Silence can be deafening

Silence can be deafening. The “leaders” who are silent right now are speaking volumes.

Leadership isn’t just about enjoying the good times and taking a bow when all goes well. Sometimes leadership involves dealing with some ugly stuff.

Are you sure you have what it takes to be a leader?

 

 

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Squat, scrunch and look small

This is for the powerful and amazing women in real estate.

Sometimes powerful women get together and when they do we find photographic evidence of the get-together on social media.

There are some poses women will use in photographs to appear smaller and thinner. Men don’t seem to do this but maybe they do and I just don’t know about it.

When a group of women get together and pose for a photograph and they all kind of hunch down and put one foot forward, bend their knees, and do all that they can to look small it can look like they have to pee and are trying to hold it in.

Please, ladies, you all look lovely. You don’t need to look small to be great. Stand tall, and go ahead and take up some space.  Don’t be afraid to show the world how powerful you are.

We don’t truly have power until we are able to let go of the notion that we have to be the thinnest person in the photo.

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Brand confusion

The most recent data about National Association of Realtor members says that 62% are female and that the median age is 60.

81% of motorcycle owners are male, and the median age of a motorcycle owner is 50.

Soooooo.  . . . the National Association’s “riding with the brand” campaign makes perfect sense as a way to showcase who we R.

REALTOR® PRIDE will sweep across the nation with Riding with the Brand! United by our pride in the profession, together we’ll celebrate what it means to be REALTOR® STRONG

Members can win a “riding with the brand” motorcycle and they have “riding with the brand” belt buckles.

It is possible that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is out of touch with its members.

Maybe the campaign is supposed to resonate with some other group of people.  “Riding with the brand” is traveling around the country and promoting Realtors.

Nothing says Realtor like a motorcycle except for maybe a big ole belt buckle.

Sometimes I get the feeling that NAR is in denial. They wish that members were young and male but instead, members are people just like me. I haven’t been young for some time now and I have never been male.

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Where us my Threads webinar?

Threads

As I write this on my blog cleverly disguised as a hot dog stand, “Threads” has been available to real estate pros for 24 hours.

The new app is sort of like Twitter I am told. I am not using it yet but am waiting for a free webinar. I know that the app is just for real estate and am surprised that no one is teaching us what the best practices for using it are.

To all the gurus out there I am waiting. Will this be the kind of game changer Club House was or maybe is? Will it be as hot as Plerk was in 2008 or will it be like those Google apps that had waiting lists to join but have since disappeared?

One thing is sure and that is that Threads is for real estate pros and it will be a game changer so please hurry we need guidance.

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It did not take long for the AI gurus to start preaching

This year kind of reminds me of 2007 or 2008. There were “influencers” preaching about social media and how to use it to get rich.

Experts took to the stage and taught us all how to expand businesses by using social media. It was the thing to do.

They had best practices for real estate agents. I always wondered how they became experts.

Fast forward to 2023. The gurus are back and now they are teaching agents how to use AI (artificial intelligence) in their businesses.

These experts are going beyond the best practices and speaking about the future of AI in the real estate industry.

They already know what the future looks like. Apparently, it looks good for people who can speak to the real estate industry about AI. We don’t really know how it looks for those who integrate AI into their real estate businesses.

Personally, I am holding off until AI can enter listings into the MLS and correctly write contracts and edit my photographs with a few verbal instructions or better yet without my intervention.

When AI can flawlessly fill out IRS tax forms in such a way that I not only save money on taxes but on tax prep too.

For now, I’ll do my best to ignore the AI experts.

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ChatGPT is just for real estate

It is true. ChatGPT is the new QR code. Well, it isn’t anything like a QR code but real estate professionals are flocking to it and looking for ways to integrate it into their business just like they did with the QR code.

ChatGPT is artificial intelligence. A real estate agent types in some instructions and the chatbot spews forth words. Sometimes walls of words.

Just what we need more real estate agent spew during this time when there are too many agents and so few home sales.

Trust me agents have plenty of time to write their own spew.

There are of course free and for-a-fee webinars on how to use ChatGPT taught by experts who have been playing with it for a few months now.

I skipped the class. I decided to use chatGPT for something useful. I asked it for instructions on how to crochet a winter scarf.

The pattern it created works. It uses a basic combination of stitches that has several names. It is sometimes called the “moss” stitch.  The instructions included the materials needed and a gauge (how many stitches per inch)

I’ll probably set up some kind of webinar about how to use chatGPT to create crochet patterns.

I am sure I could use artificial intelligence to create a post on this blog of mass destruction cleverly disguised as a hot dog stand but why would when I am blessed with an abundance of natural intelligence, loads of creativity, and an imagination that is endless?

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When writers, write the news

I recently read a couple of articles on a real estate news site that had some information in them that wasn’t exactly true. In one case persons following the advice in the article could end up in jail but only if they get caught.

In another, an expert wrote a kind of “how-to” that showed a misunderstanding of the laws and rules in all 50 states. There is little danger that anyone would use the article as a guide. The only harm done is that the site loses credibility.

The old me would have spoken up and told someone about inaccuracies and about encouraging a practice even though it is illegal in most states.

I have learned from my past mistakes and decided I don’t want to be THAT person.

If anyone is looking for a subject matter expert for a real estate news or advice column contact me and for a fee, I’ll correct your mistakes and inaccuracies.

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