active rain contests: Stevens Point Wisconsin; I love this town, and so will you! - 09/27/16 04:26 PM
Stevens Point Wisconsin, I love this town, and so will you!
When I read the description for Ron and Alexandra Seigel 's challenge (Romanticize Your Marketplace: September Active Rain Contest!), I immediately recognized this as a post that was already written.  Not only already written but often sent along with other information when out of town prospects ask about homes that we have available in Stevens Point. Thanks for another opportunity to share a few of the many things that I love about this town.
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  I first came to this town 35 years ago when I started college here.
     It was a culture shock for … (11 comments)

active rain contests: The Olympic Team Spirit at Woodland Management Service - 08/21/16 12:41 PM
The Olympic Spirit at Woodland Management Service 
I get most of my news from the business page and the political pages; and never waste time on the sports pages so my opinion of the Olympics is generally a little different than most of the fans of this event.
My thoughts of this event generally deal more with the political wrangling involved in securing the contract to host, drugging the athletes to make your team compete, or the bankrupt cities that get the honor of hosting this extravaganza.
So today I mentioned to my wife, who is a big fan of the event that … (6 comments)

active rain contests: An Early Lesson in the Importance of Action - 06/30/16 12:44 PM
An Early Lesson in the Importance of Action.
Our friend Debbie Reynolds has posed an important question for one of this months contests; A Lesson I Wish I'd Learned Earlier in My Career?.
There have been so many lessons learned during my career that it to nearly a month to decide which one to share with you for this contest.
So tonight I will be sharing an old post and a lesson from the early days.
As many will tell you, there are a lot of things required to make a successful real estate agent, broker or just about any type … (12 comments)

active rain contests: 2016 - 100 Day Checkup, and April SEO Super Charge Challenge - 03/30/16 03:31 AM
100 Day Checkup, and April SEO Super Charge Challenge
Part 1, the 100 Day Checkup
We judge our presidents on how they are doing in the first 100 days for a reason.
It is a good round number that lands nearly a quarter of the way into the first year of the first term, enough time to get a good start, and yet early enough in the term to make necessary adjustments where needed without wasting time in areas that are a poor investment of our energy.
Wise business people also use this important measure to do a checkup and make adjustments where needed.
In this … (139 comments)

active rain contests: 2014 Summer Video Challenge, Show Us Your Local & Bring in the Juice - 07/31/14 07:48 AM
2014 Summer Video Challenge, Show Us Your Local & Bring in the Juice
We all know how great local events are for attracting clients and bringing in the Google Juice and we have been told how much Google likes Video, so this Challenge is going to combine the two for a great dose of SEO for all of our businesses.

Our focus in this challenge is to shoot three short videos of something local and something showing some Summer Fun.
The Challenge
The subject of the videos can be anything local, fun and outdoors.
•              A favorite hiking trail
•              … (131 comments)

active rain contests: Beazer Home Challenge, an Office Wing is an Essential in My Home. - 06/30/14 01:04 AM
Beazer Home Challenge, an Office Wing is an Essential in My Home.
 
 
I think that our early presidents had it right when they designed the first White House with a wing for personal living and a wing for the work of running a country.
Over the years I have tried it both ways and though I own two office buildings, I still prefer my house with several rooms at one end dedicated to my office and the office of a few key staffers.
I first started my business with a home office where I could work ridiculous hours and … (5 comments)

active rain contests: “Swim When You Are Ready” is Just an Excuse to Procrastinate - 05/31/14 04:43 PM
“Swim When You Are Ready” is Just an Excuse to Procrastinate
Interesting concept that Carla has come up with for this challenge, I have been reading the title of the contest all during May and every time that I read it, I thought, “Why wait?  Jump in and get wet”.
Swim when you are ready has just never been part of my thought process, I am always game for a new interesting project, I know that there is not much that I cannot do if I decide to do it, “I think I can” is part of my vocabulary and part … (20 comments)

active rain contests: The #1 Thing that it Takes to Be Successful in Real Estate and Life. - 05/31/14 03:01 PM
The #1 Thing that it Takes to Be Successful in Real Estate and Life.
In Melissa Zavala’s challenge she asks us to talk about what it takes to be successful in Real Estate.
Being kind of a success junkie, I looked forward to seeing what I would write for this, and of course I waited until the last night so that I could think about it a bit.
As many will tell you, there are a lot of things required to make a successful real estate agent, broker or just about any type of business person.  Things like:
Ability to network. … (6 comments)

active rain contests: On my planet, Government would Stay out of the way of Small Business - 04/29/14 05:36 PM
On my planet, Government would Stay out of the way of Small Business.
Small businesses are what make America strong, they provide the jobs and the innovation that is needed to create so many great products and services.
But often times, small business is stifled and squashed by well-meaning government people who generally only know one answer to every question, and that is a “NO”.
They don’t trust business, they think that business people are all greedy people who don’t do the responsible thing, yet in my experience the opposite is true.  We fought many wars to avoid communism, yet I … (32 comments)

active rain contests: Sensei for hire - 04/01/14 03:30 PM
 Sensei for hire
 This month Dick Greenberg is offering a great challenge, with great points, four times what the others are offering.
 The points are nice but that is not why this is a great contest, this contest is great because Dick is challenging us to learn and help one another.
Helping each other and learning in the rain is what this little rainy world is all about so it seems appropriate that the best contest of the month focuses on this aspect.
 I am not exactly sure which of my meager skills will be in demand so if you see … (14 comments)

active rain contests: It was a Very Big Forest Inventory Deal that was No Big Deal - 12/24/13 07:14 AM
It was a Very Big Forest Inventory Deal that was No Big Deal
We learned long ago that with government clients we need to document Everything and never do anything without a Written Contract, and when you challenge them, they will freely admit that they do not need to honor their word because it “wasn’t in writing”.  And even with a strong contract, they far too often refuse to pay using many of the weasel clauses that you often find in government contracts, and I have seen other companies go into bankruptcy fighting to get paid on these contracts.
This is … (6 comments)

active rain contests: So many folks to meet in Az, I am going to start with Anna Banana - 10/31/13 03:39 PM
So many folks to meet in Arizona, and I am going to start with Anna Banana Kruchten.
Anna is a nice girl from Northern Minnesota, my neighbor to the west who decided quite some time ago to leave the paradise of the North to go help out the folks in the deserts of the Southwest.
I am sure that it was tough for her to leave the north but she had a mission to help snowbirds and others to find great homes in and around Phoenix and I hear she does it very well.
Anna is like a ray of sunshine … (7 comments)

active rain contests: Joe Petrowsky! Someone I Would Like To Meet Live And In Person. - 10/30/13 09:51 PM
Joe Petrowsky! Someone I Would Like To Meet Live And In Person.
When Donna come up with this contest a month ago I immediately started a month long debate as to which of the hundreds of people I would like to meet from active rain that I would write about. So tough to whittle down the list with so many fascinating people.
But from the beginning I knew that at the top of the list would be my friend from Connecticut, Joe Petrowsky.
Joe is a fascinating fellow with a very interesting history; his parents were holocaust survivors who came to America … (9 comments)

active rain contests: There's No Place Like Home, Which One? - 10/30/13 11:15 AM
There's No Place Like Home, Which One?
I like being home, yet I do travel a lot so I have adapted to be able to make a home wherever I am.
Lately I seem to keep finding a better house every few years so many of my homes have turned into rentals as we moved into a newer and better home, but my wife and kids have informed me that this will stop as they are tired of moving our stuff into a new home.
I also have a few other satellite homes like my home near Cadott where my tree farm … (16 comments)

active rain contests: I'm going to Clarksville... for a visit with the Real Debbie Reynolds - 10/26/13 03:26 PM
I'm going to Clarksville...   for a visit with the Real Debbie Reynolds
I have been through the great and narrow state of Tennessee a few times, once even had a stopover in Nashville, but never took the time to actually get out and do anything there, just traveling through.
That is until now, now I have a reason to go to Clarksville.
For many Clarksville is not very impressive, after all, you do have the famous city of Nashville just down the road a bit.
But for us Active Rainers, Clarksville is the most recognizable city in Tennessee.
It is the … (15 comments)

active rain contests: Dos and Don’ts of Growing and Marketing a Business - 09/30/13 01:19 PM
Dos and Don’ts of Growing and Marketing a Business
  After over 25 years in business at Woodland Management Service many lessons in Growing and Marketing a business stand out; thanks to Paul McFadden, I will be sharing a few do's and Don’ts with you today.
 
 
Do's
·         Do network effectively
o    Build and maintain a great Rolodex,
o    Read Harvey Mac Kay.
·         Do be professional at all times.
·         Do market consistently.
·         Do Market where it is appropriate, the rest of the time just be a good person, and never offer a card unless they … (11 comments)

active rain contests: Can or Should a Professional follow a Script? A Crowdsourcing Challenge. - 09/12/13 04:46 PM
Can or Should a Professional follow a Script?  A Crowd-sourcing Challenge.
I have been reading a few posts lately that seem to be strongly against using scripts, especially some of the canned scripts that are sold by some of the gurus of real estate.
Having never read these scripts, I am not sure if they are good or bad.
However I have been on the phone with and across the table from many salespeople who held onto their scripts a little too rigidly, and I think that this probably hurt their cause a bit.
Perhaps if they had internalized the script … (8 comments)

active rain contests: Final Chance, take 30 minutes today & join, The Summer Video Challenge - 09/06/13 10:12 PM
Final Chance, take 30 minutes today and join, The Summer Video Challenge, Show Us Your Local & Bring in the Juice
 
Dont forget that the Summer Video Challenge deadline is Nearly Here.
 
Many people have already completed the challenge and are already enjoying the extra attention from the folks over at Google and Youtube.
 
Take a few minutes Today to join in the fun and in the Google Juice!
I have been extremely busy this month and put off the start of my video blogging until yesterday.
I stopped by a park along the way, spent 15 minutes … (7 comments)

active rain contests: Uploading a Video to YouTube, its really quite simple once you get started. - 09/06/13 12:39 PM
Uploading a Video to YouTube, its really quite simple once you get started.
Sometimes this whole Video Blogging thing seems a bit overwhelming with all of the uploading, downloading, embedding, linking etc. 
But once you get started it is not do tough after all, unless something goes wrong, but we will cover those instances later, or over the phone.
I covered how to embed a video from youtube into an Active Rain blog post in a previous posting and I neglected to talk about how to get the video from your device (computer, tablet, phone, camera, etc.) to YouTube, tonight … (6 comments)

active rain contests: Grab your Camera, 2 more days, Summer Video Challenge - 09/05/13 03:25 PM
Get your Cameras out, Two more days, Summer Video Challenge, Show Us Your Local & Bring in the Juice
 
Dont forget that the Summer Video Challenge deadline is rapidly approaching.
 
Many people have already completed the challenge and are already enjoying the extra attention from the folks over at Google and Youtube.
 
And we all have a few more days to get our entrys in before Saturday Night!
 
Here are a few more entries that you may enjoy, stop by and take a look at these and the rest of them and post a few of your … (34 comments)

 
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