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Feb
03

You Hired Them…Now What?

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men shaking handsYou hired them. Now what? Too many managers wait to get their agents into action until after training school. But, do you want them sitting around for weeks or months?

Here’s the situation: Your agent started in the business Tuesday. You have sent the agent through your orientation process, but your training program doesna��t start for another week. What do you do? Well, herea��s what NOT to do:

a�? Tell them to a�?just see the inventory and get acquainteda�� (theya��ll think thata��s the job description and some have been know to inspect the inventory for years before they would talk to a human being prospect!)
a�? Give them your own activity sheet that you used upteen years ago–to keep them occupied
a�? Give them nothing and see what happensa��the other agents will probably keep them busy with administrative work (!)

Watch Out for the Truisms

Truism number one: Only about one out of a hundred new agents is a a�?natural, talenteda�� salesperson, who will figure out how to prioritize activities on his/her own

Truism number two: In the absence of a precisely, well-thought out prioritized start-up activity plan, most salespeople will create a plan for a a�?slow starta��; theya��ll form hard-to-break bad habits, scheduling easy-to-do, low pay-off activitiesa��because theya��re easier and non-threatening

Here’s What to Do

Use a preliminary start-up plan that has the same priorities as the business plan youa��re going to teach and coach them to during their training period. (You are going to start them with a proven start-up plan, arena��t you? And, youa��re going to coach them into doing that plan until it becomes habit, 30-90 days, arena��t you?) Why use a preliminary plan that has the same priorities as your chosen business start-up plan? So the agent doesna��t get conflicting priorities. And, remember, in the face of conflict, we all take the easiest way out. Thata��s not good for fast income!

Herea��s what to look for in a preliminary-to-training activity plan:

a�? It has the same priorities of business activities as your training start-up plan, so your agent a�?gets the picturea�� of success from day one
a�? It gives your agent meaningful activities to complete prior to starting your training program
a�? It doesna��t require anyone in the office training that agenta��until your training program starts
a�? It forms the basis for first-day coaching, if you want it to
a�? It takes advantage of your affiliates (mortgage, title, inspectors, etc.) who want to form relationships with your agentsa��to teach them the basics of the technical aspects of real estate

Consistency Equals Productivity

Your job as a manager/trainer is to createa��or choosea��a preliminary plan, a start-up plan, and a training program that all present the agenta��s job description in the same manner with the same prioritiesa��so your agent has a clear roadmap on how to succeed every day. Doing so assures you have to hire less new agents to meet your recruiting goals, youa��ll have more success that you can promote to recruit, and more real dollars will flow to your bottom linesa��and theirs!

logoYou Don’t Have to Wait for Training School!

60% of new agents expect a sale within 2 months (that’s according to my survey of hundreds of new agents). How are they going to reach those expectations if they aren’t out lead generating in their first week in the business? Why not use the proven start-up plan that gives them the what, the how, the how much, the why–and the motivation. Up and Running in Real Estate is all online, and ready for your agent to start anytime. Check it out.

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