Professional Development Archive

Turning Ego Systems Into Ecosystems

There’s nothing like traveling for a conference to put you behind in your work. Sorting through all my notes from attending Inman Connect earlier this month, I realized I heard from a whole bunch of really smart authors in...
January 28, 2014

Surviving the Relo Relay

So I’ve been working on this project called Street Cred with the our pals over at Doorsteps, a platform that works with real estate pros to educate and empower home buyers. It’s basically all about how REALTORS® are truly...
January 13, 2014

Social Media Advice That Will Never Go Out of Style

I was reading The Art of Social Selling: Finding and Engaging Customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Other Social Networks (Amacom, 2014) by Shannon Belew last week and I was struck by a familiar feeling. It wasn’t déjà vu...
December 30, 2013

The Tech Trend Race

It’s easy to feel like we’re constantly behind the times when it comes to online trends. Not only are products out of date as soon as you take them home from the store, but the needs of consumers online...
December 17, 2013

Planning for 2014 Together

Do you have an outrageous goal for next year? Consider getting the whole company on board....
December 10, 2013

Booking it to San Fran

Every year at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, I find new authors and books to explore. But what if you want to get a jump start on the meetings coming up this November? Well, I don’t know about you,...
October 29, 2013

The Science Behind Why Referrals Matter

There are two kinds of people in this world: cooks and bakers. I’m a cook. I like to have the ability to toss in a little extra garlic, or cook the bacon extra crispy. If I have kale in...
October 22, 2013

Turning Your Business Into a Movement

Last week, I interviewed Bruce Poon Tip, founder of travel company G Adventures and author of the new book Looptail: How One Company Changed the World By Reinventing Business (Business Plus, 2013). Tip’s book is a deeply personal story...
October 16, 2013

What Do You Know About American Houses?

The short vocabulary quiz I created after paging through Barron’s Real Estate Handbook back in September was so popular that I’d been meaning to create another. And in a serendipitous moment, A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive...
October 4, 2013

Practicing ‘Cabinology’ All Year Round

Dale Mulfinger inspires with more than 240 pages of beautiful photos of cabins from all over the U.S., with detailed floor plans and site illustrations that set it apart from your average coffee table book....
September 27, 2013

Are We Done Reading About the Recession?

Every year, British magazine Financial Times (along with Goldman Sachs) puts together a panel of judges to select the number one financial  book of the year. The winner gets a £30,000 prize for providing “the most compelling and enjoyable...
September 20, 2013

How’s Your Real Estate Vocab?

Full disclosure: I used to read the dictionary as a kid. For fun. That said, I recently received the eighth edition of Barron’s Real Estate Handbook, and I’ve been paging through it whenever I get the chance. It’s basically...
September 10, 2013

Judging a Book by its Reviews

Say what you will about online shopping behemoth Amazon.com. In my humble opinion, the best thing about the whole site is the reviews. Sometimes they actually help me decide whether or not to purchase a product that I can’t...
August 20, 2013

Have You Been Useful Today?

I’ve been working on my review of Jay Baer’s Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help, Not Hype (Portfolio/Penguin, 2013) for several weeks. It’s not that it’s overly long or difficult; really, my problem has been the opposite. It’s...

Busting Your Social Media Misconceptions

This week, I read through a cool little e-pamphlet called The New Age of Real Estate Communication: A Real Estate Professional’s Guide to Communicating with Social Media. Written by Lindsay Listanski, manager of social media for Coldwell Banker Real...
July 29, 2013