Our marketing and administrative manager use to be really big into building computers. He used to know which CPU's would match up with the specific motherboards and what the requirements were for specific operating systems. If you ask him now? He'd probably have to spend a day or two educating himself on all the things he's missed in the handfull of years he's been away from building computers.
Continuing Education - A Lifestyle
We all hate the phrase "continuing education" because we think of the real estate classes that seek to update the mundane details of our business in a standard way. But continuing education shouldn't be 12 CE credits a year. It should be a lifestyle. We are always trying to learn something new about how to better our business or better ourselves.
At our team meeting last week, we had a vendor come in and teach us a little bit about food that we're going to be serving to our clients at a party. We've asked the same vendor to teach us how to serve and prepare some of that food at a later time. We talk about technology, mindsets, scripts, and a number of other things that don't always necessarily relate directly to real estate. Why? Continuing education is a lifestyle.
Continuing Education - Where to Go
Learn who in your company is constantly trying to improve and learn. Here's a tip: Find someone who likes to read! For almost every industry and area of life, there is a prominent source of information. For realtors, Realtor.org is a great place to start. Other places to look? Inman News, Zillow and Trulia blogs, ActiveRain, and a number of other online sources are available. But don't just look for continuing education in real estate, but in all of life. Make sure you read, experience life, and have people in your life that are willing to pour into your life. And remember, continuing education is a lifestyle!