To Help or not to Help…it is really a question?
The last few days, I have been thinking a lot about helping others. I’m not talking about the help thy neighbor, friend or person in need kind of help. It goes without saying that we should all be engaging in that kind of help.
The help I am referring to is helping other professionals in our industry. Do you help other REALTORS®, mortgage professionals, stagers, inspectors, etc.? I ask this question because I am lucky enough to be surrounded by folks who are very generous with their tips and suggestions for success, as well as their support and encouragement. Some are in my office and many are in other cities and states. I have had the good fortune of connecting with them on sites like this very one, Facebook and Twitter.
For example, the other day I received some very good advice on using graphics and “eye candy” in my blogs from an agent I admire here in the rain and have connected with on Facebook. I also spent some time with an agent in my office who shared with me her market report strategies (she is great at graphs and data). A third agent sends me kind reminders to get off my butt and work, work, work every week (in other words, he holds me accountable). These are just a few examples of the kind of help I am talking about. While I am no expert in anything, I love to offer my knowledge and support whenever I can to other folks who may want it or need it.
In my former life as a teacher, we were always collaborating and sharing ideas. It made us better teachers and in turn improved the education we provided to our students. I really don’t see why the real estate industry can’t be a little more like this.
Now don’t go all type A competitor on me, I am as competitive as the next guy. I am by no means advocating that you should call up your local competitor and share all your secrets with him/her. What I am saying is that sometimes we get more by giving than getting. Is it really going to hurt your business to help the REALTOR® who lives 300 miles away from you? Or that guy in your office who has had to spend the week in the hospital with his sick mother in law? Or that new agent who is barely keeping her head above water? I really think not, in fact in my personal opinion, I think it is likely to help you. Who are you more likely to send a referral to when you aren’t available or the client is out of your market? The guy/gal who is the multi-bazillion dollar producer or the one that took a few minutes out of his/her day to lend you a hand, an ear or a shoulder.
I know my choice, how ‘bout you?