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.'
“ 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!”
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.
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.
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.