Having a Bad Day?...Don't Use Social Media to Vent

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Having a Bad Day?...Don't Use Social Media to Vent

OK...the transaction didn't close, or is delayed, and you've worked really hard. You feel like you've done all of the work yourself, and maybe tensions are running high on both the buying and selling side. Then a discussion of commission comes up, and the seller doesn't feel you're worth it. You just need to vent, and writing a blog post might be the perfect way to get some release.

 

DON'T DO IT!

Don't Use Social Media to Vent Because You've Had a Bad DayDo you want to be that agent that gets caught using social media to slam another agent, or discussing commissions? This could be a violation of the Code of Ethics. I don't want to be that agent. Read your Code of Ethics. 

Personally I find it disheartening to hear agents talk about how unprofessional other agents behave. It only adds to the negative stigma that some people already have of our business. I don't talk commissions, either. That's no ones business.  

NAR has an article on social media posts that can get you into trouble. This article has guidelines on what social media topics to avoid. Discussions of commissions and bad experiences with other agents are on this list.

 

Don't Use Social Media to Vent Because You've Had a Bad DayIf there's a question about whether or not I would share what I've written with the masses, then I won't share it. For me the answer to the question is...yes, no or maybe. If in doubt I won't publish the piece...even as a members only post here on Active Rain. This is one situation where I do make assumptions.

I assume that even if I'm posting to members only, the information is still out there for the rest of the world to see. All someone has to do is copy and paste your information into an email, and it's out there in cyber space to be seen by anyone that cares to find it.  

Is what you are putting on the internet something you really want to share with the world? Sharing your frustrations online could turn your bad day into something worse like a ethics complaint. If you need to vent after a bad day, don't share it online...get a punching bag.  

I've lived on Colorado's Western Slope for over 26 years. I love this area and all it has to offer, and I enjoy sharing what I know about my home. As a REALTOR®, I also love to share my expertise in this area as well. If you need any real estate information for Montrose County, or Delta County, Colorado...please give me a call.

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My nephew found this out the hard way. Job interviewers and applications were quickly dismissed Debbie Laity 

Mar 21, 2016 12:32 AM #125
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Ranting or negative chit chat on any social media is a big no no in my world.  Great reminder Debbie Laity!

Mar 21, 2016 09:20 AM #126
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Hi, Sharon Lee ...this post has gotten so much attention I don't even know if I can return all of the comments. There's well over 100 of them. Inman News read the post and called me and interviewed me. They quoted me in a story last week because of this post. I'm glad I wrote this one. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:03 PM #127
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Hi, Will Hamm , and thanks for stopping by. I've gotten well over 100 comments on this post and interviewed by Inman News because of it. Thank you so much for stopping by. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:04 PM #128
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Hi, Anna Banana Kruchten ...thanks for commenting. I'm behind on returning comments because it's been so busy and because this post received so much attention. Inman News actually read it and called me for an interview. I got quoted in their article. I thought that was pretty cool. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:05 PM #129
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Hi, Scott Godzyk ...thanks for commenting on this post. Inman News read it and gave me a call. They quoted me in a recent article. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:06 PM #130
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Thank you for stopping by, Kathy Streib . This post received so much attention I haven't been able to keep up with the comments. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:07 PM #131
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Hi, Lisa Von Domek ...thank you for stopping by and putting in your two cents. We agree on this topic. Let's keep it clean and not work to make others in our profession look bad. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:17 PM #132
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Hi, Karen Winters, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff ...you and I both agree on this topic. I appreciate you stopping by and adding your opinion. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:18 PM #133
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Hi, Rob Thomas ...I never get tired of seeing pictures of Lake. Keep them coming. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:18 PM #134
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HI, Debbie R. I'm late in returning comments on this one. You and I have talked about this post. Thank you for stopping by. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:19 PM #135
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You said it very well, Ellen Caruso . Thank you for stopping by. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:20 PM #136
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Hi, Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint ....sorry I'm so late in returning comments on this one. I've been really busy with business. You know Inman News read this and called me up and talked to me about this post. How cool is that? I thought it was pretty cool. 

Mar 21, 2016 12:21 PM #137
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Thank you for stopping by, Patricia. 

Mar 22, 2016 11:12 AM #138
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Hi, Pat. Yes the best plan is to let it go. Get a punching bag and work out your frustrations in another way. 

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You can, but without mentioning details and without mentioning any names. Best of you can just make fun of yourself, but never your clients. Complaining is the last thing you should ever do, not just on social media but in life too. Do not waste your energy and energy those around you. 

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Debbie

Social media is not a place to vent and take it public. More then likely is will make thing far worst.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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Congratulations on a gold star feature for and an outstanding post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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Debbie

There is a lot of interest in your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 30, 2016 08:04 PM #143
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Hi, Lou Ludwig ...I was surprised to see you come back and read this one again.

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