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Is Silence The New "No"??

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Real Estate Agent with Restaino & Associates Realtors

I feel awkward writing this blog post.

It's really not the topic, the timing, or any personal event causing me to feel uncomfortable.  Nope, it's nothing like that.

Instead, it's a lingering feeling of not knowing where to begin that is bothering me.  You see, this is one of my first blog posts... ever!

It's been a very long time since I last posted anything on a blog or ActiveRain in general.  And while that may not seem like a good thing... as I sit here writing to you, my absence feels like a 50-foot wall I'm supposed to climb.

It's weird.

On one hand, I'm eager to get writing again.  But, because of my absence I feel my first post has to be better than normal or something.  It almost feels like the "stage fright" I felt when I was in school giving a presentation in front of my classmates.

So, screw it.  I am not going to let my brain play these little games on me.  Instead, I'll just tell you what's on my mind.  This way, next week, it'll be like old times again and I can get back into writing more often.  Agreed?

So, here's my thought for today...

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Is Silence The New "No"?

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Here's what I mean.

With the increasing demands of the real estate industry and Web 2.0 Marketing - Emails pile up, some tasks are left undone, and a few phone calls are sometimes not returned.

We've all been there, right?

But what happens when it's you on the receiving end.  Waiting for an important answer you need to move forward or waiting for an approval to move ahead.  It sucks to be kept in limbo, but what can you do about it?

You've got a few options:

1.)  Track down the non-responsive party through a more immediate communication channel like the phone, instant messaging, or personal visit.

2.)  Get in touch with someone who either works with or for the party you are waiting to hear from.  And have them pass the message along.

3.)  Include deadlines in your communications and how things will proceed if you don't get the answers you're waiting for.

4.)  Establish ground rules for communication so you're clear how to escalate a request when there's no response.

I have used all the above options at different times.  And they are all effective.

What about you?  Do you have any different strategies to prevent being dragged down by silence?  If so, please share them below because I believe silence is increasingly going to be a standard response that must be planned for instead of being viewed as a personal rejection.

You see, just like this blog post and my own uneasy feelings getting back into the swing of things.  You don't want your partners to procrastinate even further because of the delays already taken place.

That means if it's important to you - the onus is on you to do whatever it takes to get the ball rolling again...

I really believe this is the new challenge in working with others and working in real estate.  Unfortunately, I think it'll only get worse with time.

That's why I am curious what you think and what solutions you may have already came up with.  Go ahead and share them below.

=RonReed=

Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
Your trying to hard!  Let it flow and make it useful to both the public and fellow professional.  I write the post jumping around ideas some business some personal etc.  Rock on Ron
Feb 22, 2008 06:25 AM