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Managing Change!

Managing Change!

So much change so little time!  Does your life resemble this?

I have been invited by the Prescott Area WCR Women's Council of Realtors to present a talk on "Managing Change" in Prescott on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m. The event includes lunch for $5.00 and will be held in the Yavapai Title conference room located at 1235 East Gurley St. Prescott, AZ.  Please call Pat Mercurio of REdo-REnew Interiors 777-0333 or to make your reservation.

Today's universe is all about change.  The world is evolving into a digital communication network through the Internet and mobile applications.  It is time to "build a bridge" and get over the anxiety of learning it and just DO IT.

How do we manage the Mess? Cyclone

1.  Identify the areas you need to learn and how they integrate into your marketing strategy to attract buyers and sellers.

  • Smart phone
  • Facebook fan pages
  • Linkedin profile
  • Twitter account
  • Youtube channel
  • Flickr
  • Blog
  • Digital listing presentations and marketing
  • Zillow
  • Trulia

2.  Design a strategy to start learning each venue one at a time.

  •     Set a specific time each day for 1 hour to learn this new  way of communicating
  •     Take FREE classes online about each concept
  •     Google the concept and read blog posts about each subject
  •     Set up a master mind group with several people doing the same thing and learn together
  •     Follow people who know what they are doing and "cherry pick" what you like about their                    presentation
  •     Learn to text and set up a mobile program
  •     Become involved in an online community and join groups where you have recreational interests

Read, Think and Reason. 

Everything you need to know is available on the Internet or through WCR,(check out the free webinars and conference calls on the left side of the home page) NAR, (check out Right Tools, Right Now)  AAR ( check out the informative videos, blog and online magazine) or your state association and  Activerain University (The online classes will get you up and running on blogs and help you with SEO Search Engine Optimization.) Most organizations have websites you can go to and subscribe to their learning tools so all you have to do is "Practice"  what you read about.

"You Can't Get To Carnegie Hall If You Don't Practice."    Piano

  • Set up your branded name as an account and set up a practice account if you are afraid
  • Join groups you know the people participating are understanding to new individuals
  • Know that you are going to make mistakes 
  • No one starts out understanding all the rules so get comfortable saying you are new and practicing

If you are fearful of the "unknows" in cyberspace come and read what the participants are saying in the facebook group "Cosmic Shift Happens"    just watch and read. When you are ready you can ask questions by starting a discussion or post your questions on the wall.  It's fun and a great place to learn.  For a free discussion chapter in the e-book "Cosmic Shift Happens™" go to  This is a project which is being "Crowdsourced" meaning the book is going to be put together by many people.. hence the crowd.  The input from the "crowd" will be complied and a new book completed by the participants.  The project is just getting started so get your free chapter and come to the facebook page to participate and share what you would like to know.

We would love to help you "Manage Change" come practice with us!

Below is a link to the type of information you might want to read to start to understand what is happeing in cyberspace!

6 Lessons Learned From the Demise of MySpace

By Jay Baer at his social media Strategy Blog

WATCH for Survival 101 and Survival 102 coming to Arizona cities through Advantage Solutions Group LLC, PO Box 133, Cortaro, AZ 85652 520-744-8731

Survival 101 is a 3 hour class with how to set up strategies to create a business plan and balance in your life. 

Survival 102 is the advanced class which is 6 hours and you will leave with a completed business plan ready to implement action!

December 10, 2010 Survival 102 will be offered at the Prescott Area Association of Realtors PAAR.            Sign up to get your space reserved and a plan ready to implement for 2011.

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Comment balloon 28 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • September 13 2010 03:04PM



Your post was helpful and insightful. It's great to encourage those who are overwhelmed to take a deep breath and take one step at a time:-)

Posted by Carol West, Real Estate Agent, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Portland (Carol West Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

Carra, great post and very helpful. I paratiular honed in on #2 " Design a strategy to start learning each venue one at a time."  I definitely need to do this...thanks for the push.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 10 years ago

I'm going to have one of those weeks this week Carra.  SO much happening in my life this week.  I may just have to listen to your book again.  :)

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 10 years ago

Carra I would also say determined. Those hamsters were hilarious though. I really wish that I was in your area so that I can attend this event. Definitely sounds like it is going to be great. Have a great time. And if it is recorded,please share it here with us. Take care. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 10 years ago
This was a terrific post, Carra. Sometimes our "overwhelm" comes from trying to take on too much at once. We need to learn to take things in bite-sized pieces so that we can figure out what we need to know and go from there. Baby steps! ~Renae
Posted by Renae Bolton, I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA! (Marketing 4 Realtors) about 10 years ago

How did you get this video of me?  So much to learn, so little time.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 10 years ago

Great post Carra!

A wealth of information...Very helpful...

Have a great day!

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) about 10 years ago

Carol ~  Taking a step back is KEY.. otherwise you are out in the Cosmic Cow Pie.  Identify what you need to learn.. then just go forward from there with small steps!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Rebecca ~  It is taking the time to get off that wheel and learn!  It becomes overwhelming if you don't process it that way!

Tammy ~  You can drive around with me in your car again :)  I really want to get to your area and have a REAL meet up!  Sounds like you might want to listen to the "Manage The Mess" chapter lol.. ... write all the things you have to do... create an HVA High Value Activity list.. number most important.. and just work through it  most important.. don't let things that don't have to be done today or tomorrow eat at you while working through the list.  Deep breaths do help.. it calms the anxiety... center.. I have to do it many times a day.. otherwise.. Cosmic Cows Pie universe is where I am hanging out! 

Lanre ~  I love those hamsters!  over 8 million people have watched that.. It was only a couple hundred thousand when I found it!  So people can relate.  Who knows.. I might be coming on a tour and stopping in your area for the Survival 101 event.

Renae ~  so right.. baby steps and get rid of the stress about not knowing it all now.. that causes BIG problems..

Jane ~  I was wondering who that cutie pie was!  I thought that must be my friend Jane hanging out with more fun hamsters!

Joshua ~  Glad to bring up some thinking points!



Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Wish I was close by to attend.  The last few weeks have been a faster spinning hamster wheel and I need to take better control for some upcoming opportunities.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Cindy~  It sounds like a lot of business coming your way!  That is a good thing.. just separate the things that give you stress... decide why they are giving you stress.. think about when they HAVE to be done.. then pigeon hole those things that are not immediate projects that create cash flow and help buyers and sellers accomplish their goals. They key is writing it all down so your mind does not keep thinking about it.  I know that sounds simplistic but it really helps reduce the anxiety:)

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago
Carra, it is a chore keeping up with Facebook alone. It seems that every other week they are changing something. That aside, you are right. We need to learn these new ways to communicate or we will find ourselves out in the cold... alone.
Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Excellent info Carra - as usual!  Managing Change is critical for everyone these days.  Who ever doens't 'get it' will be left behind.  No doubt your talk will be awesome. 

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 10 years ago

I stepped off the treadmill early today after working all weekend.  Funny thing though, the  real estate wheels in my head are still spinning.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 10 years ago


So important to adapt and be able to change.  We've been on the hamster spinning wheel the last six month, happy to take a breather and re-evaluate our best adaptive strategies!

Good luck with talk, I know you'll do great. 

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Al and Peggy ~  Just take it slow.. there is NO way you can learn all this and be a top producer... IMPOSSIBLE.. so you have to create a plan to integrate the venues, replacing old ad dollars.

Anna ~  It is fun sharing with my WCR friends!

Norma ~  It's easier to let go when you have the list and don't have fires.. if there are no fires... let go and relax!  the list will still be there!

Michelle ~  Glad to hear you are getting balanced!  It's all a process!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Great list Carra!  I definitely relate to getting a handle on social network tools.  It's not an easy task.  

I wish I had an hour a day to devote to new tasks.  I can do a few minutes here and there.  Maybe when my youngest goes to kindergarten in four years :)

Posted by Tricia Hoffmann (Your Home Free) about 10 years ago

Tricia ~  I hear you.. the video might be very meaningful it sounds like :)  Even it was 15 devoted minutes it might clear things up.. could be you have given me an idea for a class!  I love comments they stimulate more creative thinking! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra ~ I can say I have felt like the hampster running on a wheel when I've had to learn something new  and I just wasn't getting it.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 10 years ago

Carra, I'm dizzy from watching the video - although not as dizzy as the little guy spinning on the treadmill!  I'm sure your presentation was wonderful.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Dawn ~  I think we all feel like that.. all the outside pressures take away from our ablity to concentrate!

Patricia ~  It was a good day!  Thank you.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Oh, yeah, definitely, I am that hamster. I like the part near the end where the hamster just quit running and went along for the ride.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 10 years ago

Wow that poor little thing was hauling a** in the video!  I definitely feel like that some days.  I would have loved to come hear your presentation Carra.  I am into as much as I can do on the internet.  I do agree with Al-Peggy though that it is just so time consuming.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 10 years ago

Carra sounds like those attending the talk will have much to ponder and a clearer path.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago

I had to watch the hamster video a couple of times... I admit it.  We all have so much to learn... and isn't it fun!  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) about 10 years ago

Elizabeth ~  I think we all can see ourselves in there! 

Debra ~  I don't know many who don't feel like that some days!  I am working on some webinars.. so maybe soon I will have some Cow Tip Videos!

Jennifer ~  It was an awakening for me too on what agents need to ge up and go.. blogging sure sets the tone for the consumer to find agents and what they think and how they market themselves.

Kathy ~  I love that video.. and YES everyday I am learning something new and it is fun!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra, this is a great post that makes us stop and think, I enjoyed it very much and am suggesting it reminds me of that quote the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) about 10 years ago

That video was mesmerizing!  Those pool little rodents, they must be bored out of their minds.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 10 years ago