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Beatles laterWhat in the world do the Beatles have to do with real estate pros success? A lot, I think. Wea��ve all heard of Paul, George, Ringo, and Johna��but, does the name a�?George Martina�? ring a bell? Maybe. Martin was the record producer who discovered and molded the Beatles, adding his classical musical background to the Beatlesa�� creativity to produce the Beatlesa�� unique and ever evolving sounds.

As a musician myself, Ia��ve always marveled at how the Beatles put classical musical aspects into their rock a�?n roll. Well, guess what? They didna��t do it by themselvesa��they melded their talents with Martin. George Martin just died at age 90, and many articles are being written about his collaboration with the Beatles. As I read these articles, I was thinking, a�?These life and performance lessons are absolutely applicable to us real estate professionals.a�? So, I culled five life and performance lessons we can learn from their association.A�I’ve put the firstA�two lessons in my previous blog, and here are the last three.

Take your presentation apart and rebuild it with new elements.

You know the great ballad Yesterday (see, youa��re humming it in your head!). But, did you know McCartney originally sang it with just acoustic guitar accompaniment? Martin added a string quartet, and thata��s how that mellow, full, ethereal sound was created.

Have you gone outside your comfort zone with your presentations? Have you gotten some coaching to polish and improve? Have you polished your recruiting presentation recently?

Think outside the boxa��for a change.

Martin took his classical music background and added Souza marches and a calliope to Sgt. Peppera��s. But, he didna��t just add thema��he cut the tapes in pieces, turned them upside down, and switched the phrases to provide a somewhat chaotic, yet captivating mosaic.

Are you thinking outside the box? What have you done for the first time this year? What have you done differently? How are you keeping your business fresh and exciting?

No one succeeds alone.

As you can see from these examples, Martina��s genius and the Beatlesa�� creativity resulted in something that had never been heard beforea��and will never be replicated again. But, what would they have been without each other? The Beatles would have been just another English rock a�?n roll group, and Martin would have been just another successful record producer. They melded their talents and were both flexible and adventuresome in trying new approaches.

Whoa��s your partner in success? Real estate agents like to think they do it all on their own. But, studies show that virtually no one succeeds alone. Yes, someone may be the a�?front mana�� (or woman), but therea��s a partner behind the scenes, making everything better.

Remember to thank that partner now and then. It could be your manager, the owner, a trainer, a coacha��or your family.

Now, take these five life lessons to make your real estate career even more spectacular!

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This month, I’m focusing on business planning. I want every professional to have a great plan for next year. Look for checklists, processes, and systems, too, ready to use.

You’ve decided to coach your agents in creating great business plans. but, if you’ve never coached an agent in business planning, it can be quite daunting.A� So, what do you look for? In this blog, I’ll show you how to use their statistic

listings taken to listings sold in normal market time.

to coach them to a better year next year. You would think agents know this statistic, but very few do. Ita��s so important, because it

  1. Determines whether the agent makes enough money per listing or not
  2. Determines whether the agent builds a positive reputation or a poor one
  3. Reflects the agenta��s value-proposition strategy
  4. Reflects on the officea��s productivity and profitability

Your success rate with listings sold is, in my opinion, the one most important reflection of agent value propositions out there.

For example: A�George Smith, a 10-year seasoned agent, has demonstrated a consistent listing strategy. A�Georgea��s a�?success ratioa�� is 40%. That is, he sells 40% of his listings in normal market time. What does that say about Georgea��s values proposition strategy? How is George a�?usinga�� his listings? Is that the culture you want perpetuated in your office?

Sally Overton has a different value proposition strategy. She has a 90% success ratio in listings taken to listings sold in normal market time. Obviously, she is building her referral systema��her raving fans. She is making herself more money in less time. She is drastically reducing the number of complaints (and attacks on her self-esteem, too). She is a role model for best practices in her real estate office. Is that practice more in line with your culture?

Your opportunity: As Georgea��s business planning consultant, youa��ll be a�?testinga�� George to see if he wants tochange his strategy (some agents love being a�?bait and switchersa�� too much to change). Youa��ll have the opportunity to help Sally leverage her awesome conversion rates to obtain even more raving fans. (Nothing succeeds like success).

Do you know your ‘conversion numbers’ in listings taken to listings sold for your company? When you make your own plan, be sure to do a thorough review, and find this number. A high number means you’ll be able to recruit better, get better retention, have better team spirit, and your agents can build on that reputation. A low number means you have a lot to work on!

Click here for a list of common agent business planning mistakes to help you as you coach agents through the planning process.

Excerpted from my agent business planning system, The Business Planning System for the Real Estate Professional.

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