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20
May

The Elevator

This week we brought one of my favorite people in the world, Petey Parker, to be our guest speaker at our all company meeting.  If you want to see some of what she does visit www.blog.peteyparker.com  My hope in doing this is that it would help our associates, employees, and business partners get energized.  I think it did for many people, but I don’t know that anyone got more out of it than I did.  Whenever I hear a really good speaker I take a lot of notes.  Then I usually put them away for a day or two and then go back to them.  The magical part of doing this is that something new usually occurs to me later on.  Well it did today big time.   One of the things she talked about was how important it is (especially in sales) to have a great two to three sentence elevator speech.  Have you ever heard anyone that is really good at this?  Its really powerful.  I realized this was a huge shortcoming of mine, but in the words of Stuart Smalley (you know the character from Saturday Night Live).  I am good enough, smart enough and doggone it people like me.  Here is what I used to say when someone asked me what I did,  “I am in management for McGraw Realtors”.  Seriously how boring and corporate does that sound?  Here is my new one “I am an executive for the Number 1 real estate company in town, McGraw Realtors.  Its my job to make our associates and ancillary businesses reach heights they didn’t know were possible.”  So I am looking for free feedback.  What do you think?

Funny kid story of the week.  Mack has taken to wearing a rubberband on his head.  This has been going on for a few days.  He will bring you a rubberband and then hit your leg until you put it on his head.  My sister thinks maybe he has a future as a tennis player.  I think he knows it makes Paige and I laugh everytime we look at him.   Here is a pic.

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17
May

Super Strawn Six

Some recent photos of the Super Strawn Six

 I thought the photographer did a nice job of capturing the chaos at our house.  If you want her info, just Facebook me.

This is the beautiful lady that made all of this happen. 

(Left To Right) Shelby Kate (The Princess), Blane (So Far The Easy One), Turner (The Salesman), and Mack Thomas (Just Plain Trouble)

17
May

Tulsa-Top 5 (According To Forbes)

As I said when I started this blog there would be business thrown in.  Because other than my family, business is a huge part of who I am and what I do on a daily basis.  While I sometimes envy people that work to live, I subscribe to the opposite.  Its just the way I am wired, I decided a long time ago to stop fighting it. 

Check out this story from Forbes about Top 5 places.  Shout out to my real estate brothers and sisters in the other markets listed in here.  Mental note to self, make a trip to Pittsburg sometime.  There is town not scared to pull up their bootstraps and make things happen.  The only fault I can find with the city is they are the home of the Steelers.

Forbes Top 5 Places to Buy A Home

For those of you following the season of the Bixby Rangers 7 under baseball team.  We suffered a crushing defeat to the Indians last night.  They are the best team in the league and we did hang with them for a couple of innings.  I will say their coaches are nice guys and that does help a little.

11
May

Baseball and Life

I recently got a chance to relive a little of my childhood.  One of the constants in my life from the age of 5 to 14 was the Dodgers.  I was blessed enough to play on the same little league team for almost all of my childhood.  I remember that when Coach Lewis (yes now he is the Honorable Johnny Lewis for my Plano friends) started our team.  We were pretty bad, but he was relentless on coaching the fundamentals even if we lost and we did often.  Sometime around the 5th or 6th grade it all changed.  We went from being a bad team to a very good team, in fact we went to 3 city championships in a row and won two of them.  This is year I am helping coach Turner’s team.  We are very similar to the early Dodger years (yes its ugly).  While I am very competitive I constantly remind myself these boys are 7 years old and are really just happy to be with boys their own age and someone will bring snacks after the game.  But we get better a little better every week, and the transformation of some of the boys from game to game is really remarkable. 

For what may be the first time it dawned on me why many including me love baseball so much.  You put your uniform on, you get dirty, sometimes you get a hit, and sometimes you strikeout.  Whatever happens there is always another game to play.  Sounds like life….

5
May

Well One Down

I decided to wait a couple of days before writing anything on the death of Osama.  First I hope it brings some closure to all the people that were affected by the attacks he ordered, obviously 9-11 being the largest one.  I have read and heard a few things that I thought were interesting.  First it was also announced on May 1st that Hitler had committed suicide, so a pretty good day in history again.  Another thing while I am all for arming other groups/countries to fight wars we probably have no business being in the first place.  Seriously can we have a little more oversight on the leaders of these groups?  OBL came to power in Afganistan when we armed him to fight the Soviet Union.  Last thing on this topic, I would like spend a night drinking beer with guys from Seal Team Six.  Since I am war novel junkie, I had heard of them before.  But I have been reading a little about them since this happened.  If there are bigger studs on the face of this earth I haven’t heard of them.  By the way they would never tell any of us what they do for a living, but if they did we all owe them at the very least a beer.