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Listen while You Work

I believe that the earning potential for a salesperson is directly linked to the quality of his or her active listening skills. To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of selling. An ancient Chinese proverb reminds us; "To listen ...


Maximizing Your Online Reputation, Part 6: Offensive and Defensive Moves to Promote and Protect Your Brand

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth of a seven-part series from Homes.com on how to manage your online reputation. Homes.com has put together a free playbook on the topic, which can be downloaded ...


Builders Are People, Too

Many of us have learned to be careful what we wish for. Years ago, as a young custom homebuilder, I reached a point where these words were ringing in my ears. While I was excited my business was growing quickly, I found myself struggling to keep up with my work ...


Work with Intention: The 3 Components of Performance Time

Everything you want to accomplish in life requires an investment of your time, so when you want to improve your results, you must consider the fact that your supply of time is limited. ...


Five Bad Habits That Hurt Client Relationships

If you’re like most business owners, you probably assume your client relationships are pretty good. After all, you have enough clients to still be in business (which, in light of our recent economic death spiral, is saying something!). But Joseph Callaway says it’s possible you’re merely surviving instead of thriving ...


Great Tips to Lead Change in Challenging Times

Putting the right people at the helm has launched many high-profile, highly successful turnarounds, from Jack Welch in his early days at GE to Meg Whitman at eBay. ...


Online Reputation – Blitz the Competition: Monitor Your Competitors to Get Ahead

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of a seven-part series from Homes.com on how to manage your online reputation. Homes.com has put together a free playbook on the topic, which can be downloaded here. Watch for this ...


Mixing Oil and Water – Can Builders and Brokers Get Along?

As a boy growing up in a construction family, I never really understood the reason why. “That’s just the way things are,” my father explained one day. “It’s like oil and water, builders and real estate brokers just don’t mix.” ...


How Many Can You Name?

For the purpose of this column, I’m going to focus on the “big” networks—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, foursquare, LinkedIn and flickr. ...


Soldiering through Home Buying: A Primer for Working with the Military

As a veteran, I know all too well that the old adage of military life—home is where Uncle Sam sends you—is hardly an exaggeration. Active duty military families move, on average, every two to three years. America’s service members and military families, who are already under tremendous strain due to ...


Does Your Workplace Meet These Three Powerful Human Needs?

You want to grow your business and you’re pretty clear on what you need from your employees. Hard work. Efficiency. Innovation. Motivation. Results. But what do your employees need from you? If you’re thinking in practical terms—a steady paycheck, a quiet workspace, more training—you’re wrong. Well, at least you’re only ...


Maximizing Your Online Reputation, Part 4: Tackling Reviews: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of a seven-part series from Homes.com on how to manage your online reputation. Homes.com has put together a free playbook on the topic, which can be downloaded here. Watch for this ...


Realtor.com® Follows up on Nationwide Open House Weekend

In preparation for the beginning of the most trafficked months for open houses, realtor.com® has initiated systems for brokers and their agents to maximize their open house efforts. ...


The 8-Step LinkedIn Marketing Plan

Branding is something that we as professionals need to take very seriously on an individual level. It’s essential to develop a unique and personal “professional brand” that communicates the value you have to offer to prospective clients. This is where LinkedIn excels. It allows you to take control of the ...


People Buy from People

The salesman greeted me with a friendly smile as I approached the shiny SUV on the showroom floor. “That’s a pretty one, isn’t it?” he asked. ...


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