Become a trusted real estate professional - use your client's name


My sophomore year, I had Psychology 101 in a room that could have doubled as a movie theater. There were more than 150 students in the class. 

The first day is usually never more than handing out a syllabus and heading over to the student union, but the Psych professor, rather than having a teaching assistant hand out syllabi, had us come row by row to get our course pack. As we picked it up, he had us write our name on it and introduce ourselves to him. He shook hands with everyone and asked about their hometown, their major and their hobbies.

On Wednesday as we walked into the lecture hall, he amazed all of us by greeting us each by name. It made quite a first impression, and we all thought it was to show the power of the human mind or something. Later I found out that he'd written a paper as a grad student about memory and tried a few techniques to help improve his ability to remember names. During that brief introduction, he employed several in order to dazzle us a couple of days later.

Why it's important to remember names

As a REALTOR®, you meet new people every day in one-on-one and group situations. If you train yourself to remember their names, and are able to recall their names the next time you meet them, it leaves an impression. They will remember that you remembered and they will think that they are important enough to you to remember them. In doing so, they form the opinion that you are someone with whom they want to do business.

So try these 10 tips to dazzel your clients and remember their name

1. Ask for a do-over
Don’t be afraid to ask for their name again if you don’t quite catch it the first time. If you’ve forgotten their name, ask for it again. Do it sooner rather than later. It's less embarrassing for both of you. And chances are, they've forgotten yours, too.

2. Ask a question
Get the person talking about himself by immediately asking a question. This gives you time to anchor the name in your memory and gives you information to draw upon to do so. It also shows that you're interested in the person and want to learn more about them. Definitely a win-win for you.

3. Spell names in your head
After you ask that question, spell the name to yourself a couple of times while they are talking. This activates multiple memory pathways in your brain.

4. Use association or word pictures to remember names
Here are some examples to help you remember names by associating them with pictures: "Shave" for "Dave," "Cave-in" for "Kevin," "Cross" for "Chris." It may take practice before you can do this automatically.

5. Color me memorable
Think of a color when you meet someone. Try to pair the person's name with a color, either because it rhymes (red and Fred) or starts with the same sound (green and Greg). When you meet the person again, you'll think of the color, which will help you think of the name.

6. Focus on the person you're talking to
Everybody has met someone for the first time, had a brief discussion, parted, only to realize they had no idea what their name is. Oftentimes it's because we tend to talk about ourselves. Make it a point to listen to what the person has to say.

7. Make an association
As you're listening to them speak, you'll be able to make an association in your mind, which is a great way to attach the person to the name. For example, Terry may make a reference to growing up in Texas, and you've got a great way to anchor her in your memory.

8. Get their business card
After you have finished speaking with them, take a moment to jot down some details of your conversation on the back of their card.

9. Picture their name on their forehead
Franklin Roosevelt could remember the name of virtually everyone he ever met. He used this trick to commit people's names to memory. You can add to it by imagining their name written across their forehead in the color that you've chosen to associate with them.

10. Associate the name with someone you're familiar with
Chances are, the person in front of you will remind you of a character in a movie or TV show. Either they resemble the character, sound or act like them.

Don't let yourself get away with saying "I'm terrible with names."

It's merely a matter of training your brain to remember and developing some ways to remember the names of people you just met. Once you make it a habit, it becomes second nature and you'll never have to use the excuse again. Will you be as good as my psych professor or FDR? Maybe not... but you will be able to impress a new contact when you see him/her at the gas station.

Several years later, I was home for the holidays and I ran into my psych professor. To my amazement, Dr. Long remembered my name. It never occurred to me as a sophomore to ask why he did that, but as a business professional I was curious. "Did you do that just to impress your students?" I asked.

"Oh, heavens no. It was bad enough for you guys in that big lecture hall," he said. "I didn't need to impress you. By doing that, I wanted to make you feel more comfortable with the class. In that environment, it's easy for students to feel like they're getting lost. I wanted each of you to realize I was interested in you learning the material and that you were important to me."

Dr. Long used several techniques to remember names of people he met. Some of them, I use today. Even if I only took Psych 101 as a required class, that point made by Dr. Long has always impressed me. 

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Connecting with the next generation of homebuyer


My first job out of college was working in the marketing department for a huge corporation that manufactures consumer goods. I don’t want to tell you the name, but it's a company that most people would recognize.

All the new hires like me were put into a group whose sole purpose was to come up with ideas that appealed to a newly labeled demographic category, Generation X. (Yes, it was that long ago.) The thinking was that the company had a good handle on reaching Baby Boomers and wanted to reach this new group of consumers.

The “powers that be” thought the marketing for the product line was "old and stodgy." (Yes, that phrase was in the memo we received.) The goal was to get the message out to the people of Gen X.

For weeks, we sat in the bullpen area and brainstormed. We generated ideas, methods and messages to reach this demographic, which was going to change how the company did business and take this consumer-goods manufacturer into the future.

Fast forward 20+ years and I'm still trying to get the message out to Gen X. Only nobody calls them that anymore. They've just melted into the fabric of society.

One day I stopped to get an overpriced coffee at the newest anti-Starbuck's café that looked exactly like it was built on the same business model. I took a good look at the customers who were frequenting the business.

They don't dress the same. They don't speak the same language. Oh, it's English, but it's shorthand, with word usage I didn't quite understand. (“Sick” can mean “awesome” now.)

They grew up in a different world. They are wired in ­– they communicate digitally via texts and tweets and they get news instantly. Only it's not called "news" anymore. (Updates ... one of the new words I learned.)

They like things that are “trending,” and being ahead of the curve. They share information and like to think of themselves as influencers. They don’t like being marketed to, but are offended if they are not.

This sparked something in me. I began to work from the coffeehouse for a few hours a week. I began listening to their conversations. I made notes. I felt "stalkerish." (Another of the new words I learned.)

I realized with pride – and on some level, sadness – that I had just identified a herd of "Millennials." Pride, because after a couple of weeks of camping out there, I'd successfully made some inroads with them. I realized that they are the next generation of home buyers; sadness because I feared that I, too, had become "old and stodgy."

Because they are wired in, it made me realize that in order to appeal to the Millennials, we have to pay attention to areas of marketing that we may not have anticipated because they didn’t exist 10 years ago.

1. Social media

This offers a viable option not only to communicate, but to advertise. REALTORS® must have a presence and add value to the relationship.

2. Website

Yes, everyone has a website, but the content on it needs to be fresh, friendly and informative.

3. Blog

Your experience matters to Millennials. If they can tell something about you by reading what you write and it appeals to them, they'll reach out.

4. Online reputation

Pay attention to reviews and make sure you have a presence in local listings such as Manta, YellowPages and MerchantCircle, just to name a few.

5. Integration

This is all part of the big picture – your online brand, if you will. Consistency is the key. Make sure to promote your digital presence in print.

Reaching Millennials doesn’t have to be scary. We can help you develop an effective social media strategy. Call us at 800.458.8245 for a free marketing consultation.

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How to get your real estate marketing message heard


A few years ago, one of my clients ended our business relationship. It was amicable enough; she was trying to help the bottom line and business had been tough due to the economy. She said she was going to lower her marketing budget slightly and do the writing and design work herself.

We maintained contact. After all, we’d become friends after working together for five years. One day she called me to have lunch where she admitted that her business was in steady decline. She asked if I’d be interested in taking her back as a client.

“Of course,” I said. She pulled out a few pieces that she’d done since we’d parted ways. Right away, I noticed the problem. Her advertising and direct mail once drove new prospects to get in touch. Now there was nothing in her ads that would convince potential clients to pick up the phone.

“Don’t worry,” I said. “We can fix this. It’s just going to take a little time and a few adjustments to get you back on track.”

“What do I need to do?” she asked.

Focus on your audience

One of the biggest changes in marketing over the last century has been the shift from mass to targeted advertising. Which is more effective: Advertising to an entire community or advertising to the potential home buyers and sellers within that community?

Advertising to everyone has two distinct disadvantages: It's more expensive and less effective, which makes the return on investment extremely low. By focusing on a specific audience and providing them with an effective message, you'll get a better response.

Differentiate yourself

No matter which city you live in, you'll find a number of REALTORS® competing for a finite amount of business. They'll advertise in a number of ways: Print, billboards, signage, social media, and direct mail. With competition high for the attention of potential clients, you don't want to get lost in the shuffle. One of my professors called it the “Me Too Syndrome.” Let your personality shine. Add value to their experience. Make your advertising stand out through creativity. Humor makes your message memorable.

Create campaigns

Building your brand cannot be done with a few one-off ads. You can run the most creative ads ever, but they will not build your brand effectively in the minds of your clients. Consistency is the key.

It’s easy to fall into a rut. Positioning yourself in the minds of your clients is a difficult proposition; however, if done correctly, the return on investment can be rewarding. By creating unique messages, focusing on the consumer, and making yourself stand out from the crowd, you'll build your business over time.

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Using body language to develop rapport with clients


One of the earliest lessons the business world taught me was how to shake hands properly. During training at my first job out of college, they actually took the time to teach us. Grip, placement, duration … done right, the affect is charming and significant. We practiced shaking hands. It was that important to the company for us to make a good first impression. Today, 20 years later, it’s still a crucial skill in my day-to-day business practice.

In the bigger picture, a good handshake is part of our overall body language. Most people interact with others every day, registering nonverbal clues without giving them a second thought. 


Robin Dreeke works for the FBI and recently published a book called It’s Not All About Me: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone. I found the chapter titled “Accommodating Nonverbals” pretty interesting because it mentions the importance of the handshake, along with the importance of smiling, head position and body angle.

Smiling

Dreeke pays homage to the master when he talks about the simple act of smiling, which he sites as #2 of the six principles in Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Dreeke talks about the importance of having what he calls “a genuine smile;” although I’m of the opinion that if you have to try to have a genuine smile, it may look forced.

Head position

Dreeke mentions that head position is something that people respond to. A slight angle indicates that you’re comfortable with a person. A forward tilt of the head helps you to avoid the perception of “looking down your nose” at someone. Both of these are great tips.

Body angle

“Blading” is the term that Dreeke uses for body positioning. He says a slight body angle or blade away from the individual will be much more accommodating. He also says that squaring up “toe to toe” will be intimidating to some people.

We meet new people every day. As a REALTOR®, it goes with the territory. Developing rapport quickly and making a person comfortable with you is often the difference between someone you met and someone with whom you’re doing business.

What do you think? Are there any nonverbal communications that you make an effort to exhibit to develop rapport with clients and colleagues?

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