How To Enjoy Your Work

Sales can be a tough career. We face rejection daily, doing most of our presenting in unfamiliar territory. We know that we are only as good as our last order, meaning that if we don’t sell, we don’t eat. And like every other ‘civilian’ we have bills to pay. On days without results (most days for many) it can be extremely stressful. MORE

In this short sales session, real estate agency profit consultant, Gary Pittard, shows that by taking a different approach to their work, all salespeople can increase their job satisfaction, and help many clients in the process.

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Less Selling, More Leading

Multi-tasking is a myth.

While performing two straightforward chores at the same time is easy – you can stir the custard while talking on the phone – it is folly to think that this transfers to complex tasks. The law forbidding texting while driving is for good reason – you cannot safely do both at the same time. Likewise, you cannot perform other complex tasks simultaneously. MORE

One ‘deadly combo’ of tasks that should never be performed together is selling and leading – trying to lead a team while being heavily engaged in listing and selling. When you are selling, you are NOT leading.

If you own a real estate business, and are a principal who sells, you should examine your reasons for doing so.

Do you sell because you need to bring money into the business? If so, why?

  • Are you selling because your team is not performing – your production is necessary to keep the doors open?
  • Are your team members being paid too high a commission percentage, meaning that after commissions there is little left over to cover expenses?
  • Is your sales team too small?

While I understand that you need to sell to keep the doors open, unless you address the reasons why you must sell, you will always be a slave to your business. Your business needs leadership, urgently!

Do you prefer selling over leadership?

If so, why have you got a real estate office? Leadership and Sales are different skills. If you are working hard as a salesperson and not making much profit, sell the business and work for somebody else.

Do you think you can do both?

Perhaps you can, and there’s an easy way to find out:

Examine your previous year’s income. Subtract the income from the Property Management Department and income generated by you. How much is left? What is the profit, or loss, on that income?

If the profit is low (under $200,000), or if there is a loss, clearly you cannot lead and sell. Your business needs leadership!

I don’t mean to offend you by making these statements, but too often agency leaders measure their success by how long they have been in business. This means nothing!

Measure your success by the PROFIT you make, profit generated by your Property Management Department and by your Sales Department, MINUS any fees generated by you. Your profit should exceed $400,000 per annum without you needing to list and sell.

If you’re not making this profit, there is room for improvement, and certainly for more leadership.

And if you want a hand to figure out a way forward, please let me know.

Gary Pittard

What is a Result

The best leaders Pittard works with NEVER allow their offices to close unless their agencies have at least one real result for the day. But what is a REAL result? In this short leadership session, real estate agency profit consultant, Gary Pittard, explains the four results and shows the importance of focusing on them. You incur expenses every day, so shouldn’t your real estate agency be getting results every day?

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There’s More To a Good Sale Than Just Closing

Everybody wants to be a better closer. Of all the skills salespeople say they want to improve, it’s closing. But there is more to a GOOD sale than just closing.

What is a good sale? It’s one where all parties – clients, salespeople and the agency – are satisfied with the transaction.

To make every sale a good sale, there are things to do before the major close, the close for the ‘order’. MORE

Questioning and Listening

Many people say they want to be better closers, but few will admit that their questioning and listening skills need work. Questions help uncover the clients’ hopes, dreams and fears. Many property owners, have never sold before and are uncertain how to do so.

When a salesperson asks good questions, and listens to the answers, the sellers’ confidence in the salesperson grows – good questions do that – and they begin to believe that the salesperson will look after them.

Understanding

For the responsible salesperson, one who wants to delight clients, asking questions and listening to the answers will tell the salesperson what is important to the clients.

Understanding is the goal of questioning and listening. After all, how can you PROVE to clients that you can give them what they want and need if you don’t first UNDERSTAND what they want and need?

Value Proposition

Before you present, identify the points you will need to prove so the clients can see that you are the salesperson they should appoint.

When you know what is important to them, you can help them understand why they should choose you.

Good presentations are loaded with value propositions. When presenting, the question you must always address is, “Why should I list with you?

Sellers might not ask this question point blank, but this is what they want answered. Your value propositions should answer this question.

Asking comes last

We must earn the right to close, which means that the major close – the one where we ask for the business – comes last.

If you have asked good questions, listened, determined what is important to your clients, and proved that you can solve their problems, they feel emotionally connected to you. Achieve that connection and you will be the salesperson for them.

Now go ahead and ask for the order.

Gary Pittard

No Bad Days

In this short sales session real estate agency profit consultant, Gary Pittard, says that, for most salespeople, a typical month is a string of bad days punctuated by the odd good day, one where they are happy with their results.

What if you were to reverse this trend? The more good days you have, the higher your income will be. If you are in Sales for the ‘long haul’, this sales session is for you!

Get Rich Quick Is Not a Plan

Many people who open real estate agencies expect it to be easier than it eventually turns out to be. Many suffer from the Field of Dreams thinking, “If you build it, they will come”. That doesn’t happen very often.

It does not take long for agency owners to realise that Get Rich Quick is not a plan. Most times, business is a hard slog, which can be made harder by a lack of planning and a lack of training. MORE

In almost three decades as a real estate agency profit consultant™, I have seen few agencies that have a business plan. While get rich quick is not a plan, neither is it smart to have no plan at all – at least if you want to become financially independent through your business!

The Challenges

  • Businesses with leaders who were good salespeople usually have leaders who get caught up listing and selling, instead of growing and developing their teams.
  • Businesses with leaders who were good managers often have leaders that are good at saying ‘no’ to everything, including expenses that might grow the business. Any fool can say ‘no’ to everything. Good management requires making decisions that grow the business.
  • Most businesses have leaders who hire either ‘by gut feel’ or by poaching their competitors’ salespeople. Neither are successful hiring plans.
  • Most businesses have no idea where their income will come from – what marketing sources will bring them listings and sales. This leads to haphazard marketing and inconsistent results.
  • Most real estate businesses need listings, but spend most of their marketing dollars to attract buyers.
  • Most businesses have no plans for finding, inducting and developing salespeople. Most salespeople in the real estate industry produce mediocre results (as is evidenced by industry averages).
  • Most businesses continue flogging the same tired industry practices (debit/credit reward schemes, high commission-only percentages, sales systems with no points of difference for example) despite evidence that those practices are unprofitable.

If by now you have realised that get rich quick is not a plan, and if you do not have a business plan at all, may I ask, are you happy with the profits you make from your residential sales department?

Now, take out your own PERSONAL PRODUCTION. Are you still happy?

If you are not happy, this means that your sales department would not be profitable without your own personal production. While you are in this state, you do not have a business, you have a job – essentially, as a salesperson in your own company.

Consider doing something different. Formulate a business plan – take control of the direction of your business.

And if you need a hand with a good plan, please do contact me.

Gary Pittard

Eleven Attributes of Leadership

Whether you run an agency and have a team to lead, or you are a salesperson with clients to lead, you are a leader. And let’s not forget that we must also lead ourselves.

In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill names Eleven Major Attributes of Leadership. In this short leadership session, real estate agency profit consultant, Gary Pittard, discusses these eleven attributes and offers tips for applying them to your business.

Relentless

Relentless – I like that word. It means “unceasingly intense”.

I also like the word Persistent, which means “able to bounce, withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions”. And “continuing firmly or obstinately in an opinion or course of action despite difficulty of opposition”. These are good attributes for salespeople.

Sales is not for everybody, especially those who give up too easily or are easily discouraged. Salespeople need to press on, especially when things aren’t going their way, which is often. MORE

Authors Chester and Gary Karrass give good advice. They say, “Don’t let your job get to you”. They say that salespeople spend only a fraction of their working week in positive situations, signing up agreements, getting a ‘yes’.

Much of their time is spent hearing reasons why buyers will not buy, hearing the word ‘no’. This time spent in negativity can gradually wear salespeople down, leading them to think that most clients are not going to buy. This puts them off asking for business.

Have you ever heard the real estate saying, “Buyers are liars”? This is a classic example of letting our sales job get to us.

Regular Rejection

Since our job description requires us to put ourselves in the path of regular rejection, we need some resilience and persistence to keep going and to ask again for the order. And when it comes to pursuing our goals, who couldn’t do with a bit of relentlessness, or unceasing intensity?

It can be too easy to walk away from a client after they have said their first ‘No’. With persistence you will keep asking questions and keep presenting, and then ask for the order again and, I hope, again if necessary.

Setbacks

We have all experienced setbacks when working towards a goal. To get up and have another go is what differentiates winners and those who quit too soon.

Relentlessness, Persistence, and Resilience. These are attributes that, with practice, you can develop and strengthen. It all begins by resolving to keep going.

If what you are pursuing is a worthwhile goal, and if you are not hurting others or yourself, don’t quit – keep going. If you want it badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen.

The more you try, the closer you get to success.

Gary Pittard

TTP That’s Our Job

Despite all the automation available to today’s salespeople, how could anybody think that removing a reason for salespeople and Property Managers to speak with clients is a good idea?

In this short sales session, real estate agency profit consultant, Gary Pittard asks, “Is talking to clients now beneath us?” Like it or not, our NUMBER ONE JOB is T.T.P. – TALK TO PEOPLE. It’s what we are paid to do, and in large quantities. Fob off that job and you are negligent in your duty.

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Is Excellence Compulsory In Your Agency?

As leaders, we should be the ones setting the standards in our businesses. One standard that should be compulsory is Excellence. Is Excellence compulsory in your agency?

There is an old saying, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”. No doubt you have heard this gem. I agree with it wholeheartedly.

If we are going to do anything, shouldn’t we do it well? Personally, I’d rather be known for quality than mediocrity, or carelessness. I am sure you feel the same way. I have great difficulty understanding why anybody would want their name applied to anything less than excellent. MORE

I don’t claim to be the best at everything I do, but I like to think that in everything I do, I give my best. Ask me to do something, and I’ll do my best to deliver something that meets or exceeds your expectations. I regard this as an obligation – if I say I’ll do something for you, as a matter of pride and courtesy, I’m going to give you my best.

Show the way

Leaders must show the way. Whenever we commit to our teams to do something, we give it our best effort. Quality work is a fine example for leaders to set for their team members.

And when we do it, we have every right to expect the same from our team members. We do it, so they must too:

  • Do what they say they are going to do, when they said they would do it
  • Follow up promptly and courteously
  • Study, practise and develop their skills
  • Show respect to their team members
  • Help their team members
  • Give honest, helpful advice to clients
  • Set targets that stretch them
  • Achieve those targets
  • Never give excuses for lack of results

These are just examples, but you get the idea. In business, giving less than your best is a sure path to low profit. Allowing mediocre people to fester on your team sets a bad example to those team members who look to you to set and enforce standards.

Excellence is a standard that no business can afford to do without. Are you serious about building a great business? If you are, you will become the best leader you can become. And you’ll send this message to your entire team:

Be excellent or be gone!

Gary Pittard

The Leader As Coach

Salespeople need far more coaching than typical salespeople receive. In this short leadership session, real estate agency profit consultant, Gary Pittard, says that while there are many good seminars and presenters in the marketplace, there are simply not enough regular seminars in your town or city for that method of training to be sufficient to develop a winning team.

Not only must the real estate agency have access to the latest training, delivered through modern training delivery systems, the leader must step up and coach.

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The Enemy of Success

There can be many barriers to success, but one of the greatest challenges for some people is perfectionism.

Perfectionism is the enemy of success. People who suffer from it will not ‘launch’ until everything is ‘just so’. Most often, they fail to launch at all.

I find myself wondering if the problem really is perfectionism and not some kind of fear. I have seen salespeople getting ready to prospect spend so much time ‘getting ready’ that they run out of time to make the calls. MORE

Their lists had to be right, then there is a right time and a wrong time to call, and they had to clear all their other messages first… You name it, there were so many reasons why the time was not quite right to pick up the phone or to start knocking on doors.

I have seen people working on a project get to a point where it was almost ready to launch, but was not quite perfect. And so they tweaked… and they tweaked. And then somebody else came along with a less-than-perfect product, and stole the market.

If you suffer from perfectionism, understand that there is seldom a perfect time to do anything. Learn to launch, and fix things as you go.

When we rebuilt the Pittard website in 2014, it was far from perfect when we launched, but over time we got it to where we thought it was a useful tool for anybody looking to increase their income or agency profit.

We ran with this for 18 months, and again rebuilt it. And, again, it was less than perfect when we launched, but because we were now ‘live’ we had the advantage of user feedback that made our development much clearer and faster.

Most times, less-than-perfect launched now is better than perfect launched later.

That plan you’ve been playing with for months, those goals you’ve been going to set, but didn’t because the timing wasn’t right… LAUNCH NOW!

Whenever I find myself wanting to put something off until all the lights turn green, or until it’s just perfect, I remind myself of a winner’s mantra:

DO IT NOW!

These three little words might help cure your perfectionism, one of success’s true enemies.

Gary Pittard

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