Business Practices that have changed over the years

Real Estate Agent with Windermere/lane county 200305001

Sheila Anderson wrote a blog "Don't drink and do business". This caused me to think how "business practices" have changed over the last 30 years that I have been in, one type or another.

In my early years it was 3 martini lunches or some kind of alcohol when having a business lunch to now, where its now a big NO NO.

Dress code has waffled back and forth over causul dress Friday or not.

Jokes and business conduct that was funny in the 80's will get you fired and may even land you in court today. What can you add to the list?

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Michael Maynard
New Neighbors Realty - Milford, CT

Depressign when you put it that way, Rob. There once were days where you could run from clients and have a moment of solitude, thanks Iphone, haha.

Apr 25, 2012 11:28 PM #1
Bill Fields
Bill Fields Learning Systems - Treasure Island, FL

Remember the first cell phones? It was a Motorola phone (Where is Motorola now?) on top of a car battery!!

Apr 25, 2012 11:52 PM #2
Rick Obst
Eugene, OR

I don't miss pagers and having to carry quarters to use at the nearest pay phone when my pager buzzed.  Carbon paper and typewriters have pretty much gone by the wayside.  Fax machines don't get the use that they did a decade or so ago either.

Apr 26, 2012 01:48 AM #3
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Rob, Does this mean that I can't write off my bar tab when "talking real estate" with my friends at girls wine night? Sigh. Yep, lots have changed over the years and technology a biggy. Depending on where you live, caravans and the office atmosphere is changing as well.

Apr 26, 2012 01:58 AM #4
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

Michael: Cell phones are another form of ball and chain.

Bill; I vagly remember the brick phones.

Rick: Whats a pay phone? Theres something you hardly ever see!

Cindy; I think you can write girls night off and if you take me to lunch you can! Just better not have booze at noon unless its me!

Apr 26, 2012 05:46 AM #5
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Yeah now it is water and lemon! Lite caloried lunches. I needed it too. But I miss those drinks.

Apr 26, 2012 12:07 PM #6
Michael J. Gallo
Florida Luxury Realty - New Port Richey, FL
Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team

Door Knocking has been replace with email campaigns and networking functions.  The drinks are still there, we just cal it a networking gathering. :)  Maybe it is just a Southern thing

Apr 27, 2012 02:45 AM #7
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Sorry, I am still a little too young to remember any of that.  Alcohol was always off limits, but I could take clients out for golf...still no alcohol on my part.  And, as far as some of the jokes, I always stayed away from that type of humor unless I was in the company of my own colleagues after hours.

Apr 27, 2012 08:59 AM #8
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