Reflecting during the 2011 December Blogging Challenge

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty

Reflecting during the 2011 December Blogging Challenge

I tend to lose track of time when I become immersed in a book.  Reading is my way of escaping.  Ah, if only my mother knew when she sent me to my room to punish me, it would become my alone time to escape and read. To this day I still sneak off from time to time with a book, though not as much as I would like to. 

What would you like for Christmas from Santa my mother would ask ... Every year it was always the same, books... very specific books.  I still ask for books for presents, well sometimes I ask for pajamas too.  I just love hanging around in my pajamas reading books...  I also love to sit on the beach, under my umbrella, reading a book --- not a Kindle or a Nook --- a book, and it has to be a hardcover book!!

The 2011 December Blogging Challenge has allowed me to reflect about what I feel is an important aspect for my business for 2012.  I spend as much time as possible researching, reading and then applying what I feel will help to improve our business. 

My two most recent books were based on recommendations and reviews. 

book image It's Not About You

"It's Not About You" by Bob Burg and John David Mann is a short book anyone could read rather quickly.  My recommendation, if you think everything in life is about you, don't bother reading this book.  Oh, and it's not all about you, it's about them.  The people we are meeting and talking to, working with and how we respond, not react...

"Different" by Youngme Moonbook image Different

is not a business book, but more of a conversation spoken by the author as if she were your friend.  Competitive people seem to be running, doing and conforming but how are they differentiating themselves from the rest of the world?? Are you committed to engage with people so they know you "get" them? Do you have the mindset to engage? Can you offer your business branding without shouting about it?  What about quietly whispering what your consumers will be able to experience with you as a business professional as you listen and observe while engaging with them?

Both books are thought provoking and focus on thehuman side of our interactions with our consumers. Take a step back, take a moment or two and rethink how you respond in your business.


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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Reading is a passion of mine, too - thanks for suggesting what sound like two very interesting reads! (I used to read after I was supposed to be in bed sleeping - if I lay with my head at t the foot of my bed, there was just enough light from the living room where my parents were still up...)
Dec 21, 2011 07:38 AM #1
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Frank and Karen,

My book reading has been all digital for a couple of years now. First with an eBook Reader, and now with an iPad. Since the iPad is with me all the time, I'm doing more reading than I ever have.


Dec 21, 2011 07:41 AM #2
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Nancy ~  you sound so much like me..reading when you should have been sleeping!!

Rich ~ just can't seem to do the digital read ... yet ...

Dec 21, 2011 07:49 AM #3
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I am so bad when it comes to reading.............I can't sit still and relax long enough.  Usually the only time I read is on a plane or on the beach, sad to say.

Dec 21, 2011 08:41 AM #4
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Frank & Karen, I've always liked to read and absolutely agree with you about it being a book...something special about the smell and feel of a book.

Dec 21, 2011 11:50 AM #5
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

My favorite thing is jammies and books too :)!  I wish I had more time to hang around in them and read too.  Looks like a couple of really good book recommendations and I will have to check them  out!

Dec 21, 2011 02:08 PM #6
Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA

Karen, What a great gift to us - I'm putting this on my santa list - a bit late - but then I remember when my kids did this - tell me / santa of a request just a day or two before THE DAY- so this is a bit of payback! 

Merry Christmas

Dec 21, 2011 11:48 PM #7
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

I used to be late for the bus because I was still in bed reading ....   my mother had 6 kids to send off, and would forget about me.

Dec 22, 2011 02:05 AM #8
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Dagny ~ love it!!

Marcia ~ payback time..haha

Brenda ~ jammies on right now!!

Nick ~ has to feel like a book...totally agree!!

Roger ~ Relax...Read.... as Frank would say ---> Fall asleep...

Dec 22, 2011 02:32 AM #9
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Frank and Karen, I only wish I had more time to read. I'll try to get both of these because this tends to be the time of year that I do get it in! I just stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Dec 22, 2011 08:42 AM #10
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Connie ~ Merry Christmas and we wish you a healthy, prosperous New Year!! Happy Reading!!

Dec 22, 2011 09:04 AM #11
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Richard ~ It has been so wonderful this year, hasn't it??  Ah, so you do lurk... Me too!!

Dec 23, 2011 03:37 AM #13
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Thanks! I will check out these books!!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Joni and The Princess Mama (TPM)!
Dec 23, 2011 04:13 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your book suggestions.  I try to stay on schedule to read at least one book a week.  Dolores reads several each week.

Happy Holidays!

Kentlands in December IMG_2856 A


Photograph by Roy Kelley.  Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dec 23, 2011 04:35 AM #15
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Just wanted to stop off and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and thank you for being a part of this great network, that without we would have never connected. 


Dec 23, 2011 10:52 AM #16
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