Why My Active Rain Outside Blog Is Important To Me

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My GM is requesting all of our agents to take a brief personality profile.  So, what does this fact have to do with why my Active Rain outside blog is so important to me?  The answer to that question is revealed in the results of my test.

My score showed me to be an Amiable Analytic.  Analytic is the dominant style with amiable being secondary. According to my GM, I'm a number cruncher who's good at paperwork; plus, my amiable overlay means I like to keep everyone happy.  I think these traits are important for my short sale and foreclosure business specialization.

What's my weakness?  As you may have guessed, I tend to over-analyze and under-act.  The lesson learned is that I need to be more proactive in making contact with prospects so that my analytic style will help them solve their problems and keep them smiling.

So, why is my Active Rain outside blog so important to me?  AR puts me in a social networking environment where I can tell my story to a lot of real estate pros and consumers.  AR paves the way and lets my readers get to know me first before they decide to contact me.  I believe this is a good strategy and I'm grateful to have a venue like AR to reach out to potential clients.

But, I really need to be more active in pressing the flesh with folks I know and don't know.  At least I know what I've always suspected about myself.  And that's a good thing.

I'm glad I took the test.  

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Rainmaker
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Christianne O'Malley
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I took the DISC several years ago and came out as an Influencer & something else. I don't remember what else but I would be interested in taking the test again. I can totally understand your under-act issues - I can get like that sometimes, too.

The gret thing about personality tests like you said is it really shows you who you are, what your strengths and weaknesses are. Identifying those weaknesses is the first step in improvement :-)

Oct 13, 2009 11:52 AM #18
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
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Agreed on the outside blog....and it is another avenue to get what I know about my community and real estate out there :)

Oct 13, 2009 01:11 PM #19
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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
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Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

I wonder what I would be.  do they label workaholics that are ADD too?  Too hyper 

Oct 13, 2009 01:12 PM #20
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Jim,

I'm fairly new to ar, but I know what you mean.  I work for a small company and do most of my work out of my house.  Since I started reading the Blogs, commenting and writing my own, I feel like my office has expanded 1000%.  I will be starting an outside blog soon too. 

Dan

Oct 13, 2009 02:30 PM #21
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
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Jimmy - I'm a combination of Analytical and Amiable also although I'm not sure which is dominant for me. How could I find out? When I went to Judy's website, it's just more of her stuff. I really would like to know.

I wrote a post about how I put my personality to my advantage. What I learnt is that we cant serve everyone. There will be 20-25% of real estate consumers out there that will gravitate towards each type of personality. Let the personality speak for you.

Oct 13, 2009 02:34 PM #22
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Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

Interesting information.  I think we all need to identify our strengths and weaknesses.

Oct 13, 2009 03:16 PM #23
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Lina Robertson
RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO
REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO

I've taken a personality test through my company before (DISC).  I was high "d" with an emphasis in relationships.  Although, when they made me retake the test a couple of years later, I was surprised to see my results had changed a bit.  I actually had a stronger emphasis on relationships.  I think it is good for us to take these tests on a regular basis since our personalities have a tendency to morph over the years.

Oct 13, 2009 03:54 PM #24
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Esko Kiuru
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Jimmy,

Sometimes it's painful to get an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, but, yes, for the long haul, you ought to do it. It's for your own good.

Oct 13, 2009 03:58 PM #25
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Kristin Moran
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San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Jimmy!  i just got your email!  I had a crazy day, so proud of you & your first feature!  GImme a J!!

I agree with the AR'er above talking about the DISC test, I know I turned out to be a C which is why I love interacting behind my computer but know I need to do it more one on one.  Seems we have had similar training :D.  Congrats again!  Have fun @ your reunion!  K

Oct 13, 2009 04:00 PM #26
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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It's always interesting to see what your personality is.  This does sound similar to the DISC profile mentioned above.

Oct 13, 2009 04:24 PM #27
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Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
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I agree with other comments above.. Sounds like the DISC. This is a great test as well. Thansk for sharing your story.

Oct 13, 2009 04:49 PM #28
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

We had to take one of those DISC tests when I joined Keller Williams.  They seem to be right on. I must be up there, I believe with Mark a pain in the you know what.  Happy flesh pressing, and congrats on the feature.

Oct 13, 2009 05:27 PM #29
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Jimmy Stewart
n/a - San Antonio, TX

Thanks everyone.  And a special thanks to my AR mentor, AR Ambassador Kristin MoranKristin and her sister Sheila are very generous in their support of the San Antonio real estate community.  They sponsor social networking seminars and teach local agents and small business people what they know about Facebook, Twitter, and blogging/AR.  Good people!

Oct 14, 2009 12:18 AM #30
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J. R. Adam
Keller Williams Realty - Pittsboro, NC

The DISC profile can be taken from The Abelson Group for a very low fee. Every agent at Keller Williams Realty is required to take one as part of their initial screening in accordance to Keller Williams Realty International standard. It's amazing what you can DISCover about yourself with this tool. Well Jimmy, it's too bad that it took a outside Blog to produce these results about you versus utilizing a more analytical and a simple method such as the DISC Profile. Actually what was that test? Just curious!?

Oct 14, 2009 12:35 AM #31
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Ive never taken a DISC test...but, Im really curious now...

Oct 14, 2009 12:39 AM #32
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Jimmy Stewart
n/a - San Antonio, TX

The test was featured in some Judy LaDeur material that our GM uses.  Thanks for your comments.

Oct 14, 2009 01:37 AM #33
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Mike Weber
Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado - Fort Collins, CO
40+ years in Northern Colorado

Sounds like we are both from the same mold, over analyze and under act.  I have made lots of improvement according to my last DISC test, but thanks for the encouragement to continue to improve.

Oct 14, 2009 04:12 AM #34
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Sheila Moran
RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels) - New Braunfels, TX
SanAntonioSheila.com, RE/MAX Access, 210-32

Jimmy,

CONGRATS ON THE FEATURE!

I just talked about you (in a good way) and posted this:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1284724/knowing-you-and-your-style-so-you-can-know-others

(inspired by you)

I tried to email but it didn't go through.

Thanks for the inspiration!  Awesome job!

Oct 14, 2009 05:17 AM #35
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Jimmy Stewart
n/a - San Antonio, TX

Thanks Sheila.  My personality style isn't the primary style of most agents, but you just need to be who your are, compensate for your weaknesses, and for me, plod instead of charge ahead.  I'm the tortoise and many other agents are the hare. That's OK with me.

Oct 14, 2009 07:08 AM #36
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

I always wondered if these test really tell anything, I hear so much about them. I wonder um what would I be?

Oct 20, 2009 02:33 AM #37
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