Breaking The Ice

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Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

 

 

Breaking The Ice

 

Pondering Breaking The Ice

 

Breaking The Ice 

 

This term may have different meanings around the country and during certain times of the year.  But I was pondering things while going through some questions in the ActiveRain Q&A section recently. 

 

While answers often depend on the details of a situation, the location and so many other factors much can be solved or resolved with a conversation. 

 

A meaningful dialogue.  You know, just talking.  One person starts and then another listens, then responds.  You likely understand the concept.  Probably have even practiced it from time to time.  Successfully too I imagine. 

 

It can happen in real estate and in all forms industry-related.  On ActiveRain.  And most importantly, in real life.  Not so difficult.  Well, so it seems.  Breaking The Ice can certainly be the act that refreshes, right?  

 

 

 

The photo in this post was taken by Michael Jacobs at the Old Pasadena "hot spot" Edwin Mills By Equator.  Conversation and more can be experienced at this Old Pasadena favorite.  

 

 

Breaking The Ice

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Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

mtj916@gmail.com

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - "Breaking the Ice," can warm a heart, trigger a memory, break down walls, make or break a friendship. "The key is to break the ice and listen, really, really listen. 

In the business of real estate, you can't just rely on your sphere or past clients. There comes a time when one must have the courage to "break the ice" and listen. 

May 27, 2019 08:57 AM #28
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - and that's the opportunity that we can make happen. We each have that power to break the ice.  Breakdown those walls.  Soar through glass ceilings.  It's not just for Superman or a Superwoman.  But available to each of us to achieve in our own ways.  On our own terms.  

May 27, 2019 09:06 AM #29
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

"Breaking The Ice can certainly be the act that refreshes, right?"  After pondering that sentence, I have decided I really like it, Michael!

May 27, 2019 09:10 AM #30
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Myrl Jeffcoat - it seems to work.  

May 27, 2019 09:23 AM #31
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael.

Have a very special Memorial Day.

May 27, 2019 10:00 AM #32
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

If any members of ActiveRain are traveling in our area, I will be happy to break the ice by treating them to ice cream at Bruster's Real Ice Cream, our favorite. 

May 27, 2019 10:02 AM #33
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

And to add to the breaking the ice theory - listen intently...and that means listening between the lines!!

May 27, 2019 12:49 PM #34
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - and I extend the same wish to  you.

Debe Maxwell, CRS - the unsaid or those delivered subtly such as what we "see" between the lines often speak volumes.  

 

May 27, 2019 05:48 PM #35
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Exactly - the perks of being a good listener! 

May 27, 2019 08:00 PM #36
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Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Agree!

May 27, 2019 08:03 PM #37
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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I was never in the Coast Guard, but I am a ice breaker, Michael Jacobs 

May 27, 2019 09:48 PM #38
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's surprising just how easy you can find yourself in deep conversation with a stranger. I found myself saying "great talking with you!" to the guy behind me at check-out at grocery store this weekend. One little comment to him led to us having a great chat in line. He told me all about his recent attendance at a Bruins game.

Hockey....ice....must be some connection there. LOL

May 28, 2019 06:46 AM #39
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Michael Jacobs, I got drifted away after reading your post and the comments. One simple word, one nice gesture, showing we are listening, engaging in meaningful conversations all sound good but some people are not open to it. Sometimes, I rather see some stay silent than utter words that are not so pleasing. Regardless, we see each other, perhaps, mostly when we read between the lines. 

May 28, 2019 07:06 AM #40
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - one of many.  Thankfully.  

Ricardo Mello - thank you.  

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - imagine the possibilities if you had enlisted.  

Sharon Tara - definitely a connection. Perhaps chillingly so.  

Beth Atalay - I completely understand.  Learning to read/understand what is read between the lines is a great trait to master.  

 

May 28, 2019 09:49 AM #41
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

This place looks like my kinda place, Michael Jacobs ... perfect for a meet-up with friends and great conversation ... 

Who doesn't enjoy that???

Gene

 

May 29, 2019 02:00 PM #42
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I feel like that exactly when responding to new web visitors.  Some answer/some don't.

May 29, 2019 07:07 PM #43
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - over the years I have seen groups of people gathering and sharing a good time. 

Joan Cox - I can see where there are people who are more aprehensive/cautious than others.  

May 29, 2019 07:50 PM #44
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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

"Breaking the ice" often begins with questions that lead to a spot of common interest. At least, that's when it really kicks into gear for me. Ah ha! I find, when there is little common ground, it's pretty difficult to find an area of true and authentic exchange. 

May 30, 2019 03:52 PM #45
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, think this does apply to dating for sure, but haven't done that for a while!  LOL

Jun 26, 2019 10:14 AM #46
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - "common bond" is important but sometimes achieved in the most unlikely ways.  Authentic is a great way to describe that process.  I like it.

Joan Cox - deinitely a dating aspect can come to mind.  

Jun 26, 2019 04:16 PM #47
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