OK...I Want a Show of Hands!!! Who Here Has Spoken with Ellen Caruso??

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OK... I Want a Show of Hands!  Who Here Has Spoken with Ellen Caruso??

Today was a De-staging day for me and that means taking down, packing raise your handsup, and climbing stairs (lots of them).   I was physically and mentally zonked by the time I got home.

So what a treat it was when my phone rang and there on the other end of the line....oops,  no land line anymore...on the other end of the cellular digital world was Ellen Caruso!  You know...Ellen... "The Whales's Tales".  She was just calling to say “hello.”  

Some of you have probably already received your “Ellen” call!  Let’s see a show of hands?!  I thought so, because Ellen makes it a point of calling and getting to know people here at ActiveRain.  

Why? You say... you have email and texting, LinkedIn and Facebook, and of course our blogs here at ActiveRain?  Why call??

Well, if Ellen had texted me I would never had known that she used to design the packaging  for Avon products.

If she had LinkedIn me I would have no idea that she is an A-type multi-tasking mother of 3 that can prepare dinner and set the table while on the phone.

If we had Facebooked each other I would have no idea that that lady is a ball of energy!  

Here's the phone!The whole point of this social media stuff is “social”!  Yes, I’ve spoken to some of my fellow Rainers but primarily when I had a reason to call.  Rarely just to introduce myself and say “hello.”  

So I’m taking a cue from Ellen and some others here and will try to do a better job of picking up the phone and saying “hello”

to some of my ActiveRain friends here.


What about you??


 

Say “Hello” to Ellen!

Ellen Caruso


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Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Kathy, you are so funny and see by the first few comments I do love to talk on the phone and perhaps more will show up and admit the same. I do love to connect in a more personal way and some things we say on the phone, perhaps should never be written on line. LOL 

So glad we talked... it may be the first of many. And for the others who comment, you never know when I may decide to call you!

May 03, 2012 06:05 AM #8
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
The Little REALTOR® That Could

Yes! I'm proud to say I did receive a call from Ellen Caruso. She's one of my favorite Bloggers. Ellen always has something nice to say, whether it's on the phone or by comments on AR. She is talented, skilled, a warm and friendly person.

I give a loud shout out - EVERYBODY LOVES ELLEN!!!

Patricia

May 03, 2012 06:07 AM #9
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Not me, at least not yet!  But I'd guess I have talked to between 30 & 40 AR folks over the phone and met a total of 3 in person so far.  Bill

May 03, 2012 07:45 AM #10
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Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Morris Plains, NJ
Morris County, NJ Stager

Kathy - Ellen is one of the nicest, down-to-earth people in the Rain. I talk to Ellen on a pretty regular basis, but lately I've been so busy I owe her a call. She always cheers me up and makes my day better! I'm going to call her back today! Most people don't know that Ellen lives in one of the most gorgeous homes mansions you've ever seen with unbelievable landscaping - truly a site to behold, however, you'd never know it because she's so humble! Sorry I let the cat out of the bag Ellen.

May 03, 2012 08:11 AM #11
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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com

Hey Kathy,  Yep..Hand is up!  Ellen made that call just to touch base and put a voice to a face and a blog.  Ellen is so kind and was checking in on my new ambassador status..how cool is that!  Ellen made me realize I really should step out of the box and make some phone calls.  What a pleasure she was to visit with.

May 03, 2012 08:52 AM #12
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ellen- I loved speaking with you.  Look at you... you've touched so many people here. 

Patricia- yes, her comments are never just "drive-by" comments.

BLiz- Bill- that phone may be ringing soon!  Just wait.

Kristine- I used to be a big time phone caller but most of my friends text or email now. 

John (QMan)- She has done the same for me.  I never thought of just picking up the phone to call someone at AR. 

May 03, 2012 09:09 AM #13
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Kathy~ I have not yet had the pleasure of talking to Ellen.  I grew up on Long Island so we were chatting about that in a post and she called so I could see if she had a LI accent.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to take the call, so I missed speaking with her.  Guess I could pick up the phone and call her, huh?

May 03, 2012 10:03 AM #14
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I've had the pleasure of speaking with Ellen on the phone. And we're currently in the midst of a "conversation" via email. When I saw a number with my old stomping grounds area code pop up on my phone one day, I was eager to answer the call. Then Ellen introduced herself and we had a wonderful time talking. I go back to Long Island/ NYC often and now I have one more person to add to my list of people I MUST meet in pesron.

May 03, 2012 11:33 AM #15
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've been called!!

raising hand

 I've been called more than once.  Ellen is so nice and easy to talk to!

May 03, 2012 12:17 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Kathy, see I've been so lucky to talk to so many, and as for Kristine's comment...here is a picture of my home...its about time I come clean.

May 03, 2012 02:10 PM #17
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donna- pick that phone up young lady!!!

Craig- not before you make it to South Florida!!!!

Sharon- did you draw that or did Zack?

Ellen- oh my.... is there a moat?

May 03, 2012 07:13 PM #18
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Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Ironically Ellen called me yesterday after I blooged on your post that I have only really spoken to one Active Rainer!  She was awesome!

May 03, 2012 07:41 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I have not been called, but I have not called either.

Something that I may need to work on myself Kathy.

May 03, 2012 09:02 PM #20
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Debb Janes
The Carl Group, LLC - Camas, WA
REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington

Count me in...Ellen is a wonderful person and puts the "friend" in friendship. I love hearing from her...she brightens my day...and I know I need to give her a buzz soon. Sorry, darn work and other stuff keeps getting in the way Ellen!

I concur with Kristine - Ellen is very humble - there's not an ounce of anything but kindness, empathy and fun in her attitude and manner. She is exceptional, but she'd never admit it. :)

Patricia is so right - EVERYBODY LOVES ELLEN!!!

May 04, 2012 07:42 AM #21
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Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Ellen is a really cool gal and I've chatted with her over e-mail before but phone is so not my forte and I tend to avoid phone calls at all cost if I possibly can. Of course in my line of work I always though like I'm interrupting some big showing when I call an agent. HA... but Ellen is really cool!

May 04, 2012 07:56 AM #22
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jennifer- I thought she might!

Tom- I think we've all gotten so used to emailing or texting that we forget to pick up the phone. 

Debb- I agree!  She's outgoing and full of energy.  You can't help but feel revived when you talk to her. 

Tammy- not a phone person, huh!  That's ok, not everyone is. 

May 04, 2012 10:53 AM #23
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I'm not really a phone person myself but my marketing guru used to call one ActiveRain person every day. He did that from late 2009 to when he left ActiveRain in mid-January.

May 08, 2012 11:58 AM #24
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Kathy~ As you know, I'm trying to CLEAN OUT my bookmarked posts, however I found myself hitting the bookmark button on this post to remine myself to pick up the phone!  Now I need to go and delete something to keep balance in my universe!  LOL!

May 08, 2012 12:03 PM #25
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jim- now that's dedication!  I think I spoke with him and still see him on Facebook!

Donna- OK.... have you called Ellen yet?

May 08, 2012 12:45 PM #26
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Hold me accountable Kathy.  I haven't called.  I have a head cold that includes a terrific cough and I've lost my voice!  UGH!  I'm going to call her this week.  I promise (but keep after me!)

May 13, 2012 12:28 PM #27
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