(Or, “The Incoherent Ramblings of Your AE”)
Most of us have watched a baby look like they want to say something; they are making faces and just look totally frustrated. I feel like that sometimes; I can’t find the right words, I don’t seem to be able to get something done that needs to be done (maybe I do not have the skills or I just keep putting it off). Anyone else ever feel that way?
I think we need that “stress” to grow and get better. Think of it like exercising; you only improve your cardiovascular system by pushing yourself, and that is stressful and somewhat uncomfortable to your body. Having sore muscles is their reaction to the stress you put on them and the way they grow.
You may be asking, “What in the heck is Steven talking about and why is this on the TBR blog?” I know as Susan reads this to edit, she wants to know that. Well as someone once said, “If you are not moving forward, you are backing up.” Do you challenge yourself enough? Does TBR challenge itself and the “norm” enough? My answer to both those questions is probably not.
How are you growing personally and professionally? What new skills are you acquiring? Are you setting goals?
Let me answer for TBR. I always thought we were a “progressive” organization, trying out new things, continuously enhancing our member offerings, including education and communications. I still think that, but lately I have wondered if we do enough. Do we offer what I (read that “staff”) think you want or do we deliver what you truly want? Yes, we offer what we think you want, and through research, discussion, and collaboration we hope to offer what you truly want.
How about some examples: This blog is a new venture for us and I hope this is a dialogue that I can glean some information from the members to give you more. New education like the CRS Short Sales program. A brand new offering is the “free” CE being offered over the next few months—live video conferences that will air at TBR, where the audience will be able to ask questions and provide feedback to the instructor. These offerings are: Risk Management; Real Estate Investment Analysis Made Easy; Negotiating Skills for Today’s Real Estate Professional; and Roadmap to a Successful Closing.
What about the technology help we provide to our members? First let’s look at NAR and Florida REALTORS®. NAR offers a lot of assistance and technology-related research to members; their Center for REALTOR® Technology (CRT) has cutting-edge information on a plethora of topics—check it out at www.realtor.com/crt. Florida REALTORS® has their wildly popular Tech Helpdesk, where you can talk to a live person Monday through Saturday about any technology issue you have. Looking to set up a wireless network in your home? Call them and they will walk you through the process from purchase to installation.
Now for the crème de la crème: the CATRS Technology Services. We have developed services specifically geared to you for a substantial discount by people who understand how you use technology. This is taking your computer to someone you trust for work that will always be done to your satisfaction. Call Paul at 224-7713 for more information.
A hybrid of technology and education is a just-announced Tech Forum that will be held on July 13th at the Board office. There is no charge for this informative program, a program that the participants will control. Those in attendance will set the topics to discuss and offer their own unique expertise so that everyone will benefit. To register, go to www.TBRnet.org and click on Event Schedule (Click Here). Even though there is no fee to attend, you must register.
Keep informed and get involved. TBR offers many avenues to keep you up to speed on the ever-evolving offerings here at your association. Read eBoard Briefs, refer often to this blog, peruse the monthly magazine, attend the weekly marketing meetings, and participate in a committee. It will take all of us to enhance the real estate profession.
And…don’t forget to get a little exercise!