Kids aren’t the only ones going back to school. If you want to improve your skills, it’s important commit to learning, whether it’s reading a book or taking a class or workshop. However, if you’re like many agents and brokers, you may say, “I’d love to learn more, but I just don’t have the time.” When you’re busy closing deals, generating leads and trying to build a business it can be difficult to carve out time to take classes and learn. But, it’s a double-edged sword: If you don’t take the time to learn and improve your skills, you’ll be less effective to your clients and may not be able to build your business to the level you’d like. Like anything in life, if you want to do something, you have to make time for it. Here’s how:
1. Schedule it. If you don’t schedule it, you’re less likely to do it. Once it’s in your schedule, it’s part of your day—one of the things you have to do.
2. Make the investment. Many of us are more likely to do something if there’s money on the line; if we spent money on something, we’re more likely to follow it through. When you pay for further training or a seminar, follow through with it.
3. Adopt a new medium. Technology allows us to learn anytime and anywhere. You don’t have to travel to a classroom anymore to learn. You can hop online and take a class anytime you wish. Training programs like our own Peak Producers allow you to training online, at your convenience, whether or not a live class is taught in your area.
4. Manage your business while you learn. Just as you can learn anywhere, you can also manage your business anywhere. One of the most common excuses people make is, “Oh I just can’t leave my business for a day or two.” When you have a CRM app, like the Referral Maker® app on your smartphone, you can continue to manage your business, maintain client contact and generate leads from anywhere you happen to be, whether you’re in the office or in the classroom.
Keeping your skills sharp and your knowledge current is vital to your success in real estate. You know what’s also important? Staying in touch with your clients. Referral Maker makes it easy and fun to connect with your clients, generate leads and stay on top of your business. Visit ReferralMaker.com to learn more and to start your 30-day free trial.