I used to joke that if you needed my advice or to borrow money from me that you were doomed. That may still be so; we'll have to see. One place to look on the advice side is Keller Williams Realty Group in Scarsdale, NY where team leader and Active Rainer Jennifer Maher took a chance on having me give a presentation to her office on creating an online presence.
We had a very good multi media session in their training room on social media, blogging, and online tools that went about an hour in change with a very enoyable, engaged group soaking up my, um, wisdom. We had a lot of laughs and covered quite a bit of what I consider valuable material on integrating a strong online presence for one's real estate practice, including Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and even leveraging big sites such as Zillow and Trulia.
I enjoyed myself. Also present was Michael Brown, whom I closed a deal with in Ossining recently. I have to say that is gives me a smile to walk into a group of colleagues and see someone I am doing a deal with or have had a closing with recently. Michael was front and center and participated.
You might ask why I would give a presentation to a comepting office on what I do to attract business. I'll tell you: Lunch- I mean, it is important to me that we as colleagues raise the bar together. Anyone who has ever picked up a listing sheet and frowned when they saw the listing agent knows what I mean. In our business, we cooperate with our competition ("coopatition"). Building bridges, helping those with whom I am likely to close a deal with down the road, and being generous of spirit pay dividends.
And I also like Italian food. Did I say that out loud?