Sensei/Grasshopper: Round IV

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335



It's time for Round IV of the Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge!


The Sensei/Grasshopper challenge focuses on two of the things the ActiveRain community does best - sharing skills and making connections with other members.


ActiveRain is an information-rich environment. The skill sets of the membership, along with the millions of blog posts in the archives, many of which are how-to articles relating to things like technology and real estate marketing, ensure that if there is anything in real estate you need to know, the odds are pretty good you can find out about it here.


But sometimes reading about how to do something isn't quite enough. Sometimes a bit of background is needed, or more detail, or a one-on-one walk-through, or maybe just a friendly bit of support and encouragement. Sometimes, having a mentor can make a huge difference.


So the Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge is about encouraging AR members to make productive connections and to share skills, techniques and insights. It's about becoming better - as individuals and as a community - at what we do, whether it's selling, staging, lending, inspecting, constructing, repairing, or providing title for our clients.


There are three ways to participate in the challenge:


Grasshopper1. Grasshopper: Get a Mentor


Join the Sensei/Grasshopper group. You can write a post in this group requesting help with a specific subject. Or you could find someone posting an offer to help. Or, when you see someone doing something you want to learn, you could contact them directly to ask for help. However you choose to do it, go ahead and make a connection.


Be as specific as possible in describing what you want. And be practical - we're all busy, so if someone is going to take time to help you, don't ask for something massive and general, like "help getting leads".


This is a short-term commitment - whatever it is, your use of a mentor will only be to set you on the road and show you the way. It wouldn't surprise me if you developed long-lasting friendships and connections from this contest, but that's not a requirement.


To qualify for points, you will have to write a blog post describing your experience - tell us what you learned from your mentor and how you're using it. Post it in Sensei/Grasshopper.


2. Sensei: Be a Mentor

SenseiJoin the Sensei/Grasshopper group. Look for someone who needs to learn what you already know . Or write a post offering to teach someone a specific skill. Make a connection and help them get started. Set up a short-term timeline for your assistance.


To qualify for points, write a blog post describing your experience - tell us what assistance you provided and how it's going to be used. Share some detail about your assistance - maybe it can help others as well. Post it in Sensei/Grasshopper.


3. NEW!! Sensei: Share with Everyone


SenseiIn past years, we have had members offering assistance that were unable to make a connection, yet what they had to offer was valuable. We're modifying the structure of the challenge this year to accommodate those who wish to share their expertise in a general way.


To qualify for points, write a "how-to" or explanatory blog post, and teach everyone a valuable* skill or share some useful* knowledge. Use graphics and pictures to illustrate your text, and provide a thorough explanation of how to use what you are teaching. Post it in Sensei/Grasshopper.



"Valuable" and "useful" are subjective concepts. If you write something relating to real estate, blogging, technology, social media, etc., that isn't totally obvious, trivial, or already covered thoroughly, you'll be fine.

We all look for ways to game the system. It's built into our genes. Avoid that tendency with this challenge, because if you don't deliver value, I'm going to be a jerk about your points. If you want some ideas of what valuable how-to posts look like, check out these examples from Debbie Gartner, Craig Daniels and Sharon Tara.

If you have a question, e-mail me.

That's the structure of the challenge this year. Here are the rules:


Dates: This challenge runs from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 31. All posts qualifying for the challenge must be posted by 11:59 PM, May 31 in the Sensei/Grasshopper group to qualify for points.


Mentor/Mentee: You actually have to establish a relationship with someone and do something for this challenge. That seems obvious, but there have been attempts in previous years to claim points for making a comment in a Grasshopper's request for help post. That didn't fly then and it ain't gonna fly now.


Any ActiveRain member can be either a mentor or mentee, or both, as many times as you like, but you're only going to get one points award for this challenge. We're thinking that this is basically a one-on-one experience, but if you'd like to try something a bit different, e-mail me and we'll see if it makes sense within the general idea of the challenge. In the past, we've had Senseis with multiple Grasshoppers on a specific subject.


Everyone qualifying for points must write a post, as described above, in the Sensei/Grasshopper group. A request for help post or an offer of help post does not satisfy this requirement.


Important!! When you have posted your final report to Sensei/Grasshopper, send me an e-mail (, with

  • a link to your post,
  • your name
  • your AR username,
  • and the name of the AR member who you worked with on this challenge.

Please put "Sensei Grasshopper" in the subject line. Just posting in the Sensei/Grasshopper group or leaving a link in the comments on this post will not get you points.



1. Grasshopper: Get a Mentor: 2500 Points

2. Sensei: Be a Mentor: 2500 Points

3. Sensei: Share with Everyone: 500 Points


Questions? E-mail me -


Best of luck, and remember - have fun!

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Well at least I didn't wait until the very last minute. Here's my post, Dick. Thanks for taking the time to host this challenge. 

May 26, 2015 09:24 AM #48
Trumps Elite
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
Realtors/Career Consultant

Anyone trying needing last minute help to make the challenge, feel free to contact me. I am the lead listing agent of my team and I great at technology. I also have two teams in two different demographic areas.

May 27, 2015 09:27 AM #49
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

If anyone wants to be my Sensi and help me with video I would really appreciate it. I stink at video and could use some help in creating and editing video.

May 27, 2015 02:21 PM #50
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Sorry, I'm late for the party, but the question for future: you can do only one challenge and you can do all three?

May 27, 2015 05:38 PM #51
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Good morning. I have thought long and hard on this one all month and here is my "twist" as Roger D. Mucci  says.  Hope folks enjoy it. 

Some days you are the grasshopper / Some days you are the Sensei!


May 28, 2015 02:06 AM #52
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

sent you an email Dick Greenberg as instructed.  After laboring and toiling, this WAS TRULY FUN, I learned a WHOLE LOT MORE and have made a new friend in Palos Verdes.  If you run this next year, I will be a Sensei!  For those commenting, heres my blog on blogging!

May 29, 2015 01:20 AM #53
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I got it done Dick and now am going over to email you the link and info you requested. Here it is too for your convenience.

May 29, 2015 08:47 AM #54
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Here's my post, Sensei-Grasshopper--Which is Which? (but I'm also going to send you the requested email . Thanks, Dick!

May 29, 2015 10:47 AM #55
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

As you know, I wanted to be a grasshopper, but no one took me up on my offer for FB advertising.  I have since then experimented (and learned a few things/improved), but it's still not a success.  Ironically, yesterday at Starbucks, I ran into a friend of mine who is now doing a lot of social media and he gave me a great idea to create "look alike groups."  To do this I need to update my customers to FB (and that will take me some time to organize).  I have estimates/proposals to finish today, so I won't get this finished today/let alone get learning, but hopefully next weekend.


In the meantime, last weekend/this week I wrote a series of posts on my journey to make some minor enhancements to my website, and hopefully this will qualify for the 500 pts.  Here are the links:

Here are my previous posts on my journey:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


I understand it's just 500 pts in total.  But, hopefully, these 4 posts will help other rainers.

May 30, 2015 10:40 PM #56
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the challenge Dick, it is always one of my favorites!!

Here is my Sensei post, the grasshopper post will be along soon.

May 31, 2015 12:42 AM #57
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Here is the second half of my experience with the challenge Dick, it was great spending a bit of time working on this with Lottie Kendall .

May 31, 2015 01:10 AM #58
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

This is my entry for the Sensei/Grasshopper Contest

May 31, 2015 03:57 AM #60
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks to Barbara Todaro here is my entry


May 31, 2015 06:18 AM #61
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel   Here is my entry.  

May 31, 2015 06:19 AM #62
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sensei Dick, here's my try at being a good grasshopper:

May 31, 2015 07:52 AM #63
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Sensi/Grasshopper...I have been a mentor..and loved it.


Ginger Harper


May 31, 2015 11:23 AM #64
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dick Greenberg sent you the email with details - and here's the link to my post.

Grasshopper Meets Sensei

May 31, 2015 03:58 PM #67
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