It’s amazing how we can forget that we are human – we love contact, respect and getting to know each other. It’s easy to hide behind a telephone or computer and never build true relationships. In the internet age people are going out and socializing less and there is less face to face contact between friends and family. We send emails or text messages instead of talking and interaction in general is much less personal.
In the last 12 days in the United States I have spent almost all of my time with people. Whether they were friends or colleagues I have found myself having a coffee, a drink or a meal and discussing all sorts of topics and sharing information freely. In many ways it has been liberating to step out from behind my computer and telephone and embrace human interaction.
Our message can easily we lost in an email or sms as emotion is difficult to gauge. By getting to know people and spending time communicating face to face we can build relationships very quickly. The Luxury Real Estate Conference and Annual Awards held in Vail, Colorado were all about personal communication – lots of time to catch up with old friends and get to know new ones.
Our business and personal lives are very similar. We really do get out what we put in and nothing can beat the face to face time we spend getting to know and understand people better. Marquette Turner is about people – whether our family, friends or clients. The more we put in, the more we get back.
It’s inevitable in our lives that we all enjoy doing business with people we know, like and trust. It’s almost impossible to build that sort of relationship with people we have never met and the last 12 days have really reinforced just how important (and fun) it is to spend face to face time with friends and colleagues. I know it’s a simple message and quite often the simple reminders are the most important.