How to Make Your First Hires in the Early Stages of Your Team w/ Jay Niblick

How to Make Your First Hires in the Early Stages of Your Team w/ Jay Niblick

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Finding the right candidate is hard, especially when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Should your first hire take care of all of the things you hate doing? Is it possible to find a jack-of-all-trades, and what’s the alternative to that? How do you build a team that doesn’t fall apart if one of the key workers leaves? In this episode, Jay Niblick talks about how to make your first hire, what traits work best for different roles, and how to protect yourself in case something goes wrong.

There is someone out there who loves to do what you loath to do. -Jay Niblick

Three Things We Learned

Your first hire should take care of the tasks you don’t want to do

You need to think about what tasks you shouldn’t be doing and how much more money you can make if you delegate the mundane tasks to someone else? That said, you also have to keep in mind that you will likely need more than one hire to take care of things you don’t want to do. There are few people out there who can do a little bit of everything and maintain the same quality of work.

Don’t wait for a rockstar to join your team

Many agents make the mistake of expecting a rockstar who can adapt and handle whatever is thrown at them without having to be managed or trained. Not only are these hires very hard to find, but once you find someone like that, it doesn’t take more than 6 months to 1 year for them to figure out that they can earn more somewhere else.

Build a system that makes top performers want to stick around

The key to building a successful team is to leave room for growth so they don’t have to leave if they want to climb the ladder and earn more. You should have a system in place that retains the top performers but doesn’t rely on them completely, so the whole business doesn’t fall apart if they leave. Invest time in building a replicable system that can be used even if one of your top performers decides to go somewhere else.

Key Quotes

We don’t want to be in a position where we are really that tied up to one person; we want to have the systems to back them up. -Matt Johnson

Many times the reason why it’s not working out is not that they are bad people; they are just a bad fit. -Jay Niblick

You can spot traits such accountability and entitlement during an interview just by letting the candidate tell their story. Their perspective usually is telling of how they see themselves and the world around them. For example, someone who is highly accountable will always blame themselves for past mistakes instead of blaming others. But you also have to keep in mind that certain traits aren’t universally desirable or undesirable. It depends on what role you’re filling. For example, you may want a bit of entitlement, as long as it’s performance related, in a sales person.

Guest Bio

Jay Niblick is the founder of Wize Hire, a real estate recruiting software with a data-driven approach to the hiring process. You can take the personality test mentioned on this episode at https://wizehire.com/#disc-ebook-signup

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The Power of Habits and Why the Road to Success Is Made in Small Steps, Not Leaps w/Karen Briscoe

The Power of Habits and Why the Road to Success Is Made in Small Steps, Not Leaps w/Karen Briscoe

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You’ve probably read a dozen stories about overnight success stories. While the success might have occurred overnight, in most cases, the process of actually making it happen probably took years of work. What are the things that you can do behind the scenes to reach your goals? Why are humans so resistant to change? And most importantly, why is turning your life around 180 degrees not sustainable? In this episode, Karen Briscoe and Gene Volpe talk about success and what you can today to create a better tomorrow.

When you are operating at your highest and best self, that’s achieving success for you because each person has unique attributes. -Karen Briscoe

Three Things We Learned

You can’t decide your future, but you can decide your habits

Your everyday habits determine if you’re going to be more knowledgeable, a harder worker or just stagnate to who you are today. If you tell yourself you can’t do it, you’ll convince yourself not to try. But if you start making small changes to your everyday habits, you will get closer to who you want to be.

Small changes are longer lasting and easier to make

You may want to change everything about yourself and take a big leap, but in reality, we work by using old systems that can’t be entirely revamped overnight. Our beliefs, habits, and thinking patterns took years to develop, if you’re making big changes, the systems you built will resist. But if you make smaller changes, it’s easier for you to step out of your comfort zone and stick to your new habits.

Track your working hours

Technology makes it more difficult for us to stay focused. Now it’s harder than ever to work without checking your email or social media accounts. As a result, you may have a distorted view of how much you actually work. But this can be easily fixed if you use an app to track everything.

Key Quotes

We may not have the time for it, but small, incremental change is actually the change that sticks around the longest. -Matt Johnson

Success is the ability to take that vision that we create in our mind and make it come alive in the real world. -Matt Johnson

Success is what makes you reach your full potential. And because we’re all different, success doesn’t have a universal definition. For some of us, it means getting our kids through college. For others, it’s becoming a local rockstar in our industry. But no matter what your idea of success is, you have make sure you aren’t torturing yourself in the process. Find the aspects of your business that you’re good at and focus on those. Give yourself enough rewards to keep yourself motivated. Be gentle to yourself. Punishments and the grind only tire you mentally, and while you may eventually end up where you want to be, the process of getting there won’t be a pleasant one.

Guest Bio

Karen Briscoe is real estate coach, the principal owner of Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group (HBC) with Keller Williams, and the author of “Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day: Secrets of a Top Agent Revealed”.

Her team was ranked in the top 100 teams with Keller Williams and one of the top 250 teams in United States by the Wall Street Journal.

Karen shares her tips and tricks on her show. She became a top realtor on her podcast, and blog.

If you want to ask Karen questions about her coaching program, or simply connect with her, you can find her on Facebook.

Gene Volpe is the founder of GVI Media and has over 10 years of experience in real estate marketing. With over 200 transactions under his belt, Gene is known as an authority in his field and is often invited to speak at events. You can find more about Gene at http://www.genevolpe.com/about-gene/#.

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How to Market Through Education for More Money Power & Prestige w/ Tim Stafford

How to Market Through Education for More Money Power & Prestige w/ Tim Stafford

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Building an online following is becoming harder because every day more content is being published and more businesses are discovering the power of content marketing. Is there a way to increase your chances of grabbing the attention of your prospects? What type of content will your audience find useful? Are there any guidelines you should follow to make sure your content not only gets read but portrays you in a positive light? In this episode, Tim Stafford talks about the power of marketing through education.

Speak from an intelligent place, but not an intelligently arrogant place. That’s the key. -Tim Stafford

Three Things We Learned

Share information your audience doesn’t already know

Make sure the information you share on social media isn’t something most people know about real estate. Put yourself in the shoes of your audience and ask yourself what the regular Joe doesn’t know about the process of buying or selling a house. And then make an outline of what your audience might be interested in.

Write for short attention spans

Our attention spans are shorter than ever. On top of this, we’re constantly bombarded with information. As a result, you have to be as succinct as possible. Also, you need to make sure you don’t use too many adjectives or adverbs, as they’re shown to lower your credibility.

Don’t talk down to your audience

Speak from an intelligent place but treat your readers as if they aren’t ignorant. The difference between educating with integrity and educating with arrogance is wanting to help as opposed to having a desire to show off.

Key Quotes

Educate clients on what they don’t know versus on what they do know. -Greg McDaniel

A lot of us try to come off as very professional but we aren’t relatable. -Greg McDaniel

Educating prospects is more than just sharing information on your website or social media. It’s about how you share it and what it says about you as a person. It’s important to be helpful, and not arrogant. Make sure your content is scannable and easy to digest, and don’t use industry jargon. Most importantly, you have to come across as transparent. One of the most common mistakes business owners make is sharing only their success stories and avoiding vulnerability when failures are by far easier to relate with.

Guest Bio

Tim Stafford is a Doctoral Dissertation Chair and Program Director. He has over 30 years of experience in education and educational technology. In the present, he helps businesses grow their following and educate their audience using content marketing. If you want to find out more about his approach, book a free consultation with him at https://tmphd.youcanbook.me/

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The Next Wave of Lead Gen With Chatbots w/ Zach Nussbaum

The Next Wave of Lead Gen With Chatbots w/ Zach Nussbaum

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AI makes it easier for agents to reduce the time spent on follow-up and leads. But will AI ever replace human interaction? How can chatbots make follow-up and the selection process easier even when dealing with huge amounts of leads? And most importantly, how can A.I weed out the good from the bad and send agents only leads who are warm and highly likely to convert? In this episode, Zach Nussbaum shares how AI can help agents stop wasting time on low-quality leads and interact only with those who are most likely to convert.

Nothing beats a human response. The bots are only going to take you so far. -Zach Nussbaum

Three Things We Learned

Chatbots are powerful but they can’t replace human interaction

With chatbots, you can filter out a large number of leads without moving a finger. But the rest of the follow-up is up to you. AI will rank for you the leads from coldest to warmest, but you will still have to set an appointment and continue the conversation face-to-face.

Place landing pages and quizzes in the chat box

Most people don’t mind answering questions, especially when they know it works as a shortcut to finding what suits their needs. Quizzes and landing pages are a great way to find out more about leads and how likely they are to make a move right away.

Verify all of the information you receive

Phone verification is usually a must to weed out leads who just want to find out more without leaving their contact information. This also creates the opportunity for you to impress them. For example, you can send a seller a screenshot of their home from Google maps to verify that it’s the home they want to sell. Since agents don’t usually have the technology to do this automatically, the seller will probably remember you as a result

Key Quotes

AI is essentially the electricity of 21th century. There are so many things that will be built or evolved because of it. -Matt Johnson

All that the natural language process does is learns based on what someone says to your bot. -Zach Nussbaum

AI will never replace human interaction in real estate, but it can greatly reduce one of the most time-consuming and nerve-wrecking task: lead follow-up. With chatbots, you no longer have to waste time with leads who won’t convert anyway because AI can help you filter out the good from the bad by using questionnaires and ranking leads based on their interactions with the bots. This way, teams can manage a large amount of leads without having to do follow-up. Instead, they receive a report and pick only the leads with the highest odds of converting.

Guest Bio

Zach Nussbaum is a chatbox and Facebook ads creator at Braintrust. He helps agents both attract and manage large amounts of leads without having to do follow-up manually. Zach created a completely automated follow-up system for agents that ranks leads from coldest to the warmest. If you want to find out more about how you can save time and money by using AI, advertising, and email follow-up, schedule a free call or send Zach an email to find out if your can benefit from these services.

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How Humor and Transparency Can Save You From Being the Salesy Agent on Social Media w/Eric Simon

How Humor and Transparency Can Save You From Being the Salesy Agent on Social Media w/Eric Simon

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Many agents see the potential in online lead generation, but when they start out, their biggest challenge is creating content that cuts through the noise. What do people want to see in your videos? How can you use controversy and humor to your advantage? Should you be transparent both with your wins and failures or only focus on the positive side? In this episode, Eric Simon talks about how he leveraged the comedic aspects of everyday real estate fails to build his business.

Authenticity and humor can be great content. -Eric Simon

Three Things We Learned

Video is king

Investing your time into making videos is one of the best ways to engage with your audience because it targets all of the senses. Don’t make the mistake of trying to look perfect on camera. Being transparent and even vulnerable is more relatable than doing things right all the time.

Focus on a niche, don’t spread yourself too thin

Focus on finding your niche. You don’t have to talk about everything. Find a category and dominate it. Make yourself the face of that category instead of trying to create content for every platform and for all tastes.

Video is great for multiplying your relationship building efforts

Because video targets all of the senses and there’s a face attached to the voice and message, it makes it easier for your audience to get attached to you. With video you can build trust and relationships without even knowing that it’s taking place. You no longer have to speak with someone in person for them to get to know you, as many people will feel like they already know you just by watching your videos.

Key Quotes

Unpredictability and the vulnerability of real life is where people want to spend their time.  -Greg McDaniel

If you do turn the camera on multiple times per week, ultimately the true side of you is going to come out. -Gene Volpe

The best type of content is the one that suits your personality and is readable. Most of the content out there in real estate is about agents who got successful overnight, but few dare to share their hard times and be transparent about the good and bad aspects of the industry.

This approach will only hurt you in the long term because honesty and transparency is more relatable than “feel good” stories.

Guest Bio

Eric Simon is the creator of the Broke Agent, a media brand meant to entertain agents by using comedic aspects of the industry. His mission is to stop agents from feeling alone in their struggles and find humor in otherwise hard-to-digest situations. He is currently active in the Los Angeles area, and if you want to work with him you can find him here.

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