I'll admit it, I've been in the real estate industry for 30 years now. I was not raised during a time where the technology was so advanced. During my high school years, typing class utilized the state-of-the- art "selectric" typewriter. We thought that was cutting-edge. Because I've also always had the benefit of a wife that could type like lightening, my typing speed has never been top-notch or something to brag about. I relied on her skills for the big things ... and slow and steady wins the race during my efforts.
I'll also admit, that having two sons has brought me up-to-speed in my knowledge and thinking on current technological advances, their potential and possibilities. I may kick and scream at times, but ultimately I try and then use the tools available to me. Being open-minded and willing to try new things has paid off. Blogging, and the world it has opened up, has been a seriously wonderful discovery!
Blogging, and other forms of on-line communication, has become instrumental in my efforts to inform and educate past and future clients, referral partners, and the world about my services and the benefits of using them. It's also become an indispensable tool for educating, expanding, and acquainting myself to the information and knowledge I need to broaden, improve, and provide my services.
The interaction with all of the many other professionals doing the very same thing is just invaluable. I can't begin to relate the insight I have reaped from taking advantage of their availability and willingness to share their knowledge and expertise. It's a little like going to school each and every day. The relating of experiences, new and shared, provides a wealth of knowlege and opportunity from which to draw upon.
The decision to take part and try this new communication outlet has been an excellent one for me. I have seen an upsurge in requests for information, traffic on my website, phone calls, and requests for my services. I also have met and communicated with some outstanding professionals from across our nation. During these more trying economic times, having taken this opportunity to expand and explore has been extremely positive.
For those considering whether to take this step, I say "JUMP"! Take that leap of faith and place your efforts in a new direction. Stretch and broaden yourself and your circle of contacts through these means, even if it is a little daunting and uncomfortable at first. You will catch on and become at ease with the process, come to enjoy it, and benefit from it. The potential for growth and advancement will amaze you.
Remember ... even our "selectric" typewriters were scarey to some at first!
Gene Mundt, Professional Mortgage Banker www.genemundt.com Chicago Bancorp