Where is Wyatt Earp when you need him?
I love a good discussion. It is stimulating, and if folks stay on topic, and debate the issue both sides can come away learning from each other and gain a new perspective.
There are lots of opinions floating around in the blogosphere, there are dozens of techniques to marketing and there are varying opinions on what works and what does not work in any given market.
Last year, I met a Realtor online through Activerain. She has a huge business. But, how she grows her business is not what is comfortable for me. She really wanted me to try the program she was involved in and had built her business around, but I told her, “I’m sorry I just don’t do cold calls”. (Never have and never will).
Some agents love OPEN Houses and swear by them. (I did one this whole year.)
I love my Pay per Click campaigns and yes, I love capturing and engaging those leads. Yet there are many people that don’t agree and want to generate all their business organically. (54% of all closings this year via PPC.)
We can learn from one another and be respectful of whatever techniques we use to grow our business, without it getting personal. A good discussion is healthy for us all. When it gets personal it shuts the door on any opportunity for everyone to grow and it kills the relationship. Now if I was sitting around not doing much business, I might have been more open to cold calling. (Not really) But, I respect this Realtor and admire the success she and her team have accomplished.
The way we run our business, the model we choose to follow is not for everyone. When the discussion goes from respect to an attitude of self-righteousness we close the door on the relationship. We were taught to play nice in kindergarten therefore I don’t feel it is too far fetched for us to agree to disagree respectfully.
In many ways the blogosphere is similar to the Wild, Wild West, without the influence of Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp. The last I heard there is not and never will be one way to do things.
One person does not hold the sum total of all truth.