Each year I attend the Inman Connect conference in New York. The conference focuses on the current and future state of the real estate industry and brings together real estate experts from around the country to share their knowledge and experience as well as their crystal balls.
I love the opportunity to connect face-to-face with so many people in the business, and the content always lends itself to lots of discussion, debate, and idea-generating.
As I looked back on my notes, two themes resonated with me the most.
Relationships matter. In today’s digital age when distractions and notifications are at an all-time high, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of being ever-present in our day-to-day interactions with the people we serve. Presence and the idea of creating an experience that goes beyond what someone can expect or imagine feels amazing for both the giver and the receiver, and it makes a huge difference in your business and your life.
Leadership happens when you make the choice to lead. It doesn’t matter what your role is, leadership happens when we do the things we don’t want to do, when we push past the disappointment and support those around us, and when we put others ahead of ourselves.
Here are my favorite relationship and leadership quotes from the amazing sessions throughout the week…
Consumers are accustomed to experiences that are easy and joyful, and they are ready for a different experience in real estate. Errol Samuelson, Chief Industry Dev Officer, Zillow, Inc.
People want to be seen and they want to be heard. Will Guidara, Restaurateur, Hospitality Guru
It’s time for the relationship obsession. Sherry Chris, President & CEO Realogy Expansion Brands
When you change what is normal, you change the world. Valerie Alexander, Speaker & CEO Speak Happiness
It’s ok if life benches you sometimes. What’s not ok is to miss your opportunity to lead from the bench. Everything I learned about leadership was actually sitting right there on that bench next to me. Abby Wambach US Soccer Legend, World Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist
In the words of Inman Founder, Brad Inman, “This moment belongs to us.”
Choose to create better, stronger relationships, and step into your power and deliver better leadership to your colleagues, your team, and your community.
If you attended Inman Connect New York, and even if you didn’t, I’d love to know what resonates with you.
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