"You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile!" Well ARE You?

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“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile!” Well ARE You?


I was on the “blog home” page the other day and I looked to my right at all of the many AR smilemembers whom I follow.   Want to know what I saw?  

A lot of SMILING Faces!  

Well yes, there was a frog, and a door, and oh yes, a fountain and birds (I do love these bloggers, though) however for the most part the members to whom I subscribed, whom I Follow, all have nice, welcoming smiles on their faces.

So what, you say.  Well I was wondering if I subscribed to those members because I liked their smile….. or perhaps did I like their blogs because their smile came through in them?  

Without naming names (because what’s the point, you know if you are smiling in your profile picture)  I’ve not always subscribed to or read some posts because the author’s profile picture didn’t seem very welcoming.

Yes, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we’re human, and we do.  

We tell our clients that all of the time…. “You only have 10 seconds to make a good first impression.”  Tell me honestly you haven’t said that to a Seller at least once in your life.

I also know that when I managed a sales office, upon the suggestion of a consultant, we placed mirrors on everyone’s desk reminding them that how they looked was how they were coming across on the phone.

See, titles catch our attention, but so does your welcome mat, which is your profile picture.  

So if you’re thinking of getting a new profile picture… don’t forget to SMILE!







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Jay & Michelle Lieberman
Keller Williams World Class - Agoura Hills, CA
Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos

I am really loving the photo collage.  Makes me smile all in itself.

Sep 07, 2013 04:58 AM #40
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Matt- I think you have to go with what is comfortable for you.  But a friendly face is always welcome. 

Gay- you can't help but smile if someone smiles at you!

Patti- They do set the tone.  You never know what will happen after that. 

Suzanne- I agree.  Be yourself (and hopefully you'll be smiling on the inside.)

Alexandra- And, happy Saturday Smiles to you and Ron and well.  You are absolutely right.  The eyes show the inner person as well. 

Sussie- thank you and try the mirror.  It really can work!

Barbara- Right you are.  I use it a lot if I happen to have a less than pleasant cashier in front of me.  I smile and they usually return my smile. 

Alexandra- I see Toni's pic every day but I'm making a special point of going over there today.

Jill- We're all human and no one wants to have to interact with someone who's doesn't appear to be friendly. 

Nancy- wasn't Jay's pic just perfect!

Kelly- years ago when it wasn't the norm to have a picture in marketing pieces, I was resistant as well.   However, I like the idea of it now.  

Roy- I will do that!

Jay & Michelle- stay tuned for instructions!

Sep 07, 2013 06:45 AM #41
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Kathy, great post! People who smile are so much more approachable.

Sep 07, 2013 10:12 AM #42
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Kathy.  I couldn't agree more!  A smile makes all the difference.

Sep 07, 2013 10:25 AM #43
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Kathy, This sure brought a smile to my face.  You are right, we are not fully dressed until we have our smile on.  

Sep 07, 2013 10:27 AM #44
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kathy, you are so on point with this.  I have a hard time relating to a profile pickture without a face!

Sep 07, 2013 01:09 PM #45
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

We also need to be aware of our resting facial expression . . .  so many people look like their dog died and I know they're not even aware. 

Sep 07, 2013 01:11 PM #46
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


This is a great and friendly post. I love your creativity and I want thank you for putting my smiley face in your creative photo!


I am so proud to be a member of ActiveRain. Kathy, you are an inspiration! Congratulations on the feature too!

Sep 07, 2013 01:20 PM #47
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Kathy: Even when we talk about serious things, we can still have a "friendly" face. Many people when they are in repose, have a downturned mouth. They need to practice to always have upturned corners of their mouth. After awhile, your face stays that way. Honest.

Sep 07, 2013 06:12 PM #48
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy :) You don't hardly see me without a smile regardless of how my day is going.  There is a reason behind the madness.  :)

Sep 07, 2013 08:59 PM #49
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Kathy, such a great suggestion...I had a boss once who once in awhile would say smile...stop the stress!

Sep 07, 2013 09:10 PM #50
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Kathy.  Smiling when you are the phone is projected to the other person.  Great blog.

Sep 07, 2013 09:15 PM #51
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I fully believe that a caller can actually HEAR your smile over the phone! Keep smiling!

Sep 08, 2013 09:34 PM #52
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Cute post Kathy!  I saw my big cheesy mug smiling in there!  :)                                                                           

Sep 09, 2013 09:45 PM #53
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Adorable video!! I love that song. Reminds me of when my girls were little and ran around the house singing it. BIG time memories for me on this one Kathy. It made me smile!

Sep 09, 2013 10:12 PM #54
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Hey, Kathy, I read your other blog first then came over here. This is really cute and I will be downloading in a few.

Sep 10, 2013 03:30 AM #55
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

OK..I missed this one lol and I see you have an older picture of me :).  I am flattered that I was part of your collage and I agree with you.  When people smile in their profile picture, it is just a bit more welcoming.  Great post Kathy!

Sep 10, 2013 04:06 AM #56
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Not sure how I missed this, but then again last week is a blur!  Great post!  LOVE the collage!

Sep 10, 2013 05:39 AM #57
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Hi Kathy, a smile is universal and understood wherever you go even if you don't speak the same language! Plus smile lines are prettier than frown lines! :-)
Sep 10, 2013 11:39 AM #58
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Kathy, a smile is the only thing we wear that fits us perfectly.  Smiling is contagious.  Who wouldn't love to see happy people wearing those heartfelt smiles?

Sep 10, 2013 07:17 PM #59
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