Win Friends and Influence People In High Heels

Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates

At the tender age of 9, I read a quote that has forever been implanted in my mind. I find that to be astonishing especially in times when my mind seems to be the slipping slide of fodder.

"If only one woman would tell the truth of her life, the world would split wide open." Anonymous

Now why on earth would that make such an enormous impact on a 9 year old?

Well maybe it was because at the time I most likely felt guilty for my latest prank towards my little sister or the mere thought of the world "splitting wide open" just wasn't on my cool list. Either way, it has remained tucked neatly in my memory.

Many years later I find meaning in such a quote. After all, like most, I spend a majority of my day trying to hold my world together.

In the following list you will find humor in truth, and truth wrapped comfortably in half-truths.

I am certain, male or female, most of you can relate, whether you will admit it or not.

How to Win Friends and Influence People in High Heels, Red Lipstick, and Uncomfortable Clothes:

1. Fully accept comfort as a myth, a thing of the past, something other people only talk about.

Grab the most impractical item in your closet; it will obviously look the best. IF it doesn't require that you suck in, wince in pain, sit awkwardly, or walk as if on a tight wire grab something else.

2. Smile. Smile bigger, harder, until those veins in your forehead or throat throb with glee. If you manage to pull this one off without being committed, people will think you are definitely up to something that will make you look better than them. Priceless. Instant new friends.

3. Say the following words/phrases at least 356 times a day:

  • WOW
  • You are the best
  • I'm sorry
  • Thank you so so much (must add additional so's)
  • No YOU look BETTER especially to another woman!!! Never agree that you look HOT!! NEVER!

4. Never, EVER, EVER, let them know that you woke up dreading the process of taming your bedhead, covering puffy *wine* eyes, regretting that second cheese burger, fighting with your significant other about (fill in the blank), wondering when your arms starting waving back, and worrying that today will be the day that someone will notice that you really DON'T have it all figured out!

5. Ladies, or extremely secure gentlemen, wear lip stick, preferably red.

This wee bit of advice has made the difference in many of my "close call" days. Not too sure why exactly, maybe I appear fierce, or possibly people mistake me for the joker.

Who knows?

Who cares?

It works.

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Lanise Warrior-Johnson
Real Estate Brokers Services, Inc. - Compton, CA
Real Estate Specialist
I love #2! I will be practicing these tips today!
Nov 12, 2012 02:41 AM #7
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate

WOW!! Thank you so so much for sharing with us Cherimie!!

Nov 12, 2012 02:44 AM #8
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Thanks for putting a smile on my face today. My arms have started waving back and I won't stand for it. Push-ups, Push-ups!

Nov 12, 2012 03:16 AM #9
Julie Bentley
Watson Realty Corp, Jacksonville, FL - St Johns, FL
Saint Johns, FL REALTOR

Wait, arms aren't supposed to wave back?!  Enjoyed your post Cherimie. And I think it's pretty cool that the quote caught your attention at such a young age and has stuck with you.


Nov 12, 2012 03:28 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Cherimie- I've got a big smile on my face. Thank you so so so much for that!

Nov 12, 2012 03:36 AM #11
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You just reminded me of another reason why I'm glad I changed careers. No more getting all dressed up to meet the public. Now if I want to I can work all day in my bathrobe. (Although I don't, because if I do, sure as shootin' someone will come to the door.)

Nov 12, 2012 04:26 AM #12
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX

Cynthia, I told my granddaughters that the waving part of my arms are angel wings.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Nov 12, 2012 04:48 AM #13
Christine Pappas - REALTORĀ®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Well, you won a subscriber!  I loved the humor!  I'm heading out tonight and I'm putting on my Red High Heel Shoes and Red Lipstick for the added umph!  Thanks for the big smile today!

Nov 12, 2012 04:58 AM #14
Cherimie Crane
Cherimie Crane & Associates - Beaufort, SC

Thank yall for commenting!! Somedays I just have to laugh at myself:)

Nov 12, 2012 05:16 AM #15
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\ - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

hmmm - not sure about the lipstick, altho I AM very secure!

Anyway, "suits" can be a man's "hi-heels", especially in the hot-humid deep South! I started wearing suits last winter, and got many compliments and comments (versus polo shirts). For the Summer, I dropped the jacket, but kept the (choke choke) tie. Still compliments. Now that the weather is cooler, breaking out the jackets. Goodwill, here I come (seriously - many of my $10 jackets and $1 ties came from there, and look as good as my "real" suits - office people don't believe me tho....).

Nov 12, 2012 05:46 AM #16
Liz Hill

Ha ha! Well, I am very impressed that you noticed that quote and remembered it as a nine year old! 

Nov 12, 2012 05:55 AM #17
Alesia Rapkin
Berkshire Hathaway Georgia Properties - Grayson, GA

Well I think this is a wonderful post.  Both for real estate and for women, or really men for that matter.  We are what we are so embrace it.  I had a lofty job in the corporate world before entering RE.  But when I left the corp world I decided that life was short and I wasn't going to:  buy the expensive suits, buy the expensive handbags or brief cases, pay for expensive hair color or styling, buy expensive shoes, etc etc etc.  I was just going to be what I wanted at that/this time in my life and it would work or it wouldn't.  I got long lectures from my first broker on how this wasn't going to work.  I was too casual, to internet focused (in the beginning) didn't make enough face to face appts.... blah blah blah.

I established my business 11 years ago.  I do a good business based upon my sphere and previous clients.  I am known as the blue jean agent.  I show in jeans, I write contracts in jeans, I go to closings in jeans even if it is a huge price sale.  My clients love me and I love them.....

If I feel like I need to "dress it up a bit"  I put on lipstick and fancy ear rings!   Go Cherimie!

Nov 12, 2012 06:30 AM #18

Well, thank you so so so much for that funny and illuminating post. That was a very interesting quote and just thinking about it makes me nervous!

Anyway, I love my girly stuff and will continue to dress up because I love it when someone comments on how "polished" I look. Some days it is the only thing I had control of! There are a lot of those days....

Nov 12, 2012 11:01 AM #19
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Cherimie, great blog.  It is "tongue in cheek," yet honest. 

Nov 12, 2012 11:10 AM #20
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

What a great share.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your wisdom.

Nov 12, 2012 08:17 PM #21
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

I am sure that I don't want my world to split open but do agree with your advice, especially about the smile.

Nov 12, 2012 10:43 PM #22
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

Cherimie! you made me smile, and I think I just may be feeling the universe crack open

Nov 13, 2012 04:23 AM #23
Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise!

All good advice!  I just have to find the right Red Lipstick that doesn't bleed into my age lines that makes me look like I have horns above my lip  ;-)

But I do love red lipstick and the rest of your sage advice!  Joy

Nov 14, 2012 06:28 AM #24
Cherimie Crane
Cherimie Crane & Associates - Beaufort, SC

Thank you all for commenting, I have enjoyed your take on my unusual sense of humor!~ If I don't laugh somedays, well.....what else could I do!!

Nov 14, 2012 08:39 PM #25
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the laughs Cherimie, I never knew how difficult it could be to be a beautiful and charming lady, you make it look so easy.

Jan 02, 2013 09:31 AM #26
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