There are several posts floating around ActiveRain recently, pondering whether or not your personal life is any of your clients' business.
Should we ONLY and EVER blog about "the professional services we provide", and how we conduct ourselves as "professionals", but never about the "Who We ARE" in our personal life and life choices?
The truth of the matter is...WHY should anyone TRUST someone who will NOT reveal the "Who They ARE", outside of the scope of their professional dealings?
The #1 reason people hire THIS Real Estate Agent
vs THAT Real Estate Agent
is that they choose the one they TRUST most
with the well being of their family as to home choices
and the financial impact of those choices on their family.
Knowing that...how can you even THINK, for one moment, that the REAL YOU is of "no-nevermind" to your clients?
It doesn't really matter what you think really...as you are not the one who gets to decide how people choose their Real Estate Agent. It's already a proven fact that it is the one they TRUST the most.
Read this story...and then decide for yourself what matters...and what does not matter.
Once upon a time...I knew an agent very well "online" in his business dealings. He clearly "Talked the Talk". In fact I idolized his "message" and he has clearly influenced the way I do business...as I chose to "walk" his "talk".
Much of his "talk"
had to do with how "ethical" he was
in his business dealings.
Then I finally met him, in person, at a NAR Convention. Now you be the judge. He was targeting married women at the convention who were there without their husbands. He was primarily at the convention to seduce married women, by his own admission, because they never bothered him when he went home from the convention.
That was that...as far as I was concerned. I never again believed that this person was actually "ethical" in their business dealings.
Was I wrong?
Can someone who is so obviously unethical
in their personal dealings with people...
turn that "ethical" switch on and off when "doing business" with people
vs their personal choices of how they interact with people?
As I said earlier...it really doesn't matter WHAT you think about how someone SHOULD choose their Real Estate "Professional". People will do as they choose, and the will choose as they "trust", or don't "trust" you.
But the next time you see someone arguing...to the point of RANTING...about why their personal life is NOT their client's business
...ask yourself WHY they feel so STRONGLY about that.