Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending July 29, 2011

QUOTE:  “Don’t linger on the edges.  Epiphanies are not granted to those who play it safe, or pitch a self-serving agenda.  Instead, epiphanies seek out those who engage themselves wherever they are and tell the truth as much as they can, who speak directly to the heart of an issue.  There is something deep within us that responds to those who level with us, who don’t suggest our compromises for us.”  Fierce Leadership by Susan Scott, author of Fierce Conversations
AUGUST TRAINING CALENDAR:  The August Training Calendar has been posted to http://www.slidellcalendar.com/.  Classes will be held on Monday through Friday.  Tuesdays have been reserved for Tech Training at 10:00 am until.  The weekly class on the Keller Williams Story and a brief explanation of Profit Sharing will be every Wednesday (in lieu of Monday) at 11:00 until about 12:00.  Monday, Thursday's and Fridays for the most part will be set aside for the various classes except where there is a conflict in the schedule and the fourth Thursday set aside for "Ask Amy" where you set the agenda with Amy our MCA.  Remember, these classes are open to everyone including agents at other companies; bring a friend.
END OF AN ERA:  Discovery’s flight deck panorama.  For those who have not seen or remember what the shuttle flight deck looks like, use the link below to gain a 360-degree panorama of Discovery’s cockpit.   http://360vr.com/2011/06/22-discovery-flight-deck-opf_6236/index.html
ARE BUSINESS CARDS OBSOLETE, Jeffrey Gitomer says maybe so, maybe not but definitely their use is changing.  You may be surprised:  http://www.gitomer.com/articles/ViewPublicArticle.html?key=ajcdMibak3Mt1reFGWHhZw%3D%3D
NO COMPLAINING RULE:  by Jon Gordon.  Does this apply to you?  http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-072511-no-complaining-rule.html
EYP (ENERGIZING YOUNG PROFESSIONALS) HAPPY HOUR .  Wednesday, July 27, 2011.  5PM - 7PM.  Where?  At The Wine Market, 2051 E. Gause Blvd.  This month we are collecting school supplies for the K Bar B Ranch!  Needed items include: book bags, 1", 1/2" and 2" binders, combination locks, project boards, black & white composition books, colored composition books, five subject notebooks, vinyl two pocket/three hole folders and flash drives. You can also bring Wal-Mart/Target Gift Cards or a donation if you would like to help.  Donations can be brought to any upcoming EYP event or dropped off anytime at Property Title, Inc. located at 354 Fremaux Ave, Slidell, LA. 
HAVE YOU SEEN THE U.S. DEBT CLOCK:  This will make you sick:  www.usdebtclock.org. 
STARTING OVER – SOONER:  Great question posed by Joe Tye.  Would be really curious to hear some of your answers.  http://tinyurl.com/3w4sa39
MORGAN STANLEY REALTOR RETIREMENT PLAN:  Maria Popa a preferred vendor with Morgan Stanley is looking into a program for real estate agents to set up retirement accounts.  Maria needs to know who would be interested in learning more about such a program.  I have posted a signup sheet in the Resource Room to determine if there is any interest in such a program.  It is has been my experience that a great many of us wait until the last minute to think about retirement only to find out we did not give it any where near enough forethought about it.  It is never too late to plan ahead.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending July 22

QUOTE:  “Every day by the choices we make we create our life. When we make the same choices every day, we become a prisoner, a prisoner of habit.”  Wes Hopper

IDX BLOG.  You are highly encouraged to keep abreast of the IDX situation and GSREIN.  Here is a link to a blog on the subject:  http://neworleansidx.wordpress.com/page/2/

DUNKIN FOR DOLLARS FOR JOPLIN!  July 27th,  2-4pm in our Parking Lot.  Tell your friends, family, vendors & clients!  What a wonderful way to "touch" your database and let them know that your company is giving back.  It's Summertime, I bet their children would love an opportunity to dunk someone in a dunk tank-AND it's all for a wonderful cause!  Please continue selling your tickets, contact David McLaughlin, Sandy Bertram or Paulena Gross 985-649-6333 for any questions.  Thank you for helping make this a success!

FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION:  Our Annual 9/11 First Responder Appreciation Day will be Friday, September 9, 3:00 to 5:00.  (9/11 falls on a Sunday in 2011).  Mark your calendars!

VENDOR APPRECIATION DAY will be Thursday, November 17, watch for more details but mark your calendar for this important event.

DON’T MISS EVEN ONE LISTING, CHECK YOUR EEDGE SITE EVERY DAY, IN FACT AT LEAST TWICE A DAY, THE LEADS ARE POURING IN.  Most are being forwarded to your cell phone or email but ONLY if you set it up that way.  But even then there are some leads that cannot be forwarded and you certainly do not want to miss even one of them – check your web site daily!

PROMOTE YOUR BEST LISTING/BRAINSTORM YOUR PROBLEM LISTING:  Open to everyone, time and date to be determined; watch for further details.

THE POWER OF PROFESSIONALISM:  This is a great book to read.  Who determines if YOU are a professional?  The author Bill Wiserma has created a blog on the subject and one of his first entries includes a true story from yours truly.  Here is the link to Bill’s blog:  http://www.wiersmaandassociates.com/blog/change-your-view-change-your-life/

RACE FANS:  Did you know New Orleans has a Motor Sport Race Track?  Check out at:  http://www.nolamotor.com/track/

DUAL AGENCY WEBINAR, THE TRAINING ROOM SHOULD BE OVERFLOWING WITH INTERESTED AGENTS: Keeping Client Confidences and the Dangers of Dual Agency.  Friday, July 22, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT in the big training room.

5 WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE WHEN YOUR BOSS ISN’T, by Jon Gordon.  For anyone who may think someone (certainly not me) in the Market Center is not positive or if you just want some great tips on helping the Market Center to be a positive great place to be, this article is for you:  http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-071811-stay-positive-when-boss-isnt.html

TIPS FOR AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT, by Maya Bailey.  Maya is a business coach who coaches many real estate agents.  Her tips are right in line with where your mindset “should” be:  http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-071811-stay-positive-when-boss-isnt.html

EVER WONDER?  Believe these are from George Carlin:

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?

Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending April 15

QUOTE:  “You need to get into the feeling of already having what you want. Relax into the acceptance of it. Experience the feelings now.  Then take action toward your goal, whatever that is in the physical world that you think will manifest those good feelings for you."  Wes Hopper 

UPCOMING SUPER EVENT:  August 25th, Business Clinic Day, how to build your business through proper planning.  The site is yet to be determined.  It may be a joint effort of all the New Orleans area Market Centers; watch for details coming very soon.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW SO YOU DO NOT MISS THIS.

ROAD TRIP!  UPCOMING SUPER EVENT:  Fall Regional Leadership Conference.  This event is for everyone who is or ever wanted to be considered a “leader” (that would be all of you).  It will be held in Mobile, AL  October 12 & 13.  The ONLY cost to attendees is $10.00 to cover the cost of handout materials. See the details posted in the Resource Room.  There should be 85 people signed up; bring your competition friends; this will be awesome!

NIGHT CLASSES, JULY SCHEDULE:  For the Month of July I will NOT be in the Market Center much in the morning because I will be teaching night classes beginning Monday, July 11 and then each Monday through Thursday beginning at 6:30.  The classes will vary in length depending upon the subject matter and the interaction of those in attendance.  I really need to know who is going to attend each evening so I can plan on student handouts when needed..  Just email me at JimBrown@gymbeaux.com that you plan to attend.  Check www.SlidellCalendar.com  for the class schedule.  THESE CLASSES ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE INCLUDING YOUR FRIENDS FROM OTHER REAL ESTATE COMPANIES!

Monday, July 11, The Keller Williams Story and Profit Sharing
Tuesday, July 12, Your First 100 Days
Wednesday, July 13, Working With Buyers
Thursday, July 14, Becoming a Buyer’s Agent
Monday, July 18, Working With Sellers
Tuesday, July 19, Technology, with Wayne Setliff
Wednesday, July 20, Lead Generation
Thursday, July 21, Open House and REALTOR Safety
Monday, July 25, Buyer and Seller Forms, line by line
Tuesday, July 26, Telephone Techniques, more than you can imagine
Wednesday, July 27, Working For Sale By Owners
Thursday, July 28, 4-1-1 Goal Sheet, Daily To Do List, Commission Calculator

JULY ALC MEETING:  The ALC Meeting is this Thursday, July 14, at 11:30 in the Training Room.   Everyone is invited

THE SOCIAL MEDIA BOOM IS HERE AND YOU ARE A BUST!  Jeffrey Gitomer once again tells it like it is.  For the record, I have 732 on www.linkedin.com, how many do you have?  Are you using it?  http://www.gitomer.com/articles/ViewPublicArticle.html?key=ajcdMibak3OTEeG6ecw4Pw%3D%3D

DID YOU KNOW?   My mother was fired from her job because she married my dad.  Why?  Simply because she got married.  Her employer had a rule that they would neither hire nor retain a WOMAN who was or got married.  Come to find out the same applied to school teachers as well at that time (1930’s).  I did not know that.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION:  Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Book of Leadership.  I have not read a Gitomer book that I did not like; they are all excellent.  This is his latest.  Leadership is not a title, it is an attitude.  Everyone in the Market Center is a leader and I highly recommend reading his book.  www.JeffreyGitomer.com.


5 WAYS TO THINK LIKE A CHAMPION, by Jon Gordon.  Champions are not born, (well I guess they are born but not necessarily as champions), they are created and in most cases they are self-created.  Everyone, especially those in the real estate business, should (require) have a self-education plan to improve upon your knowledge and skills.  A recent study reported that about 20% of people in sales read at least one (just one?) book on sales or self-improvement, only 20%.  That means 80% read nothing to self-improve.  It has been my experience that most real estate agents (certainly not you) take ONLY the required CE training and rarely attend non-required-CE training courses that would improve their sales or self-improvement.  Here is another GREAT article by Jon Gordon, http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-071111-think-like-champion.html

PEOPLE CAN’T JUMP ON YOUR BANDWAGON IF IT’S PARKED IN THE GARAGE; great article by  (Ms.) Sam Horn about following your dream and making decisions:  http://serendestiny.wordpress.com/

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending July 8, 2011

QUOTE:  “If you're slick, polished and perfect, you're not on the leading edge. And the leading edge is where change happens.”  Wes Hopper

DUNK’IN FOR DOLLARS, July 27, 2 to 4.  This is your chance to help raise money for Joplin MO and have some fun at the same time.  One throw $1.00, 6 for $5.00.

TRUE FREEDOM, as usual, another very good article by Jon Gordon:  http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-070411-true-freedom.html

CONGRATULATIONS MIKE & JENNI:  Mike Hambrice got married!  Congratulations to Mike and Jenni!

MAPS AND MORE MAPS:  Check out this site for St. Tammany Parish maps:  http://lanavigator.com/st_tammany.html

TWO GREAT DETACHMENTS AND TWO GREAT FREEDOMS by Joe Tye, http://tinyurl.com/3gtr7wv

CONGRATULATIONS BONDILYN JOLLEY OF EMERGE AND 4 TIPS FOR EXPERT BLOGGING:  https://secure.systememerge.com/preview-25992-931f8342.html

FASCINATING INTERVIEW WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWpExOqtQwE&NR=1

MARKET CENTER NUMBERS TO BE PROUD OF:  June Profit Share:  $9,565.  Donations to Keller Cares:  $2,592; we are only $408.00 away from our goal of $3,000.  PLUS we are only 14 agents away from having 100% activated on their eEdge site.  Congratulations to everyone!

THE LONG SONG OF TECHNOLOGY; DOES YOUR VOICE MAKE THE CUT, an article recently posted to RISMEDIA by eMerge a Slidell based technology company:  http://rismedia.com/2011-07-06/the-long-song-of-technology-does-your-voice-make-the-cut/

JULY TRAINING CALENDAR:  NIGHT CLASSES!  The July Market Center Training Calendar should be posted by noon on Friday, July 8.  The classes will be night classes starting at 6;30 until… and will be taught Monday through Thursday.  If you plan to attend any of the classes, please email Gymbeaux at JimBrown@gymbeaux.com for student planning purposes.  The classes are open to anyone who wishes to attend.  The calendar can be found at www.SlidellCalendar.com.