5 Favorite Take Aways: NAR 2011 Convention

Business is business no matter what service or product one sells. 

Applying practical principles to help reach a goal is applicable to any situation.

I just returned from the National Association of Realtors 2011 Convention in Anaheim California with some great information that could be useful.

2012 is just beyond the horizon. 5 best practice ideas presented here might give a jump start on business or personal plans.

5 Favorite Take Aways from the National Association of Realtors 2011 Convention in Anaheim, California including tips from Michael Eisner and Jack Canfield.

The Anaheim Convention Center is located on the outskirts of Disneyland. Over 20,000 members of the National Association of Realtors and service providers came together to learn and share with one another in this ever changing new world. 

Take Away 1.    Stay in budget! Michael Eisner

One cannot think of Disney and not think of the name Michael Eisner.  His accomplishments speak for themselves and his ability to lead a team to success.

Michael Eisner has been a leader in the American entertainment industry four decades. He began his career at ABC, where he helped take the network from number three to number one in primetime,  In 1976, he became president of Paramount Pictures, turning out hit films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Terms of Endearment. This string of critically acclaimed and blockbuster films led the studio to become number one in box office and profitability in both theatrical movies and network television production.

In 1984 Michael assumed the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company and, in the ensuing 21 years, transformed it from a film and theme park company with $1.8 billion in enterprise value into a global media empire valued at $80 billion.

In 2005, Michael began the “next act” of his career by founding The Tornante Company, a privately held company that invests in, acquires, incubates, and operates media and entertainment companies.

Michael emphasized working within financial boundries.. make things happen within the framework of what you have.  Don't overspend, keep it in the box as far as the cost and out of the box as far as thinking.

Identify a budget for your business and stick to it.  Think of creative ways to achieve the goal within your budget to stay on track and take your business to the top like Michael has done four decades. 

Michael Eisner shares: "Everyone has growing pains it's just part of the process."  Keep seeing the green and going forward. 

 

Take Away 2.   Rule of 5! Jack Canfield

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Canfield and Carra Riley with "Know Your Monkey™" in hand.

Jack shared J. Paul Getty's Success strategies.Rise early

  1. Rise early
  2. Work hard
  3. Strike Oil

Motivate yourself to do something different.  Change your behavior, do something different.

Walk away from negative talk or behavior. 

Change Can't to Won't and see if that word really fits.

Drop the word can't and change it to: I wish I was able to.

Television is an income reduction box.  Watching it reduces your income!

Chicken Soup for the Soul  aka Jack Canfield series….. was rejected by 144 publishers so when you think of quitting think of the dedication it took to present his book to 144 publishers.

Now this is interesting…. who do you hang out with?  "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.  Hang out with people making more money than you."

Rule of 5:   Do 5 things a day to help you get to your goal.  Your self talk should be "what 5 things am I going to do to day to achieve my dream?"

 

Take away 3Learn about personality types and how different people fit with your traits.

The Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers  CRB sponsored a class on Managing and Leading Teams taught by National Real Estate Educator Brad Hanks.

Every business could be considered a team and a very helpful idea to increase productivity and consumer satisfaction it is to learn about different personalities and how they work together in a DISC assessment test. 

The typical American company bases 80% of their hiring decisions on the "intellectual" aspect of an individual: skills, resume, training and experience.

The National average rate of successful hiring is less than 50% because of Behavior or Style incompatibility.  Here in lies the major disconnect or wrong hiring practice.  The person can do the job but it is not getting done.  By using the DISC assessment method an employer can better understand the thinking process of the potential hiree and see if the person is a good fit with the vision and direction of the company. 

The important take way is to really learn about how different people think and adjust what you do and how you present what you have to share accordingly. The DISC study does require an action item on your business plan to help balance the way the work flows in all environments and they type of communication that will be successful. 

CRB is just completing some major modifications in their courses and have added many new trainers to their instructor cadre.  I am delighted to share the fact I am a new CRB instructor and look forward to talking to you about the classes and the program designation that can be presented in your area.

Find out more about obtaining your CRB designation, many progressive classes and National instructors contact the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers. 

 

Take Away 4 Learn the new technology tools.

Technology Super Stars  Bill Lublin, Jay Thompson, Chris Smith, Nobu Hata, Todd Carpenter shared the latest web sites and tools to know about today.  Check out Bill and Chris on their mobile devices during the presentation.  If you are not mobile… you should be!

 Evernote  is a must have app.

"Inducted into the Apple "App Hall of Fame", NY Times "Top 10 Must-Have Apps", Winner of the Best Mobile App Award from TechCrunch, Mashable and the Webbys."

Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop. See why millions of people worldwide use Evernote:

Drop Box   for sharing in the cloud!

Sugar Sync    for more sharing in the cloud. Personal Cloud! File sync and online backup for all your devices including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and more!

In a head-to-head review of SugarSync, Dropbox, Apple’s iCloud, Amazon’s Cloud Drive, Google, and many others, SugarSync was named the “Ultimate Victor” as the best online storage solution of 2011.

Track this now to see what people are saying about you, your company and your brand.

Twittrratr How do you rate and is it positive or negative, what are people saying?

Search.twitter.com  search any thing you want.  search: buying a new house in Phoenix Arizona or buyuying ________ (what ever you are selling) and see who is tweeting about what you do. 

Walkscore.com   Type any address to get a walk score and see what is nearby and how far you are from aything.

localmind.com   iphone app to see what is going on around you locally. Now foursquare matters because localmind connects with local check ins to help you find out about where you want to go.. how crowded a place is and what the hours are etc.

Localmind is a new service that allows you to send questions and receive answers about what is going on—right now—at places you care about.

Google Places  

MUST be in Google Places with your business!  Must get past clients to give you reviews.  Participate and share the Google Connection.  40% of mobile searches are local in nature.

Google+ BE there… "get past the Google Creepyness and just say 'What's Next?'"

Scott Carpenter Social Media expert from NAR says the most important aspect of social media is to

"Prove to me that I can trust you."   Create relationships in social networks and do business on your website.  Spend more time on Linkedin.  Get recommendations online for Linkedin.  Make sure your profiles are correct on Zillow, Truilia, and Realtor.com

 

Take Away 5:  Be part of making the world a better place! 

NAR President Ron Phipps led the keynote session with poise and inspiration. He honored our men and women of the armed services and requested us to take action in expressing gratitude.

"If you see someone in uniform, stop and THANK THEM for service to our country."

 Ron also presented the REALTOR Good Neighbor Award Winners and encouraged each and everyone of us to join the Good Neighbor Society.

"Capture the good neighbor heart and put it into action. We have 1,000,000 Realtors… see what 5 did!"

"For the past 12 years the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized Realtors® who are devoted to strengthening communities through volunteer work and helping those in need. The five individuals named as this year's REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Award winners are leading examples of how Realtors® value service and are committed to improving communities.

The 2011 Good Neighbor Awards winners are:

  1. LeRoy J. Bendickson, Edina Realty, Edina, Minn., for National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter
  2. Marta Karpiel, Alain Pinel Realtors®, Carmel, Calif., for Freedom Fields USA
  3. Vito A. Pampalona, Vito Anthony Homes, Rochester, Mich., for the Yellow Ribbon Fund
  4. Judy Pitt, Wright Kingdom Inc., Boulder, Colo., for Kazi Yake (His Works)
  5. Wayne J. Shaffer, Shaffer and Associates, Santa Cruz, Calif., for St. Francis Catholic Kitchen, Siena House Maternity Home, and Jesus Mary Joseph Home

The Good Neighbor Awards have been granted annually since 2000 and are presented by NAR’s REALTOR® Magazine. Winners receive a $10,000 grant for their charity and a $2,000 Lowe’s gift card, and are profiled in the November-December issue of REALTOR® Magazine.

Lowe’s (www.lowes.com) and HouseLogic, www.houselogic.com   are sponsors of the Good Neighbor Program

Ron leaves us with the vision of going out to help our world and make it a better place! 

"We are at the tipping point of changing the future in so many ways… go back to the problem and leave a bright future for our children and grand children. 

We fail if we give up. "

To get our country back on track we have to help one another…. what do you think? 

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Girlfriends…A Little Something For The Soul

What do you think girlfriends……Do You Need To Reboot Your Brain?

When is the last time you really had:  

  • Mad FUN                                                                                                                                                 
  • Got crazy
  • Had a little fantasy
  • Learned
  • Laughed
  • Cried                                                         

with your girlfriends?

Are you ready to go boldly into WHAT’S NEXT?

You may be a little tired, or discouraged or unsure or just not certain about  who you are and what you really want.

The economy may have you scared and feeling less than on top of your game….

For sure…. you know you could use some time without distractions… Some time to relax, reboot and re-connect with what’s important to you….not just what the world seems to expect from you.

Do you want to connect with your source and come away with something for the soul?

How about…a.. just us girls weekend?

It's easy to understand that "SHIFT Happens."  Do you remember "As The World Turns?"  It seems like our world is spinning and it might be a good idea to get off the hamster wheel and talk with people who are working through all the change with balance and joy! Once you have a new view, at a higher altitude you can help others and everyone rises to a new level.

supportive circle of women to giggle  (or cry) with.

In a simple, cool setting with all your needs met for 3 days at the gateway to the Grand Canyon?

Would this work?

Totally cool!!!! Because that’s what we have in mind

IF the ideas above are ringing any bells then "Girlfriends Reinvention Weekend to Reboot Your Brain Camp" is FOR YOU!

Embracing “Cosmic Shift Happens ™”  in all aspects of life, is part of the vision of the weekend!! 

Master Certified Coach, Joeann Fossland and I have partnered to create a way for YOU to experience a fun 3-day break from all the BUSYNESS…… Think about how taking a step back to reboot might help with forward progress.

                          Girlfriend Circle

Details…Details….

What: A 3 day girlfriend-only "Reboot your Brain" Camp Weekend
(think… slumber party, relax, giggle, reframe and rejuvenate)

When: Friday through Sunday, August 19-21st

Where: Williams AZ (where it is cool in the mountains in summer)

What's Included: 3 Days to Connect with other Amazing Women, Time to relax and reflect, Time to Play, Structured mini-seminars to Learn & Grow, Meals & Snacks from Friday night through Sunday morning, Camp Lodging Friday & Saturday and much more!!!!

What Will We Be Doing? Here's the tentative schedule.

How Much? Early Bird Registration $322 OR sign up with a girlfriend — not just for real estate people, bring your best friend or anyone needed a reboot! — for $297 (you each save $25) OR Enter to WIN one of TWO FREE Registrations! (after July 30, the cost will be $399.)

So… perhaps it all sounds goods and you know you want to come…

Cool! Sign up now (and we'll refund your money if you win the contest!)

OR… perhaps it all sounds good BUT…

  • You are doing something else that weekend… oh my, I haven't the power to enable you to be in 2 places at once… we'll miss you!
  • It's too far away… consider going to see the Grand Canyon or Sedona and taking a few extra days to really have a vacation (you deserve it, you know!)
  • It's too much money… Enter the contest :>)
  • It's too much money or any other reason other than you just aren't interested… That may be EXACTLY the reason to take a leap of faith and come, because it IS about Rebooting and getting unstuck or at least a new, lighter perspective..you'll walk away with a new excitement and empowerment to make the 2nd half of the year extraordinary!

There is a very cool contest to enter and 2 lucky ladies are going to have a place at this event for free.  Check out the rules… it's easy.. write 250 words about what you have to share and how coming will make a difference for you… then tweet, post, e-mail or video to share with the world.  Extra points are given for social media love so blog away and have some fun with this. 

We're also randomly giving away registration prizes  where you have a 1 in 6 chance of selecting one of the gifts if your registration number is one of the lucky choices! The prizes will be presented at the opening event.

Reboot camp really is a camp and a place where you will be able to connect with yourself… have some fun in Williams and even talk to the animals!                                                                The slide show should give you a great idea of where  you will be spending your reinvention weekend. 

 

Bear cubs at Bearizona

We will be talking to the animals at Bearizona, going to a gunfight on the street in Williams, AZ and cruising Rt. 66 to experience all the nostalgia of this historic area.

This really is a Reboot CAMP so bring your sleeping bag, cowboy boots and an open mind.

We are going to learn, laugh and be inspired to a new way of thinking!

You know what they say about all work and no play!

Please join us for a little something for the soul and leave our event with a new altitude of thought! 

 

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Social Media Summer Camp… No Bugs at This Summer Camp!

Social Media Summer Camp… No Bugs at This Summer Camp!

How can that be……. you may be asking? Are you trying to put the puzzle pieces of Social Media together?

Have you been putting off learning all the confusing pieces of social media and how they all fit or do you know someone who needs to get with what is happening today in social media marketing?

No matter what business you are in, sharing this information can help someone you may know struggling with social meda pieces. Bring or tell a friend and go to Social Media Summer Camp and forget the bugs!

Hear how every business can maximize profits using social media on Blogtalkradio when Shelly Roth, President of Springboard Ventures, is a guest on the show May 11th 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time . We will be discussing Social Media Summer Camp 2011 and her new books. Call in and ask questions at (347) 994-1903

  • If you already KNOW about social media, this is an opportunity for you to share with others how they can get up to speed in a balanced manner.
  • Simply forward this blog post or send a link to someone NOT using social media so they can listen to the blogtalkradio show and hear firsthand what Shelley will be teaching.

Shelley R. Roth, President of Springboard Ventures has designed a user friendly summer program to learn about facebook, twitter, linkedin, blogging and e-mail campaigns. Spend ONLY 1.5 hours, one time a week for six weeks to be up and running with confidence in social media.

Shelley Roth is an author, trainer, motivational speaker, and social media navigator. She inspires and empowers businesses to achieve higher levels of productivity and growth through creative sales and marketing initiatives. As President of Springboard Ventures, Inc., Shelley has worked for more than a decade with dozens of entrepreneurial ventures in various stages of development, as well as Fortune 500 companies. She has served on the advisory boards of several technology companies, served as a mentor and member of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and the Houston Technology Center and MIT Forum.

Social Media Summer Camp 2011

The program has everything you ever wanted to know about social media and how to turn it into a profitable endeavor.

Session 1 – Facebook 101

  • Set up your Personal Profile and Optimize for Business
  • Create status updates, ask questions, share links, upload pics
  • Research Business Pages
  • @Tag people, pages and events
  • Create distribution lists
  • Upload contact lists
  • Set privacy settings

Session 2 – Facebook 102

  • Create your Business Page
  • Understand New Business Page Navigation
  • Research Applications and other Pages
  • Learn to use the Photo Stream for Marketing
  • Upload your contacts and invite to LIKE your page
  • Get Sticky with your content
  • Sourcing Content

Session 3 – LinkedIn 101

  • Completing your Profile for SEO (search engine optimization)
  • Getting Referrals
  • Completing yoru profile 100%
  • Uploading connections
  • Finding connections
  • Searching for people, companies, groups

Session 4 – LinkedIn 102

  • Setting up and Managing Groups
  • Researching Applications for Business use
  • Answering Questions and Establishing Expertise
  • Setting up your Business Profile
  • Twitter and LinkedIn-Peanut Butter and Chocolate
  • Creating an Event and Promoting it

Session 5 – Twitter, Blogging and Tools for Streamlining Social Media

  • Creating a Twitter Account
  • Why Tweet?
  • What to Tweet
  • Searching on Twitter
  • Blogs Overview-Wordpress and Blogger
  • Tools for ease: bit.ly ;hootsuite.com;ping.fm

Session 6 – Power of Email Marketing

  • Why use an email marketing service such as Constant Contact?
  • How to best position your email to get opened and read
  • Creating CTA’s (calls to action) with your email
  • Building a quality contact list
  • Using Social Media sites with your email campaigns

To receive a $20.00 discount on the purchase of the Social Media Summer Camp please enter code: CARRA when you purchase the event.

Shelley sends out a very informative newsletter with weekly video tips on social media. I learn something new every time I watch one.

Sign up for the weekly video tips to have a continuous flow of knowledge as social media changes on a daily basis.

Shelley is the author of an informative social media book entitled “Get Real, People! What your Digital Body Language Says about You Online” Watch the trailer on the link below and get ready for some FUN with social media.

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Connect with Shelley Roth and Springboard Works all over the web!

e-mail Shelley

Phone 713.937.1006

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Remember to listen to Shelley Roth, Live on BLOGTALKRADIO Wednesday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m Pacific Time. Call in to ask questions at (347) 994-1903 Let’s have some fun with social media!

And remember, there are no bugs at this summer camp, so leave the bug spray behind and join us!

Day 1 Where In The World Is Carra Riley?

It’s 4 a.m. in the morning….. la..la…la.. Elton John sings on in my mind.  My husband Tom and I are in the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina in Charlotte Douglas International Airport .

Carra writing first blog post for SAS

The reality of the journey of a lifetime became crystal clear as we took off from Phoenix, Arizona just after midnight, January 9, 2011. We are on our way to Nassau, Bahamas to embark on the MV Explorer with the Spring 2011 Semester At Sea voyage. As we taxied down the runway and the lift of the engines took us high above the desert development in the dark of the night, the vision of our world and our expectations of this life changing adventure began to form in my thoughts.

I could see the engineered design of the city planning with the sparkling red and white lights outlining the checker board  streets of the Scottsdale,  Avondale, Tempe and surrounding Phoenix areas.  I wanted to keep that vision in my mind as we begin to connect with cities around the world.  How different it will be flying into other parts of the world and seeing how the cities and villages come together.

As we rose higher in altitude we emerged into the cloud cover and a gentle fog enveloped the plane.  Was this like my consciousness becoming distorted and waiting for the light to shine through and melt the fog?  I was thinking that was the message I was receiving.  Taking off from my concept of civilization going out into the big wide world and learning from other cultures about life and the importance of all the details we experience in our daily lives.

It was easy to drift off into my thoughts at 1 a.m. just thinking about the messages I would receive if my thoughts were open to learning.  I thought about the day, how things evolved and what I would share.  Back to the beginning ….  deciding to take the trip is where I needed  to start as the sense of relief in all of the preparation was now feeling good.  The preparation has been a marathon since mid September when we decided to implement the plan to take a voyage around the world.  Right here I want to take the time to thank my friend and editor, Karen Connell who introduced us to the Semester At Sea program in 1979 when I met her.  In September Karen sent me an e-mail with the information on this voyage with the 2 for 1 value price which is what pushed us over the edge to undertake this trip on such short notice.  Thank you Karen we know this will be a life changing undertaking!  Our connection and the preparation is another great post in itself and will leave that till later.

The emotional changes I have gone through during the preparation to take off have been varied.   Anxiety, fear, excitement are all things out in the “Cosmic Cow Pie”  I have felt because of the unknown. An adventure of this magnitude is way out of the “comfort zone”  but at the same time exhilarating.   The food, water, culture, weather, confinement  all add to the unknown expectations of the experience.  We are expecting only good and know that we will learn every step of the way.  We shared our thoughts below on the what we THINK we will experience and it will be fun to see what we have to say at the end of the journey.

Fun facts in how to “Managing The Mess” and applying the 10 second rule have already been implemented on our adventure and I will expound on those later.  The time is ticking by and we need to catch the plane to Nassau.  I have uploaded the photos of today to the flickr account and today’s  video so “Cosmic Cow Pie…Connecting The Dots Around The World” is on track and we are so appreciative that you are following along with us!

Remember to register to Play the game:  Where in the world is Carra Riley? in the forum area.  The game to win a trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World starts January 12, 2011 so get ready to play and share with your comments!

Game On: Where In The World Is Carra Riley?

Let The Games Begin: Play “Where In The World Is Carra Riley?”

Carra Riley is a writer, speaker, small business and real estate consultant going on a 104 day voyage around the world on Semester at Sea with her husband Tom. They live in Williams, Arizona and are taking their local community with them as they travel from the East to the West. This is the announcement post of the new INTERNATIONAL game… Where in the world is Carra Riley?

The Theme of the Spring 2011 voyage is  “Global Interdependencies: Thinking Globally Acting Locally”

“Glocal: Someone who is able and willing to think globally while acting locally to improve the human condition and the planet we inhabit.”

7 wonders of the world

Williams, Arizona IS an International melting pot with visitors coming from all over the world as it is the “Gateway” to one of the SEVEN natural  wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. Photo image courtesy of Bob Ribokas His appreciation of one of the seven wonders of the world is amazing!

As the Author of Cosmic Cow Pie…Connecting The Dots I am inviting you to PLAY a game of engaging as we journey around the world sharing transformational concepts and information.

My vision of the trip for the experience is three fold.

  1. Learning how we are connected globally, what the outcomes of this connection are and how we can be a positive force in this process as we go “glocal”.
  2. Bring back the message from around the GLOBE on how we can better serve those coming to visit our country and specifically our local Williams, Arizona community.
  3. The contestants can ALL take the information they are sharing and then implement those ideas in their community.

Carra has been creating videos on youtube with her WilliamsArizona1 channel and posting pictures of this diverse community on flickr. She has posted on her blog information about fasinating local places to go and things to do in the Williams area such as Bearizona, The Grand Canyon Railway and the Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe.

Carra and Tom love their local community and are looking at this experience as an opportunity to help bring global issues and concerns back to the local community to process this information and start thinking about how all the dots connect together. The Williams News ran a great story about the adventure and Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce is excited about the opportunity to share Williams with the world!

Enter the “Where in the world is Carra Riley?” contest.

What you can win!

How to enter and rules:

Get points for engaging about the world and how lessons abroad can be taken back to local communities.  Watch the videos, photos and blog posts, then participate by commenting. It’s as easy as that.  Sharing global issues and talking about how we can take the information and apply it to make the world a better place.  Carra will be writing the book “Cosmic Cow Pie…Connecting The Dots Around The World” and your participation will help clarify the information that can possibly help the world come together in sustainability, global economics and peace among nations. Each comment on any of the social media site will be counted as one point.  The more you comment the more points you can build up! First register at the Cosmic Cow Pie Forum at “Where in the world is Carra Riley?” section so we know you are playing then just go watch the posts all over cyberspace and comment!

  1. Register in the forum at CosmicCowPie.com and comment on the days events on the blog or in the forum, start a conversation, add a cow tip and/or
  2. Visit the facebook page CosmicCowPie “like” the page comment or share a link and/or
  3. Subscribe to the CosmicCowPieSAS youtube channel and comment and/or
  4. View the photos on flickr and comment on what you are thinking it.

All the points from comments will be tabulated starting January 12, 2011 when the journey embarks from Nassau, Bahamas.  The contest ends on April 24, 2011 in San Diego, California. You must register for the forum, post your location with all your usernames for facebook, youtube and flickr along with a statement that you are “in the game”  to be eligible for the contest. You do not need profiles on all those accounts just let us know the name you will be posting under.  Limit to 5 comments per day per username. In the event of a tie, the Cosmic Cow Pie team will look at additional participation on the social media sites… so if you post a Cow Tip or a link to something that will help readers “Connect The Dots Around The World” that will be taken into consideration for additional points.. again this is just in the case of a tie.   The winner will be announced on the Cosmic Cow Pie website, Friday May 13, 2011 in time to make summer plans in Williams, Arizona, “Gateway to the Grand Canyon” from connecting the dots around the WORLD. The winner will also be notified by e-mail and must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize.

Connect The Dots Around The World with Carra Riley and win a trip to Williams, Arizona the Gateway to the Grand Canyon and experience one of the seven wonders of the world.

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