Five Ways To Be Better Than You Are Now

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine NH and Maine Broker

I just read Clint's post on "5 Ways To Be Better Than You Are Now" and thought it was full of great tips for all of us.  So I thought I'd reblog it so even more people could read it!

I got some great tips and reminders from his post, and i hope you do as well.

Original content by Clint Miller

I recently read an article that really sparked my interest.  The article was simply a basic list of the ways that someone could re-invent themselves by investing time and effort into the one asset that all agents have - Themselves

The key principle to this article was the fact that, despite this uncertain market, there are people that appear to be striving to make their own abilities better and five ways to do so.  Below is the list that was in the article...and a good healthy dose of my own explanations as to why this is so important in this uncertain market.

IMAGE: You chose a career in real estate to be an independent business person.  So, do you carry yourself in a professional manner?  Do you "look the part"?  Do you have your business cards on you?  Are you showing that you are proud of whom you work for or what you do?  Whether you want to believe it or not, your image IS your first impression.  Make sure that the impression you are making is the on that you actually want to make.  There are some places where you can get away with blue jeans and a nice shirt.  There are other places where a suit is more appropriate.  Dress the part!  Maintain your personal image.  Get your hair cut or styled.  Ladies...get your nails done.  Guys...shave every day.  (Believe me, I realize that sucks ...I'm a guy...I understand.  But, its 2 or 3 minutes...and it makes a ton of difference to those around you.)  I actually know of one agent that wears a tuxedo to all of his closings.  That is part of his image.  It is what sets him apart from the rest.  (His name is Todd Waller out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and he works for RealEstateOne.  But, you can get more info on him and his Team366 at 

TRAINING: Aside from the mandatory requirements involved, you should try to find as many different options to better your ability as you can.  Take the time to sit down with your broker to discuss some in-house training options.  If you know of any free options for training, jump on it.  Any training you involve yourself in will only re-emphasize the skill set you already have developed.  So, it will not be wasted time or effort.  You never know, you may learn something.  (Also, anything that you can learn about social networking...that is a must!  Trust me on this...this is a skill that does require some time to master, but you will not regret it!)

NETWORKING: Making yourself known in the community by getting involved with community events is a great way of networking with some of the more influential people in your market.  Get involved with the community.  Start working with the Chamber of Commerce.  Go to PTA meetings.  Join Toastmasters.  Get involved in your local neighborhood activities.  Surrounding yourself with such innovative, like-minded people will help you with both your image and your over-all success.  Most people do business with people that they know on a social level.  So, networking like this is a key to success in a troubled market.

MENTORING: They say that the teacher will always learn something from the student.  Become a mentor for younger agents.  Help them be successful.  This will cause you to make sure that what you are doing is what you SHOULD be doing.  It will help you cross your ‘T's and dot your ‘I's, as it were.  Besides...there are times when you can actually team up and work together for the success of each.

YOU: Seems weird that I have to add this since this entire post is about you.  But, if you are not taking good care of yourself, you will not have the energy or the will to commit to the rest of this list.  Take care of your own body and mind.  Get sleep.  It is probably more important than anything else you can do for yourself.  Make sure you get some exercise.  (In this industry with showing property and running from one location to another, that usually isn't hard...but you should do 30 minutes of cardio every day.)  Eat right.  (Did you know that eating an apple will actually wake you up better than a cup of coffee??)  Bring fresh fruits with you on your appointments and eat them when you can.  Avoid the drive-thrus.  If you don't know where else to start in your investments in you...look in the mirror and start there.


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Ann CummingsREALTOR, e-PRO, GRI, CBR

Ann Cummings and Jim Lee formed a team in July of 2010.
Each bring over 30 years of successful real estate experience to the table so with Ann and Jim you truly do get two Realtors for the price of one. We’re dedicated to delivering exceptional service to you our clients and customers; past, present, and future.


Comments (13)

Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Thank you for the re-blog, my dear! :-) Much appreciated!!

Oct 12, 2009 02:19 AM
Suma Kakani
Northern IL Realtor - Keller Williams Success Realty - Prairie View, IL

Good tips. Thanks fro sharing it with all of us. I agree , IMAGE is first impression. I definitely am proud be a Real Estate agent.

See , I just started last year in RE, but in future, I want to teach new agents, so that they do not have to go thru what I wnet thru in my initial months.

Excellent post that I read , so far this morning. Have a great week.

Oct 12, 2009 02:27 AM
Dianne Hicks
Realty ONE Group - Poway, CA

Great tips and sometimes a reminder is needed to refocus.

Oct 12, 2009 02:45 AM
Jeremy Williams
Red Hawk Coaching - Kingwood, TX
Business Coach, Husband, Father, and Dog Wrangler


It is amazing how the basics sometimes are overlooked.  Thanks for the reminder.  Have a great week in the business.

Jeremy Williams
Keller Williams Realty NE
Kingwood, TX


Oct 12, 2009 03:30 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Ann, That's a wonderful post and I hadn't seen it.  Thank you for the re-blog!

Oct 12, 2009 09:55 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Ann good repost and all good points to ponder no doubt, clint was right on target with these suggestions.

Oct 13, 2009 02:54 PM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Ann, good to see you back.  Great post to reblog.

Oct 15, 2009 01:34 PM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Clint - you're welcome and it was a great post you wrote, worth sharing with others!

Suma - glad you enjoyed it and good luck with your teaching goals.

Diane - I think many of us can always use a little reminder from time to time about all kinds of things.  I know I need them once in awhile as well!

Jeremy - you're welcome.

Carole - that's one of the great things about re-blogs - you can find something that you might have missed otherwise.  I know I've come upon re-blogs that I would never have seen initially.

Charles - thanks, and I agree with you about the great points in Clint's post.

Key - thanks, been trying to make an effort to get back here, just not enough time in the day on most days, but trying!  ;-)  Thank YOU

Nov 02, 2009 09:11 PM
Diana Hoyt
Lakes Region Buchanan Group, Ossipee, NH - Ossipee, NH

Clint/Ann great (re)blog. It is so easy to forget these things when life gets a bit mundane. Thanks again!

Nov 04, 2009 03:10 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Diana - great to see you here!

Nov 07, 2009 10:01 AM
Diana Hoyt
Lakes Region Buchanan Group, Ossipee, NH - Ossipee, NH

Have fun in San Diego and expect a southern treat when you get home!

Nov 11, 2009 02:45 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Ann Clint made some great points and very timely since this is the time when we are all taking stock of our accomplishments for the year and the future goals.

Dec 06, 2009 11:06 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Ann,  Since I was not able to comment on Clint's wonderful post (don't know why) I was wondering about his photo... "Guys...shave every day.  (Believe me, I realize that sucks ...I'm a guy...I understand.  But, its 2 or 3 minutes...and it makes a ton of difference to those around you.)" 

Dec 13, 2009 09:22 PM