- Episode 32 -
It’s awards season.
Every time you turn around, there’s someone getting an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, Grammy, People’s Choice. There are award shows for award shows. And they all have something in common – there is always a winner and a lot of runner ups who will strive even harder for the coveted prize next year.
Like these sought-after honors, the world of real estate has its own awards season. This time of year a lot of the agencies, including my agency Keyes, does their annual awards banquet for the top producers in the company. Their so called “red carpet” is filled with the best of the best, the agents that you have only heard about but never met. You may have showed their properties or saw their names in the MLS. You perhaps talked to them over and over on the phone and only got to meet at the closing table. Some are legends while others are working their way up the pedestal. It’s a star-studded event that might leave a lot of new agents “star struck” in the end.
Whether your agency does a big gala like mine, or something more personal and low key, it’s always great to recognize those agents who have worked countless hours, stressed over the “maybe” closings and worked with the crazy mix of personalities that make up the buyers, sellers and renters over the year. Keyes is great with the occasional pat on the back any time during the year, but the annual banquet is the highlight for showcasing your accomplishments. Even though each of us is an independent contractor, it’s always nice to know that someone is noticing what you do and thanking you for being part of the team.
I had an agent once tell me that their office was really small and that their broker took everyone out to a nice dinner each year where he handed out “amusing certificates” along with the top producer ones. These including categories such as “Most Improved Agent”, “Agent with the Longest Closing” and the “Golden Sod Award” for the agent that had the most deals fall through. He made it fun for everyone and that was important for building the comradery in his office.
Another office I know does an annual picnic where they incorporate their awards into a team building activity like a softball game where each agent gets to participate, while relaxing and enjoying each other’s company outside of the hustle and bustle that makes up our daily routines.
When Keyes does their banquet it is open to all the agents regardless if they are an award winner or just starting out. This has always been a great tradition especially for those who are the newbies because they enjoy seeing all the other offices come together, hear the same sort of “war stories” told by top agents as they are experiencing early on in their business, and they get motivated to see themselves on that stage someday accepting their own award for their adventures during the year.
I remember my first awards banquet – I was in real estate two months and was thrilled to be invited to such an event. As I watched agent after agent get recognized for their accolades I got motivated – I saw that if they could do it, why wouldn’t I be able to do it too? Game on! I made it my goal to get on that stage the following year.
I did – and have been there ever since.
Kay Conageski is a professional Realtor® with The Keyes Company based in Plantation, Florida. Check out her RESAAS profile ›