Trying New Things....

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Real Estate Agent with Trademark Real Estate, Inc.- e-Pro

So as the year kicks off, as a Broker/Manager, it is time to think about getting the agents in the office motivated and staying on track. What I find difficult for me is that fact that there is a lot of experienced agents that are in my office, and you know what they say "It is hard to teach old dog's new tricks!". Even though they are all top producing agents, I think it is still important to provide new fresh ideas that will keep them in the loop with technology and real estate.

We have several older agents that actually think that the Internet is the mesh lining in men's swim trunks! So in order to try and change this mental picture and blockage of the technology age for our "eperienced" agents, we are installing a 42 inch flat screen television in our break room, where we will be offering some educationel webinars a few times a week for the agents to attend. These webinars will be topics that we have come across on Realtor University and other educational resources. We will also be offering some personalized classes with hands on opportunity to learn the basics of setting up a database, managing your contacts in Outlook, and using your phone to be more productive.

Looking forward to seeing how this will play out, and seeing if it will add some UMPHHH for 2010!  

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Laurie Rushing
REALTOR®, e-Pro, GRLA
(501) 318-3200

Trademark Real Estate, Inc.

4262 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR, 71913

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Rainmaker
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Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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Isn't the saying something like you can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him drink.  Sounds like you are giving your agents the opportunity to improve and now the questions is whether they will take it.

Jan 12, 2010 01:07 PM #1
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Kirk Dirksen
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Best of luck, and I hope that it works for you.  You can teach an old dog new tricks you just have to give them the right reward.

Jan 12, 2010 01:13 PM #2
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David Monsour
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Gettysburg, PA
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While I'm not the manager of my office, being ~20 years younger than every other agent in my office I do my best to get those old dogs rolling over and doing back flips.  We are starting with facebook and working our way up.  They said they aren't ready to learn AR yet. 

Jan 12, 2010 01:17 PM #3
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Laurie Rushing
Trademark Real Estate, Inc.- e-Pro - Hot Springs, AR

I have actually been able to get a few of them on the Facebook Wagon- which is encouraging. I hear you on being ~20 years younger- that is also a problem that I encounter sometimes...they tend to think of me more as their daughter than their Broker...which is great if you need someone to buy you lunch.............LOL

Jan 12, 2010 01:22 PM #4
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Wendi Milinkov
North American Title - Greenwood Village, CO
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It's hard to change, but change it must be! And that change has to be embraced, which of course is never easy. Good luck!

Jan 12, 2010 01:23 PM #5
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