Dream On by Aerosmith, I Wish by Stevie Wonder, Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears. Old Spice, moth balls, bonfires. These are things that remind me of something in my life or have special meaning. Isn’t it funny how, when a song comes on the radio that you haven’t heard in years, your brain takes you back to a time and place? If you’re like me, you can also remember all the words to the song you haven’t heard in 15 years. To this day, I call “I Wish” “The Tornado Song” because I remember it playing on the radio when I was down in our basement for a tornado warning. Every time I smell Old Spice I think of my grandfather. Significant events are the same way. Most of us remember where we were, who we were with, and what we were doing when we heard that the twin towers had been hit by airplanes, that Princess Diana was in a car accident, or OJ was “running” from the police.
Triggers can be associated with positive or negative. Are there any names that, when you hear them, you think of that one kid in school that bullied you and put cream cheese on your locker? Yeah, me neither (Crystal). Anyway, we encounter people and situations every day that become memories. I want to be creating good memories and positive experiences. Right or not, the words “used car salesman” are typically used to describe someone who didn’t exactly leave a great impression on the one who uttered them. There are several professions that can get a bad rap for some bad apples in the bunch. Realtor is sometimes one of those professions (and since I am a Realtor, I am using this as an example).
First, let me remind you (if you read 10 Questions to Ask Your Real Estate Agent) that there is a difference between a Realtor and a Real Estate Agent. Millions of people have two eyes, two ears, a nose and a mouth and we all look different. Similarly we do business differently. We have different visions, different systems, and different reasons for doing what we do. For some, it is a way to put their children through college. Others have loved real estate since they were kids because their parent was a Realtor. Whatever their reasons, visions, or systems, they need to be educated and make the experience a great one for their clients. We have all encountered people that we just don’t want to be around. We leave them and find ourselves feeling negative or exhausted. Then there are the ones that we are drawn to because of their positive energy and general ease to be around. When it comes right down to it, education and knowledge being equal, I think most people want to do business with the latter.
I have a client who always says, “we’re making memories”. Things may not always go the way you want them to. People may make mistakes. The main thing is to keep a positive attitude and hopefully you will look back on it and laugh later. Whatever profession you are in, create an experience that people talk about positively. Be that song they are happy to hear on the radio, be the subject of the story they bring up when others ask about your profession. In a single day with a client of mine, we got stuck in the mud, locked in a gated property, buried a cat (I cried) had wine and laughed – best of all, we made memories.
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Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.