Get a Mentor
225″ />Real estate agents are not instantly created. No-one is borne into the skin of an agent and can automatically know all of the relevant techniques that make for success. Some people are natural sales people and find interaction with potential clients fairly easy. But if you are new into the real estate industry, whether by design or by the fact that you stumbled into a job by default, it’s good to take the plunge and experience a sharp learning curve by trying to absorb all of the important aspects of real estate.
Even if you are new to the industry, you will have natural positive aspects as well as areas that need a great deal of work. Don’t become despondent if you feel like a spare part in the office. No one will expect you to know everything but you do need to set your focus on learning and quickly if you wish to become a valuable member of the team. If you lack confidence, you may struggle with this part initially and give yourself a hard time when you don’t absorb everything initially. A good thing to do where possible is to try and find a mentor who can guide you through the legal aspects of real estate and the intricacies of selling.
You may well find a mentor in your place of work and this will really make life easier. You can watch how they interact with the clients, how they answer the phone, or how they overcome objections for example. Having someone to follow whilst you learn the tricks of the trade is very important. Equally important is choosing a mentor who you really admire. Pick someone who you can aspire to be like. I’m not suggesting that you should turn yourself into a carbon copy of this person but judge in an analytical sense, what they do that really works and try to take these tips and techniques on board.
If there is no-one in your office who you really gel with, consider investing in a coaching course for yourself. Try to find
a course and a mentor who you can connect with and one who is recommended. Courses are not cheap and it may be that you have to fund this yourself depending on the company that you work for.
Set yourself an action plan too. You need to see that you can develop skills as you learn and to be able to look back and review your progress as you go. Don’t make the mistake of just focussing on the long-term goal either. Short-term goals are exceptionally useful as they can help you to really improve in areas that you might find difficult. Fear stops many people from learning so rise above any reluctance you
might have to learning certain areas. If you are not confident with telephone sales, push yourself more in that direction. A lack of confidence does not mean that you can’t excel at the techniques; you might just need a little more practice.
Discuss any areas of difficulty with your mentor. If it is someone that you work with closely, they may have their own ideas of areas of focus and they can view this realistically through years of experience and dedication to the real estate industry. With real dedication and determination, you will find that as the weeks and months go by, your knowledge of all things real estate will have rapidly increased and you will start feeling extremely confident as a result.
A mentor will help you to work through the difficult areas of the job and will provide technical, legal, and emotional support throughout until you are ready to go it alone.