He really knows how to put you at ease, That Interview Guy. Michael Krisa had set up an interview for yesterday morning, but a snowstorm changed his plans with a power outage (he's in Ontario, Canada.) That gave him a chance to get some wonderful snow photos - like the one at left. Later in the day, when we got the interview in, I remembered that Michael is a natural at leading a conversation and making it fun.
Michael reminded me that we met years ago. Since then he's learned about the Type E personality, and so he understands me. We talked about Type E and some of the characteristics such as being optimistic and loving a challenge - if someone says, "It can't be done," I respond, "Watch me!" We talked about how Type E's hate routines and details; anyone who knows me knows that I have no patience with meetings. I do love to learn and love to share with others. Living in the moment is my style.
Our conversation ranged from my former ceramic art and nursing career, to the challenge of having a normal life outside of real estate. It is so easy to get caught up with settlements, listings, and showings so that you can be working 24/7. We agreed that, just like they tell you on an airplane, you have to put on your own oxygen mask first.
Of course we talked about my book and how it is a first for all of us involved: the first book I have written, the first book cover that Marti Garaughty has designed, and the first book published by The Silloway Press. That's another trio of Type Es who worked together so naturally.
We also talked about my way of working, about my waiting list for clients, working with referrals, and finding options for sellers (including auction) in a slower market. When I mentioned Cloneonials and how I coined that word to describe the way-too-standard Baltimore-area style of house, he told me about a unique home he has to sell. Cedar Brook Station is a retired train station on 3.6 acres, the building has been renovated and features wonderful views. Now that's the kind of property I like to sell – give me a challenge like an historic church or a retired train station, and I'm happy.
So here's a challenge for all of us on Active Rain: Let's try to sell Cedar Brook Station with its lovely views, its fine craftsmanship, and its river for kayaking. I know there's enough creative energy in this community, so what do you say?