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Write Your Goals Down

Remember, it’s only a dream, until you write it down!

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Are You Following the Recipe to Success?

(Transcribed from audio Podcast) – Hi, I’m John Mayfield, “The Business Tech Guy” with your podcast for today on leadership and encouragement. Yes, I go by the Business Tech Guy, I love technology, but also love leadership, encouragement and motivating others in their business and personal lives. So on today’s podcast I want to ask you a question, are you following the recipe? That’s right, are you following the recipe to success? And I bring this up because I’m listening to a wonderful MP3 audiobook now by the author Jack Canfield, on goal setting and how to change your life and do some interesting things. And what I find fascinating about this book is that it’s the same stuff I’ve heard over and over and over again. And that’s no disrespect to Jack Canfield; he’s a great author. He created the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and this is a wonderful audiobook, but there’s nothing really new that I haven’t heard before. That’s really kind of the way life is. It is really just a lot of the same things that are given to us over and over again. Yet while listening to this book from Jack Canfield, and the stories that he tells about people and things they have been doing to find success and achieve their dreams and reach their goals, things that I need to be doing daily in my own life to achieve success. Even though I’ve heard these principles many, many times before. The light bulb finally went off in my head while listening to this audio recording. There is a recipe for success, and the recipe is right here in front of me!

The ingredients I need, for example, to visualize success. I’ve heard the story of Jack Nicholas visualizing the ball going onto the green many times before. I have heard the stories of how Olympic athletes have visualized winning the gold medal and standing on the platform rehearsing and going over it time and time again.

I know that writing your goals down are important. I have heard many people tell me that reading positive affirmations on a daily basis is so important, but yet I have chosen to not really follow the recipe.

I don’t know about you, and how you feel about this statement, but we can achieve success in our lives if we will just take the time to study the ingredients, and use the ingredients in the recipe that the instructions call for.

That’s why I titled today’s podcast ”Are you following the Recipe to Success?” Because there are several recipes out there for success, they all really more or less contain the same ingredients, we just have to find the ingredients that work in our lives, and most importantly, apply those ingredients to the recipe. By doing this, we too can find success!
Several months ago I was listening to an MP3 from the National Speakers Association, and I heard a gentleman on this audio recording explain that when he decided he wanted to become a professional speaker, he knew that he needed to hang around other speakers, and learn and listen to what they were doing as successful speakers, and apply those same principles in his life. Basically he said on this audio recording, and what really pressed upon me, is that if you’re going to fish, you need to hang around other fishermen. And he said, “that’s why I decided I needed to be involved in the National Speakers Association. If I wanted to be a professional speaker, I needed to hang around other successful professional speakers.”

Thank you Jack Canfield for a wonderful audiobook that has reminded me that there is a recipe for success, and even though I’ve heard many times over the ingredients that you have shared with me in your audiobook, it has helped me understand and realize that I need to use those ingredients each and every day. If I follow the instructions to the recipe, I too will achieve my dreams and goals. Most importantly, and why I’m doing this podcast today, is for you the listener. The ingredients are out there for you, the same recipe that I can use and Jack Canfield used, and many others have used is available for you too.

I hope and encourage you to read the recipe, use the ingredients, follow the instructions, and I know and hope you will achieve your dreams and goals!

As always, thanks for listening to the podcast, I hope you have a great day, and be sure and sign up for my two-minute tech tips @thebusinesstechguy.com. You can also sign up for coaching there and many other items. And if you like the encouragement and motivational aspect of my business, be sure and sign up for the podcast, you can get these recordings regularly as well.

If you need a motivational speaker or a technology speaker, keep me in mind, (John Mayfield) you can reach me @businesstechguy.com.

Again, thanks for listening, go out make it a great day, follow the recipe, use the ingredients, and as Zig Ziglar would always tell us, will both see each other at the top

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Are you working toward your goals and passions you have in life?

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. ~David Frost

 
If you’re not pursuing your dreams, follow these tips on executing your daily to do list to get back on track.
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Consistency – Part 2

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Podcast – Episode #1 – Consistency

My first podcast episode as I challenge myself to be more consistent in using some of today’s technology, social media, and other outlets to grow my speaking business.  Join me, as I talk about the need for all of us to be more consistent in doing the right things.

As P.T. Barnum once said, “Like Causes produces like effects.”

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What’s Your Message?

Recently I listened to a speaker explain his theory about the difference between a one dollar bill and a one hundred dollar bill.  According to this presenter, the only difference between the two pieces of paper is the message!  Wow, what an interesting thought, and oh, how true.  Think about that statement for a moment, because it applies to anyone in sales.  Especially real estate professionals.  The only difference between your presentation and your competitors presentation is your message.

Your Message

Let me ask  you this question.  What is the message you are presenting to consumers?  Are you using a visual presentation, or do you opt to try and verbally win your business?  Are you preparing a CMA for potential seller/clients when you discuss pricing?  Do buyers fully understand every step of the home-buying process?  As you can quickly discover from just a few questions asked, there are many situations that real estate agents deliver a message to consumers.

How can you deliver a better message as a real estate professional?  I have listed three quick reminders for you to consider the next time you are in front of a potential client.

First, have a visual presentation ready.  Today, real estate agents can utilize technology for delivering an effective message.  Consider creating a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation about yourself and your company and some of the key characteristics that make you different.  Remember to show proof in how you are a $100 bill, not just a dollar bill.  Also, learn to use your tablet or notebook computer to deliver this newly created message. Remember, visuals can help you tell the story better than words alone.

Second, use an effective CMA, (Comparative Market Analysis) or other reporting system.  Most of the agents in your local board probably use the same old MLS printouts when pricing a property for a consumer.  Consider using a system like the new REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) CMA reporting feature for your next listing appointment.  The reporting features are incredible, and you will be one up on the competition if they are not using this product.  By the way, as a member of then National Association of REALTORS®, RPR is FREE (or I should say included) with your annual NAR dues.  It’s a great product, and I have used it to explain my message to win a lot of business this past year.

Finally, be different!  Whatever road you decide to go down in presenting to consumers, be different!  Remember, are you delivering a one dollar message, or is your message worth $100?  Try some new creative strategies to set yourself apart, and to win the business away from the competition.  After all, being different is memorable!  If you’re not memorable, (in a good way) you won’t last long in this business.

What’s my next step?  Would you like to learn more about delivering the right message to your consumers, and how you can win that next listing presentation?  If so, join me, John Mayfield for a FREE Coaching Webcast on Wednesday, December 17th at 3:00 PM Central Standard Time.  My next coaching Webcast is titled, “How to Deliver a Winning Listing Presentation.”  I’ll show you some of my tips and strategies for delivering a winning presentation.  Click here to sign up for the coaching Webcast, and YES, it’s FREE, and I promise you it’s not a one-hour sales pitch.  My philosophy is to give, and you shall receive.  All of my coaching Webcasts are packed with practical information that you can use and apply in your business.  I want you to save time, and become more productive with the latest technology tools.  Sign up here, space is limited.

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Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

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5 Things Real Estate Agents Can Learn From Shark Tank

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My wife and I love to watch the television episode Shark Tank. It’s fascinating to watch people pitch their ideas, dreams and other business products to the panel of judges. The sharks have an amazing track record of success, and it’s always interesting to watch how they approach approving or rejecting a contestants idea.

As I was watching Shark Tank the other night, it dawned on me how the program provides some basic principles that could help any small business and specifically in my target group, real estate professionals, in making their businesses more profitable. This blog post will explore five principles you can take from Shark Tank to grow your business and receive a greater return on your investment.

#1 – Knowledge

My wife and I both comment regularly about the need for knowing your product inside and out if you plan to be a contestant on Shark Tank. The sharks ask a wide variety of questions that each business professional must be ready to answer.

How well do you know your product? If I was to ask you what your average commission per transaction is can you answer that? Do you know how many homes you have sold in your marketplace in the past year? What’s the average sales price for your city? How many transactions close in your multiple listing service each year per agent?  How are your numbers compared to that statistic?

Yes, each shark wants to know specific questions about the contestant’s product or service they are pitching. You, as a real estate agent must also be knowledgeable about your product! You should know your product inside and out. Not only the financial numbers on how your business works, but also what’s going on in the marketplace regarding real estate. Even knowing the economic perspective, the census data, and what’s happening through your local Chamber of Commerce would all be beneficial.

The reality is the sharks won’t purchase a product from a contestant if they don’t have the financial numbers for information to answer their question quickly and convincingly. The same principle can apply in your life as a real estate professional. Why would consumers want to let you handle their listing if you cannot answer the most minute and specific details about your product, your service, and how the entire transaction will work?

#2 – Visuals

The second interesting characteristic that I have noticed by watching Shark Tank is that most of the contestants will have some very interesting visuals and product samples to share with the sharks. A prototype, photos, even actors and actresses who come along with the contestants to pitch the idea are beneficial in winning approval with the sharks.

How do visuals aid the real estate professional? Let me ask you, do you use any type of visual listing presentation aid in your current business model? Just like visuals for the contestants on shark tank, you as a real estate professional must consider using visuals to help win more business.

Examples might include a listing presentation, an agent bio packaged in an interesting trifold brochure or a one page about you and your company could all help when you are talking to consumers and asking for their business. After all, what is more convincing to a consumer, telling them the average days on market is nearly six months or 180 days, or showing them the visual from a property report printed from your multiple listing service? I’m sure you will agree; visuals are an important part of winning business. In fact, many studies have shown that the majority of consumers learn through visuals.

Consider creating some interesting visual type marketing accessories that you can use when working with buyers, sellers, for sale by owners, and the general public. Think outside the box and look at ways that you could create stunning graphics and visuals that will help tell your story and why you are a real estate professional they should hire.

#3 – Preparation

Having knowledge is one thing, bringing along a visual is also helpful, but the lack of preparation for your appointment will show if you have not rehearsed. You must put the time and preparation into your presentation skills if you plan and want to earn new business. Creating a list of possible objections, questions and the other points you feel the customer or client might ask you, along with preparing answers for those questions will allow you to look professional and shine among the competition. After all, what will you say if they want you to reduce your marketing fee? How will you respond when they ask you about the various types of marketing activities you will be performing for them? Each and every potential customer could have a slew of questions they are ready to throw at you, and by preparing in advance how you will handle and what you will say to each question will be extremely helpful.

By the way, whenever you go on a listing appointment, and a new question or objection comes up, write it down and craft the best possible response for that objection.

It’s interesting on shark tank to watch and witness those contestants prepared versus those who have not. As noted earlier, the sharks will throw out a wide variety of questions, and they want to know each and every detail about the product or service being pitched. Unfortunately, some contestants are completely blindsided and have no idea the sharks might ask such specific questions. Others, especially those who took the time to prepare, are always ready to provide a quick, efficient and intelligent solution for the sharks. And yes, they are usually the ones who will find an investor on the show.

#4 – Testimonials

Although the sharks are not necessarily asking for specific testimonials on the program, they will almost always ask the contestant what their track record is. In other words, many of the sharks want to know if they have gone out and sold their products in the marketplace? If so, what kind of results did they have? Some of the contestants will have limited or no numbers to share with the sharks, and that never goes over well. Others will have lots of sales, and this always tends to get an eyebrow movement creating interest and excitement among the sharks.

Have you ever thought about creating some type of visual page in your presentation book with names and phone numbers of people who have used your service that the client or customer could call? Have testimonials and a track record from your multiple listing service to show during your sales call.

With the power of today’s business world and the Internet, you should have your clients write testimonials for your Google plus page, Zillow and realtor.com. These testimonials and your track record can go a long way building credibility with this new customer.

If you’re a new agent and you don’t have a long track record or history to lean upon, consider using your company’s historical data. Often, you can toot the Horn of your office and how well your company has done over the past few years and ride the coattails to close the transaction.

Remember that with product sales and a track record, your testimonials and your production levels will work in the same manner that product sales work and help convince the sharks that they have a good solid winner!

#5 -Negotiate

Each contestant on the Shark Tank must be prepared to negotiate if they want to win the business of one of the sharks? Not true all the time. When a contestant has a very good product, a great track record or testimonials, the right visuals and Proto-type of their product, along with answers for the many questions each shark throws at them, many times the negotiation goes in favor of the contestant!

My wife and I have watched many Shark Tank episodes where two or three sharks like the product so well, they offered them exactly what they wanted, and even sweetened the pot when more sharks were trying to get in to snatch up the business opportunity.

It’s a great point to remember for real estate professionals, in that if your product or service you pitch fulfills all the items we discussed, normally the client or customer will want to do business with you! You have to prove through your knowledge, through visual presentations, and by your preparation, along with your proven track record that you are the person they need to do business with, you will win more real estate business!

In closing, you can clearly see the five principles I have discussed from the shark tank, and how they can also apply to you as a real estate professional. I encourage you to think about these five principles, and hope that you will look for ways to increase your knowledge, create new visuals, practice your presentation, and keep track of your business to share with others

Best of luck and thanks for reading my blog! – John Mayfield, “The Business Tech Guy!”

 

 

 

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Want to Know the Secret to a Successful New Year?

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Is there a secret to achieving success for the upcoming year?  In fact, what is “success?”  According to Google’s online dictionary, success is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”  I like that definition, because it does not involve money, fame, royalty, or any of the other items many people want to associate with success.  In fact, you could say that if your aim or purpose was to learn to speak a new language, (and you achieved that goal) then you accomplished your purpose, and yes, you were successful!

 

Here’s the unfortunate part for many people, they will begin 2014 with no aim and no purpose.  Oh sure, many people will have some vaguely crafted ideas of what they want this New Year to bring, but nothing transferred to paper by pen.  Without written goals, you’re aim will be off.  I love what Zig Ziglar always said, “You can’t hit a target you cannot see, and you cannot see a target you do not have.” 

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So here’s the “BIG” secret (that you probably already knew) to achieving success in 2014.  Have some goals, put them on paper, and look at those goals everyday!  By doing this, you will have a clear written purpose, and something to aim for!

Have a Happy and Safe New Year, and Best of Luck to you in 2014! – John Mayfield, The Business Tech Guy!

 

 

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