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It’s the Naked Aggression



Abandoned BuyerIf I had been posting on AG longer, I would ask you all if you have missed me. As I have not, I will just assume that you didn’t notice.

What? You DID notice! How sweet! I have been a bit busy, but I am getting it together.

Did you know that for most folks in the real estate industry (and those related fields) the market is a bit slow? Oh, you hadn’t noticed? Lucky you. Well lots of folks have and it is causing a bit of a buzz. You should check it out and see what all the fuss is about.

Professionals who have been in the business for a while will tell you (correctly) that real estate is a cyclical market, the sky is not falling, we are not headed for nationwide homelessness, and this too will pass. Many of those who jumped into the market because it was hot are not hearing any of that and are heading for the hills. What does that mean for those of us who are not tweaking our resume?

We are practicing the art of Naked Aggression. We are still passionate. We are still working the business plan. We are still planning the marketing. We continue to meet the people. We still get out of bed, take showers, brush our teeth, clean our car in expectation of that client we know will, with any luck, qualify for a loan.

We still smile when it’s not fun. We are still celebrating the industry we are in – because with all its up and downs, assets and short comings it is still ours and we wouldn’t trade it for the world. And when it comes around, and it WILL come around, those who knew it would and continued to do the right things will be in place to do what we have always done – provide exceptional client service to those in the real estate market and make a living doing it.

Let me segue here by saying I don’t even know her, but I love me some Vicki Moore. I have been reading her here on AG in my brief moments of free time saying, “Yes!”

  • She understands the importance of integrity. She understands why it is valuable not just in herself, but in the industry as a whole.
  • I guess some folks can’t read good and think she’s kinda hard…whatever. She’s honest, funny, and understands the business. While others are chomping at the bit to work with clients they have no business working with, Vicki still holds true to her criteria. Why do you need client criteria? Because chasing your tail with a client you can’t service effectively will wear you out physically and financially. The deal will not be great and your reputation will suffer.

It is naked aggression – the willingness to leave it all on the field even when you think the game is a wash (Go Dawgs!). It playing right even when nobody’s watching or buying tickets. It’s being who you are and doing what you do.

Writer for national real estate opinion column, focusing on the improvement of the real estate industry by educating peers about technology, real estate legislation, ethics, practices and brokerage with the end result being that consumers have a better experience.

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  1. Vicki Moore

    November 1, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Actually, April, I did notice. Glad to have you here, especially since you’re my backup.

    Thank you.

    I have to agree, I’m not having the best of times right now. Blogging has kept me from losing it completely – too much honesty again, oh well.

    Thanks again.

  2. Nicole Mills

    November 1, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Hi April,
    I love coming here everyday…I always find inspiration and a sense of kinship. Great post, now I’m going to clean out my car! 😉

  3. April

    November 2, 2007 at 7:52 am


    You make me smile – Thanks… And oh the wonderful comfort of the blog 🙂

  4. April

    November 2, 2007 at 7:53 am


    It is a comfy little couch isn’t it.

    Hope that car cleaning business worked out for you 😛

  5. Nicole Mills

    November 6, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    It did work! I got a call from a website prospect, and they’re coming in to town next week to look at properties…now if I can just keep the car clean until then! 🙂

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The offensive myth of getting laid off being a blessing



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There’s an age-old trend in news to look for rags-to-riches stories. People love to hear about someone who’s down on their luck scraping together a genius idea and, through sheer grit (it seems), finding the motivation to finally strike out on their own and realize their dream.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Person X is laid off from their long-time but unfulfilling office job, say at an oil company in Alberta, or a marketing agency where their good ideas are consistently shot down.

What seems like a situation to for despair is actually an opportunity in disguise— see, with their newfound freedom Person X has the ability to fully commit to their small business pipe dream.

In fact, the story goes, getting laid off was actually the best thing to ever happen to this person.

This story is a myth.

Although I don’t want to discredit anybody who has had the willpower, luck, and resources to succeed at launching their business, there are many people who are laid off who are truly in critically terrible times.

The insidious underlying message of this myth is that anybody who is truly devastated by being laid off is being weak or lazy.

It serves to alleviate the guilt of those who may have survived the lay off themselves; it helps organizations justify the fact that they might have had to let an otherwise good employee go for their own, corporate-level problems.

The characteristics that many of these laid-off-turned-successful-entrepreneurs have in common are the same sort of privileges that many take for granted – health, youth, a personal support system to help keep the lights on, and an established network of people that can be turned into a market of clients.

What happens to the many workers who are victims of ageism when they are laid off in favor of younger, less expensive workers?

What happens if you’re laid off and you can’t use your newfound time to work on your business plan because you’re raising young children?

The entrepreneurs who find opportunity in being suddenly jobless were probably already on their way to striking out on their own, with their being laid off acting as the defined starting point for a plan they might not have known was forming in their heads.

If you, a friend, or a colleague have the unfortunate luck to be laid off, don’t let this myth get under your skin.

It’s okay to have a rough time with a huge life event that is absolutely terrifying and difficult.

Hang in there.

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3 things to do if you *really* want to be an ally to women in tech

(EDITORIAL) Diversity is known to strengthen the overall performance of a company and its teams, and there are a number of ways you can be an ally to the talented women already on your workforce.



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More and more women are leaving their positions with tech companies, citing lack of opportunity for advancement, wage gaps and even hostile working conditions as some of the reasons why.

What’s better for the tech industry and its employees than cultivating inclusive and diverse departments? Diversity is known to strengthen the overall performance of a company and its teams, and there are a number of ways you can be an ally to the talented women already on your workforce. To name a few:

1. Be open to listening to different perspectives.

It can be awkward to hear so many reports of workplace politics stacking against women, especially if you’re not a woman!

Instead of getting uncomfortable or defensive – ask open ended questions and be interested in a perspective that isn’t yours and may be unfamiliar.

Don’t seek to rationalize or explain the experiences you’re hearing about, as that can come off as condescending. It’s common for women to be interrupted or spoken over in team gatherings. If you notice this happening, bring the conversation back to where the interruption began. Offering your ear and counting yourself as responsible for making space will improve the overall quality of communication in your company.

Listening to and validating what women have to say about the quality of their employment with a company is an important step in the right direction.

Expressing something as simple as “I was interested in what you had to say – could you elaborate on your thought?” can help.

2. Develop an Employee Resource Group (ERG) program.

An ERG is a volunteer-based, employee-led group that acts as a resource for a particular group of employees. An ERG can help to foster inclusiveness through discussion, team-building activities and events. It’s common for a department to have only one or two women on the roster.

This can mean that the day to day feels disconnected from concerns commonly shared by women. disjointed it might feel to be on a high performing team, without access to relatable conversations.

3. Be responsible for your company’s culture.

Chances are, your company already has some amazing cultural values in place. That said, how often are you checking your own performance and your co-workers performances against those high standards? Strong company culture and values sound great, but whether or not they’re adhered to can make or break the mood of a work environment.

Many women say they’ve experienced extremely damaging and toxic cultural environments, which lead to hostility, frustration, and even harassment. Take action when you see the new woman uncomfortable with being hit on at team drinks.

Call out those who make unfriendly and uncouth comments about how women perform, look, or behave.

Setting a personal threshold for these kinds of microaggressions can help you lead by example, and will help build a trustworthy allyship.

(This article was first published here in November, 2016.)

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How the Bullet Journal method has been hijacked and twisted

(EDITORIAL) I’m a big fan of the Bullet Journal method, but sticker-loving tweens have hijacked the movement. Worry not, I’m still using black and white bullet points with work tasks (not “pet cat,” or “smile more”).



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It’s taken me some time to come around to the Bullet Journal method, because it took me some time to fully understand it (I have a tendency to overthink simplicity). Now that I understand the use, I find it very beneficial for my life and my appreciation for pen-to-paper.

In short, it’s a quick and simple system for organization tasks and staying focused with everything you have going on. All you need to employ this method is a journal with graph or dotted paper, and a pen. Easy.

However, there seems to be this odd truth that: we find ways to simplify complicated things, and we find ways to complicate simple things. The latter is exactly what’s happened with the Bullet Journal method, thanks to creative people who show the rest of us up.

To understand what I’m talking about, open up Instagram (or Pinterest, or even Google) and just search “bullet journal.” You’ll soon find post after post of frilly, sticker-filled, calligraphy-laden journal pages.

The simple method of writing down bullets of tasks has been hijacked to become a competitive art form.

Don’t get me wrong, I like looking at this stuff because I dig the creativity. But, do I have time to do that myself? No! For honesty’s sake, I’ve tried just for fun and it takes too much damn time.

With this is mind, this new-found method of Bullet Journaling as an art is something that: a) defeats the purpose of accomplishing tasks quickly as you’re setting yourself back with the nifty art, and b) entrepreneurs, freelancers, executives, or anyone busy would not have time for.

Most of these people posting artistic Bullet Journal pages on Instagram are younger and have more time on their hands (and if you want to spend your time doing that, do you, man).

But, it goes against the simplistic method of Bullet Journaling. The intent of the method.

And, beneath the washi tape, stickers, and different colored pens, usually lies a list of: put away laundry, feed cat, post on Insta. So, this is being done more for the sake of art than for employing the method.

Again, I’m all for art and for people following their passions and creativities, but it stands to reason that this should be something separate from the concept of Bullet Journaling, as it has become a caricature of the original method.

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