Thinking Big While Starting Small
It is no secret anymore. I have become a full-fledged real estate Agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty, Katy, Tx. I signed up with them last Monday, activating my license, and I started their Ignite training program the same day.
If you didn’t already know, Keller Williams in renowned for their training program. They have the second-best training program in the nation, in ANY field – not just real estate! That was a big factor in my decision-making process. The other factors were office environment, encouraging staff support, and fees. To be honest, KW is not the cheapest firm I researched, but they certainly were not the most expensive either. I felt the cost of set-up and monthly fees were fair considering all of the training and support I am getting from the office. Having been there a week, I feel comfortable with my choice.
Goal setting is an important part of any successful business. I have had to set daily, weekly, monthly, and annual goals for myself. This is harder than it sounds. I want to be realistic, but I also want to challenge myself. For example, last night, I participated in a calling contest. I had to set a goal, which was to speak to ten people in three hours. That’s a lot of pressure! It usually takes me three hours to talk to ten people on the phone. But the timer was set and with the extra pressure, I’m happy to report that I was successful. In fact, I exceeded my goal and spoke with twelve people in the time allotted. I also gained four leads and booked one appointment. That is no small feat for one day of work! It felt great.
Another consideration for me once I signed on was branding. Keller Williams allows people to work independently or as part of a team. Previously, I had decided that I might like to lead a team some day, but I want to go it alone for now. But thinking big, I picked my team name, designed a logo, and registered it with the Texas Association of Realtors. After some informal polling, I went with the name Top Choice Team, because ultimately, I want to be every potential client’s Top Choice. Plus, if and when I do start building a team, I already know I’ll need to recruit top caliber people with a commitment to notch client service. After thinking about it for a while, I came up with my team slogan: Honesty – Integrity – Tenacity. Those three words well represent who I am personally, and they have to be the hallmarks of anyone I choose to be on my team in the future.
Now, don’t laugh at my fuzzy logo. I made it to go on a business card, and it’s not scalable yet. I need to get it made into a vector graphic. Think of it as a temporary representation. This is my brand, and I’m proud of it. Ultimately, I hope to build a team worthy of the ideas I have represented. Besides, I had no choice but to create a logo because I haven’t had time to get over the JC Penney and get my head-shot photo taken (though I did find a great Groupon for this purpose – saved a bundle!). And let’s face it, team building will be a long-range goal. My short-term goal is simply let people know that I am in business, offer them some handy information, and ask them for their support in growing my business. Even just getting practice talking on the phone is a great help to me, so be sure to answer your phone when I call! The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and I am grateful for that. I have the best family and friends in the world.
In summary, after one week on the job, I’m making a lot of progress and receiving lots of affirmations along the way – some personal and some spiritual. I think Keller Williams is a great company to work for. If anyone reading – anywhere in the world – has ever considered becoming a real estate agent, please contact me for more information! KW has offices all over the world and I can help you find the right one for your situation. I will also be honest about my experiences and results thus far.
Peace and blessings,