Connect and Inspire


I spent most of yesterday at the Women’s Council meetings, where I was inspired to put the “Mobile Smack-Down” on my business. One of my favorite people, and fellow NAR Conference Live Featured Attendee, Heather Ozur presented her favorite apps to get the job done while traveling. As you can imagine, this is a critical piece to running a business while at convention. Heather armed all of us with information on the latest and greatest tools for becoming the most efficient mobile agent possible.

In the next lab we learned how to have winning conversations, and to connect with people on a deeper, more meaningful level. This was one of the highlights of today, with several “aha moments” about how I can improve my communication with my clients, my son, and other friends and family members. I’ve always believed that communication is the key to success in any relationship. This session taught me that effective communication can open doors that I never knew existed. I’ve been inspired (and reminded) to always seek first to understand, in order to achieve greater success in my personal and business relationships.

I did sneak over to the convention center, where I attended the Election Results and 113th Congress Legislative and Political Forum. To my surprise I ran into my mother, Gail Hartnett, who chaired this forum. As usual, she did not disappoint in delivering an excellent session. She has always told me that “if real estate is your profession, then politics is your business.” This has never been more true than in today’s political climate. It’s more important than ever before to act, invest, and vote in order to protect our clients and our livelihood. Though we may not always agree about politics, my mother has taught me that taking action to protect private property rights is our responsibility as REALTORS®, and I take that very seriously.

The day ended with another inspirational event to celebrate the past, present, and future leadership of the National Women’s Council of REALTORS®, at the Installation of Anita Davis and her 2013 leadership team. The evening was filled with making connections and building relationships that I will treasure forever. I’m honored to have so many friends who I could count on for anything. We are a network of successful REALTORS®, empowering women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Above all, we connect, we inspire, and we encourage our members to be the best version of themselves!

Kerri is a third generation REALTOR® with over nine years of personal real estate experience. She is a licensed Principal Broker in Oregon with Keller Williams Portland Central, helping people buy, sell and invest in real estate.

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