Posts Tagged ‘instructor’

Instructor Development Workshops – National Association of REALTORS Convention

November 7, 2008

I was blessed to be able to teach some of the best real estate instructors in the U.S. and world this week during the National Association of REALTORS convention in Orlando, Florida.  These two information packed sessions were for both the Certified International Property Specialist instructor (CIPS) and Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council (REBAC) cadre.  If you missed the session or want a quick recap please review the PowerPoint, see some pictures, handout, and videos.

Survey answers in spreadsheet

Downloadable PDF handout


Florida Association of REALTORS Education Directors Workshop

October 17, 2008

Video of YouTube Demonstration

Download Handout Here

Frequently Asked Questions Here

Survey Answers

Attendee Testimonials

My Trip to South Dakota

August 29, 2008

Wow!  What an amazing trip.  I have never had so much fun teaching before.  I don’t know if it was because the venues were perfect, the hotels were just right, or it was the rain but everything turned out awesome.  My trip day teaching trip first started out in Pierre, South Dakota.  I flew into Sioux Falls where I picked up my rental car and met my client Michelle, who gave me a tour of the Falls.  The day was so beautiful with clear skies and no rain.  It was just great being outside and enjoying the weather for once.

Afterward, I drove 3.5 hours to Pierre where I was to prepare a two day Instructor Development Workshop for the South Dakota Real Estate Commission.  The group was great, asked a lot of good questions and was inspired to take action from some of the technical and not so technical concepts of how to use PowerPoint effectively in their presentations.

On Tuesday I covered the “Creative Communication Beyond the Classroom” 4 hour course which included online social networking, blogging, Google Docs, RSS, and YouTube.  You could see the wheels turning in everyones’ heads during the demonstrations and the discussion prompted during the breaks.

After that session I headed back to Sioux Falls to give my last presentation.  The Education Director – Michelle – had given her members a survey a few months back to see what they wanted to learn about technology.  The results came back website and email marketing.  I customized the presentation from existing courses I had to give them something they had never seen before with an extra  punch.  WOW!

It was like magic.  Everyone laughed at my jokes, people were writing notes furiously, and not afraid of asking questions – an instructor’s dream!  I thought to myself… is this just the nicest group ever or have I finally reached a point where I was able to truly connect with an audience.

Thank you to Karen Callahan of the South Dakota Real Estate Commission and Michelle Ahrens of the REALTOR Association of the Sioux Empire for making this trip possible.  I was very thankful for the opportunity to share my knowledge with you and your members.

Read the letter of recommendation from the trip

Blogging Roles for Real Estate Education

June 21, 2008

Real Estate schools, course providers, instructors and consultants have the ability to create their own blog while allowing others to contribute valuable content to share with the world.  Producing posts that add value to their existing or future students will enhance their relationship and build trust.  Each person who contributes content to the real estate school blog must be assigned roles and responsibilities to

Roles in Blog Creation

Each Real Estate School must discuss in detail how they want each staff member, school owner, licensed instructors, and affiliate instructors to participate.  Here are the following roles and examples:

Administrator.  The administrator can do everything. Complete power over posts, comments, settings, theme choice, import, users. Nothing is off-limits, including deleting the entire blog.  Example: Owner-Lead Instructor

Author.  They can publish any posts, edit any posts, edit any published posts, edit any pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage links and upload files. They can also delete any posts and any pages. They can read, edit and delete private posts.  Example: Licensed Instructors

Editor.  Is able to edit their posts, publish their posts and upload files. And they can delete their posts too.  Example: Staff and Administration

Contributor.  They can edit their posts but cannot publish.  Example: Affiliate Instructor 

The school owner or leading instructor has an enormous responsibility to deliver information consistently, accurately, and that is relevant to the course of study.  Below are examples  of the types of entries a lead instructor or school owner would make:

Motivational Quotes.  In order to lead the charge there are many times when the lead instructor will need to motivate their students to participate or take action from the learning objectives.  Every few weeks write an entry with a quote that inspires your students to take action.

Best Practices.  Each real estate school or course has a certain set of standards that they follow in order to maintain a high level of professionalism .  The school owner should write entries base on accepted principles for their instructors and students should practice.

Industry News.  Instructors must  keep themselves up to date regarding new trends and potential threats.  Write entries about what you see in the media and follow up with your spin, facts, and application to real estate practices.

Affiliate or licensed instructors have an equal responsibility of serving the company by providing timely information everyone can use.  Here are examples of Licensed Instructor role in writing to the blog:

Classroom Activities.  Students need instruction prior to and following a class.  Write an entry that describes a process in detail while linking to other sites with valuable content.  Answer questions from follow up emails too.  This will save time rewriting the same answer for other students.

 Follow Up Materials.  Sometimes instructors have resources to share that students ask but do not have readily available to distribute.  Create an entry that includes hyperlinks to past articles, references, or websites that add value to the courses that you offer.

Demonstrate Real Life Examples.  Write entries that have application to real life situations.  Facts, data and statistics are fantastic to reveal realities within an industry but sometimes difficult to understand without interpretation.  Explain information in a way that students will be able to understand by giving examples from your area of expertise.

Staff and Administration should consider participating in the blog too.  Activities outside the classroom keep students in full communication of new events and reminders for details.  Delivery of information in a timely manner that can be archived in a blog for public knowledge will expose the many services real estate instructors provide to their students.

Each staff member consider becoming an author of the blog.  Here are some examples of some of the committees that could post entries to the blog:

  • New class date, time, and location
  • New course being offered
  • Schedule of instructor
  • Renewal reminders for designations and certifications
  • Reminders for continuing education
  • Marketing  products and additional services

Creating a Self Running PowerPoint Presentation

May 25, 2008

Instructors and sales people can use PowerPoint to make effective learning and sales presentations.  We retain 84% when we see things in addition to just hearing words.  There are two differences between creating a PowerPoint presentation for a live audience as opposed to creating one that people can view any time.  Here we will show you how to create a self running presentation so that people do not have sit down with you to get the same material.


Save YouTube Videos to Your Desktop

May 5, 2008

There is a big difference between inserting a video into a PowerPoint and linking a video to a PowerPoint.   You can link a video file or link to a website that contains the video. 


Instructors have been using YouTube Videos in their presentation to show examples of what to do and what not to do.  I would recommend asking permission of the producer to use the video to limit the liability and potential violation of copyright laws.


Click on this link to view a printable PDF on how to take YouTube videos and link them into your PowerPoint presentations by capturing the video from YouTube and saving the video as a video file (MPEG, AVI) on your computer.


For those of you that teach Fair Housing this would be a good one to grab.



I will be teaching an advance PowerPoint session at Midyear Convention in Washington D.C. if you can make the ABR recertification.  It will cover mainly PPT 2007 and multimedia presentations. 

~Happy Cinco~