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Suggestions For Zoom and Other Meetings

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty 8431215

I am going to get right at it:  Start on time.   Don't make people wait, and certainly don't make allowances for "all the stragglers"  by starting on "Realtor time".  

If you start your meeting 7-10 minutes late, then do a long introduction, followed by listing all the things you've done in your life, then you do a little comedy routine, yuk-yuking it up, and I look at the time at it is 10:12, I am out.  Others will be polite and stay there, but trust me, they are mentally checked out. 

With many changes in our industry, I find myself on more and more Zoom meetings so I can stay "on top of" the changes.   But if it takes 15 minutes for someone to touch the tip of the ice berg, I have lost faith that they will ever get there.  The bigger the meeting, the more prevalent this seems to be.

Start reasonably on time, give a brief intro, and get to the points of the meeting.  You will be doing everyone a favor.  Starting late is disrespectful to all who made the commitment to be there on time.  



Posted by

Michael Elliott



Burlington, New Jersey Real Estate 

Broker / Salesperson

Fathom Realty


cell (609) 864-8164   office (888) 455-6040


Lew Corcoran
Better Living Real Estate, LLC - East Bridgewater, MA
Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer

Thank you, Michael, for the insightful post about the importance of punctuality and efficiency in Zoom meetings—it’s a valuable reminder for all professionals.

May 09, 2024 05:11 AM
Michael Elliott

Lew it was nice to "see" you on Tuesday, at our well run and punctual meeting!

May 09, 2024 05:19 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Michael - pet peeves like this are a part of everyday life.  Unfortunately.  I don't see that changing.  Yes, it is what it is.  🙃  

May 09, 2024 05:34 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I am always on time. I do understand others will not have the same internal clock I do. I wonder how Realtors show up late for an appointment...crazy.

May 09, 2024 05:37 AM
Michael Elliott

Someone raised you that way, Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty 

May 09, 2024 05:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael Elliott ,

Although it's important to be on time for most all meetings, especially those educational meetings, or updates on the NAR lawsuit I feel its also important to interact with others as that is how we get to know and network with others. Our Zoom meetings may not start exactly on time but that 10 minutes can make a difference in fostering the comradery cultural of the participants for AR. 

May 09, 2024 06:21 AM
Michael Elliott

Our meeting are just fine!   

May 09, 2024 06:26 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

May 09, 2024 05:01 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

My sales career was one of punctuality and letting the client know you were interested in them and doing business with them. It was called Lombardi time, which meant show up 15minutes early.

The Tuesday calls are run that way and if you want to socialize with the members sign in early

May 09, 2024 06:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Michael... you've just hit on one of my biggest peeves about these kinds of meetings/webinars! Also, all those people who have to glum up the chat section with "hello from...."

May 09, 2024 06:31 AM
Michael Elliott

Hahhahahah.   Agreed.

May 09, 2024 06:50 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

As I was taught, if you are early, you are on time, if you are on time, you are late and if you are late, don't bother turning up at all.

May 09, 2024 08:33 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Michael,
This is one of my pet peeves, too. A meeting should start at the designated time, whether everyone is there or not.

One of the Designated Brokers at an office where I worked was constantly coming into the weekly sales meeting 10 - 15 minutes late as we all sat there waiting for him. One day, I just got up and walked out. I guess he saw me leave, and he didn't like that at all. Was his time more valuable than mine? Anyway, things went downhill from there, and I ended up leaving and opening my own office.

May 09, 2024 08:34 AM
Michael Elliott

Carol Williams  that is awesome!   I knew I liked you!

May 09, 2024 08:58 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - good for you and even better if the meeting topic that day was a discussion of timeliness.  😃

May 09, 2024 09:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share. 

I hope all is going well for you this week.

May 09, 2024 10:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I am ALWAYS punctual, and most everyone who knows me, knows I will be 10-15 minutes early.    You are right, by 10:12 I would be checked out also.  Get to the point!

May 09, 2024 11:30 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Excellent post and point of view Michael Elliott.  The only time I like it is when I've attending an extremely repetitive continuing education class and I'm glad they ate up time.  I wish some of our classes could be more than just repetition - especially the broker ones!  Thanks for the great reminder that time...is important.

May 09, 2024 03:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- several of us log on early for our Tuesday Zoom calls to chitchat. I'm all for getting to the point. Lately when reading articles,  I find that I often have to scroll through several paragraphs before they begin to touch on the topic. 

May 09, 2024 05:07 PM
Michael Elliott

Kathy Streib this was in no means directed at our well run meetings, it was inspired by my State Realtor board messy sloppy meetings.  And others.

May 09, 2024 05:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well you are singing my music, having been in the military I have always considered punctuality key.... now with that said I like to show up 15 minutes early otherwise I consider myself late... as to meetings and Zoom I am so over them... most of the time people only want to hear their own voices... as to being on a meeting or holding a zoom session I believe two-minute introduction about what the meeting will be about then 15 minutes about the meat and potatoes of the meeting and the another two minutes to close then open up to questions....Endre

May 09, 2024 09:49 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Holding an audiences attention is an art and small groups especially can be more engaging than the huge ZOOMS. Glean what you can or find other more efficient ways to learn and share Michael Elliott. Always the quest right?

light bulb education moments

May 10, 2024 03:34 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Haha, it drives me crazy when meetings don't start on time, especially since I am early to most meetings.

May 10, 2024 05:27 AM