Monthly Archives: December 2013

10 Quotes to Inspire You in the New Year

Use these quotes to get inspired to succeed.

A great quote can often give you the motivation you need to get on the right track to achieve you goals. We all need a dose of inspiration from time to time, to reignite our passion for our “Why?” and to keep us on the path to success. Here are ten quotes to boost your drive and ignite your desire to succeed this year. Continue reading

7 Ways to Improve Your Focus Now

Maintaining your focus will help you to succeed.

With all of the distractions all around us, it can be difficult to maintain focus. The phone buzzes with a new text or email message, there’s construction going on outside, you’re trying to find just the right song to listen to on Pandora or Spotify and you’re feeling the temptation to surf the Internet instead of making your proactive lead generating phone calls. Whatever the distractions are that tempt you away from being productive, here are seven ways to improve your focus. Continue reading

The 3 Types of Goals You Should Be Setting

Setting short-term and mid-term goals can help you achieve larger, long-term goals.

You’ve set S.M.A.R.T. goals for your business for 2014—are you:

• Excited to get cracking on achieving them?
• Intimidated because you’re not sure where to start?

It’s not enough to just create a S.M.A.R.T. goal or two and call it day. Instead, create a plan for achieving your goals by breaking them down in to smaller, more manageable pieces. How do you do that? Set short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Set SMART Goals in 2014

Write down your SMART goals to help ensure that you’ll achieve them.

The new year provides a clean slate to start over and build the foundation for success in your business. Whether 2013 was a banner year or a year you’d rather forget, January 1 provides an opportunity to start again. However, planning for 2014 should start now. That way you can hit the ground running. Although goal setting can be an intimidating experience for many people, it’s an essential part of business success. In the words of Napoleon Hill, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Continue reading

The One Thing that’s Keeping You from Reaching Your Goals

Reviewing your goals periodically can help you to see the bigger picture.

In December or January, we think of the goals we want to accomplish during the year—complete 10 transactions, boost our sales by 20%, run a marathon, etc. However, by November, we’re either ready to celebrate what we’ve accomplished or we’re on to the next thing. Most of us remember to set goals for our businesses and personal endeavors, but how many of us take time during the year to review the goals we’ve set? Reviewing goals is vital to creating new tangible goals for the coming year. If you don’t review your progress, you may end up working towards unrealistic goals or goals that aren’t right for the direction you want to go. Continue reading

3 Items to Share with Your Network on Social Media

Social media is a quick way to maintain contact with your clients.

Social media is starting to play a bigger role in our business. And, if you’re like the majority of real estate agents, you use social media daily or nearly every day. Whether you’re social network of choice is Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+, it’s important to post relevant information that you’re clients and colleagues will find useful. Continue reading

3 Tips to Keep Positive

Strive to become more optimistic in 2014.

Did you know that positivity can enhance your performance? It’s true; optimistic people produce better results. According to positive psychologist Michelle Gielan, optimistic salespeople outsell their Debbie Downer counterparts by 37%. Even if you’re not naturally Sally Sunshine, here are a few ways to boost your optimism when life hands you lemons. Continue reading

Go Paperless with these Great Apps

Who needs paper when you have these great apps?

 

As a real estate agent, you deal with paper documents on a daily basis, and all that paper can build up (not to mention, become a nightmare to track). Luckily there are several apps available for your iPad that allow your clients and others involved in the transaction to securely sign documents on the spot—no paper required. Continue reading

5 Tips to Shoot Memorable Real Estate Videos

A well-shot video can help your listings to stand out online, and pique the interest of prospective buyers.

Get ready for your close-up: Videos are a great way to personalize the way you market your brand and your properties. More real estate professionals are posting videos of their listings on YouTube and why not? YouTube is a top social network with more than 1 billion unique users each month.* Continue reading

3 Ways to Boost Your Skills in 2014

Real estate is changing. You’ve probably noticed that over the last few years, the industry has evolved at a rapid pace. Skill building has become imperative in order to keep up with all of the changes. After all, you want to offer your clients the highest level of service and help them navigate the waters of real estate. In order to do that, and to be your best as a professional, it’s essential to sharpen your skills on a regular basis. Think of your skills as a knife—after repeated use, the blade grows dull and unable to cut anything cleanly. Continue reading