Posts Tagged ‘young’

How to Recruit Young Leaders – Improve the Transparency of REALTOR Associations

November 25, 2008

I have heard frustrations that current leadership want young professionals to participate and join association leadership activities but have no idea how to get them involved.  It is interesting because Generation Y or the Millennials are community driven, fast acting, and innovative in perspective.  They ask … why do things have to be the way they are now, or why can’t we do this another way?  A young leader with guidance from mentors, practice in serving and patience with existing ideals can revolutionize an association.

Generational housing shares that we should keep in mind the preferred method of communication for all of our perspective clients.  If we were to target Gen Y and get them involved then we ought to learn how to communicate with them.  This involves new forms of communication using text messaging, blogs, podcasts, social networks, and online communities. More importantly, young professionals want to do their homework online, communicate online, and share online.  Young professionals are able to create binding relationships online that add value to one another.  Young professionals want to see the transparency in people, groups, and associations so that they can choose how to participate from a distance before they commit to an in person meeting.

We have all the tools to help our organizations communicate more efficiently, faster, and offer more member services while consuming less resources.

It is time to start rethinking the way that we market, communicate, and advertise our services to our members. The future of association lies in the leaders that we select and the new tools that guide membership to embrace innovative concepts and embrace transparency as a way of life.

Take a look at this presentation that I have created for how to implement transparency with young association leaders.

As leaders of your association you have the tools at your side (technology), the materials, (the leadership), and the energy to move your group to collaborate on new ideas, changes and laws that impact the private property rights of homeowners. It is a big ship and may not turn easy but with a little guidance, practice, and patience you can improve the transparency of your association and recruit young leaders into your association.

Please pass this along to your association leadership, board of directors, committee chairs, and young members to see how this plan can fit into your strategic action plan.

Comments are requested below.


Young Real Estate Leaders Unite

September 6, 2008

This is your chance to give back in an open and collaborative environment.

Calling all up and coming real estate leaders!  This is not a MySpace page,  it is not a Facebook group,  this is a place where discussions will take place to help one another grow in a  private and collaborative environment.

Young Real Estate Leaders

Young Real Estate Leaders

This group is not for everyone. This group is ONLY for those who are dedicated towards serving their communities, REALTOR® associations, and companies by becoming centers of influence.

If you join and do not participate you will be removed from the group.  If you join and post obscene or hurtful comments you will be removed from the group.  If your messages become too political you will be removed from the group.  If your messages turn into self promotion you will be removed from the group.

We will be able to work faster, smarter, and share ideas that will help our REALTOR® associations with fresh ideas that can easily be implemented which will benefit membership and the private property rights of home owners.

Here are the ways to participate:

  1. Videos.  Post videos that demonstrate the benefits of being a REALTOR, educational talks, and anything that will benefit the search or sale of homes.  We encourage out of the box thinking and creative ways to define alternative ways of serving buyers and sellers of real estate.
  2. Photos.  Post pictures that actively display collaborative meetings, agents working hard, clients being served, and successes within the community.
  3. Forum.  Post discussion topics that everyone can benefit from and also answer questions that will benefit members.
  4. Chat.  Post anything that is on your mind that has relevance to the market, challenges of being a young real estate leader, or success stories from the day.
  5. Events.  Please list any events that other members will benefit from.  These include webinars, designation courses, and conventions that other members are able to attend.
  6. Notes.  Please list anything on your mind, great websites found, or invaluable tips that you want to share with others.  Please limit the notes to 100 words or less
  7. RSS.  Each member should subscribe to the latest activity history by email or in a RSS reader to keep up to date on what is happening in the young real estate leader community.

How do you get started?

Visit or

You must sign up and join the group.  Anyone is allowed to join but they must meet strict requirements in order to stay in the group.

Ways to encourage others to join:

  1. Email your friends the exact same notice or the link or and encourage them to join the group.
  2. Create a badge.  The badge identifies you as a member of the group and you can post your badge to your blog, Facebook profile, MySpace Profile, and/or website using HTML source code.

If you wish to participate in the administration of the Young Real Estate Leaders Group we will be looking for the following positions:

  1. President
  2. Chief Technical Officer
  3. Treasurer
  4. Secretary
  5. Membership

There will be plans to have a Board of Directors that will actively manage the direction of the group.  All meetings will be online or using teleconference as a last resort.  These meetings will be paperless and efficiently run in 20 minutes once a month.

Thank you again for your interest!
Doug Devitre
Young Real Estate Leader Network Administrator