifts the direction of the future. I recently finished Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. A mountain climber who went to conquer Mt. Everest, Greg has and has spent the last 15 years building schools in Pakistan. He believes educating girls is important because they can bring peace to the world. His story is amazing.

His vision is inspiring. If you’ve had some struggle in your life lately, do yourself a favor and read this book.

Choosing a vision that you are passionate about and using that energy and passion to create miracles is a great way to approach your business planning. What would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail? Why not attempt it anyway? New agents often do very well and try things the people who “know” how it works are skeptical of because they are excited and have a vision. If you need a little inspiration along these lines, watch The Dream Movie. And then, start with a vision for next year that YOU are inspired by. Let go of the “how” to get there. Be very clear in the end result. And, then go to work utilizing every crazy idea and resource that appears! Believe me, it will be a very, very good year!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens
can change the world;
indeed it's the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American Anthropologist


Take Action Today!

I believe that my readers are pro-active people who take ACTION to create the lives they truly want. They INVEST in themselves and expect great results, so I want to invite you to make this coming year your best year ever. I will be giving you opportunities with every weekly Tips! Commit to take action to create an awesome 2010 by surrounding yourself with the people and resources (and books!) you need to achieve a life of ultimate success, in every sense of the word. If we each envision and create the lives of our dreams, we are making the world a better place! It IS up to you!

Borrowed Wisdom

"If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do.
Think first and act afterward."

- Napoleon Hill

Free Think And Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill has been responsible for more self-made success stories than any book I know. It’s the best description of success techniques, the best description of the success mindset, and the best description of setting (and achieving) goals I’ve ever seen. Much of today’s Law of Attraction work is just another spin on the sound advice from this book. My friend, Vic Johnson, is currently giving away 1 Million copies! How cool is that?

Planning for 2010

Are you ready to hit the ground running for your best year ever in 2010? I love consciously creating the coming year in the Fall. I start with the trips and vacations (we are going to spend June of 2010 in Hawaii) and then fill in the rest. I am a recovering control freak…so the visioning part…creating what I want is something I just love! I’d have some ways that we can do this together so you can get more of what you really want in 2010? Are you ready?

Three Ways to Play…One for every Budget:

  1. The $12 Solution - My 34-page 2010 Awesome Year Business Plan has been tweaked and is ready for you to use to get ready for next year. This may be the best investment you make today! Order for yourself…or if you are a manager, this is a cool tool to use with your agents, or as a gift for your real estate clients, if you are an affiliate. I have quantity discounts or only $97 for unlimited use!
  2. The $57 Solution - A 3-session 2010 REALLY SIMPLE Business PlanningTeleConference, using the Awesome Year Plan, that will include masterminding and coaching. December 3, 10 & 17
  3. The You Deserve IT! $1900 Solution- A Full-Day Business Makeover! I have a limited number of days available in the next 3 months to come to you and/or your team or office for a whole day of personalized and customized strategizing and planning.

Tuesday's Tech Tips

HOW My Computer Works
How do I transfer and organize my pictures?

I have shared some of the series of videos from My Computer Works! Here is another good one. I love having their services to give me peace of mind and help. If you need good tech support…this is where to go! Tell them I sent you and you’ll get $35 off the activation fee.

Another great podcast from the people who provide tech support extraordinaire!
If you want to be able to call and get help whenever you need it…Call Kurtis from My Computer Works at  602-920-9297  602-920-9297 or  888-720-6964  888-720-6964 ! I love having their services to give me peace of mind and help. Tell him I sent you and you’ll get $35 off the activation fee.

Social Networking Got You Flummoxed?

My beginner’s Social Media 6-Pack is for you! It lasts for 6 months (and only costs $27 a month) Each month I’ll get you set up on a different social media platform with 2 TeleConferences each month, unlimited email coaching, a checklist and resources! Don’t try to do it all at once or without a plan. Social Networking can make you LOTS of money, but you can waste a LOT of time if you are haphazard with it. You can start any month and then go through all 6 platforms. Join us in November with an introduction to How To Use Linkedin.

 
 

Make it a Remarkable Week! It IS up to YOU!!!!

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Oct. 8, 2009 - The Fourth Quarter CAN be the best this year!

Can you believe it is already October? It was still hot (106) until last week here in Tucson and the crisp fall air hadn't shown up. It has been a very dry summer. It's easy to get cranky. My garden needs lots of love and renewal having suffered through the long hot summer. I am off the road for a few weeks and I have the time to pretty up the view out my office window. I need to do some cleanup, some planning for my winter garden and then plant or buy the flowers and veggies that will bring a smile to my face.

It's easy to get cranky about business these days too! But, in thinking about business, it seems these same questions and actions are appropriate...

I'm asking myself:

  • What do I want to create for the rest of the year?
  • What cleanup needs to happen? I know completion releases good positive energy! It's like pulling the weeds & clearing the dead plants open a nice fresh space to plant anew.
  • What actions can I take now to increase results?

Many folks I am talking with are frustrated by the number of seeds they are planting that are not popping through the ground. They are trying to stay optimistic, but feeling a little like it is whipped cream on dog poo....not enough results to BELIEVE they are doing the right things and not REALLY believing what they are doing is REALLY going to make a difference. Just saying positive affirmations doesn't turn things around. A result now and then makes it easier to believe we are doing the right things, but what if that is coming more slowly than we feel it should?

How do you manage your mind, your attitude and your budgets when the results aren't forthcoming? Do you keep doing what you have been, stepping up the pace? Do you get resigned and give up, feeling a victim of the economy and circumstances? Do you know how to get yourself excited and energized?

 

 

Here are four elements I believe are necessary to achieve optimum results for the final quarter of the year:

  1. Check in with your vision - It is easy to be pulled into the busyness of the day to day activities Lily's Visionwhen trying to make results happen, but your vision is really the energizer all by itself. Think of those times that you have accomplished results that made you proud. I'll bet you were unswerving in seeing what you wanted and doing whatever it took to get there. I am reminded of our early efforts to achieve what we want and the perseverance and focus that is attendant to it when my 7 year old granddaughter, Lily, decides she wants something. I think most children BELIEVE they can get what they want if they ask enough people, enough different ways without giving up until they get there. When was the last time you thought about what you want for the rest of this year and pictured in your mind including thinking about how you are going to feel when that happens? What emotions are there? Write down this vision and these emotions and read it over every single day. Post a picture of it in your office (I love doing a yearly vision board) You CAN have your vision. What would a 7 year old do?
  2. Re-evaluate and Economize - I don't want you to think I am a complete Pollyanna, out of touch with the fact that there are real, different, circumstances in the economy these days and I know the world out there does have an effect on us. I also know there are always opportunities and the successful people don't buy into the gloom and doom. The most useful way to approach this is by looking at your situation and seeing what you CAN do. Don't overspend if the money isn't coming in. Restructure your expenses. Downsize and cut the unnecessary items. Find ways to do what you need to do in creative, inventive ways. Use coupons. Spend an afternoon with your personal and business accounts and take a good look at where you are year to date. It's scary to me how many people tell me they aren't looking at this because they are scared to know. HELLO!!! You have power when you know where you are and where you want to be, but give up your power when you become an ostrich without a vision. The one thing NOT to economize on is your branding, marketing and visibility. The good news is the social media venues mostly won't cost money and you have an opportunity with blogging, tweeting and friending to be even more visible and connected than ever!

3.       Get Creative - In my GRI Business Planning classes, I've been asking agents if they only had $1000 and were starting their real estate business, what would they spend it on. Try this for yourself, or brainstorm the question with a few friends. One group talked about joint marketing with materials that the title company had available. Give thought to doing more with other strategic partners. Put together that plan for social networking, in person and online. Identify the profile of your perfect client and go join a club or do activities that will put you with them. Think SUBTLE!!!! Relationships are gold. Maybe, right now, doing some volunteer work will help you feel more grateful of what you do have, give you an outlet to make a difference and, perhaps, connect you with some other wonderfully generous people who will be the key to your next transaction. Most of all, every day, include something that makes you feel good, is fun and keeps your spirits high. Take care of YOU and find happiness each day that doesn't depend on money.

4. Build Your Stategic Partner Team - How many strategic partners do you have? Most agents have only scratched the surface of what is possible with other business people and service providers that are interested in the same demographic and psychographic that they are. NOW is the PERFECT time to be making, expanding and deepening connections.

  • Who is interested in the same people that you are? Take your perfect client and dissect their profile: How old are they? What is their income? Where do they live or want to live? What do they like to spend their time doing?
  • What services or businesses do these people frequent or need?
  • What is covered? And what isn't? Make a list of cool services that would bring a smile to the face of that ideal client and make connections to expand your value, your referrals and your marketing reach. My Team 100 list might give you some ideas.

Having a wonderful rest of the year IS up to YOU!!!!

If you find you are holding yourself back, it may be time to do some work on that part of you! The WCR Harnessing The Power Course is one way to break free of the self-limiting thinking that you may not even be aware of.I am teaching it in Phoenix on October 13! The earlybird price is still good and there are seats left!

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Sep. 22, 2009 - A Great New Book! Infinite Possibilities

Book of The Week!

I start my day in my inbox, usually and get a daily message from the Universe! How cool is that? Today, TUT.com told me all I need to do is love myself…I can do that and am finding it easier all the time. You can subscribe here and get your own message. It usually brings a smile to my face and lightens up the day-great way to start out! This tip is written by Mike Dooley who is one of the people who was featured in The Secret and TUT stands for THINK ORIGINAL THOUGHTS. He had a wildly successful program a few years ago that he has now turned into a book, Infinite Possibilities:The Art of Living Your Dreams  

Stretch your thinking, relax and get what you really want! This is a nice one for that!

 

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Sep. 22, 2009 - Are you Going to Kick Back or Kick Ass in th last 100 days of 2009?

There are 100 days left in 2009. You have a choice right now to coast through the Fall and Holidays or to take charge and decide this will be the best quarter of the year. While many agents are feeling the busy part of the year is now gone and they “know” things are slower over the holidays….the smart agents are seeing where the opportunities are and seizing them.

 

Instead of kicking back, you can  ramp up a blitz for your sphere, your farm area, or your client base. Plan a client appreciation party or just take a client out to lunch each week. Call everyone in your sphere and update their contact info making sure you have the right email address. It can not only make for a better last 100 days, but set you up to hit the ground running in 2010.

 

So…..Let’s stop and take a few minutes to put this into place:

1.     What would be a “kick ass” last 100 days? Define on paper the vision. Keep it simple.

2.     Write down a goal in both of these areas :

1.     A business goal that is measurable: i.e. # of transactions, # of new contacts, # of new strategic partners

2.     A personal goal: i.e. Lose 20 lb, stop smoking, start meditating or doing yoga

3.     Plan what remarkable actions you’ll be taking to make this happen: Plug the time into your weekly calendar as an appointment.

4.     Start each day by reviewing your goals and determine for that day, what action will provide the most leverage to get you closer.

5.     Get an accountability partner: Get a buddy, Hire a coach, go public with it on your Facebook page.

6.     Have FUN!!!!! Choose targets that excite you!

If you find you are holding yourself back, it may be time to do some work on that part of you! The WCR Harnessing The Power Course is one way to break free of the self-limiting thinking that you may not even be aware of.

 

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Jul. 21, 2009 - Education and Having A Great Life!

It’s A GREAT Time to Work on Education
Fast Track a Designation or Certification

NAR research shows people with designations and certifications make more money than those without!

Women’s Council of REALTORS® Performance Management Network Designation (PMN): I’m teaching 2 Classes in the next 3 months! Those along with the NAR “At Home With Diversity” Course can get you the designation (if you have the other requirements) by the NAR Convention in November!

- Join me in Denver on August 5th (for only $49 and it includes lunch!) for the Networking and Referral Course.

- Join me in Phoenix on October 13 for the Harnessing The Power Course. Learn how to manage your mind and get out of your own way!

The NAR e-PRO Certification: e-PRO has just added a Social Media Module that is free if you sign up now AND there is a $60 discount on the course! Email me for a registration form to get that discount. Now is the time to upgrade your skills! It’s either online or the breadline!

Borrowed Wisdom
Living Well!

My wonderful husband, Bub Fossland says,”If you’re not enjoying yourself, you’re doing it wrong.

One day I misquoted him and said,”If you aren’t having fun, you’re doing it wrong.” Which, by the way, I do espouse!

But, Bub corrected me, explaining that his quote was about liking oneself. Methinks, this is a very good idea too.

That’s Bub with Jean Baker, his 88 year old Mom on his 65th birthday a few weeks ago!

Read this blog post by Jay White, AKA Dumb Little Man, for 39 other good ideas on living well.


Other Upcoming Education Opportunities

If you are near Tucson: WCR has made it easy for you to get 3 hours CE Agency credit when you join me for Winning The Real Estate Game (through Advantage Solutions School) this Friday, July 24 at the Tucson Association of REALTORS® -  it's Free to WCR Members, $25 for others.

Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) - This is the premier course and designation for representing sellers. Upcoming in Phoenix on September 24th & 25th. Your last chance this year in AZ... we sold out last year, so don’t wait!

If you are in New Mexico: I am doing 6 e-PRO Workshops the second week of August. If you’d like me to come to your office and do one just for you, let me know. The schedule for e-PRO Workshops is here (click on your state).


Tech & Social Media

The National Association of Realtors® has been surveying members to find out about their use of technology like websites and blogs for several years. Now, Research, too, has its very own Facebook group, Active Rain and RealTown presences, as well as a presence on Twitter and LinkedIn. Research's social media pages are not only a place for our members to receive insight into our latest surveys, commentaries and reports, but also an avenue for you to make your thoughts known to us and your fellow Realtors®. There may be certain special trends in the marketplace that Research may be unaware of - such as a significant rise in foot traffic at open houses or continuing long delays in getting short sales to close. They'd like this to be an open forum for discussion rather than a one-sided monologue.

Find Research on Facebook >
Find Research on Active Rain >
Find Research on RealTown >
Find Research on Twitter >
Find Research on LinkedIn >

Relax & Attract

  • Are you living, worry free, in the flow of things?
  • Are you attracting the business, people and abundance you want?
  • If there’s some room between where you are and where you want to be…this teleconference is meant for you!
  • Every day, we’ll get together with a short, fun, and inspirational call to help you move to a place of relaxation and abundance.
  • Learn how to make the Law of Attraction work for you
  • AND, the price is right too... only $59 for a total of 20 calls!

Click here for complete information and registration.

Make it an EXTRAOrdinary week! It IS up to YOU!!!!

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May. 16, 2009 - How to Build a Successful Online and Social Media Presence for under $2.00 per Day.

Just announced!!!!

 

How to Build a Successful Online and Social Media Presence for under $2.00 per Day."
National Speaker, Bernice Ross is bringing her brand new program to Baltimore next Monday.

If you can get there...you will be glad you did because you are going to hear ideas no one else is sharing that will help you make LOTS of money!

Join the Top Three for Free!

  • Joeann FosslandJoeann Fossland, one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Real Estate 2008, Chief Evolution Officer, Advantage Solutions Group, Senior GRI Tech Instructor, Top 10 Women Bloggers in Real Estate 2006, Master Certified Coach, Certifed e-PRO Workshop Leader, CyberGrandma2




 

  • Bernice L. Ross, Ph.D. and CEO, www.RealEstateCoach.com. Nationally syndicated columnist, author, trainer, and speaker, Bernice Ross couples her expertise as a Master Certified Coach with 30 years of real estate sales experience. With over 400 published articles to her credit, Inman News called Bernice one of "America's top real estate coaches." She is the author of Waging War on Real Estate's Discounters plus her latest new book, Real Estate Dough: Your Recipe for Real Estate Success. Bernice is also the creator of an exciting new real estate negotiation game called-Real Estate Dough Negotiation.

     
  • Margaret RomeMargaret Rome, author of Real Estate the Rome Way, a Trulia Top 10 Real Estate Book for 2008.Margaret has won numerous real estate awards that attest to her outstanding service and concern for the people she works with, whether clients and colleagues. Her giving, caring nature is well known throughout the industry.

Use social media to make 2009 your best year ever! Join us for this lively and informative session.

  • Learn how NAR’s ePRO certification can improve your business.
  • Hear about the “must have” sites for real estate marketing.
  • Be part of the discussion about blogging for fun and profit.
  • Learn about choosing the right social media options for your particular needs.
  • Sponsored by Margaret Rome, this is a rare opportunity to learn from the best.

    This is one interactive and lively session you won’t want to miss. And the fun won’t stop at the end of the afternoon - everyone is invited to keep the conversation going with Joeann, Fran, and Margaret at a Dutch-treat dinner afterward.

 Date: Monday, May 18, 2009

Time: 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m...and beyond

Location: Greater Baltimore Board of REALTORS®

Cost: FREE

More Details & How to Reserve

Email Margaret Rome at mrome@HomeRome.com , or

Call Margaret at 410-530-2400

Please include your RSVP for the after-session dinner.

Space is limited, so email or phone your reservation today!

 

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Apr. 28, 2009 - Getting What You Expect!

Getting What You Expect!

How do you start your day? Which side of the bed do you get up on??? You know…is it the right side? OR????? Try this simple technique to set your intentions and expectations for the day and give yourself a really great place to start from. Do you realize how much power you possess about what happens each day? It amazes me when I stay conscious to it, instead of rolling out of bed and seeing what happens. Start the day with gratitude that you woke in a nice warm bed and saying to yourself: “It’s going to be a wonderful day.” This sets up a nice filter through which the events of the day will come through. Try this for a week and see how those days are different (or not) from days as usual.  

I’ve been enjoying some weekly audio interviews that Speaker, Healer, Author, Jennifer McLean offers. Last week she interviewed Dr. Judith Orloff who has a new book, Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life, and shared some wonderful tips on staying away from the negative. One theme she shared was to look at EVERY single experience as a growth opportunity and to be aware of what that situation is teaching you. In my coaching training, I have found the stuckness that occurs for many clients is not learning anything from a previous lesson and getting to revisit the same situation in different clothing, over and over and over. By becoming more aware and LEARNING the lesson, you can evolve and move to the next place. I loved the quote from the Dalai Lama who said, ”When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Coach’s Tip:

  1. Start your day with an intention that it be wonderful and then look for evidence all that that it IS!
  2. Examine if there are places you are stuck that you could recontexualize the meaning you have attached to the circumstances, and accept the lesson that is there to help you grow.

How Smart Are You???
Now is the time to get more educated!

As we experience the natural cycles of real estate, making time to raise our standards and knowledge to the next level can place us in a strong position for the future. Take time now to sign up for that class you know would make a difference. Is it a tech class? Or a social networking class? Below are some things I’ve got going on. Hope one will fit your needs.

1. ONLINE: I am excited to now offer Online Real Estate CE Courses
To celebrate, I have a present so you can try it out and save…….. you can save 10% on any class! Use discount code “newslettercode”.
If you need renewal hours and are in CA, AZ, and NV, you need go no further than this.
If you are not in those states and would like for me to offer classes in your state, let me know and we’ll see if we can add it.

2. In Person….come to the White Mountains of Arizona on Friday, May 1st.
I’ll be giving a class called It’s A Wonderful Life! You’ll have fun, learn about technology, marketing and business planning!

3. In Person: My School calendar for AZ CE Classes is here. Frances Flynn Thorsen is offering some great classes on buying HUD Homes and Also on Social Media Risk Reduction in the next couple of months.

4. TELECONFERENCE: Ask an expert... 'How to tap the 6-figure 18-34 1st time
Home Buyer Market'
- Live on May 11 at 8 PM EDT with Justin Zimmerman, real estate technology expert, Realtor and blogger at GoodMorningRE.

Some of what we will be talking about is:

+ learn how this market gets it's information
+ why social networks are important
+ how to be accepted as a youthful agent
+ tapping into your 'inspiration' points
+ tons of technology tips and free services
+ how to turn the next 6 months into your best ever!

Justin fits the profile of this demographic and knows what they want. Here’s what he says,"my group of friends represent the people you want to know in your market, young, fun, professional, and looking to buy 1st home in the 250,000-600,000 range. The beautiful thing is we're easy and cheap to reach, if you know how!"

Register here

5. UPCOMING WEBINAR: Learn How To Deduct Your Vacations ( and afford them and go on more!)

Complete schedule of the upcoming webinars is here.

6. WEBINAR RECORDING: Create an AMAZING 2nd Quarter.
If you missed it, you can still listen in to this call. You also get the Awesome Year Plan and a form for planning the next 3 months, included with the MP3. Are you on track for your best year ever?

Tech Tip: Getting Business Done In 140 Letters (Or Less)

Twitter is hot. Really hot!

 

Are you twittering? My Twitter name is Joeann (how easy is that?) Please follow me! I’ll be helping Amy Chorew show you what you need to know at the upcoming WCR Meetings on May 15 in DC. Come at 9 AM to the Professional Development Steering Committee Meeting and learn everything you need to know about all the technology that will give you the edge!

And….if you are starting to Tweet and are not using Tweetdeck…it’s probably making you a little crazy. Organize and have some great tools for following groups, watching your direct messages and sending ReTweets! Download it for free at www.tweetdeck.com.

Free From NAR

If you haven’t browsed the products that Leadership is making available this year to give you the advantage, visit www.realtor.org.

Here is your chance to order two recently revised NAR bestsellers – for FREE:

  It Pays to Work with a REALTOR®

Let your clients know the importance of working with a REALTOR®.
Order your copy now for FREE. (member login required)
   
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Show first time buyers the true value in owning a home with this updated brochure.

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Make it an ExtraORDINARY Week, it IS up to YOU!!!!!!

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Apr. 21, 2009 - Volunteers

 

Volunteers
As I watered my garden this morning, I saw several volunteers that I hadn’t planted but that had taken root. I have a compost in the garden and some little seeds and a potato had decided they liked the environment. I moved them to a better place with more sunlight and have some brand new plants that are going to yield goodies for me. Gardening has so many good metaphors for doing business in a “green” way, in tune with the natural (and attractive) ways of nurturing “seedlings.”
Spring comes early to Tucson, of course. We are actually expecting 100 degree temperatures this week, so I planted many seeds about a month ago. My tomato plants are 3 feet high and loaded with ping pong sized tomatoes. I also have loads of wildflowers that I intend to harvest seeds from once they have flowered. It is so satisfying to plant these seeds, and them water and see the results in the future.
But back to the volunteers…… I am not sure a potato plant will thrive in Tucson, but I am going to give it lots of water and see what happens. I also have a couple of tomato plant volunteers. Much of my garden is kinda unstructured, wild and unplanned. I doubt that surprises you given my style. I tend to plant stuff here and there and then see where it thriv es. Since my personality isn’t given to lots of structure, so this fits for me….going with my strengths!
Because of this, I am constantly surprised with my harvest and the volunteers are my favorites. They have started to grow on their own. Now, it just takes nurturing and they will turn into a nice harvest. The analogy for me while I was watering was understanding that there were lots of volunteers or additions to my garden that had shown up but were not going to flourish unless I nurtured them.
In my business life, I find, there are volunteers all around me. I try so hard, sometimes, to prove my self-sufficiency not seeing I am surrounded by wonderful people all around me who can help; who would love to grow in my garden; who could add something unexpected and extra to my life. How often have I tried to do it all myself, instead of looking for the volunteers? In my experience with Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR), I often see Presidents try too hard to get it right and instead of letting go and trusting that the volunteers will bring something surprising and unexpected. When I take my eye off perfection and allow the natural flow and abundance take me in a little different direction, my results expand and there’s usually lots more fun and collaboration.
Where are the volunteers in your life? Have you been ignoring the opportunity to find clients that are unexpected because you didn’t plant them? Or you didn’t plant them or expect them there? I bet you also have volunteers all around you that would love to give you business if you’d give them water and attention.
Are you doing things YOUR way, using your strengths instead of trying to find a magic pill outside yourself? Are you assiduously planting the seeds for the future AFTER you close that deal to ensure that there will be a future harvest, remembering to drip on those seeds, even if it is going to be another season for harvest?
This week, look for the volunteers. Water them. Ask them to lunch! Have fun with the process and smell the flowers!
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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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