28 local REALTOR association ‘legacy projects’ identified for the Illinois Bicentennial celebrations

Chicago REALTORS Sonia Anaya and Zeke Morris, members of the Illinois Bicentennial Task Force, show off the bicentennial selfie sticks available through the Illinois REALTORS Bicentennial store.

“Not only do we dream big but we come through in a big way,” said Bicentennial Task Force Chair Vicky Turner, of Dixon, Tuesday at the Illinois REALTORS® June Business Meetings in Springfield.

Illinois REALTORS® are planning “legacy projects” across the state including “adopting” a historic home or property in our local REALTOR® association communities as well as downtown Springfield, in the block shared by the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters.

Our theme “Illinois REALTORS®, working with heart in every community” underscores how REALTORS® are leaders in their local communities, supporting local charities and causes, promoting economic development and a strong economy all while helping real estate buyers and sellers achieve the American Dream.

“Our advocacy efforts have earned us a good name,” said Jim Kinney of Chicago, a task force member and a member of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. “The Bicentennial project fits our mission so well. I love our mission statement, ‘Illinois REALTORS® — working with heart in every community.’ Our efforts will open doors. The outreach will last a lot longer than our initial efforts.”

While sharing a description of community historical projects that local associations have identified, task force Vice Chair Sheryl Grider Whitehurst of Peoria says REALTORS® represent citizens who have enthusiasm for the communities they live. “There are people who are proud of Illinois. This is our home state and we’re proud to take care of it,” she stated.

Illinois REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer Gary Clayton gave an update on the The Bicentennial Plaza – a REALTOR® Community Project, which is expected to be completed summer 2018, the same time as the Governor’s Mansion Restoration project.  The Plaza has been designated a “Legacy Project” by the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which oversees the state’s plans for the milestone birthday. When completed summer 2018, the Plaza will feature historical murals depicting the history of the Civil Rights Movement, history of Illinois Executive Mansions and the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

“This plaza will be a significant landmark for Springfield,” Clayton said.

The Illinois State Bicentennial officially begins on Dec. 3, 2017 with kick-off events in Springfield and Chicago. Dec. 3 marks the day in 1818 that Illinois became the 21st state in the Union.

“The rest of this year and 2018 will be an exciting time for our association,” said Grider-Whitehurst.
Follow the latest bicentennial news by following the state Bicentennial Facebook page and the Ilinois Realtors Bicentennial Facebook page. Use the hashtags #illinoisproud and #REALTORSworkingwithHeart.

See you in Springfield at June Business Meetings

Illinois REALTORS® headed for the June Business Meetings next week at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel can review the online schedule.

Tuesday’s sessions include the:

  • Board Leadership Forum,
  • Commercial-Industrial-Investment Committee,
  • Professional Standards Committee,
  • Bicentennial Task Force,
  • Professional Development Major Investors Group (MIG) and
  • Public Policy & Government Affairs MIG.

The final event of the day is the REALTOR® of the Year Banquet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The guest of honor will be Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday’s sessions include the Board of Directors Meeting and the Future Leaders Workshop.

 

On June 6, ROTYs from Peotone, Rockford and Oak Park areas will be recognized

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Jim Sim, Brad Shields and Alice McMahon.

The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on June 6. The guest of honor will be Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m.

Here are some details about the three local honorees mentioned above:

Jim Sim of Oak Leaf Realty in Peotone will represent the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®. This RPAC Major Investor served as Three Rivers President, local Government Affairs chair, and on many local and state committees. Sim is active with the Illinois St. Andrew Society and president of the Midwest Pipe Band Association.

Brad Shields of Dickerson & Nieman in Rockford will represent the Rockford Area REALTORS®. Shields helped form Rockford Area’s award-winning YPN, served on Ethics & Arbitration Hearing Panel and Finance Committee. He’s a board director, volunteered for Rock the Block Beautification Project on Broadway, and coaches/sponsors youth baseball and basketball.

Alice McMahon of Reichert Realtors® – Nickel Group in Oak Park will represent the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®. A director since 2013, McMahon has served on the Pro Standards Committee since 2004. This REALTOR® Emeritus volunteers for the Economy Shop, supports the Infant Welfare Society and chairs Oak Park’s Special Events Task Force.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the last in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first, secondthirdfourth, fifth, sixth and seventh stories.)

18 ways REALTORS® can deliver more effective, memorable messages

Anthony Huey

Since audiences generally remember about 20 percent of a speaker’s message, Anthony Huey says it’s critical to hone your message through preparation. And with 50 percent of the audience distracted at any given point of a presentation, the way your message is delivered – with passion or conviction or style – is even more important.

Here are 18 ideas remembered from Huey’s “Making Your Messages Memorable” presentation at the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo on May 11. I put them into three categories.

6 ideas to improve effectiveness

  • Arrive early to the place where you’ll present to identify and minimize obstacles.
  • Use short personal stories to help audience members connect with you.
  • Step toward your audience while talking, make eye contact with those in different parts of the room.
  • Watch body language of listeners for signs of disinterest.
  • Find positive ways to engage audience members, such as using the name of an audience member in a hypothetical example.
  • Use visual aids sparingly so the audience focuses on you.

6 things to avoid

  • Don’t read presentations to your audience.
  • Don’t stand fixed behind a podium.
  • Do not use complete sentences on PowerPoint slides.
  • Do not use Excel spreadsheets, small text or large amounts of data on PowerPoint.
  • Do not create PowerPoint or handouts so the audience can read every word of your presentation while you speak.
  • Avoid distracting the audience from your message, i.e., nervously gulping water.

6 steps to improving stock presentations

Following these steps is key to improving the messages you repeat again and again, in formal and informal settings, Huey says.

  • Videotape yourself delivering the presentation.
  • Transcribe the presentation word for word.
  • Review and edit the transcription.
  • Convert the “script” into a conversation with one person.
  • Practice the revised presentation out loud a minimum of 10 times (no whispering, no mirrors).
  • Edit the script down to bullet point phrases.

The more often you give a presentation, the more familiar you become with your messages and the shorter your bullet points can be, Huey says.

(Anthony Huey is a keynote speaker, trainer and communication consultant. Read more about him at communicateclearly.com.) 

ROTYs from St. Charles, Freeport and O’Fallon areas to be honored June 6

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Mark Coleman, Anne Sadler and Julie Heltne.

The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on June 6. The guest of honor will be Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is midnight tonight. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Here are some details about the three local winners mentioned above:

Mark Coleman of Coleman Land Company in St. Charles will represent the REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley. Coleman is Fox Valley’s president-elect. The managing broker and co-owner of Coleman Land Company is a Major Investor. He volunteers at the Garfield Farm Museum in Campton Hills and has supported the local Jaycees, the Tri-Cities Exchange Club and the Red Cross in the past.

Anne Sadler of Choice Realty in Freeport will represent the REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois. She is the broker-owner of Choice Realty and is a continuing education and Pre-License instructor. Sadler has served on many RANWIL committees and was the 2015 MLS president. She serves on the Illinois REALTORS® Education Working Group and volunteers with the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, the Freeport Area Food Bank. She also supported the creation of a new Enterprise Zone to bring new construction back to the Freeport area.

Julie Heltne of RE/MAX Signature Properties in O’Fallon will represent the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois. Heltne has served on the RASI Board of Directors for several years. Also, she has served as chair of the Awards Task Force for several years and her creative flair has helped expand the reach of REALTOR® After Hours programming.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the seventh in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first, secondthirdfourth, fifth and sixth stories.)