Mouth

perfect mouthMy mouth reveals a lot about me. It is the doorway for my voice. My mouth speaks what my brain tells it to say. My mouth is very revealing about what is going on in my head and my heart. My mouth gives volume to my feelings & emotions. My mouth speaks words of compassion and blessing. My mouth can also speak words of harm and hurtful things. When I’m frustrated and angry, my mouth can get me in trouble, because I say things out of those emotions and my “editing machine” doesn’t function as well in those circumstances. I still have to take responsibility for what I say along with my actions. The things I say are part of the things I do.  Paul connects the mouth with the heart with salvation. Check this out….

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13 NIV)

I really want my mouth to ONLY speak good words – well thought out words. I certainly want my mouth to speak out about what I believe. I also want my heart to stay pure and clean before the Lord. I have to protect it. I have to shield it from the enemy who wants to spread disease inside my heart. The enemy  wants to take me out, so that my mouth can’t be a blessing to others.

I believe that my heart and mouth working together as a team really reveal who I am and what I believe. My actions follow both of these. I have to be careful with the words of my mouth because they have the power to cause great pain as well as cause great blessing. I want to profess what I believe about the Lord all the rest of my days on earth. I know that salvation means a home in heaven after this life is finished. I will pursue Him and His heart with my heart so that my mouth continually brings honor to Him!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Memorial Day

American flag 3dI have a patriotic spirit and I’m so grateful for those who have served our country in the military. I’m grateful to our First Responders who are quick to serve and rescue and often put themselves in harms way to save someone they don’t know. These folks are the “front line” to protect and preserve our health and safety. I’m even grateful to the people who serve in leadership at the local level – our commissioners and their staff. I’m grateful for our Georgia Congressmen and Georgia Senators who serve in the Georgia Legislature and I’m grateful for our US Congressmen and US Senators who serve and juggle serving their family and their country. I’m grateful for our President.

I don’t know many of these people personally, but they have sacrificed a lot to serve others and that takes a special spirit. I certainly don’t agree with all the decisions that are made by our leadership but I respect them as leaders. Today is a day we remember the people who have served and given their lives to serve, but I want to also remember the people who are presently serving our country.  It is our American Spirit that differentiates us from so many other countries in the world!  May God continue to pour out His blessing on our nation!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Metro West Realty Company Culture

MWR_LogoV copyMetro West Realty was formed in June 2010 when two independent real estate companies in West Georgia merged. Real Estate West, the oldest real estate company in West Georgia joined forces with West Georgia Realty & Development to become the strongest independent real estate company in the West Georgia and East Alabama region.  In pulling together two companies of different size, experience and “personality”, the company culture that started forming was a bit of unknown to the founding partners.

Metro West Realty began talking about the idea of “company culture” almost immediately.  After nearly 3 years in successful operation our culture is strong and getting better every day.  Below are some comments and idiom’s related to our company culture:

  1. Our company culture matters because our work environment matters.
  2. Our company will have culture of some sort, we might as well direct it to a culture we love.
  3. Our company culture is really important to recruiting REALTORS who love working here.
  4. Our company culture matters to our office staff and agents who work here.
  5. Our company culture matters to our clients and customers as well as to our vendors.
  6. Our company culture is a culture of sharing knowledge with one another and therefore empowering one another to greater growth.
  7. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”
  8. Our company culture seeks to enhance growth through on-going education and training.
  9. We celebrate each other’s success and seek to bear one another’s struggles.
  10. 10. Great people want direction on where they’re going NOT necessarily how to get there.
  11. “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”
  12. We’d rather be failing frequently instead of never trying.
  13. Influence should be independent of seniority or hierarchy.
  14. We place great value on work ethic and competence.
  15. We will fight every day to maintain a competent and caring culture in our company.

(inspired by and adapted from www.culturecode.com via HubSpot)

Mitt Conerly, Sr – my partner and friend said it well: “people want to associate with and do business with people that are knowledgeable, that they trust, and that care as much about them as they do themselves.”

I believe it’s a huge blessing to actually love and care about the people you work with every day.  I believe at Metro West Realty we have exactly that!

 

Marketing Me!!

Marketing Me

I have tried to be an “open book” about who I am and how I am. I’ve tried to be honest and “on point” without exaggeration when it comes to marketing me as a great REALTOR.

This is often the place where we compare ourselves to others. I think this is a mistake. I think that this is the place where I share my work ethic and my goals and my values.  In marketing your home, you are getting my best work. I’m not saying I work harder, or that I’m smarter than any other agent. I can tell you what I will do to help market your home. I will tell you that I invest lots of money on internet advertising. I will tell you honestly what I believe the market says about your home. I will answer calls, fax and emails regarding your home. I know for a fact that price is the number one issue in marketing your home – it has to be priced right.

You can ask me anything about me or about what I do. I’m trying to “wow” you into letting me work for you. I’m trying to tell you in the most simple and plain way that if you’re in the market to sell or buy Real Estate, I’ll work hard for you. I believe I’m successful in Real Estate because I’m sticking to my values of Hard Work, Honesty and Integrity.

You can reach me by Phone, Email, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, pinterest, Google, Active Rain, westgahome.com, westgamarketsnapshot.com, dhicksonline.com or come by my office at 850 Cedar Street in Carrollton, GA – I’d love to meet you in person!

Pressing On!

Communication via Txt, Email or Phone

Communication is the “life-blood” of relationships of all kinds. Its importance can’t be overestimated. I believe for REALTORS we must communicate carefully, consistently and completely with the people in our lives – our family, customers, colleagues & clients.

The modes of communication have changed rapidly in the last few years. Just over 10 years ago, we didn’t have the number of cell phones or the smart phone technology that we have today. We simply called clients and had a phone conversation.

Today, we have email, text and Facebook messenger to name a few. I think it is important to find out how clients like to be communicated with. I have a lot of clients under age 30 who love texting. I first learned to text because my kids love to text. I can most often get an immediate response from texting and not be able to speak with them on the phone. You can text when in a large meeting, (although it’s still has etiquette issues) when you can’t answer the phone.

Email is closing in on texting as a favored mode of communication, because of the great detail you can add to what’s being communicated. You can attach multiple documents, pictures, etc. to can email. Today’s smart phones have email coming to your phone, so you no longer have to be at your laptop or desktop to email clients. I’ve forwarded contracts, plats and closing statements all from my smart phone.

WARNING! There is a big danger in this type of communication. When texting or emailing there is matter of tone. If I’m not careful, it will seem like I’m frustrated in a text or email when I’m really not. These types of communications do not have emotion included. They are sometimes received with emotion. Sometimes I simply pick up the phone and decide NOT to email or text anymore about a certain subject because of the emotion involved. There are times that even a phone call is too impersonal and a face to face meeting is in order.

Knowing how to communicate with clients is often just as important as WHAT we communicate. The message isn’t a message at all until it’s received and what the client receives is REALLY the message. Communication is VERY CRUCIAL to all our relationships – we must get it right!

Press On!

Christmas Giving Is In The Air!

The air is cool, the stores are full & Christmas season is in full swing here in the United States and around the world. This time of year seems to move at “warp speed” if you’re an adult and at a “turtle speed” if you’re a kid!

This is a season of giving like no other.  I love giving gifts to my family, my friends and giving to help others in need. I can hardly wait until Christmas morning when the place will be a mess of wrapping paper and noise…chaos!  My family will pause and give thanks to the good Lord for the most amazing and priceless gift of all – the Hope of Salvation, the Breath of Heaven….Jesus!

God started all this giving stuff by giving first. He wired us to give so let’s go with it and get really good at giving!!

Pressing On!

Dwayne