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Launch '16 Leadership Summit- Realtor Takeaways to Boost Business

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Thomas Group Realty

Last week, the Thomas Group Realty team participated in an all-day leadership summit, Launch '16, that brought together sales, business and real estate teams for some sales and leadership training. With local and national speakers, who each brought a unique key piece to this leadership event, we spent the day discussing strategies to launch our businesses into 2016.

Below are some of the highlights that Thomas Group Realty Realtors took away from each speaker. The speakers were: Gator Softball coach Tim Walton, national sales trainer Terry Watson, wounded warrior Luke Murphy and master motivator Giovanni Livera. We all felt like we learned a lot, and we are definitely going to participate again next year for Launch '17. 


Gator Softball Coach Tim Walton:

- Learn to recognize human character so you know how to appropriately communicate with a specific person. Coaching boys and girls is very different (softball) so you must adapt to your team.

- In sports, the name on the front of the jersey is more important than the one on the back. In real estate, you are a team within a team so focus on building up your brand (the name on the back of the jersey).

- You must set a specific time frame (like seasons) and set goals and evaluate those goals. Evaluate at the beginning of your "season" and again at the end. Adjust to improve every time.

- Sustaining success is harder than achieving it. As an example, just because you were a top Realtor 5 years ago, doesn't mean you get to hold on to that glory in any way that will produce sales for you now. Every year is a new challenge to sustain and improve on your business from before.


Sales Trainer/Motivational Speaker Terry Watson 

- Terry has a lot of useful information on his website, www.terrywatson.com

- The No.1 customer pet peeve is when their Realtor only tells them what is happening, not what is about to happen. Even worse is when a Realtor does not tell a client when something goes wrong. 

- You must physically write out your goals and put them somewhere you can see every day.

- Ask your customers and your team, "what is most important to you in this transaction?"

- Have a strategy to keep calm when all seems to fall apart, always keep your cool in front of customers.

- Have a set of rules about how you do business and stick to them. For example: I only work with pre-qualified buyers etc.

- Don't do someone else's work for them, "it's not your monkey." Don't take on other people's problems or stress.


Wounded Warrior - Luke Murphy

After 2 tours overseas, Luke Murphy came home with a purple heart and two amputated legs. His story of facing death and choosing to live is not only inspirational but also so powerful, you can read it here. Luke did not let his injury keep him from continuing his life as a successful Realtor and motivational speaker, here are some key highlights:

- It's not what you can't do, it's what you can do. If you feel like you have stretched your limit, push a little more.

- Remember the things you wake up for in the morning (kids, partner, hobbies, etc), and think about them when you feel like you're losing it, then get up and go on with your day. 

- Hard times will always be there, you must choose to have a positive attitude. How you react is the true outcome of that situation.


Master Motivator - Giovanni Livera

- Put a deadline on achieving your dream. Example: you have always wanted to buy a boat, change the dream to - you have always wanted to buy a boat by the time you are 45. Once you have a clear deadline in mind, it's easier to begin the process of little steps to get there.

- Take time to build good relationships with your colleagues and partners in the business. We all work better when we work together.

- Never stop developing your talent. Yes, you should take that "selling haunted houses" class or get your GRI, always work toward being better at what you do. 

- No change = no change. Unless you change something about you or how you do business, the outcome will always be the same.


I urge you to look up these speakers and read their available materials; Terry Watson has a good list of leadership books and articles to help further inspire leaders to be proactive about their business.

I hope you all enjoyed and learned a little bit from these takeaways, and you can apply them to your business. Have a great, 2016! 

Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Outstanding and inspirational.

"It's not what you can't do, it's what you can do."

Welcome to Activerain and for sharing launch 16 leadership summit highlights.

You are going to be a huge asset to the AR community.

Feb 02, 2016 03:18 AM
Matt Thomas

Thank you Les and Sarah, I look forward to more blogs!

Feb 03, 2016 12:28 AM
Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage
Empire Network Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
The Rise of An Empire, Let's Build Yours!

Hi Matt! Welcome to the world of Activerain, may your blogging  create a whole new chapter in your Real Estate Career.

Feb 02, 2016 04:38 AM
Matt Thomas

Thank you!

Feb 03, 2016 12:28 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Wish you good luck.

Feb 02, 2016 04:55 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing some of the highlights Matt!

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.

Feb 02, 2016 03:53 PM
Matt Thomas

Much appreciated, Bob, thank you!

Feb 03, 2016 12:27 AM
Robert Havana
Park and Protect- Alberta Real Estate License Parking - Calgary, AB
Alberta Real Estate License Parking

Hey there, welcome to Activerain and congratulations on getting started with this blog.  Lots of great people here in the community and tons of interesting stuff to read.  Sometimes I get sidetracked for hours with interesting posts.  Feel free to stop by my blog anytime and leave a comment or a like!  Robert

Feb 02, 2016 05:15 PM
Matt Thomas

Thank you Robert, I will definately stop by your page! 

Feb 03, 2016 12:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain and thank you for sharing the output of this conference. Those are very motivational take-aways.

Feb 02, 2016 07:05 PM
Matt Thomas

Thank you, Kat, glad to share!

Feb 03, 2016 12:26 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Matt Thomas attending motivational sessions will always leave you inspired and re-energized to go out there and secure more business..... thanks for sharing your experience....

Feb 02, 2016 09:46 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

and welcome to ActiveRain...it's a great place to learn, share, market and network....and I hope you enjoy and benefit from all of it....

Feb 02, 2016 09:46 PM
Matt Thomas

I look forward to being involved with ActiveRain, thank you! 

Feb 03, 2016 12:26 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Welcome to Active Rain!  As REALTORS who have been here for more than 9 years, it's well worth it!


Feb 02, 2016 10:55 PM
Matt Thomas

What a tenure! Thank you, I am happy to be on board.

Feb 03, 2016 12:25 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

Thank you for sharing this!  This was an awesome summit.  Thanks for sharing the resouces for the rest of us!!  Welcome to blogging on Active Rain and if this is a sample, I am eager to read more of your blogs.

Feb 02, 2016 11:18 PM
Matt Thomas

Joan, I am glad to share, I too enjoy these events a lot! Thank you for the kind words, more blogs to follow! 

Feb 03, 2016 12:25 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Matt,
These are all great take-a-ways.  I love attending inspirational and motivational events.  

Welcome to the world of Active Rain blogging.  It is an extremely valuable platform to connect with other agents and potential clients.  I recommend you check out the "Resources" section and click on "Getting Started"  


Feb 02, 2016 11:34 PM
Matt Thomas

Carol, thank you for the kind words! I look forward to getting more involved on ActiveRain, there is a lot of wonderful information posted daily on here. 

Feb 03, 2016 12:23 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Hi Matt,

Welcome to Active Rain.

Informative post. Thank you. I look forward to more.

I remember when I was starting out. I couldn’t imagine ever writing hundreds of posts.

There was so much I didn’t know. Surely I didn’t really belong here.

Well let me encourage you to take one step at a time and hang in there.

I’ve made good money via ActiveRain and learned a lot. But the best thing that ActiveRain has done for me is in this post.


Good luck, let me know if I can help.


David Gibson
Broker / Owner Colorado Home Sales LLC

Feb 03, 2016 04:19 AM
Matt Thomas

David, thank you for the shoutout! Loved your blog, who knew meeting for coffee could lead to a great business partnership?! 

Feb 03, 2016 05:39 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


welcome to the Active Rain blogging community! 

Congratulations on your first post! Keep them coming:) 

Feb 03, 2016 03:37 PM
Matt Thomas

Thank you Inna! I appreciate the kind words :)

Feb 04, 2016 04:43 AM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Welcome to Active Rain and Congratulations on your first post. Great information and I look forward to reading more from you!

Feb 04, 2016 12:54 PM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach


Hi Matt, Thanks for sharing and welcome to the Rain! ActiveRain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts. If you would like to connect with me on ActiveRain, please subscribe to my blog! Welcome Aboard and Much Success! 

Feb 06, 2016 03:34 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

This is an excellent post Matt, very motivationall! Welcome to Active Rain, we are really glad you are here, and look forward to reading more of your posts!

Feb 08, 2016 09:01 AM