Navigating difficult client conversations

Most of us have never experienced a financial maelstrom of this magnitude, in our business careers. 

It’s a stressful time for many property and business owners; it’s difficult for most of us to forecast with any confidence what our sales volume for the next six months will be.

There is a good chance you may encounter some tense conversations with clients or associates who are understandably anxious about their current state of affairs. 

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I’m not stretching myself… if I don’t fail

There are times in life where I’ve failed or hit the wall. In those moments, it’s easy to become engulfed with negativity.

However, reflecting objectively on those grim times, they’ve consistently happened for a reason.

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Greatest gifts of the past year

Christmas is a time to reflect and appreciate all the good things that happened over the past year.

Commercial real estate agents are no different.

And as such, I submit to you the greatest gifts tenants, landlords, buyers and sellers gave me in 2019.

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Nashville’s Canadian connection

I was privileged to be invited along on yet another great ICR sales adventure, with the company treating us to a trip to Nashville this past month!

Nashville, Tennessee is known best by its nickname of Music City as the home of country music.

According to a study completed through Belmont University, the City is home to over 80 record labels, 130 music publishers, 180 recording studios, 27 entertainment publications and estimated 5,000 working union musicians.

Belmont estimated in 2006 that the music industry, through tourism as well as direct and indirect industry spending contributed $6.38 billion to the local economy.

Quite the economy indeed, when you consider the first citizen to inhabit Nashville had a wildly different background from music.

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I want the advisors I engage to challenge me

I started writing my blog to increase my social media footprint. While it has helped, it’s no longer my purpose.

Rather, I now enjoy expressing my thoughts on issues that pop up in my week. It’s usually something that has happened that inspires me to write about a topic…here’s what’s on my mind.

I want to work with a professional, whether it may be financial, medical or technical, that’s prepared to, at times, tell me what I need to hear.

If I am working with an individual or firm that is always selling me and/or agreeing with my line of thinking, I’m inclined to move on.

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Are government employees sicker than the rest of us?

Too sick for work can be a subjective term.

I must admit I’ve pushed the limits and found myself exiled from the office on more than one occasion for coming to work when I should legitimately be at home.

I would say my average yearly sick days would even out around 3 or 4 maybe.

Which puts me well below recent statistics that say government employees are averaging in at 12.2 days lost per year.

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More than just a place to rest your head

The modern hotel concept sprung up in Europe around 1768.

Before hotels, travelers pitted in at coaching inns which tended to the needs of the traveller and their livestock.

Travel was considerably less common due to restriction of time and distance prior to the proliferation of the railway system.

But with advances in travel came the need for short term lodging.

To say we’ve advanced past seeking a place to lay our head, however, is understatement.

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Now that’s how you throw a music festival

It isn’t a summer music festival unless you’re trudging around in mud. At least that’s what Craven organizers over the years have led us to understand.

But what if I told you that isn’t the case everywhere?

What if a festival site was thoughtfully designed with drainage, sound control and amenities that could serve up to 65,000 people?

Montreal’s redesign of Parc Jean Drapeau has achieved just that.

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Maintaining a safe social place of community within a city core

The vibrancy of a city’s core creates the fabric of the community. A safe downtown gathering place provides an ambiance that reverberates throughout the city.

Who decides the definition of “safe”? 

It’s a subjective word that may have different meaning to different people. I have my own translation and believe that “safe” is achievable.

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