Are You Well Grounded Or Are People Shocked By You?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Cable with groundIn listening to the dialogue of many in presenting ideas in real estate or in negotation I wonder often about their thinking processes.

Are You Well Grounded Or Are People Shocked By You?

In electrical transmission the ground conductor prevents dangerous current from flowing through YOU and allows it safely to go to the "ground" connection.

Well grounding among people means you use sound judgment, you are patient, you strive to understand and be understood, your ideas are based on good reasoning, you are collaborative and realistic, organized, well versed in your area, rational and precise. You have a foundation for what you say and how you think.

Plainly you are not scatterbrained, think before you act, and are on an even keel Now are there days when our cords are a bit frayed? Sure. But being well grounded we don't get others into trouble, "shocking" them, well at least not intentionally. Keep both feet on the ground and work with people in a polite, respectful and well informed manner. If you don't know an answer obtain it. Above all put that brain in gear before the mouth goes in motion. Otherwise you might burn your house or someone else's house down.


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Edward Bachman
Your Kingwood TX Realtor

I think most of the time that I am well grounded......there are times however that a tube of gorilla glue might keep my yap closes long enough to weather the storm.

Aug 06, 2009 07:53 AM #1
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I'm well grounded AND people are [often] shocked by me.

I just trust in the outerworkings of my choices - and the Universe. I don't know why or how things work. I just know they do and will.

GREAT post -- as all of em are!

Aug 06, 2009 07:55 AM #2
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

Ditto what Candice said . . . shockingly grounded

Aug 06, 2009 08:14 AM #3
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I really like this analogy, as shocking as it seems!

Aug 06, 2009 08:19 AM #4
Cindy Cranston
Fulmer Realty- Floresville, LaVernia, San Antonio - San Antonio, TX

I definitely have my 'Blond' moments. I try to save those for my husband but I probably have slipped once or twice. But for the most part I have found that practicing what I plan to say helps. I have great practice sessions in my car on the way to appointments. This may sound silly to some but really works great for me.

Aug 06, 2009 08:30 AM #5
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

Great post! 

I find one of the best tactics in Real Estate is the 'walk away.' Sometimes I have to just deal with something else for a couple of minutes until my head clears. Other times I have to go for a long walk or run. Sometimes I have to give it 24 hours before I react.

Aug 06, 2009 08:45 AM #6
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

GARY- Grounded for sure- it is by far easier to solve life's many problems by keeping a proactive approach instead of being a reactive live wire. of life's greatest joy's to occasionally shock someone with wit, and humor.

Aug 06, 2009 08:49 AM #7
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

I'm not going to touch this one... ;-) Happy to visit you today.

Aug 06, 2009 09:08 AM #8
Petra Norris
CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Gary - I think I'm a grounded person and all well rounded :). People with age become more grounded, at least I'm even more now than before. Stop, Listen and Think before you speak - they teach Kindergardner this, right!

Aug 06, 2009 10:03 AM #9
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Gary, " First to understand and then to be understood". A great message here Gary!

Aug 06, 2009 10:13 AM #10
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

I sure hope I'm in the well-grounded side.

Aug 06, 2009 10:20 AM #11
Alan Kindsfater
Tri-State Realty, Inc. - Belle Fourche, SD

Ya, well-grounded, good idea.  My goal especially with a new client, mouth shut, ears open.  Even the perception of being well grounded is of upmost importance.  Thanks for reminding me.


Aug 06, 2009 11:13 AM #12
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Gary: I feel I don't have time to dance around a situation. As a home inspector I have to write my findings according to what I see and what TREC requires me to do. Sometimes folks aren't happy, but I'm just the messenger hired by the buyer. One thing I like about all the new technology, photographs tell the truth and along with my report when presented I feell I have done my job. I inspected a home today that had been vacant for five years, over 40 years old so you can well imagine the kind of day that I had. Thank goodness I'm grounded.

Aug 06, 2009 01:21 PM #13
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Gary, I don't know if I am well grounded, but people ask me often how I get so much done in a day!

Aug 06, 2009 02:14 PM #14
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

You would ask this after my scatter-brained day yesterday!  OK, most of the time I am grounded.  I guess days like yesterday are a good reminder to stay focused.

Aug 06, 2009 11:42 PM #15
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Gary, I've always thought that a properly functioning brain-to-mouth filter mechanism is one of the most important tools of the trade!

Aug 07, 2009 01:59 AM #16
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Another good analogy by Gary!  I shocked some people just the other day when I told them to change out the wall paper and paint the walls with something other than white.  Said I was the first agent to say no to wall paper and white walls.  Huh?

Aug 07, 2009 03:13 AM #17
c m
Colorado Springs, CO

Wow, Gary, all of the descriptive words you used to identify a grounded person are spread across the color spectrum on the personality profile posted on my blog.  Those components create a well-balanced person, and sadly, there are not many out there, that can claim that kind of balance in their attributes.  We are either organized, or patient or rational or collaborative, or maybe 2 or 3 out of 4, but rarely ALL of that! It is certainly something to strive for, because otherwise, any of us could appear quite shocking to another, due to our LACK of patience, get my drift! =o)  P.S. Love the analogy!

Aug 07, 2009 01:16 PM #18
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Gee am I well grounded or do I just shock YOU. <SMILE>

Aug 07, 2009 02:02 PM #19
June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

Hi Gary Great analogy ...grounded is a must in our industry that is for sure.  How many times have deals ( I hate that word used in real estate, but can not think of a better  word )   gone up in smoke because of not being grounded.

Aug 08, 2009 12:00 AM #20
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