Monday, April 8, 2013

Nobody in the room is smarter than everybody in the room

Hello all,

"Nobody in the room is smarter than everybody in the room"

This is another one of my favorite sayings courtesy of Walt Disney. Pretty straight forward but in a nutshell Walt believed if you got a group of intelligent people together it was a lot easier to figure things out then trying it alone, I agree. In that fashion we will be introducing two new trainings/get togethers starting this next month. They will be held on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding July & December) from 10:30-12:00. 

Newer Agent Group- This is intended for anyone who has been in the business 2-3 years or less and has done 10 transactions or less. I will lead this group, it will be a round table discussion to talk about the issues that newer agents face. If we can learn from each other's victories or mistakes it makes us all better. I will alternate this training between Germantown and Aspen Hill. 

Experienced Agent Group- This is for everyone else. Mark will lead this group and it will be held in the Potomac office each month. Same concept, open conversation and information sharing to help make everyone better.

We will have a flyer out soon with the dates. 

Our next week long new agent fundamentals series starts 4/22. Dates and times are below. This intended to get our new agents up and running but anyone can attend if they would like to get a refresher on something. Please send me an email if you would like to sit in on one of the classes.

MRISJoeMonday 4/22 10:00-11:30Germantown
Working with BuyersJoeMonday 4/22 12:30-2:00Germantown
Contracts 1AlTuesday 4/23 10:00-11:30Germantown
Contracts 2AlTuesday 4/23 12:30-2:00Germantown
FinancingMortgage/JoeWednesday 4/24 10:00-11:30Germantown
Settlement ProcessJoeWednesday 4/24 12:30-2:00Germantown
Zip FormsPauletteThursday 4/25 10:00-11:30Germantown
Open Houses & Floor DutyPauletteThursday 4/25 12:30-2:00Germantown
Building a business 101JoeFriday 4/26 10:30-12:00Germantown
Contract To CloseJoeFriday 4/26 12:30- 2:00Germantown
 Enjoy the coffee,

Monday Morning Coffee
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."  
~ Lily Tomlin
You've heard it a million times, "Less is more!" If less really is better, then maybe it's time to start giving yourself, and even your family, an "allowance." This isn't about money, per se, but more about the other things that either drain our resources or over-complicate our lives. 
This “allowance” idea got rolling in light of rising fuel prices. Instead of a monetary gas allowance for the family vehicle(s), consider enforcing a weekly "mileage" allowance. By combining trips and walking or biking whenever possible, there could be enough miles "left over" for the extra trip to the mall or concert hall. 
This works with a host of activities, and improves life by simplifying it. How about a television budget? Are there really three hours of television worth viewing every night? One hour a night during the week would leave oodles of time to watch a favorite movie or sports event on the weekend. Or just hit the "Record" button, and watch when there's a better time. 
The same could go for time spent surfing the net or sending funny emails. It's easy to convince ourselves that we're "working" when we're on the computer, but often we're just passing time that could be spent more industriously. Leave as much "real" computer work as possible at the office, and try to limit the time spent in front of the screen at home. There is such a thing as becoming too wired! 
Likewise, if you're trying to lose weight, you've probably encountered the concept of the "food allowance," or calorie budget. Like everything else, you have to keep track of how much you're consuming, how much is left, and when to stop. Many of us are moving so fast these days that we neglect to tally our activities against our need for "down time." We don't realize that we've maxed out our time and need to stop. 
Whether it's driving, watching tv, or net surfing, we could likely benefit from a reduction in any or all. We forget to put "Relax!" on our list of things to do. Work it into your "budget" by using less of your time "allowance" on other things. You don't have to stop completely; you just need to come into balance. 
Enlighten yourself this week by keeping a journal of how much time you spend on all your various activities, and look for somewhere to make a cut. By next Monday, you'll be glad you did!

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