Olympics & Drama

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Olympic medals

The 2018 Winter Olympics have just ended; the drama is also now played out, some of it real and some of it contrived.  Drama likely sells airtime and draws viewer interest; it's more compelling to understand the story of a bobsledder from a small town in Norway who gets a medal in her first Olympic games because of all her skills and her work in harnessing those skills. If this same athlete is from a small town in the US, that's even better for the drama.  This US athlete, if her athlete aunt saw a prophecy of a family tradition before passing away while coaching her niece, that right there is ratings gold.

Some of this parts of that story are integral in understanding how the athlete is motivated, though many times I find myself fast forwarding through the dramatic backstory to instead simply watch the competition. The competition itself creates the competition.  The athlete who's pushed off the speedskating rink due to a competitors skate, the halfpipe turn that falters with the athlete tumbling after a glorious run. That is also good ratings medal caliber sport.

Like all of television, it shouldn't matter if the story is real or if the story is fiction, or at times enhanced fiction or enhanced real.  If television can get and retain your attention, the mission has been achieved.  You've purchased that airtime with your attention.

The Real Estate industry doesn't have quadrennial Olympics, but it certainly has drama.  Some of the drama is purely fictional in order to create a markting message or compel an action to be taken.  Some of  the drama is very real, as people need to take action quickly due to other events at the moment, which can be great (new job in a new state) or not so great (family dynamics after an untimely death).  The Real Estate industry version of airtime is simply the consumer or the client's airtime.

Real Estate agents respond to this drama in different ways, and yes, drama will demand a response, whether its fake drama or real drama. Some agents create drama as a means to justify the need for themselves, which doesn't seem be a smart use of energy and ultimately self-defeating.  My preference is to observe the drama and try to discern what truly requires a response. The response is what I need to work with my client on. Anything else is... fun to watch at times, but purely for watching.  Sometimes the backstory to the Idaho bobsledder is interesting. To be honest, at times the time lost on the backstory is frustrating, just as the energy of contrived real estate drama can be; this is best mitigated not by creating my drama and more frustration but rather let it dissipate by ignoring it.

Canadian flagBeing Canadian born and often willing to go for the underdog, my blood (usually red, white & blue) ran a little bit of maple syrup in my veins these past two weeks. 
Final medal count:               Norway   39
                                                 Germany 31   
                                                 Canada    29


Americans came in 4th, but as all that tv footage tells us, that's not a medal podium.  Nonetheless, 23 very happy Americans. 

Congratulations to all medal winners and not medal winners, competition made them better & stronger and made for us better drama.

(photo from sportingnews.com & flag by readinghub.com)

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Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life

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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Drama sells! The backstories can be interesting, but like you, I tend to fast-forward through the stories and watch the competition instead. 

Feb 26, 2018 03:00 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Claude. I enjoyed this. Drama for me is best left in the theater or on television.

Feb 27, 2018 06:17 AM #2
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Simple family drama is so different than contrived stories to make an athlete more exciting or interesting. In my opinion, let the participants prove themselves. No need to fill us in on things that really do not add to their talents. My opinion, honest though.

Mar 03, 2018 08:03 PM #3
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Claude, I watched some of the Olympics, and especially our CO athletes, and nice to see some medal.    I can understand your Canadian connection!   

Mar 08, 2018 07:01 AM #4
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