Re: Will I see you at the convention this year? - Posted by Merle
Posted by Merle on December 20, 2000 at 14:21:34:
Yes, to your question … we will be there this year.
In response to honestyq’s question … JP asked us to host a round table discussion. That’s where anyone can sit down with us and ask any question they want about our business and how we do it. You asked why would anyone do that. There are several reasons for us. First, we learn more about what we are doing everytime we explain it to someone else. I sharpen my “presentations” every time we buy a house, l/o a house, or for that matter, just try to assist someone with a problem.
In fact, we probably get more out of the information exchange than anyone listening.
Second, we owe for our success. Over the years, many people have offered their thoughts and ideas … some useable, some not … but, without asking for anything in return. Of course, there have many who said it wouldn’t work and you learn from them as well. After all, they tell you where to find many of your problems … even before you know they exist.
We’ve been doing this business for 16 years in a city of about 180,000. Hard to say how many people have acquired copies of our ads, contracts, and other documents. So simple to call our phone number to learn what we tell buyers and sellers when they call. In fact, you can do that, then go by one of the houses to see our signs and windowads.
Yet, in all that time, noone has created any problems for us from the competition standpoint. As Jim Piper says below, it takes “execution.” Unfortunately, too many people spend all their life gathering information, but never take a step toward applying that information.
I welcome you to sit at our table. Ask questions.
You will also want to visit with all the others. As you ask and listen, pick and choose those ideas that seem to fit the plan you have created for yourself (or, the one you are creating). It is highly unlikely that you will want to copy and/or become a competitor with anyone there. To be successful, you must become “yourself.”
P.S. We plan to arrive in time for golf on Thursday and perhaps stay to play on Monday. If anyone is interested in playing, let me know. We prefer that to the bar.