Shame on Me, I Was Carded

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730 TN Broker: 208698

Debbie Reynolds Business cardShame on Me, I Was Carded .

Yes, shame on me I was carded  this weekend and I don’t mean by a bartender but by a buyer. While working an open house in a new construction home I had several groups come look through the home. I engaged each one of them in conversation so as to evaluate their interest and urgency for buying.

 

I was so involved in the process I forgot to pass one of my business cards to an interested buyer.  The buyer had to ask me for one. Yes, I had their contact information already and lots of details as to what they were looking for in a home. But shame on me, I was carded.

Shame on Me, I was carded but it taught me a valuable lesson. I will focus better and try not to get out of my routine. I will still be attentive but offer my business card early in the conversation.

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  1. Roy Kelley 09/11/2012 06:19 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Debbie, I went to three different social funcitons this weekend without a single card with me!  Yikes! 

Sep 11, 2012 05:17 PM #6
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Debbie~ It's a good sign of interest when the buyer asks for your card.  Good luck with your new prospects.

Sep 11, 2012 05:38 PM #7
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Joanna Cohlan
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You had me there for a minute Debbie but I love the punchline here-yes we all must be prepared with cards but it's particularly nice when someone asks for one! 

Sep 11, 2012 06:34 PM #8
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Clever, Debbie! I like the I've been carded line....got my attention. I'll admit I'm bad about passing out my card. I too like it when people ask me for it, but you have to have them on you to give them out.  I must get better at that. Thanks for the humor and the reminder.

Sep 11, 2012 06:36 PM #9
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Bill, We have a condo we own with friends in Destin. Nothing fancy but we have owned it for 18 years in Crystal Village. I know what you mean about vacationers. They are plentiful down there. We don't get down there very often because of this thing or that thing. But we love it when we do.

Jeff, I usually ask if I may give them a card sometime in the early stages of the conversation.

Michelle, You can't give out any cards if you have run out. Better get them on order.

Hella, It does show interest and makes me look like I'm not pushy. But I still need to stick to my routine and spiel. 

Roy, Giving out cards is an essential step of prospecting.

Sep 11, 2012 07:00 PM #10
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Patricia, You didn't! What if someone wanted to buy a house? I guess you could write down their information on a napkin.

Donna, I think it is a good sign so maybe these folks will work out.

Joanna, I had you didn't I? It is not good to forget to give out your card but good if the buyer asks for one.

Pam, I try to keep mine on me at all times but sometimes I get caught unprepared.

Sep 11, 2012 07:06 PM #11
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Lesson learned. Don't ever forget that. And this is a very good reminder for all. Enjoy the rest of the week!

Sep 11, 2012 07:33 PM #12
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Thanks Mike, I have learned to always be ready with card in hand. Have a good rest of the week too.

Sep 11, 2012 08:29 PM #13
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Catchy title and great reminder to hand out those business cards!I  have had the same happen to me! Lesson learned.  Hope you have a great week Debbie!

Sep 11, 2012 08:41 PM #14
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Debbie.... so it's not only me!  My Debbie is always groaning that I'm the only REALTOR on planet earth that doesn't have cards with them and shoving them into peoples hands 24 /7.  I can't wait to tell her there is another one walking the earth...LOL.

Sep 11, 2012 09:54 PM #15
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Most business cards are thrown away, so I put together a message about my referral practice on the back of my card. When I meet anyone and offer them my business card, I ask if they would read the back of my card, no one says no. I always get a positive comment, they then turn it over and look at the other side. I have a lot better shot at them keeping my card. The back of a business card is valuable real estate.

Sep 12, 2012 02:56 AM #16
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Hi Debbie.  At least you had one!  I am mortified -- and annoyed! -- to think of all the times I've needed a business card and didn't have one on me.  Whether or not business cards are effective, they're certainly better than nothing!  And it just looks unprofessional not to have one on hand.

Sep 12, 2012 04:03 AM #17
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Tiffany, Keep those business cards handy and don't forget to give them out.

John, I had no idea I was in such fine company. Have a great rest of the week.

Joe, That is a good idea. It puts more value into your card and they will remember it is different than the others.

Dianne, That is a good debate. But I would rather pass them out than not.

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Guilty as charged, I have forgotten that as well once or twice............it happens! Love that card though, great photo!

Sep 12, 2012 06:35 AM #19
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I don't blame you for forgetting.  We usually have to carry (along with maybe a purse), supra or whatever kind of key opening device you have, cards, clipboard with MLS listings or comps, pen, phone, IPad etc.  We need more arms or fanny packs should come back.

Sep 12, 2012 11:06 AM #20
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Barbara-Jo, It happens way too often. I need to stash some in my car, purse, pockets, portfolio, iPad, etc.

Chris and Dick, We have so many things we need, hopefully when I move to more paperless transcations there will be less.

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Hi Debbie, its good to have someone who is interested enough to ask for a card, rather than someone who is just taking a card because one is forced into their hand.

 

Sep 13, 2012 06:21 AM #22
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Bob, I agree totally. I guess it just surprised me a little and caught me off guard.

Sep 13, 2012 08:59 AM #23
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Debbie~ I was carded today!  UGH!  We have clients that were having an estate sale today (we have the house under contract).  We went by to meet the gal who runs the service.  Wanted to get her card (we have some other clients that might also need her service).  I also wanted to talk to her about joining my leads group.  She asked for my card and I didn't have one.  Had to give her Rich's card!  UGH!

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Donna, You got caught. I am glad I am not the only one that gets caught unaware. At least you had one of your husband's handy and I am sure he would share the lead. :)

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