Business Planning and Making that 4th Quarter Push with Don Cunningham

Business Planning and Making that 4th Quarter Push with Don Cunningham

Stress is what drives most of us and our work. How do you make sure fear isn’t actually holding you back? What mindsets are doing more harm than good? How do you effectively do your 4th quarter push and business planning for next year? On this episode, we are joined by highly experiencing Realtor and small business coach Don Cunningham.


The most damaging stress comes from not making enough money. -Don Cunningham

Takeaways + Tactics

Treat every lead like it’s solid gold – UNTIL you know it’s not.

When you set your goals, don’t do “PFA” – Pluck a number From the Air.

Most damaging stress comes back to finances – not being able to pay your bills.

Mailers can work

At the start of the show, we answered a question about mailers and why they are a great strategy. Don said, “mailers work especially if you have a geographic farm.” We also talked about why mailers can be more successful now because everyone is doing email and social media. Next we talked about the power of having a plan to match your goal, and how to become worthy of the level you’re trying to rise to. Towards the end of the show, we discussed the necessity of tracking numbers and metrics. Repetition breeds success.

We also shared insights on;

  • Transitioning from success to significance
  • His approach to 4th quarter and business planning
  • The power of repetition
  • Favorite questions to ask at an open house

Rise to the occasion

Whatever you don’t have in your life right now, admit that you’re not worthy of that big goal currently. All you have to do is rise to the occasion and become worthy of that leap to the next level. A lot of what holds us back are not tactical issues but rather mindset issues. Don’t forget the importance of tracking, the ability to make intelligent decisions that will propel your decisions forward has to be based on numbers and metrics. Motivate yourself to do something that doesn’t come naturally to you by tracking the metrics that matter to your business! Don’t believe the bad influences in your mind.

Guest Bio

Dan is the founder of Fidelity Coaching, a company that delivers results-oriented, professional coaching for Realtors and small business owners. Go to http://www.fidelitycoaching.com/ for more information./span>

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How Dave Freidman Went From 40 to 300 Deals in Just 4 Years

How Dave Freidman Went From 40 to 300 Deals in Just 4 Years

Success stories can always be daunting because it seems so hard to catch up. What’s an easy, sustainable way to grow your business? How do you transition from going solo to being a team player? Why should you always have a clear motivation about what you want to do and where you want to expand? All these questions and more will be answered by our guest, award-winning realtor Dave Freidman.


We don’t do very many things, but the things we do, we go very deep and we do them very well. -Dave Friedman

Takeaways + Tactics

Stay focused on your key activities. Don’t play in a bunch of different sandboxes.

Track your lead generation. Dave knows that his 71 Touch Strategy brought in 65 deals and a 55x ROI, and can track his marketing dollar down to the lead and appointment set.

Anytime you feel like you’ve hit a ceiling, you’re missing a relationship in life.

Expand your business

We started off the show with some audience questions and Dave’s advice on dealing with specific objections. Dave pointed out the benefits of throwing out a third party testimonial to get the deal. Dave then talked about his background and how he got into real estate through being an active prospector. We then talked about expanding out of your own state through resale – Dave said he sees a lot of potential in South Carolina already, so he prefers to stay local. Dave then explained his 71 Touch Strategy as his winning plan for growing your database. Then we moved on to talk about Dave’s existing business – he revealed the important role of having fun and accurately tracking performance. Finally Dave talked about the importance of having the correct motivation when deciding to expand in your business. Finally, Dave summarized the most important steps for starting a team and what to look out for.

Then we moved on to talk about Dave’s existing business – he revealed the important role of having fun and accurately tracking performance. Finally Dave talked about the importance of having the correct motivation when deciding to expand in your business. Finally, Dave summarized the most important steps for starting a team and what to look out for.

We also shared insights on;

  • Identifying motivation as part of securing a deal
  • Eliminating the fear from expanding your business
  • Growing and developing your database
  • How Dave’s background and connections helped him expand
  • The transition from going solo to working in a team
  • Successfully delegating tasks and the importance of good recruitments
  • What a big goal looks like

Determination and Fun

Determination is key. Be on the phone every day, calling out again and again, and have a positive mindset when it comes to expanding. That will help you grasp the opportunity you need to really make it big. Your best opportunity is in the area you’re local to, the area you know and love. Identify the top potential and make sure to grab it when you can. Surround yourself with people who have the same goals – that’ll help you build a disciplined team that moves towards a common goal.

Finally, remember to be fun. People want to engage with someone who wants to have fun, so keep your entertaining personality because customers will relate to that and subconsciously choose you over someone else.

Guest Bio

Dave Freidman is an award-winning realtor, based in Charleston, SC. As the owner of one of the top real estate teams in Charleston, Dave has proven that he has what it takes to find or sell a home. He has been named a Top Producing Realtor for 13 years, and is in the top 1% of Realtors worldwide. He’s also been featured on HGTV’s show House Hunters. Dave has closed hundreds of transactions over his 15+ years in real estate, earning a JD Power score of 9.5 in complete customer satisfaction for 5 years running. Dave has spent the past 15+ years analyzing the home buying and selling process for his clients. He has dedicated his time to streamlining the process and improving the results. To find out more about Dave and his work, visit http://davefriedmancoaching.com

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Changing Lanes: Staying on the Road to Success with Lane Ethridge

Changing Lanes: Staying on the Road to Success with Lane Ethridge

Changing directions in your life can always be very intimidating process. How do you make it easier? What’s the importance of consistency and embracing your failure? And why should you value even the smallest things in life? Join us for an inspiring talk with motivational speaker Lane Ethridge about finding the drive to succeed, how helping others helps you and so much more.


You have to have the lane you want to find and you can change it as many times as you need until you actually get in the right direction. -Lane Ethridge

Takeaways + Tactics

Gratitude is the #1 thing that will overcome fear of rejection or cold-calling.

Work on 1 new stream of passive income each year.

If you’re not overwhelmed, you’re underperforming.

Non-negotiables; gotta have em

We started off with Lane telling us a bit about his background and his development as an entrepreneur. Lane explained how he got started with real estate investment and his experience with coaching. He then shared the best books he followed and the mindset he adopted on his way to success. Afterwards, Lane talked about how the DRIVE acronym relates to passive-aggressiveness and some common sales techniques. He also mentioned the importance of striving to outperform even yourself but then leaving everything behind when you go to sleep. We also mentioned how getting doors slammed in your face can increase your determination.

We moved on to talk about non-negotiables and how knowing what isn’t an option for you can really help you with your future plan. Greg, Matt and Lane all shared their non-negotiables as well. Lane then explained how Changing Lanes came to be and how being fired six times helped him build his own business. Lane also mentioned the importance of consistency. Then, with a personal story, Lane showcased how helping others can make you more successful. Finally, we stressed how important life is and how making the most of it should be a top priority for everyone.

We also shared insights on;

  • Being clear and specific about your goals
  • Following the DRIVE to success
  • Learning network marketing to make profit
  • The three-step pattern – impossible, improbable, inevitable
  • Regarding sales as relationships
  • Honoring your mentors by producing great results
  • The significance of the number seven
  • Making the best of bad days and seeing the other side of the coin

What is your goal?

Before you start on a new journey, make sure to always clear up your goals and ideas. Without a direction, you’ll end up getting nowhere. Find what makes YOU and your vision of the future unique and see how that’s best utilized. Sometimes that’s not in the job you are in right now – it does take courage to pick up something new, however if you find that courage, the benefits you reap will be worth the failures and the closed doors along the way.

Finally, take notice of the people around you.There will be great mentors along the way – listen to their advice and honor it by producing the best results, because then it will be an achievement for them as well. Value human life and talk to those around you openly and honestly. You never know when it might be a case of saving someone’s life. Think about yourself too. Find something to be grateful for every day that will give you the motivation and strength to carry on even in the darkest of times.

Guest Bio

Lane Ethridge is the founder of Changing Lanes International, a 4X National Bestselling author, transformational speaker, professional sales trainer and innovative entrepreneur, Lane helps committed entrepreneurs accelerate their success. He is a phenomenal visionary as a creative marketing and speaker trainer. He founded Changing Lanes International, a business around empowering entrepreneurs to maximize their gifts and skills to drive their business forward. Lane excels as a premier coaching leader, personal coach and mentor for his clients. Find out more about Lane and Changing Lanes http://laneethridge.com

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How to Market Like a Maniac: Revolutionary Real Estate Marketing with Barry Coziahr

How to Market Like a Maniac: Revolutionary Real Estate Marketing with Barry Coziahr

Many agents are insecure when it comes to marketing their properties online. How can we work towards developing a balance between old school and contemporary digital marketing? Does it need to cost thousands of dollars to have a good marketing strategy? Why should we write our property descriptions more like our dating profiles? We sit down with marketing guru Barry Coziahr to bust some popular myths about successful business marketing.


Your communication skills and your ability to build relationships are key in any sales business. -Barry Coziahr

Takeaways + Tactics

When it comes to real estate marketing, think outside of the box. Don’t just show people what they can see on Google Street View.

Look at other industries and see what strategies they’re using to attract clients.

Write the descriptions of your homes as if you’re writing them a dating profile. They need a personality, not just soulless facts.

If you know how to use the right tools properly, marketing won’t necessarily cost you thousands.

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Postcard Mania

We started off this episode with Barry’s background in marketing and the unique model PostcardMania has developed with its clients and growing businesses. Barry also had a few thoughts on how classic direct marketing can now be reinterpreted for the digital age. Gene Volpe then shared his tip of the week, which was to observe marketing strategies by big successful companies like Disney and the techniques they use to influence their audience’s perception and trigger nostalgic feelings. Barry agreed that this is an effective method and we talked about how an equivalent of this can be applied with postcards and with any other marketing strategy online. We then discussed the importance of thinking outside the box when it comes to real estate marketing. Gene pointed out, and we agreed that success lies in building a marketing plan for every property you manage. Finally, Barry talked about what makes a good, effective website and how public speaking can help develop your attitude, not just towards marketing but also real estate in general.

We also shared insights on;

  • The benefits of Direct Mail 2.0
  • The importance of visual communication
  • What makes a good Call to Action
  • How good local knowledge can benefit an agent
  • Creating low-cost, consistent marketing plans
  • The right way to budget for real estate marketing

Marketing is needed

Even if you’re the greatest real estate agent in the world, no one will know unless you market yourself property. Good, reliable real estate marketing is all about giving your properties a personality and not just a bullet list of statistics. Consider what’s unique about that property and about the channels on which to present it. Learn how to use all the tools available to you – like Facebook Live, which is booming in popularity at the moment. Some of the best social media strategies can be either free or remarkably cheap, so no need to splash out on expensive marketing either. Thinking outside the box is way more valuable than money and can bring you a lot more success, too. Don’t forget to look at other big names in other businesses and see what they do to attract their customers. Once you fine-tune your marketing to your audience and understand how to engage their attention in an instant, then your success is as good as guaranteed.

Guest Bio

Barry Coziahr is a marketing assistant with 15 years of marketing experience, based in Clearwater, FL. As PostcardMania’s National Speaker and Marketing Specialist, Barry is a sought-after speaker, educator and marketing consultant, specializing in small businesses. He is also the host of Real Live Marketing, ranked as a new and notable podcast by iTunes in 2014. Barry has trained and consulted more than 10,000 small business owners and delivered over 1,000 seminars all over the United States. His presentations demonstrate proven marketing tactics using real-world examples and case studies to help small businesses and nonprofits market themselves successfully. Find out more about Barry at barrycoziahr.com

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How One Email Can Change Your Business: Successful PR for Anyone with DIY PR Maven Christina Daves

How One Email Can Change Your Business: Successful PR for Anyone with DIY PR Maven Christina Daves

Even if you deliver the best service in the world, nobody is going to know about it unless you publicize it properly. What’s the best way to get your name out there? Does getting good publicity necessarily cost millions? And how do you make sure to grab the golden opportunity when you see it? Find out the answers to these questions and many more as DIY PR guru and award-winning entrepreneur Christina Daves talks through her success story her top tips for successful free PR.


Publicity gives you visibility. Visibility gets you customers. Customers make you money. So at the end of the day, it’s all about visibility. -Christina Daves

Takeaways + Tactics

The first step in getting PR is to start local.

There’s a media outlet for everyone. Do your homework and know your media outlets.

Think out of the box – look for unique ways to link yourself and your listings to celebrity, history or other attention-grabbing factors.

Become your Community Ambassador – know your market and its history

Just ASK, what’s the worst anyone could say?

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HARO

We started off the episode with a lucky story about a million-dollar listing. Christina then joined us to talk about the importance of good PR and visibility to increase revenue. We also talked about HARO and Christina’s top tips on doing HARO right – completely free. Christina then told the story of her own business and her experience of appearing in local and national publications, including The Steve Harvey Show and Dr. Oz. She pointed out the importance of thinking outside the box, no matter whether you work nationally or locally. We mentioned how important it is to keep your email communication focused – short and sweet is the best way to go. Christina pointed out that with any media relationship you have to be consistent and think outside the box to be noticed. Finally, we mentioned the importance of having the right mindset and understanding that nobody wants you to fail and that if anyone does, the best thing to do is to shut them off and keep on with what you’re doing.

We also shared insights on;

  • Benefits of good Twitter interaction
  • Failure on the path to success
  • Breathing life into your local area through good stories
  • The art of grabbing the golden opportunity
  • Becoming a valuable resource for journalists and producers

Publicity is a Necessity

The importance of good publicity should never be overlooked, because that’s what gets you your clients and, ultimately, your revenue. Invest your time in understanding your local community and find out how to put your name out there – that way you can get referrals from channels you might not have even considered before. The history of your local community is what brings it to life. You can’t just stay focused on the sale; remember that people are attracted to good, believable stories. The best kind of PR can be free and if you are a community ambassador, liaise with journalists and producers and have a clear idea of the right audience for your message then business success is waiting just around the corner.

Guest Bio

Christina Daves is a serial entrepreneur, award-winning inventor and a best-selling author and speaker. She’s the founder and president for CastMedic designs, manufacturing MediFashions, which are award-winning accessories that make medical boots fashionable. Christina uses free publicity to appear on over 250 media outlets and continues to cultivate techniques for using PR as a vehicle to exponentially increase revenue. She has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, Dr. Oz and local news affiliates of NBC, CBS and FOX. Christina’s vision is that anyone can start and run their own successful PR campaign. To find out more about Christina and her ideas, visit www.prforanyone.com or find her on her personal website www.christinadaves.com.

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Recession Proof Lead Generation: A Different Approach to Prospecting with Michael Higdon

Recession Proof Lead Generation: A Different Approach to Prospecting with Michael Higdon

Many agents shy away from difficult sales, but if their entire market is made up of those sales, they find themselves stuck. How can we approach lead generating in such a market? Why does building a network of estate attorneys benefit your business? Can finding the “problem child” in a family of executors really help you make that sale? We sit down with Michael Higdon who shares his experience of successful prospecting in a difficult market.


If you can pick up one to two great estate attorneys every month or every two months, you’ll be like Michael Young. -Michael Higdon

Takeaways + Tactics

With the competitive market nowadays, clients often know that they can get top dollar by selling themselves. Go the extra mile to convince them how and why they need YOU.

Have your list of go-to contractors as referral points – it’s a good way of establishing trust.

When you’re going after a database of recently deceased homeowners, you have to always approach it with extreme empathy.

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Prospecting

We started the episode with Michael giving us a bit of his background and why he decided to branch out on his own. We then talked about how to deal with very specific objections, some of which might seem insurmountable, in a way that can still secure you the business. In his tip of the week, Gene Volpe talked Google Keyword and how we can use it to our advantage. Michael then shared some of his insight about working with estates and executors and how to create and manage this database of potential clients. We discussed Michael’s selling routine and how he gets almost no expireds/cancels as a result. Michael also talked about how a good network of estate attorneys can only benefit you in the long run. Finally, we discussed new ideas about database prospecting and scaling up by setting yourself new goals every quarter.

We also shared insights on;

  • The importance of regular follow up
  • How FSBOs are actually selling in the current market
  • The role of compassion when dealing with estates and executors
  • Benefits of seeking out the “problem child”
  • Scaling up sustainably

Make a Good Impression

Successful lead generation in any market requires persistence and patience. Estates and executors can turn into very successful connections – if you work with them properly. A good impression can create more sales for you in the long-run, so make sure to exercise extreme empathy when dealing with these difficult situations. Seek out and build your own network. This instigates a feeling of professionalism in a client and convinces them that you are the right person for this job and they wouldn’t be able to do it without you. You need to make yourself indispensable and instill confidence and professionalism. Finally, always look for ways to develop, not just your business but yourself as well. When you reach a milestone, always set another one right after because continued and sustainable growth is key to success in real estate.

Guest Bio

Michael Higdon is a realtor in the Louisville area with over 16 years experience in real estate. Michael’s goal for 2017 is to help 100 buyers and sellers accomplish their goals. His promise is a full-time commitment to the sale and a wealth of local knowledge to help carry through even the most difficult sales. Michael also believes in embracing technology but not losing the personal touch as his website is equipped with a lot of resources, however he always makes sure these never replace spending time with the client. To find out more about Michael, email him at michael@michaelhigdon.com or visit his website michaelhigdon.com

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