Is this really Influence?

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What probably sounded like a great idea to start – highlighting the real estate industries most influential person, seems to have gone the way of FastCompany’s Influence Project.

According to Inman’s Website (

inman_100_copyright_2009_inman_news_0_0Inman News wants you to pick one individual who you think has made an impact on the real estate industry.”

The list recognizes those whose voices and actions have the power to change the industry. Among them are individuals who embody strength, common sense, innovation, ingenuity, perseverance and progress. They include the industry’s brain trust and dealmakers, and those outside the industry who impact the business of buying and selling home.

While I am deeply honored to be included on the list, misspelling aside, I have an personal issue with the “influence” part.  (I guess if you are reading this Weareconnected)


Is an Influencer someone who has a direct impact on the industry or individual in the way they think, act or do?

Or is an Influencer someone who somehow entices many others to “Vote For Me”?

Just my personal opinion but I believe it’s the first one.

So please…  save your personal rallying an w00ting to get more votes for you.  That’s not what social media is all about anyway is it?  If you have to vote for someone – take a huge step back from yourself, look at the nominees and think.  I’ll bet you come back with what I think is the most influential person in real estate, Joe Ferrara.




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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


I would like to think it is your first suggestion, but have a feeling that "Vote for Me" is more likely.

Oct 29, 2010 04:12 AM #1
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

I voted and they did not ask for my vote.  I haven't seen too many people running around asking yet.  I am thinking Joe is going to win also!

Oct 29, 2010 06:16 AM #2
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

Yes I saw this one and agree that Joe should win!

But Mike you are winner in my book too!


Oct 29, 2010 01:45 PM #3
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Mike... I can give you a example of one of the most influential people in the history of the world... he didn't seek to self promote... 

I won't do that here, though. 

And you deserve the mention.

Oct 29, 2010 03:23 PM #4
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Mike,

Interesting comment on something I know nothing about.

I agree, though, that promoting someone should be on the merit of their work, not on political style campaign.


Oct 29, 2010 06:48 PM #5
Ross Quintana
Real E Smarter - Spokane, WA
Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966

There is a fine line between letting people know they can vote, and asking for a vote. The most influencial shouldn't have to ask.

Nov 10, 2010 05:22 AM #6
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