By Hilary Hale Brown
One of the most fulfilling experiences a group can grow from is that of reaching its goals. In January of this calendar year, myself, the administrative executive of our board of REALTORS®, and members of the YPN committee set our promises to paper. These ranged from things such as a build for Habitat of Humanity in April for Fair Housing Month, to hosting a social mixer in November to honor TRLP graduates (Texas REALTOR® Leadership Program), to holding meetings once a quarter and participating in National YPN conference calls to stay in touch with our fellow chapters on a national level.
Tomorrow morning at a meeting with our board president and fellow committee chairmen, I will be proud to report that we have achieved over half of the goals set in January and are on target to meet the remaining goals by November.
As young real estate professionals, I believe it is important to remember what we are striving for and what we are setting out to accomplish. While social media and Internet marketing might be the driving force behind leads, they are not our goal, which is clients. While social mixers are an introduction to other young professionals, they are not our goal, which is education. My committee this year has been unrelenting in being result-based as our calendar filled, and I thank them for helping me remember that as I prepare for my meeting tomorrow. They remind me it is about quality not quantity, and that everything we do should have a purpose beyond ourselves and I thank them for this as well. Continue reading »
By Brian Copeland
Watching the Grammys is always a highlight in my year. As a former music publisher with still interest in a few companies, I still get to vote! This darn REALTOR® addiction and the constant need to find applications for my business and profession in everything I see drives me nuts; so, of course, I have to comment on the things I noticed on the Grammys that we can apply to our business.
1. Collaboration is key. Lady Gaga and Elton John’s opening duet was a perfect blend of classic and new. As a “Gaga,” who are the Eltons you are including in your life for a duet? One of my biggest learning experiences came from a veteran agent in my local market who owned a competing brokerage, Christie Wilson, of The Wilson Group. We co-listed several things when I was new in the industry, and I learned so much from her wisdom.
2. Your recognition will eventually come. Kanye West made musical tacky history with his scene steeling moment with Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Beyonce held her own smoothly and classily and saw her song rise to the top for Single Ladies. If you don’t get the position/thanks/whatever you expected from your association, clients, brokers, etc., hang in there it may come in another way, a little further down the road. Continue reading »