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S(up)port your way to success

While it’s well known that being active is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the usefulness of being active can stretch beyond the direct health benefits. For instance, many successful businesspeople have used their participation in a sports team as an aid to their networking activities.

With this in mind, below we have listed some of the benefits of joining a sports team or club in 2014.

1. Strengthen your brand: being involved with a local sports club or team may help strengthen your brand in the community. This may be of assistance when you’re describing the benefits of the local community to potential buyers, as you’ll be able to describe this aspect directly from your personal experience;

2. Networking: while you will be able to directly network within your club, you may also find valuable networking opportunities during after match social functions with opposing clubs. Being attuned to these potential networking opportunities may help you benefit from them;

3. Become a community leader: you may find it beneficial to take on leadership positions within these clubs and teams, as this may help raise your community profile. Members may in turn recommend your services to friends and family due to your standing within the club.


0 comments | Posted by Reality Bytes - Real Estate Training Blog on 21/12/2013 at 12:00 AM | Categories:

Sweat the small stuff

It’s often said ‘don’t sweat the small stuff,’ however, there may be advantages to being known for your attention to detail. In real estate, details will often make or break a sale and as such, developing your attention to detail in the New Year could help further your career.

With this in mind, we’ve outlined four simple but effective tips for improving your attention to detail.

1. Double-check: while this may seem like an obvious step, it is often overlooked in busy situations where time is of the essence. It may be worth the time to briefly pause and return to the source of any facts and figures you’re using for any piece of work to ensure that they’ve been listed correctly;

2. Sleep well: while caffeine can be a substitute for sleep, it’s important to rest up and according to the National Institute of Health in America, a good night’s sleep will improve your intellectual function, alertness and mood;

3. Remove distractions: if you find yourself being constantly distracted by email, phones and instant messaging, you may find it beneficial to mute these for a period of time to help improve your concentration. If you are able to completely focus on a task you’re less likely to make mistakes on minor details; 

4. Organise your time: if you’re rushing to complete something, it’s likely that you won’t be able to give it the time necessary to complete the task and ensure all of the details are correct. As such, it may be beneficial to if possible, allocate time a week before a task is due to start work on it so you’re not rushing at the last minute.


0 comments | Posted by Reality Bytes - Real Estate Training Blog on 17/12/2013 at 12:00 AM | Categories:

Set SMART goals for 2014

As a busy spring selling season wraps up and the focus shifts towards the New Year, many professionals start setting goals for 2014. When setting these goals, it might be useful to set SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant and Time-bound and is a widely used system purported developed by American management consultant Peter Drucker to assist individuals and organisations in achieving success.

With this in mind, we’ve outlined the below some pointers which may assist you in setting SMART goals for the New Year.

1. Specific: goals should be specific and should relate to a defined objective. For example, instead of increasing your sales volume in 2014, you may want set a goal of increasing your sales volume by 50 per cent in 2014;

2. Measurable: if your goal is specific, it’s likely to also be measurable and as such, you will be able to measure whether you have achieved it;

3. Attainable: it’s important that your goals are attainable and not completely unrealistic. An attainable goal may also serve as a stepping stone towards a larger, more ambitious goal in the future;

4. Relevant: the most current goals are relevant, that is, directly relate to the purpose of your role and organisation. As such, linking a goal to the larger efforts of your organisation may help you gather support for achieving it;

5. Time-bound: the best goals contain a time-frame to achieve them in, for example, the first half of 2014. This serves to create urgency around achieving a goal and ensure it’s not perpetually left ‘on the back-burner.’


0 comments | Posted by Reality Bytes - Real Estate Training Blog on 06/12/2013 at 12:00 AM | Categories:

Network for success

Building a strong network in your local community is important to succeeding as a real estate agent, however, it can be easy to approach networking events in an unproductive manner. For example, some professionals may approach networking events as an opportunity to distribute their business cards, in the hope that they will receive a call back when their services are required.

This may not be the best approach to networking and below we have three suggestions for more effective networking tactics you could use.

1. Offer assistance: one way you may be able to network for success is by approaching every conversation as an opportunity to provide help – not an opportunity to grow your business. By using this approach you may be able to nurture productive, long term partnerships;

2. Ask questions: networking isn’t just an opportunity for people to get to know you; it’s an opportunity for you to get to know people. As such, you may find yourself creating stronger connections if you pose questions to other attendees and don’t focus on promoting yourself;

3. Participate: if an event that you’re attending offers the opportunity to participate such as asking questions of speakers, this could be a useful way to stand out from the crowd. Other attendees may remember you asking questions and in turn, this could offer a useful talking point while you’re networking.

0 comments | Posted by Reality Bytes - Real Estate Training Blog on 02/12/2013 at 12:00 AM | Categories: