As a Realtor®, what steps do you take to stay safe?
Hopefully, you work hard to make sure you know clients before you show homes. You let folks know where you are. Maybe you even have a partner so you can stay safe at open houses.
Even those steps might not be enough, however. A Realtor® in California was attacked even after she got the gentleman outside of the home in full view of the security camera. Now, her broker says all the agents will be going through self-defense training.
Here’s why you should do the same.
Self Defense Builds Confidence
When you first start learning self defense, you’ll feel uncertain and a bit awkward. However, with practice you can feel smooth and confident in your actions. That means that outside the class you’ll also feel confident.
Knowing that you can protect yourself in all situations builds your self-assurance and helps you feel secure no matter what’s happening around you.
Don’t assume this doesn’t apply to you if you aren’t a female. Men are in danger as well!
It Helps You Say Aware of Your Situation
One of the most dangerous things that can happen to anyone, including Realtors®, is that they get lulled into a false sense of security. You get used to nothing happening, and you assume that nothing will happen this time either.
You’ve held a lot of open houses alone, so why bother trying to find a partner for this one?
When you are trained in self defense – not once, but regularly – you are more aware of your surroundings. You notice people acting oddly. You know how to react to what happens, and you’re more likely to follow safety best practices every time.
You’ll Be Physically Healthier
Practicing self defense on a regular basis is a great form of exercise. You know you should work out, so why not choose an activity that will help you get healthy and stay safe?
Another thing that will keep you motivated is that you’ll be attending scheduled classes twice a week or so. That means you won’t have to force yourself to go to the gym alone – you’ll have a class and instructor waiting for you.
Working on self defense helps you be stronger, faster, and more sure on your feet. You can benefit from that no matter what happens to you.
Are You Ready to Defend Yourself?
It’s important to work in pairs and take other steps to stay safe. However, nothing is foolproof. At some point, you might be somewhere where you simply need to protect yourself.
Are you ready?
An open house is a great place to meet people, show off your listing, and hand out business cards. But you always need to be ready. Just in case.
This post originally shared on PrinterBees' Real Estate Marketing Magazine.