Do You Have a Smart Desk?

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Do You Have a Smart Desk?


I heard a great quote today that really resonated with me, and prompted this post. Perhaps it will strike a chord with you as well.


Council of Residential Specialists (CRS)I am attending the Annual CRS Meetings in Orlando, as a member of our Chapter leaderships and as a national Education Forum committee member. Today was a special day-long series called Listing Legends, a topic for another post. But the lead-in to the session, by moderator Dale Charlton, posed the question...


Do you have a smart desk?


We've all attended educational sessions, seminars, expos and other meetings where we brought home pages of notes on great stuff we could implement in our businesses, books on every real estate tip in the world, cool CDS and DVDs, gadgets, subscriptions to websites, and so much more.


I am ashamed to admit some of those books sit unread on the shelf, cellophane is in place on CDs, and web sites remain as they were when purchased.


How about you?


That hasn't happened to you, has it?


Educational materials cost MONEYOK, it's not quite that dire, but I made a commitment a few years back to stop this foolishness, and my credit card thanks me. I simply leave it behind so I’m not tempted. It’s worked well.


In terms of the Listing Legends sessions today, however, there was a ton of great learning from some of the top listing agents in the CRS organization around the country, an unparalleled sharing of ideas in my 10 years of real estate conferences.


I’ve started my list of the top 20 things to implement, that I will cull down, hopefully, to 5 or so in order to make it all happen by the end of 2012 in preparation for 2013.


My plan is to make sure that I don’t have a smart desk, but a smart business.


Are there things you have learned about, seen, or bought that could be put to work in your business? Or do you have a smart desk?

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William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, The best advise and counsel in our business happens through CRS. Hope to hear more about this endeavor as you begin to implement your new smart business activities.

Nov 08, 2012 01:44 PM #1
Frank Castaldini
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco

What a great post.  I have purchase a number of programs etc.  I make sure I listen to them and do what I can to implement ideas.  I like to hear great ideas on how to build and sustain a stong profitable business. You've made me turn around a look at my bookshelf.  One good thing is that I can alway access the material.

Nov 08, 2012 02:33 PM #2
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

It sounds like a great conference Jeff.

There is something synergistic about the sharing of ideas.

Nov 08, 2012 04:19 PM #3
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Can't say that I do because I have only a handful of books that read over and over, the others I have collected or bought I have given away when I got through with them due to they were not worthy of keeping.

Nov 09, 2012 10:53 AM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

William - well I will share - I have a 5-hour plane ride tomorrow to work on this. I learned a ton of stuff and while I can't possibly implement it all there are some great tips of things to do regarding generating listing leads, marketing them, and working with sellers.

Frank - there you go!! Doesn't do much good to sit on the shelf, does it?

Tom - it's been a great combination of administration for CRS, educcation, networking and fun.

Joyce - lucky you. Sounds like you have managed it appropriately.


Nov 10, 2012 02:44 AM #5
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
The more paperless I go, the smarter my desk is. I am intrigued by this question.
Nov 10, 2012 11:28 AM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff I love it having a "smart business and not a smart desk" have a great Veteran's Day!

Nov 11, 2012 01:30 AM #7
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Great post, Jeff.

Nov 11, 2012 11:55 PM #8
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