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What You Missed if You Weren’t at Shift!

I love what I do. I just wrapped up our first-ever Shift! event where I spent the last two days playing host and speaker. But it was so much more than that for me… Why? Because we brought in some of the most phenomenal guest speakers, and I spent much of those two days in a seat in […]


How to Slay Big, Important Projects That Move Your Business Forward

Here’s the situation: You have a big project coming up that requires everything you’ve got… Maybe it’s an important listing presentation, or mapping out your marketing strategy. Or maybe it’s finally mastering that elusive script you need to reach the next level, developing your long-term vision or just figuring out how to better operationalize and […]


2 Actions & 1 Script to Become Listing Dominant – #TomFerryShow

Which scenario sounds more appealing to you: Writing offers for buyer clients, continually hoping to write the most compelling offer in a highly competitive environment? Or… Sitting back and having multiple buyers all trying to out-bid each other to buy your listing? Yeah, kind of a no-brainer. It’s good to be listing dominant. But how […]


Are You Willing to Get Punched in the Face?

If you’ve been to a tourist hotspot like Venice Beach or Downtown Las Vegas in the last couple years, among all the sunglass vendors and street performers, you might have witnessed a weird new phenomenon: People who are willing to be punched or kicked in exchange for money. Yep, you give a complete stranger $20 […]


6 Winning Hacks to Get More Done in Less Time – #TomFerryShow

I know your days are busy. But I also know this – there are different types of “busy.” There’s good busy, where you have appointments booked back-to-back all throughout your day. And then there’s bad busy, where you’re running around doing errands, stuck in traffic, doing paperwork… and likely falling behind on the truly “important” […]


3 Simple Ways to Start Running Plays That Work – #TomFerryShow

I typically try to avoid sports analogies here, but humor me for a second: Have you ever seen a lopsided football game or a basketball game where one team keeps doing the same thing over and over and the other team just can’t seem to stop them? There’s a good reason why that happens: The […]


Why You’re in Danger of Being Too “Transaction” Focused

When you first get into the real estate business, you see these people who are selling tons of properties and you can’t help but think they’re just swimming in commission cash. Then, the more seasoned you become, you realize that might not actually be the case. In fact – don’t take this the wrong way […]


3 More Strategies to Beat the Disruptors at their Own Game – #TomFerryShow

A couple months back, I did a show about three positioning strategies to overcome the disruptors eating away at traditional market share. Today, I’m continuing that conversation with three MORE positioning strategies to help you do some disrupting of your own and stand out in a crowded marketplace. Let’s get right to it…   Positioning […]


Simple Solutions to 5 Common Real Estate Marketing Mistakes

Do you ever find yourself writing your blog or a social media post and wondering, “Am I doing this whole ‘content’ thing right?” You’re making the effort to create valuable content, yet maybe you’re not seeing the results you desire. It’s a common issue, even for some heavy hitters in the industry. Doing it “right” […]


3 Truths to Learn from the Millennial Mindset – #TomFerryShow

My guest on today’s #TomFerryShow grew up in the YouTube era. Iris Chen watched videos about topics she liked in her youth and eventually began creating them herself, which led to an opportunity to become Gary Vaynerchuk’s videographer. She’s since gone on to create Iris Rose & Co., a company geared toward helping entrepreneurs build […]


Gauging Your Q1 Results: 4 Things You Should be Focused On – #TomFerryShow

Here we are in the last week of Q1 2019 already… You’ve spent three full months putting your business plan into action. Or did your plan fly out the window sometime in January and you’ve been scrambling ever since? (Or, for some of you, was there ever a plan?) That’s what today’s #TomFerryShow is all […]


6 Steps to Prioritize Tasks & Avoid Overwhelm After an Event

Why do you go to an event? Seriously, think about it for a second. If you’re like me, you can come up with lots of great, valid reasons. To learn To network To find out what’s working for other people in your industry To renew your enthusiasm for what you do When you break it down, […]


The Power of Right Focus – #TomFerryShow

When you show up for work – whether that’s your home office or your actual office… Do you already know what you need to do for the day? Whether it’s… A task list bouncing around your head (Good) A sticky note prepared the day before (Better) A fully structured schedule built into your phone (Best) […]


15 Winning Ways to Bounce Back After a Setback

A recent post in our private Facebook Group for coaching members did two things: Got me thinking about how important it is to move on after a defeat, and… Made me so proud to read some of the responses our members shared in response. Here it is, from coaching member Kim Tarbox in Scarborough, Maine: […]


8 Tips to Stockpile Cash Before the Next Economic Downturn – #TomFerryShow

I think you know me and my personality. I’m an optimist. I like positive thinking. I do not like negative, energy-sucking vampires and naysayers. But I’m also a realist. And I’ve been around long enough to know that the economy will not just continue its upward trajectory indefinitely. Winter is coming, whether it’s later this […]


Bill Pipes Guest Blog: 7 Life Lessons I Learned Climbing Aconcagua

Editor’s Note: My buddy Bill Pipes is more than our master sales trainer and presenter of Sales Edge. He’s an adventurer always pushing himself to conquer new goals, and he recently experienced one of the most harrowing adventures of his life. Along the way, he learned some amazing lessons for life and business. I asked […]


9 Challenges to Overcome When Starting Your Own Business – #TomFerryShow

You’re an entrepreneur… a creator… a business owner. Which has a huge upside. It can be so incredibly rewarding. But also throws challenges your way… Pitfalls you must avoid. In starting my own businesses and investing in 47 different companies throughout my life, I’ve identified nine of the biggest challenges you need to overcome as […]


A Glimpse Inside This Week’s Elite+ Retreat

Fourteen hundred of the world’s best agents converged on San Diego earlier this week for our event. But in reality, Elite+ Retreat is their event. I’m basically the facilitator… the event planner. Sure, I hosted a few sessions. But the real stars of this event are the guest speakers and the phenomenal Rockstar attendees who […]


Rookie to Rockstar: How Brenda Griffin Discovered Her Partner in Success

Brenda Griffin found herself a single mother of three… …brand-new in real estate… …and in a brand-new locale – where she knew no one! She wasn’t looking for pity. She was looking for solutions. Fortunately, Brenda had two things working in her favor: A highly supportive manager who motivated her and drove her to constantly […]


Holiday Project: Create Your “Vision Board 2.0” to Crush 2019

Chances are you might have some “down time” over the next week or so before ramping back up for the new year. I’m going to suggest a fun exercise to make good use of that time – and it can even involve your family members! Consider it part crafting and part goal setting. Because it’s […]


Two Minutes of Coaching That Can Mean Everything to Your 2019

I’m gonna make this short and to the point… It’s December. A new beginning is just a few weeks away… a fresh start. And in a changing market, it’s going to require a little more effort, a little more discipline, and a proven plan to achieve your goals. So… Are you ready?   Here’s What I […]


7 Secret Hacks to Make Your Goals More Attainable – #TomFerryShow

So you set a goal… and then what? What do you do next? You’re all excited and you start working on it, and… as soon as that initial enthusiasm fizzles out, you fall off track? Sound familiar? If so, you’re in the right place. I’m sharing with you today seven steps I put into action […]


6 Steps to Make 2019 Your #BestYearEver – #TomFerryShow

Volatility in the market doesn’t mean you need to lower your expectations. I’m a firm believer that 2019 will be full of opportunity and can be your absolute #BestYearEver. If you agree, I’ve got six steps that should form the foundation of your success over the next 13 months. Ready? Let’s go!   2019 #BestYearEver […]


The Critical Difference Between ‘Knowing’ and ‘Doing’

Consider this blog a quick coaching session from me to you. And fair warning: The message might sting just a bit. But believe me, it’s delivered with good intentions. (And if it does sting, that means you needed to hear this.) Just a few weeks ago, I published a blog of book recommendations. You can […]


Why Content and Data Mean Everything to Growing Your Business – #TomFerryShow

Anytime I can expose people to great ideas makes me so happy. So I was practically giddy to share special guest speaker Mark Roberge at our recent Team+ Retreat in Boston, a private event exclusively for our Team+ coaching members. Mark is the former Chief Revenue Officer at HubSpot and author of the fantastic book, […]


3 Things the Market Is Practically Begging You to Do

Let me ask you a question: When you think about the things you do every day, are your actions dictated primarily by intuition or by data? Data-driven action steps are good things in today’s economy. Pay attention to the data, listen to the market, and serve accordingly. That’s what I’ve got for you today. When […]


How to Ensure A Better Quality of Life in 2019

If you give yourself two weeks to complete a project, how long does it take? (Two weeks, right?) If you give yourself two days to finish it, how long does it take? (Two days, right?) It’s been said that “Work expands to fill the time we allow for its completion.” And it’s true! So let’s […]


The #1 Task You Should Be “Ferociously Intentional” About

Did you hear the news? Three percent of you are actually doing your jobs well. Ouch. Did that hurt a bit? The stats don’t lie: There are 1.3 million real estate agents in the U.S. Only 43,000 of those are really doing it, though… That’s how many people sell more than 25 homes annually. Why? […]


Case Study: Brand New Agent to $500K GCI in 2 Years!

In May of 2015, Ryan Skrzypkowski had been in real estate three short months… …and admittedly, didn’t really have a clue what he was doing. Today, he’s on pace to achieve his goal of $50 million in sales in 2018 after two consecutive stellar years at $20 million. So how did everything change so quickly […]


Introducing the Newest Member of Our Coaching Family

Several weeks ago, in a ballroom packed full of brokers and managers at the Hilton Costa Mesa (just minutes from Tom Ferry HQ), we announced something very exciting. We’ve added to our family! Our product family, that is… You might know about our Core+, Elite+ and Team+ coaching programs, each geared toward maximizing productivity among […]


The Case for Attending Summit AND BluePrint

Some will perceive this blog as self-serving, no doubt. Others will recognize it comes from a genuine place because I’ve worked with real estate professionals for 30+ years, and I know what makes them successful. Here’s why I’m writing it… I get a lot of questions from agents about the difference between Success Summit and […]


Case Study: 20 Deals to 218 in Just 3 Years!

When Brok Hansmeyer dropped from 33 transactions in 2013 to 20 in 2014, he knew he was capable of so much more. But to get there, something had to change. Oh, it changed alright. By 2017, Brok and his team were closing 218 transactions while he took three week-long vacations — with his phone turned […]


Learning Lessons from Q1 & How to Dominate Q2 – #TomFerryShow

Play along with me here a bit… [INTERIOR OFFICE BUILDING – IRVINE, CA] YOU open the door to the office and approach RUBY, who is TOM FERRY’S executive assistant. YOU: Hi, I’m ______________, and I’m here for my coaching session with Tom. RUBY: Great, he’s excited because this is such an important topic. He’s actually ready […]


Q1 Is Done: How Are You Doing?

So… Q1 is coming to an end. You know what that means… It’s progress report time. You should have achieved 25 percent of your goals by now. But have you? Before we get to your goals, I encourage you to read this awesome story from coaching member Tyler Whitman in New York City. He posted […]


5 Superpowers of Uber-Successful Real Estate Agents – #TomFerryShow

It only takes one… One skill you “own” and completely embody. It’s your Superpower! But do you know yours? In this #TomFerryShow, I’m talking about 5 Superpowers of Uber-Successful Real Estate Agents. Here are three action steps for you to take from this episode: Gain awareness of your superpower(s) Acknowledge where you can improve Make […]


Is Your Personal “OS” in Need of an Upgrade?

What would happen if you put an operating system from five years ago on your phone today? If it was able to operate at all, it’d be glitchy, slow and inefficient. You’d probably ditch it after a few hours and go buy a new phone rather than deal with the frustration. So then… What about […]


The More Efficient You Become, the Fewer Leads You Need

“Time on market” for listings reached an all-time low of just 3 weeks in 2017, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS. Certainly, this can be attributed to a robust real estate market, but I suspect another factor is at play, too… Efficiency. We live in an age of efficiency. We want — […]


Plan Your Dive. Dive Your Plan.

One of my favorite highlights of 2017 was having David Goggins as a special guest speaker at our Success Summit last summer. As a former Navy SEAL, he shared his own extraordinary stories of the grit, perseverance and tenacity required to truly excel in any field. One of the topics he covered is especially relevant […]


12 Enlightening Takeaways from My Interview with Tom Bilyeu – #TomFerryShow

I really hope you watch my entire interview with Tom Bilyeu. It’s part blueprint for how to live, part entrepreneurial insight, part inspiration and even part human biology lesson… but ALL stuff that relates directly to how you operate on a daily basis and how to achieve success. Here in the blog, I’m breaking the […]


The REAL (and Amazingly Selfish) Reason We Plan

It’s that time of year that we’re all developing our business plans, strategizing and goal setting for the new year. And it got me thinking… Why do we really plan? One reason is to break everything down into bite-size chunks so we don’t get overwhelmed by the tasks necessary to accomplish our goals. But I […]


Schedule Your Life First, Then Your Business

Hot on the heels of Tuesday’s #TomFerryShow about designing your 2018 business plan, it’s time to start mapping out your 2018 calendar as well. I want to help you make it a great year! My definition of a great year is one that surpasses your personal goals in production… AND ALSO… …finds you enjoying the […]


Your Real Estate Questions, ANSWERED! – #TomFerryShow

In this #TomFerryShow, I tackle seven questions agents submitted via social media, covering everything from marketing on a budget, to how to deal with a growing client base, to the best books to read right now. Watch the whole episode to get the full experience, but here on the blog I’m going to highlight three […]


5 Actions to Dominate Q4 & Finish 2017 Strong – #TomFerryShow

It’s easy to get complacent in Q4. But it’s not good. Do you want to finish the year with a whimper or finish it with a bang? Do you want to have to snap out of a funk to start 2018… Or steamroll into it full of momentum? With that in mind, here are 5 […]


Are You Making Excuses or Finding Solutions?

I love reading the comments on my blog articles or episodes of the #TomFerryShow. You know I do. But every once in a while, I’ll see a comment and I can’t help but shake my head. “Thanks Tom, but what if I’m a new agent?” Or “Great info but how do I use this if […]


10 Reasons Most Agents Fail – #TomFerryShow

Imagine if a deadly disease hit Earth with a devastation rate anywhere near the failure rate in real estate… People everywhere would live in complete, utter panic. EIGHTY-SEVEN percent. Think about that… 100 will start. 13 will survive! Sounds intriguing. Except it’s your livelihood at stake.