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.)

 

ROTYs from Skokie, Peoria and Quad City areas honored at June 6 banquet, too

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Rebekah Carlson, Michelle Largent and Regen Johnson.

Sue Miller

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 May 30. 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:

Rebekah Carlson of Next Realty, LLC in Skokie will represent the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR). Carlson is the NICAR secretary and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. She’s a founding member for Save-A-Pet’s Real Estate to the Rescue Golf Outing, which raised $30,000 for a no-kill shelter in 2016.

Michelle Largent of RE/MAX Traders Unlimited in Peoria is the ROTY for the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®. A past member of the Peoria Area’s board of directors, she’s also worked on many committees and volunteered for the Germantown Hills Village Board and Girl Scouts. An RPAC Major Investor, she supports the South Side Mission and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Regen Johnson of Ruhl & Ruhl REALTORS® in Davenport, Iowa will represent the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association. She has served on numerous committees for the local association. She’s a member of the board of directors and the 2017 secretary/treasurer. In the community, she volunteers with the Junior League, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement and local schools. She also serves as a mentor to new agents.

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

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

Three more local ROTYs to recognize at June 6 ROTY banquet

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Chris Wilbur, Patrick Dalessandro and Eve Bremen.

Sue Miller

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 May 30. 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:

Chris Wilbur of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bradley will represent the Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS®. Wilbur served as 2016 KIFAR president, chaired the Homebuyers Task Force and was instrumental in organizing the KIFAR Homebuyers Fair for the past three years. She is active on several KIFAR committees and chairs the Public Relations Committee.

Patrick Dalessandro of Coachlight Realty in Niles will represent the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®. He was the 1997 Illinois REALTORS® president and the 2008 Illinois REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year. A former Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Robert Dold, he’s served as a local president and on various state, local and national committees. He is the 2017 NAR Region 7 RVP.

Eve Bremen of Coldwell Banker Residential in Glencoe is the local ROTY for the North Shore Barrington Association of REALTORS®. Bremen served on numerous local committees and as NSBAR president-elect. She is active in local school and community organizations, including leadership positions for the Winnetka-Northfield and Glencoe chambers of commerce.

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

(This is the fifth in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first, second, third and fourth stories.)