My Points…and I Do Have Some…

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Via Michelle Carr-Crowe, ABR ALHS ASP CDPE RECS SRES (Altas Realty / Judy Carr & Assoc., Inc.):

My Points…and I Do Have Some…

By Michelle C. Carr-Crowe, Your San Jose Saratoga Lynbrook and Cupertino Schools Experts

I’m paraphrasing comedian Ellen DeGeneres’ well known tagline, “My Point…and I Do Have One…” to make a point(!) Ellen  DeGeneres My Point and I Do Have One

A recent post on points (and the comments generated) provoked my post. I agree with David Saks – Broker (The Real Estate Mart of Tennessee, Inc.): Active Rain Points Nectar From The Rain. Points help us to know how we as professionals are doing within a set system. 

Of course, as the original post David responded to pointed out: points without substance ARE relatively meaningless.

For example, commenting on a blog with a quote that has no relevance to the topic just to generate 20 points for commenting is counter-productive to the system. Honestly, it reflects poorly on the commentator. It also makes colleagues like me wonder why a person would use irrelevant quotes to just copy and paste on 10 blogs instead of something useful, encouraging or on topic.

What’s that famous line? “Only talk when doing so improves upon the silence.” Silence

Sometimes people disagree and state their opinions brashly, even offensively. Still, as long as it’s on topic, the points awarded are relevant. Sometimes a colleague offers encouragement, even if rather generic. To the poster with only one comment of “Good post. That helped me today. Thank you for writing,” that comment is gold, and also worthy of points. We were all newbies once, and an encouraging word can make a huge difference in someone’s day.

Other times, bloggers share additional insights, links, tools and insights, which, in my opinion, ought to be worth MORE than 20 points-50 maybe. Increasing knowledge or sharing experience to prevent someone from making a painful mistake helps all of us to do better jobs for our clients.

Kids helping each other

Which brings me back to my point (and I do have one) about why someone would post irrelevant or random quotes just to get points. Especially as there are so many insightful, thought-provoking quotes that could truly apply, no matter what. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” by FDR, for example. Or “The road to success is to stop talking and start doing,” by Walt Disney.

Why not just say, “Great points. I enjoyed reading this. Your thoughts were insightful.” or “Thanks for the reminder. I needed to hear that today.” Still generic perhaps, but on topic, and it shows the blogger actually read the post and commented about its personal relevance to them. And in my opinion, that is what’s important about points and blogging.

Aloha & God bless you,

Michelle

Michelle C. Carr-Crowe, DRE #00901962, is known as the “Lynbrook Expert.” She’s a Silicon Valley-based multi-million dollar real estate consultant. Her designations include: Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS), Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE),  Property Marketing Expert (PME), Real Estate CyberSpace Specialist (RECS), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). In addition, she is an internationally-published freelance writer with over 1,000 traditional articles in print and online, as well as over 500 blog posts. She enjoys reading, travel, animals, dancing, staging and praying. Check out her blog at www.activerain.com/results or visit her online at www.michellejudycarr.com or www.lynbrookhighhomes.com. For RE$ult$ … Just Call … (408) 252-8900.

About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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