Call Reluctance Not A Concern

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

 

 Beaded phone Margaret Rome

 

 

 A good friend who loves when I call has let me know she hates the phone and would instead do anything not to initiate a phone call. She thought I was brave in making calls. How interesting.


Debe Maxwell, CRS   commented on a post by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

The topic was 'call reluctance.'

 

Debe's comment:

“ I always wished I had the wonderful gift that Margaret Rome, Baltimore, Maryland has - to be able to make calls like she's brushing her teeth!” 

 

It's only a phone call.

 
When my daughter was very young, and I was a stay at home mom, I used to volunteer for various causes at her school that frequently required solicitation. I figured out a way to do that. First, I had to believe in the cause. Then I would make my donation. Only then could I call another parent and ask for their money, time, or whatever the school required.

By first believing in the need and then giving personally,

I can make that request. 

At that time, I was a ceramic artist, and my Lee, a businessman, commented on my volunteering. “If you put half the time in your business as you give  to others, you could sell 747 s and have a heck of a business.” Wanting to make him proud, I started making calls to my pottery clients in between my charity calls. It was easy. I would tell them about my art, a recent show, a designer that used my creations, invite them to see my work decorating a Symphony show house. I would share my excitement of waiting for the kiln to cool enough to see my latest creations. I was sharing my love of clay with people that I loved. 

Lee was right, my business thrived, and my only change was picking up the phone. 

 

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

Those phone calls were natural and quite comfortable when I started real estate thirty years ago. It is still interesting, so many are not at ease with the phone or feel they are a bother to people. 

Of course, I use technology, texting, emailing to communicate to save time. Still, so many times in a transaction, time is saved by picking up the phone and stating or clarifying what you need, whether that's with a client, another agent, a lender, inspector, title company, or contractor.

And when I first started on ActiveRain, I was dealing with my husband's illness and traveling out of town for various treatments. When in another city, I would pick up the phone and connect with real estate agents living in the area.

When staying in hospitals and hotels for extended lengths of time, the phone kept me in touch with the world. That is when I began calling members every day to talk about real estate. People did not know where I was calling from or that I might be was walking the hospital halls. 

 And my live radio show is no different than talking on the phone. It just happens that it is a microphone.

 

 

radio margaret rome

 

 

Call reluctance has not been a concern of mine. I am very comfortable with answering and calling, and it's my favorite way of communication. 

 

Margaret Rome

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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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Making that phone does save time Margaret and allows a conversation to flow. Just today, I spoke to a past client who had their daughter and grandbaby girl move in with them and they may need a bigger house and I can help with that! You are inspiring and thank you for the message, I hear you. 

Jan 28, 2020 06:13 PM #1
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Thank you for the question that inspired this post. I was going to call you yesterday morning but then realized the time difference.  You are proving that ...Phone conversations may lead to business. 

Jan 28, 2020 06:17 PM #2
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Oh, I wished I wasn't so shy back in the day but, after 16 years, I've gotten so much better at phone calls. Never will I be as confident at it as you, Margaret but, it has gotten easier for me.

I think the main reason it has gotten easier is because one of my coaches (my NINJA coach) held my feet to the fire about 10 years ago. He held me accountable and I SO wanted to graduate a NINJA so, I did it! LOL

Thanks for the mention, Margaret! You're still my phone hero!! ❤️ 

Jan 28, 2020 08:59 PM #3
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Morning Margaret.

Never had an issue with the phone, what I did have was speaking to a crowd of people.  Once I got over that, the rest was easy

Jan 29, 2020 02:04 AM #4
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Debe Maxwell, CRS You are terrific on the phone and in person! Thanks for the inspiration for this post! 

Jan 29, 2020 03:30 AM #5
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James Dray Your former career gave you a tremendous amount of confidence.  Speaking in front of a crowd is something to be learned. For many, it is their biggest fear!

Jan 29, 2020 03:32 AM #6
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Good morning Margaret. Having received more than one call from you, I can attest to your ease on the other end. Amazing! Enjoy your day!

Jan 29, 2020 04:22 AM #7
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Hello Margaret - for some call reluctance is overcome by practice.  Others are naturals.  However and whenever it occurs, when effective communication is the prize, that's a welcome gift.  

Jan 29, 2020 04:57 AM #8
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Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland no wonder you're a natural not only with real estate but on the radio, too....did you ever work on a political campaign?

Jan 29, 2020 05:15 AM #9
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Good morning Margaret. I think your assessment is correct. If you have done it and continue to you are more comfortable.

Jan 29, 2020 06:32 AM #10
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Practice, like most things, creates a comfortable familiarity. I think some people's reluctance comes from not being able to see the other person's facial reactions - it's missing an important piece of true communication. Does that make sense?  I got over it when I had a microphone in front of my face for years.  But, I get why it can be uncomfortable.

Jan 29, 2020 08:12 AM #11
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Over the years, I made an effort to stay in touch with past clients, etc., by phone.  However, with the exception of only a couple of times, I have never made cold calls.  I think each of us has a place where we are comfortable with certain methods which work for us.  I'm glad your's have worked for you, Margaret!

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Wayne Martin And I can say the same about you being at ease on the phone.

Jan 29, 2020 03:15 PM #13
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Michael Jacobs, It does come with practice and this is so true... Effective communication is the prize!

Jan 29, 2020 03:17 PM #14
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Barbara Todaro That would be a NO to working on a political campaign.

Jan 29, 2020 03:20 PM #15
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Sheila Anderson The more you do, the more comfortable you become.

Jan 29, 2020 03:20 PM #16
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD That's an interesting observation!

So for some, they would not be comfortable when they cannot see the person's face and cannot read their emotions.

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Myrl Jeffcoat I have never made cold calls...not even when I took SweatHogs over 25 years ago. No cold calling ever.

Jan 29, 2020 03:27 PM #18
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