Zillow Advice: Pro-to-Pro - I can't get agents to come to company meetings. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Just a couple of thoughts...What ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ Just a couple of thoughts...<br/><br/>What if you sent a personal email to a handful of agents each time you had a meeting&nbsp;in which you explained what&nbsp;they&nbsp;(specifically)&nbsp;could gain from it. A personal touch that lets them know that they will be missed never hurts. <br/><br/>Or as mentioned before, have them take ownership of the content.&nbsp;For example, if you are giving a training on negotiating repairs, ask a few agents to come and give their experiences to the group, open it up for questions, and&nbsp;let them learn from&nbsp;the real life experiences of their peers. You or your guest speaker can still have control of the&nbsp;discussion, but the agents will feel involved in what is&nbsp;being discussed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br/><br/>Remember sitting in those high school or college classes and the teacher droned on and on?&nbsp;Most of us hated that&nbsp;kind of instruction.&nbsp;Adult learners (in this case Realtors) are no different than&nbsp;h.s. students; in fact, they are probably worse with answering cell phones, texting, working on contracts, etc.&nbsp;If all they here is "blah, blah, blah," you lost them even before they entered the door. <br/><br/>Good luck. My former broker battled this constantly. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 04:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-19T04:47:00Z The sad thing is that you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ The sad thing is that you can't make your agents come. You can offer different things to try to help. I know one reason why I go to office meetings is because everytime I have a new listing I can share it at the meeting with all of the other agents at the meeting. This gives my property more exposure. Maybe try that. Maybe also offer to bring in speakers.<br/><br/>Good luck! Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-19T22:41:00Z Thanks you all for your responses. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ <p>Thanks you all for your responses. My meeting are every Tuesday at 9am with out fail. I'm glad to know my office is not the only one with this dilemma.</p><p>Cindy, I will make it a point to call individual agents and give them an opportunity to share their personal experiences relating to the topic discussed.</p><p>Nathan, I have considered letting some go and recruiting new agents many times maybe it I time to make good on my situation.</p><p>Thanks again you have given me many good ideas to implement and increase my meeting attendance.</p><p>Have a good week and continued real estate success to everyone. Respectfully Luis</p> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 21:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-19T21:30:00Z Thanks Luis.&nbsp; Although, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ Thanks Luis.&nbsp; Although, my advice was tongue-in-cheek. You did receive some excellent advice on this thread. ... Best wishes on your next meeting! ... Happy funding, Rudi Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-19T17:50:00Z Probably 30-35 of them are ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ Probably 30-35 of them are dead weight anyway, so strategically pick the ones you want to keep and strategically fire some.&nbsp; Now getting new agents is the real question.&nbsp; In this economy we aren't having many people entering the business right now.&nbsp; How do you recruit new people? Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-19T14:46:00Z Two thoughts, generalized ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ Two thoughts, generalized but likely applicable...<br/><br/>When are the meetings? Are they at a time of day that conflicts with meeting with clients or other work functions? Are they on a consistent schedule so that people can plan for/around them?<br/><br/>How much ownership of content is there? Are your people responsible for any of the meeting content, or just to show up and sit? Doesn't have to be large or complicated content, just helps if they're involved vice being "talked at". Thu, 19 Aug 2010 00:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-19T00:43:00Z Get new agents-Sounds cold ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ Get new agents-Sounds cold but if the job is not important to attend a meeting designed to impove their succes, fire the lot of them (except the 5 or so that care) and get new agents.<br/><br/>You sound fair and like a good broker-I doubt you would have any trouble finding better workers. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 00:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-19T00:02:00Z Food, drawings, information ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ Food, drawings, information all sound great!<br/>Have them start <em>and</em> <strong>end</strong> on time.<br/>Make a minimum requirement for attendance, make it reasonable <em>and</em> enforce it.<br/>It is not unusual for the same agents to show up.<br/>Many are working other jobs but making arrangements to show up for at least one to a&nbsp; couple meetings a month to keep updated on changes in the market/laws may be possible for at least some of them. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 23:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-18T23:18:00Z An office I where I used ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ An office I where I used to have my license held drawings every week&nbsp; - only those who arrived on time and stayed through the whole meeting were eligible to win.&nbsp; You never knew what the giveaway might be in advance - sometimes it might be a $5 Starbucks card, or something more valuable (like a camera).&nbsp; It seemed to improve attendance.<br/><br/>But it sounds like your agents don't see any value to them in attending sales meetings - perhaps you should talk to them and find out what would motivate them to attend. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 22:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-18T22:53:00Z At my office we prefer bagels. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ At my office we prefer bagels. But since the Office Assistant is now closer to the donut store, we have to suffer without our beloved bagels.<br/><br/>One thing I've learned about Realtors is they never turn down free food.<br/><br/>Do you use your office meetings to network new listings, price reductions, and prelists? And is this information shared with other offices within your company (if there is any other offices). This is also an incentive for agents to 'show up' for weekly meetings as they can get their properties sold more quickly. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 22:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-can%27t-get-agents-to-come-to-company-meetings/362752/ 2010-08-18T22:30:00Z