People will ask you "What is the secret to your success ?"

Reblogger Carol Williams
Education & Training with U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.

I love Doug's approach.  Giving first can be very profitable.

Original content by Doug Jones

What is the key to great success ? Testimonials. Ah ! You are thinking ask people to write you testimonials and to get a lot of testimonials; a lot of 5 star Yelp reviews and Google + reviews.

That will work but the key to great continuous success is to GIVE testimonials. Here is the challenge; for a full year write a 5 star review of people and businesses in your area. Write a review every working day.  Write a review on Yelp or Google+ and let the person know you wrote the review. Simply copy it and email it to the person or business

Who to review? title officers, escrow officers, property inspectors, appraisers, other Realtors and loan agents, builders, handyman, computer support people, insurance agents, car sales people, building managers, computer repair people, restaurants, barbers and hair stylists, your dry cleaner, gas station, mechanic, attorneys, CPA's, financial planners,  your banker, the bank teller, waitress, teachers, gardeners, local politicians, painters, farmers, grocery stores, music teacher, specialty teachers, owners of small stores you frequent, child care workers, home staggers, medical doctors, dentists, personal trainers, event planners, wedding planners, sales trainers, speakers, comedians, musicians, magicians........by now you get the idea.

Determine to write a 5 star review every working day for a year and at the end of the year you will be enjoying your greatest success. "A poorly connected person tends to fail regardless of his skill or creativity. Why, because everything we need  in life - money, love, appreciation, employment, friendship- comes from other people" Samuel Patrick Smith  Linking Ring Magazine March 2018.

If you do this - you will not be able to prove me wrong.

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Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I need to do a better job of writing reviews in my area, this is an excellent reminder.

Apr 30, 2018 12:05 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Pay it forward and it will come back to you !

Apr 30, 2018 01:45 PM #2
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Reviews and testimonials are important but we all know that they can be slanted in one direction or another.

Apr 30, 2018 06:41 PM #3
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi JL Boney, III ,
A new take on "ask and ye shall receive"... converted to "give and ye shall recieve".

Apr 30, 2018 06:47 PM #4
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,
You can't go wrong with giving kudos to a person or business that deserves it, can you?  

Apr 30, 2018 06:48 PM #5
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Debbie Reynolds ,
So true.  That's why the more reviews there are the better.  

Apr 30, 2018 06:49 PM #6
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

My secret is I work hard every day for my clients and I look out for their best interest, they in turn reward me with being clients for life and referrals too, Endre

Apr 30, 2018 10:26 PM #7
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a great idea from Doug. I like this idea very much, we often write thank you notes and send to others, but posting a review makes good sense. D 

May 01, 2018 07:20 AM #8
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Carol Williams - I am TERRIBLE at asking for reviews. But you have highlighted an idea that I can get behind easily. I may never have seen this if you didn't share it. Thank you... Will go leave a comment on Doug's post.

May 02, 2018 09:11 AM #9
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is a fascinating idea and I'm going to have to look more into it Carol...

May 02, 2018 04:38 PM #10
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