How Do You Coach (Teach) Your Players (Agents) To Be the Best?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska

Remember the old saying "Be the Best That You Can Be"  ?

I did a quick google search and gave up after trying to find the original could only find 3,800,000 answers for me.

Anyways...I was commenting on a blog and came up wih an insanely long reply in her comments and wondered whether it would be a good blog in and of itself.  So with a few changes and additions/deletions I decided to give it a go.  

First here is Dr. Paula McDonald's link to her blog which is way better than mine: 

I coached both girls and boys youth sports across many different years and types of sport.  I even taught swimming lessons. One thing I realized early on was that most were in a steep learning curve in a game they had never played before.Teaching Jake to Swim 1992 Mike McCann

Just like our new agents when they start out or all agents/brokers when there is a new "insert your word here in our industry. is my comment to Paula......................................

I coached youth sports for many years back in the 90's and early 2.000's.  Over 15 years.   Before that I coached womens softball and coed softball for years.

I Coached T-Ball, Little League Baseball (up to 6th grade), youth Softball for 4 years, Soccer for over 12 years, Basketball for 5 years, and even helped with volleyball one season.

First 8 years were in Colorado Springs and the last 7 or 8 were in Kearney, NE.

By far the biggest issues I had were Jaime & Mike McCann 2002 Apple Orchardparents and g-parents.  Location did not matter. And skill level did not matter. I coached city championship teams and teams that were not very good.

Most of the kids did their best that they could and that was always my goal...not championships.  I had kids who started with me as very young players that never were very good at the sport but were great at other things and kids that went on to win state championships...and again the biggest issue I ever had were relatives of the players.

I treat my agents the same way.  I have had agents who are highly successful and agents who were not.  The education of these agents when they were new was the same format as coaching...teach the principles of the industry and guide them to the best of my ability towards success in whatever they are trying to accomplish.

I absolutely agree that many aspects of real estate is similar to youth sports.  I loved your analogies and do apologize that this response got a bit long winded!


Yes...we ALL need to remember that we ALL started as new agents once upon a time and to make sure we are doing all we can to help our clients reach their goals...even when working with a new agent on the other side.

The new agent will remember how they were treated in the future and that could be a great thing or not so good depending on how you carried yourself through out the transaction.

Until Next Time...when I promise to have a shorter blog...Have a great Day! Mike


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Comments (5)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Mike - even though I am a non-participant in athletics, I can see the coaching connection in aspects of life beyond sports.  There are phenomena of many sorts that exist but discovering them continues to be a rarity.  

Jan 31, 2024 07:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Mike,

You did a lot of coaching which helped so many kids. Great analogy ....there is a connection in aspects besides sports. My son was a collegiate scholarship swimmer and what he learned serves his well in his personal and business life today!

Jan 31, 2024 07:43 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Everyone has to learn at their own pace and the best that can be done for them is the best of basics and not be a negative. The negativity just makes them quit as they feel they will never get it.

Jan 31, 2024 08:36 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I really like your featured photo and hope that your team won that game!  Being a good coach requires changes to be made each and every year depending on the different talents that are on each team.

Feb 01, 2024 03:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Mike- coaching isn't just about scores, is it? And, this is especially true when coaching our young people. I love how you tied this in with new agents and working with them. Everyone is new at one time and we need to remember that. 

Feb 03, 2024 02:28 PM