I’ve been committed.
Some of you may remember my quest to become a member of some local and state committees in order to one day work towards a position on a NAR Committee. Of course, I was able to skip past those steps thanks to NAR’s recent decisions to involve some of us that hadn’t quite reached the peaks of qualification, but had passionate voices in the blogging community and beyond (yeah, I’m talking about myself like that – it feels weird).
Today I got an email from SABOR (San Antonio Board Of Realtors®) informing me that my request to be on the Communications Committee had been accepted for 2010. You can imagine my excitement. Two committees in my first attempts at getting on one? Not bad.
Communicate with the masses.
This was my preferred choice of committees for one simple reason: I think there is a lack of communication between our local board and its members. Actually, let me rephrase that – it’s not so much a lack of communication as it is an apathy for the communications. More often than not, I have mentioned something I read in a communication to a fellow Realtor® and they acted as if I were speaking in tongues. As a blogger, communication is a daily part of my life. As a Realtor®, it’s essential. Yet somehow I see a lack of communication from the top of the organization down.
Communication isn’t just about disseminating information either. It’s about the two-way conversation that we all preach as gospel in social media. Whether talking to clients or talking to your local board, it’s all the same. If we’re not communicating, we’re just talking to a brick wall. My mind is already buzzing with ideas to help turn that broadcast into a conversation and I look forward to adding my two cents where I can and learning more from those members who already know the ins and outs of the committee.
An obligatory butt-kissing thank you.
I wouldn’t be in this position without Paula Henry, Jay Thompson, the “Google is a scraper” saga, and AgentGenius. Inspiration and encouragement, and tons of both from each entity. As recently as BlogWorld 2009 I found myself speaking to the likes of Todd Carpenter, Bill Lublin, and Jay Thompson about committee involvement and how by being involved, we could affect the change we all talk about on our blogs. I thank them all for support and inspiration as well.
An open invitation.
As my involvement in these committees progresses, I invite all of you to talk to me about the issues you think are important. Where I can, I will make the case and do what I can to get the message to those that may not see things from our angle. I am not just a committee member – I am a blogging, Twittering, Facebooking, connection making, non-push marketing, sans-hard sell kind of guy and I intend to use that position to show people this side of the fence.
photo courtesy of Gonzopowers