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Eleven Questions You Should Ask to See if Your Training Worked

Jul 9, 2016

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Carla Cross

About Carla Cross, CRB, MA International speaker, trainer, and coach specializing in career development, business planning, brokerage management, leadership, and instructor development. What sets Read more

red checkmarkThis month, I'm spotlighting training.

What grade would you give the training you received as a new agent? An A--or a D? How valuable was it to your success? I don’t mean, did you like it, or did you like the instructor....I mean--how valuable was it to launch your career?

I've done surveys to managers and to newer agents about the value of their new agent training. I found a great disparity between what the managers thought, and what the new agents thought—six months after the training. So, I’m gathering information from the source—newer agents—to find out what you found valuable, and what you wish you had included in training.

Here are some things to think about and answer--as an agent:

  1. How well did your training prepare you to give effective listing and buyer presentations?
  1. How could it have prepared you better?
  2. How well did your training prepare you to answer buyer and seller objections?
  3. How well did your training prepare you with visual buyer and seller systems so you appeared to be a ‘seasoned agent’ to compete with the best?
  4. How well did your training prepare you with the self-confidence to work with difficult buyers and sellers?
  5. What did you want your training to do for you—before you entered that training?
  6. After having been in the business awhile, what do you wish you had experienced during the training?
  7. Did your training lay out a business start-up plan, and did it train and hold you accountable to that plan until you got results?
  8. Did your training require you to demonstrate enough competency that you could effectively work with buyers and sellers?
  9. How well did your training prepare you to write and negotiate purchase and sale agreements?
  10. How well did your training prepare you to gain loyalty and buyer agency agreements?

What Else?

Please comment on the positives and negatives of your training, so I can better help managers and trainers prepare newer agents for the ever challenging markets and sophisticated buyers and sellers. Thank you!

Did the Instructor Do Evaluations After Each Day of the Course--and at the End of the Course?

If there are no evaluations, the instructor isn't learning the truth about your training. Do good evaluations and find out what's going on. Managers needn't settle for doing training just to have training! And, you certainly shouldn't!

Let me know how your training 'stacked up' when you answered the 11 questions above.

Flying by the Seat of your Pants?

They say  to 'fake it 'til you make it'. Problem is, that we just keep on faking it instead of mastering it. It's time for you to step up and master your presentations, those objections, that time management. Take a look at my online training/coaching program to help you step to that next level: Up and Running in Real Estate. See it here.