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Call it a sixth sense, a hunch, feeling, intuition, inclinations, faculties……whatEVA!  open your eyes!! We all have them and these can help you, especially in business.

(tell me when the booing stops so I can continue)

Have you ever been working with a client and have a feeling that it won’t work out?  and ends up after months of humoring them that they end up using either another agent or a friend of a friend and you lost all that time and missed a couple of your son’s baseball games or family get-togethers because of them? – why didn’t you listen when you had the chance?

  • You know when a customer will waste your time
  • You know when a caller is twisting your arm
  • You know when a marketing decision is a great one (same applies to bad ones)

So what is wrong with using a bit of that intuition in your favor?  I’m not talking ESP here, I’m talking about letting your guard down, dropping The F word (not the F bomb) and putting your intelligence at the top for a change.  By the mere fact that you are reading blogs, you know that you are walking in the right direction with regards to New Media.  Although blogging is only the beginning….it’s a way (not THE way….but can be effective).

Let’s think about Mojitos here – searching keywords and making a quick video was a hunch for me – then I was able to identify Mojitos as a Social Object and now I have a goal……anytime someone mentions, tastes or comes near a mojito, I want them to think of me (yes, yes….a bit presumptuous on my part, but it’s my goal) – oh btw – does anyone know people at Bacardi? have your people call my people….a sponsorship is in order.

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So what I’m saying here (and thanks to JT for helping me identify my hunches – he’s great at explaining that kind of stuff), is that you have the power to identify a social object that works for you – doesn’t have to be alcohol and don’t go wild looking for it either….it may just be sitting in front of your face.  It may not be an object, but something you do – or the way you do it.  Take a chance, look in your gutt and go for it!

Take a trip back 6 months and try to identify moments where you knew you were doing something that would get you great results – do the same when you had a feeling about an action being a total waste of time.  It boils down to opening your eyes and being perceptive.  It doesn’t hurt if you really like what you do (that’s where you should begin)- and eliminate what you don’t like (easier said than done).

I have a hunch right now that this post will go over most people’s head – I’m still putting it out here anyway.

So what’s my point?  …..guess…. (that’s exactly right)

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Ines is all Miami, all the time. A Miami Beach Realtor® with Majestic properties, Ines authors Miamism.com, PrimeMiamiBeach.com, and MiamismPix.com and is always on communication's leading edge. She goes out of her way to engage and be engaged, often using Mojitos to keep the mood light and give everything she does a Miami flavor. You can find her goofing off or instigating trouble at Twitter, Flickr, Facebook or LinkedIn.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Lisa Sanderson

    February 18, 2009 at 10:39 am

    After kicking myself many times, I have been learning to trust my gut more and more. Also, been having these kidns of conversations with my daughters too. We all have it, we just need to tune in to it better…tune in and turn it ON, baby!! Awesome subject, Ines. (PS: heading to the Keys next month-I’ll be sure to let you know who wins the Mojito of the week award from our little group!!)

  2. Dan Connolly

    February 18, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I tend to go with hunches, problem is that it can come back and bite you on the haunches, if you get accused of discrimination, the “I had a hunch this person was a giant waste of time” defense won’t float.

  3. Ken Brand

    February 18, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Social Objects indeed.

    Yeah, now you’re flying at 30,000 feet lady. In fact, recognizing your “Social Object” object and it’s popularity, I have included it a smattering of blog posts…and yes exactly as you described, in tingly, goose bump kinda way, although we’ve never met, your ghost glided through my subconscious and strummed my Top Of Mind Awareness.

    I have my next AG post for Friday (Sociopathic Plug = Titled: The Golden Rule Is Broken) loaded and I include a “Mojito” reference.

    Brillinat stuff your sharing here.

    I need a Social Object of my own. I guess “tripod”, “boomerang” and “wing-nut” are kinda lame.

    Thanks for the hmmmm nudge:-)

  4. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    February 18, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Lisa – I’m going to stereotype here, but women are known to be more perceptive than men for some unknown (maybe we like to be in tune with our psyche) – either way….talking to your daughters about it is awesome and recognizing the times you missed an opportunity is huge!

    I want to hear all about your Keys trip and mojito cheers ahead of time for you! 😀

    Dan – discrimination and hunches don’t mix, my friend. You are perfectly well equipped and allowed to tell a client you have different styles or you are not capable of meeting their needs withought it being labeled as “discrimination”.
    I turn listings down all the time when I know the client will not cooperate the way I need them to.

    Ken – you managed to really crack me up. Can’t wait to read your article and there’s a saying in Spanish that says “they do fly don’t they?” ….don’t ask

  5. Elaine Reese

    February 18, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Well, I had an opportunity to go out with some friends last week. When the server took our drink order, guess WHAT I ordered and WHO I thought of when I did. My friends had not heard of the drink so I had to explain that “there’s this blogger in Miami ….”.

  6. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    February 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Elaine….THAT’s what I’m talking about! (hope those mojitos were good!) 🙂

  7. Jeff Turner

    February 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Sometimes an outside eye is helpful in ratifying hunches. Glad I could help. Side benefit… I have a new favorite drink. 🙂

  8. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    February 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Hey Jeff, you may have a new favorite drink – but I have an awesome new spokesman:

    https://miamism.com/the-miamism-mojito-revolution/

    maybe you should be my manager 🙂

  9. Missy Caulk

    February 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Ines, it is working!!! I was in Va Beach this weekend, and I ordered a Mojito and had my son take my photo.

    You are first in my mind when I think of them.

    Maybe you could be the Mojito Girl, sorta like the Obama girl and get famous really quick on YouTube.

  10. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    February 18, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Woo Hoo Missy!! where’s the pic? I want to see!

  11. Paula

    February 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Okay – I have to admit, I am a puppy when it comes to drinking and haven’t yet tried a Mojito, but whenever I see it online, I know it has to have something to do with Ines.

    On another note – women do have a built in sixth sense we should listen to always.

    I’ll let you know when I find myself enjoying a mojito – and send a pic!

  12. Laura Cannon

    February 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for this post! I take my hunches very seriously. I don’t always follow them, but I do reflect on them and weigh them with other evidence and with other people’s opinions. Usually, my hunches are helpful because they point me in the right direction.

    I think hunches are based on accumulated knowledge that we are not completely aware of. It’s similar to how your arms or your feet instinctively move in a way to protect you or brace you when you fall.

  13. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    February 19, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Paula – that’s the whole thing….mojitos is not about drinking at all – it’s about the conversation that leads from it – but I do expect a pic!

    Laura – it’s those instincts that make us better and complete our beings – if we ignore them…what life do we really live? Some of us embrace them and some of think we don’t have them. If you can learn to use them for more than just protection, you will be surprised where life takes you.

  14. Russell Shaw

    February 19, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Sometimes we know something but don’t know how we came to know it. If logic was involved the thoughts involved were not known or examined. But that does not suggest you don’t know it. An aware person would know how they felt and often that can be good enough. Malcom Gladwell wrote an excellent book about this called, “Blink”.

  15. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    February 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the book suggestion Russell, will have to look into it – I’ve always had a special interest for instincts and intuition – if we could all develop these in a way to help us be better human beings, it would be fantastic.

  16. Dan Connolly

    February 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Ines,
    First I want to say I completely that you should trust your instincts. 100%. I am intuitive and believe in it. I think it has saved my life in the past.

    My discrimination comment was based on some personal experience and was meant to help people understand that it’s important how to deliver the message when your instincts might say not to work with someone.

    I first heard about my company being investigated for discrimination by the National Fair Housing Alliance listening to National Public radio in the car.

    Trust me, the basis for the investigation was not treating all clients equally. Some got better service than others. We managed to avoid sanctions but it took a year and a lot of stress to get past it.

    As far as mojitos go, I lost my taste for alcohol 8 yrs ago, but your posts and pictures make me want to start up again!

  17. Ines Hegedus-Garcia

    February 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for coming back and expanding on the discrimination issue Dan – it’s a concept I will never understand (which is a good thing I suppose).

    Don’t get the taste back for mojitos, but at least join in the conversation….that’s the best part!

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