Feeling Shatterproof? The Internet Will Determine That!

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Real Estate Agent with Red Rock Real Estate UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

Feeling Shatterproof? The Internet Will Determine That!

 

The internet was invented for military communication purposes, and then expanded to share data among scientists. Proper use works for most businesspeople today but has become a time-suck for others.

 

Rather than getting up and out to properly exercise, some choose to remain inside, steadfastly glued to their chairs for upwards of 12 hours a day, in anticipation of what comes next. Every day that presents is on repeat.

 

How lucky I am to have grown up without the constant on-line barrage of, in-your-face advertisements all vying to entice, salacious news reports driving traffic at whatever cost, the combative on-line behavior.

 

Since the internet became available to the public, the loss of self-control due to internet addiction runs rampant, feeding the overwhelming need to overindulge. Exhibitionism and shock value are most prevalent.

 

People are naturally drawn to titillation and sensationalism, we are witness to that every day in person, on the news or on the net. As industry professionals, it's best to remain a step above rather than crossing over.

 

Avoid blurring professional lines.

Leave the Golden Globes to the film industry and keep them covered up in any business situation. It is unnecessary to post semi-nude or soft porn on Facebook, especially when the brokerage name is prominently displayed.

The poser claims empowerment but looks more like a desperate attempt for attention. Besides being in very poor taste, it also may be an open invitation for the mentally unstable to plan a chance meeting (or vicious attack). 

 

Disengage when tempted to expel.

Avoid verbal-purging on social media sites about clients to get sympathy, it can get back to them. Things go sideways, tempers flair, emotions ratchet, keep conversations offline. No true privacy exists, even in private groups.

There are endless advantages of adhering to a higher standard of professionalism while online. Choose words carefully, no amount of apology can take back the impact of some of them, once they are delivered.

 

Present your best self every day.

Remember, there are no do-overs on-line in business reputation building, it is a one-time event! Doing the best to make sure decisions are well thought out and informed can determine whether a career continues or ends.

People are watching you, that is a fact. Creating a positive online presence takes time with consistent marketing and advertising methods designed to grab the consumer's eye the right way for business sake. 

 
Engaging in heated on-line conversations ill suits any businessperson today, tomorrow and any time into the future. Be the one who maintains good judgement in every way possible. After all, at the end of the day, it is the professional aspect that gains client referrals further down the line. 

 

It really is up to you!

 

Bottom line, do you want to be OPEN For Business or CLOSED for OVER-DOING, OVER-INDULGING?

 

This is an entry to The January Challenge--Things we Have Lost to the Internet. Special thanks to Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist for hosting!

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Comments (28)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Hope it will help a few Michael Jacobs. Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 06, 2022 06:59 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

You are so welcome Roy Kelley, have a wonderful day!

Jan 06, 2022 07:00 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I hope that most agents hear this.  Great blog.  Happy New Year.

 

Jan 06, 2022 08:59 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

HI Wanda I so agree with your internet advice!  And as Kathy mentioned, it can be a Black Hole that spirals out of control quickly.   And Michael is spot on as well, will the folks who really could use this advice read it?  I hope so.

Jan 06, 2022 11:01 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thank you so much Ginger Harper, I appreciate that so much. Happy New Year to you as well!

Jan 06, 2022 01:32 PM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I have a client who was telling me about her son. He spends HOURS in the basement playing video games. This is nothing new - kids have been doing that since the internet offered games.

But as you stated, I consider myself to be lucky to have grown up without this "wondrous" contraption. I played board games with real people or ran around outside.

Jan 06, 2022 01:47 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

I so appreciate your support Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, some people could use a little more self-control when using such a powerful tool. I also agree with Kathy Streib and Michael Jacobs!

Jan 06, 2022 02:06 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

My grandfather believed in moderation of all things, it worked for him, of course, he passed away before the internet was fully established. He lived a very long, productive life!

Parents need to take charge and limit on-line activities or it can lead to addiction in young people because their brains are still forming. Thank you for stopping by Margaret Goss, much appreciated!

Jan 06, 2022 02:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! ,

Well said and so glad to see this post featured! It really is up to you to present your best self every day. The Internet can be a Black hole like Kathy Streib said and you really should avoid that at all costs! 

Jan 06, 2022 03:46 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Our world has definitely become entirely too dependent on digital communication.  It is great in moderation, but must be in moderation.

Jan 06, 2022 04:55 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

In our business, the internet is very necessary but it does not define nor control us unless we allow that Dorie Dillard Austin TX, thankfully. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jan 06, 2022 05:39 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Exactly Chris Ann Cleland! Moderation is the key, some are able to manage just fine while others are always connected. I enjoy my time away from the internet.

Jan 06, 2022 05:43 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Fantastic. I rarely re-blog anyones work...but this one is going to be one that I do. Thank yo so much for a great point by point breakdown of what the Internet is doing to folks.

Jan 07, 2022 05:58 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Thank you so much for the compliment Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker. Would be honored if you re-blogged the message!

Jan 07, 2022 06:18 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

UGH . . . I CRAVE time outside and moving around after being stuck at my desk . . . and the 'soft porn' cracked me up, I know who you were referring to.

Jan 07, 2022 07:58 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Once the work is done, getting away means just that, whether on a lake, fishing or a trip outside our area and be present whenever possible Candice A. Donofrio. Looking forward to our next visit! 

That ain't no way to be a lady! 👀 LOL

Jan 07, 2022 08:35 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, what a wonderful post, Wanda! I was nodding my head the entire read - and what a well-written post too! I worry that the black hole that sucks us in is only getting darker and darker - and deeper. While I love growth and development, technology and new-fangled ways to do business (and live) in today's world, I feel for future generations. 

On the topic of promiscuity, I saw an agent's 'head shot' last week that made me shake my head. She was in a flesh-colored camisole and the ONLY way you could tell was that one corner of a strap was ever-so slightly showing on her shoulder. Her hair was covering up both straps...and you could see well below the straps; basically, it appeared that she was nude. Makes you wonder what clientele she is seeking in her business!

Jan 08, 2022 01:48 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

You'd think a professional line would be drawn with that type of online advertising Debe Maxwell, CRS. Yet there it is, exposed for all to see as more people over-share, thinking everyone is supportive. I'm not!

I too worry about how future generations will effectively communicate, seems we have taken a backward approach with texting and online chatting, emailing, no words actually spoken just electronic messaging!

 

Thank you for the support!

Jan 08, 2022 02:10 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Before the Internet, it was television.  People mindlessly sat in front of situation comedies, rigged game shows, fake news, and endless commercials. 

    But when the Internet arrived, people could speak out, they could talk back.  Unfortunately, it would be in some people's best interests to remain quiet!

Jan 09, 2022 02:15 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Good point Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate. I remember my parents avidly watching the WWF every single week and they truly believed it was real, rather than entertainment...I didn't dare question it in front of them either!

Fast forward to today and all you have to do is log on to the internet and get beaten down by cyber bullies when your opinion differs from theirs!

Jan 09, 2022 03:34 PM