Who Knew Continuing Ed Could Be So Fun? Lake Oconee, GA

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country

Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee

Real Estate Continuing Education-GeorgiaWho Knew Continuing Ed Could Be So Fun? No matter where you live in this great country, if you are an active Realtor then at some point you have to take continuing education courses. Our local Board of Realtors offered two courses today and I figured, why not? The last thing I need to do is look up in November, way short on my hours, and be in a huge rush to get them completed. And no matter who you are you also probably do not get as excited about going to continuing education classes as you do, say, the lake for the weeeknd...

Get in, get it done, get out. That was my philosophy. I had no idea who would be the instructor nor did I really care. I knew I was taking a class on Code of Ethics. Does it speak poorly of our local board that about 30% of all our Realtors showed up for this particular class!? : )

Anyway, in walks a man, all of 5'10", bald as can be (and I can say this because he picked on himself all day), and I'm like "ok, let's get this over with already." Minutes later I find myself and just about every other person in the room in absolute stiches because this guy was freakin' hilarious. Turns out his name is Tom Gillett and he packed a big punch. He was insiteful, accomplished, and incredibly entertaining. If you live in Georgia and have a chance to take a continuing ed class that he is teaching, take it! By far the best I've ever heard. He went from being a helicopter crewman in the US Navy to a real estate career that now spans over 4 decades. He's been an Agent, a Broker, an Appraiser, an Author, and now an Instructor. In 2003 he was named Instructor of the Year by the Georgia Association of Realtors.

He was so entertaining that upon learning that there was an afternoon course on Buyer Representation I figured, "who better to have to sit and learn from than this guy!?" It was as fun as a day of continuing ed can be and it was all because of him.

While there were a lot of laughs he said something early on the day that my ears perked up to and I wrote it down. It resignated with me. 

*Adversity does not build character. Adversity exposes character.

Thank you, Tom, it was suprisingly a really good day.


Comments (8)

Hosai Nasir
Century 21 M & M and Associates - Cupertino, CA

I love continuing ed especially when it's with fun and interactive mentors.. glad you had a great time .. Please keep me in mind for Northern California. Have a fantastic 4th of July

Hoasi Nasir

Jun 30, 2011 03:13 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


We have had Tom teach several classes in our area and you are right ... he is great!

Jun 30, 2011 03:26 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Margie, Looks like you found the perfect instructor to get you through your CE classes. 40 years in real estate would make him quite a guy in my book. Plus, he was a Navy veteran too.

Jun 30, 2011 03:54 PM
Marge Draper
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto - Menlo Park, CA
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA

Hey Marge, Marge here!  ;-)  I have to get my hours to renew by November as well.  Humor makes the medicine go down much better, doesn't it?

Jun 30, 2011 05:42 PM
Lina Robertson
RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO
REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO

It is so incredibly hard for me to sit still.  We are in the business where we have to run, run, run....so to make us stop and sit still is practically impossible.  But a great speaker makes all the difference in the world!!!!

BTW....congrats on your engagement!!!!  I got married May 21st and am still beaming.  Hope your wedding is what all your dreams are made of!!

Jul 01, 2011 02:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

What an outstanding tribute to this educator. Would love to have him teach a course in the Maryland area! This is a great quote:

*Adversity does not build character. Adversity exposes character.

Jul 01, 2011 05:02 AM
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Lina- thank you! It's an exciting time, no doubt! Congrats on your wedding!

Jul 01, 2011 09:06 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Margie - It is not the good times that define us.  It is the difficult times.

Jul 02, 2011 02:45 AM