Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Real Estate Seminar Musings

On Monday I attended a seminar for a new system that enables Realtors to access property tax records through our MLS system. Over the past couple of months they've been notifying us that a change was coming on February 1st and were nice enough to offer several 2 hour seminars for anybody that felt they needed the training on the new system. They were describing the new features that were going to be included in the new system and I was quite excited about them. A couple of the new features were almost exactly what we at the Butterworth Group had been talking (a.k.a. complaining) about for quite some time. So I decided that it would be worth a couple hours of my time to listen to them explain how to operate the new features and how they might benefit my daily business operations. As it usually happens, the features are fairly user friendly and had I not attended the seminar and spent 15-20 minutes with the new system could have figured out how to work all of the new tools they've provided us with fairly easily. So as I'm sitting there listening to the gentleman describe each of the features, I'm thinking to myself that I've got a list of things that need to get done today, and my time would be much better spent not in this seminar.

And that's not the worst of it......I'm sitting in a ballroom at a local hotel with a couple hundred other realtors and just happen to be lucky enough to have Ms. Talk-y Talkerson sitting right next to me who must have felt that I wanted to hold a conversation throughout the entire seminar. Please don't get me wrong, I love to meet new people and have nice conversations with them and hear about their stories. However, over the past couple of years, one of my biggest pet peeves is people that just don't know when to stop talking, especially during seminars and classes. Being in the real estate industry we are continually taking classes to improve our knowledge base as well as to keep up with our continuing education standards. Not only am I more than likely (if I didn't have bad luck lately, I'd have none at all) to be stuck sitting next to somebody who feels they need to talk non-stop (sometimes about the topic of the seminar, and sometimes about something completely unrelated), but there is always a handful of people in the class who ask some of the most off-the-wall, unrelated questions, some of which make it very evident they are not the most educated people in the world.

I don't want to go into great detail about the questions that were asked during the seminar, but it amazes me that some people have no sense of the fact that the question that they are asking is fairly common knowledge. Most of the time I think these people are simply asking the question just to hear themselves speak.

Typically I try to offer some sort of knowledge or insight about the real estate industry in my blog posts, but I just needed to vent a little bit and thought that you might find my experience a little bit amusing. Until the next seminar full of Talk-y Talkersons.....

-Steve