How Do You Want to Show Up in Life? – Albert & Michael – Saba Island Properties
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How important are your business relationships to you?
Think about your mechanic, banker, website designer, hair stylist, gardener, personal shopper or real estate agent.
Why do you count on them?
Because you trust them.
They’re there for you when you need them. They show up and provide a service for you that makes you happy.
What do you think about this?
You call a company and connect with someone. You like how they talk to you, treat you and when it comes time to buy their product,
to meet them and move forward, all of a sudden they’re out of the picture and you’re dealing with someone completely new.
It’s infuriating. You’ve been shuffled around. Bounced to the next sales step.
It happens all the time. You get it. You know how it works. But, you don’t much like it.
It’s no way to run a business. No way to work with people. No way to have integrity.
I’m talking about service. Customer service and life service; giving another person what they deserve not just in business but daily life.
Here’s how Gandhi talked about showing up with service:
“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him.
He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.”
Show up. Commit. Be fully present for your clients. Not just on the phone but in person. Either it matters or it doesn’t.
For years I was in sales – customer service and business development for an international travel corporation and also as a recruiter, finding people jobs in New York City. I built solid relationships with all my clients because it mattered to me. People trusted me. Counted on me.
I treated them with respect. They liked what I offered them. I came through for them and they remained clients for years.
I always found it insulting and insincere to, ’schmooze, groom and flip a perspective client’. I never did it. That’s who I am. It’s how I live my life. How I show up.
I remember when we sold our home in New York. We went with a top real estate company because they had the name and all the major listings. We met our agent. She showed up in an important car, beautifully dressed, so friendly and warm. We thought we had struck gold and after signing the contract we didn’t see her again – her ‘assistants’ took over – and we couldn’t even get a call back from her when we wanted to talk. We quit that factory and found a wonderful person who really cared about us and our home. She worked hard and sold our home in a very tough market.
See what I’m talking about. Show up… care. Just follow through and don’t hand people off because you’re greedy and lazy and focused only on the money you’ll make from the sale.
Which example works for you?
‘Hi. I’m the lead sales person for ‘Fly by Night Realty’. I’m here to assess your home, stick a price on it, get a signed contract and then…sooner or later you’ll meet the people who will be doing all the leg work, because I’m out of the picture. That’s how it works.’
Here’s how Bernie Madoff showed up and gave service, and we all know how successful he was:
“The nature of any human being, certainly anyone on Wall Street, is ‘the better deal you give the customer, the worse deal it is for you’.”
Or – there’s this example:
‘Hi. I’m Michael and this is my partner Albert of ‘Saba Island Properties‘. We’re here to talk with you about your property, to see if we can be useful and if we can work together. We love our work; what we do and we’re it. Just the two of us. We’ll be with you for the entire process. Giving you our support 100 percent. Getting results.’
John Adams eloquently expressed it like this:
“If we do not layout ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”
Showing up in life – for yourself and also others – is important. We think it’s crucial and it makes for success professionally and personally.
How do you want to show up?
That’s who we are. That’s our intention. That’s what we promise at – SABA Island Properties.
We offer a service that has at the heart of it real empathy for people.
Thanks. We look forward to working with you.
*Expats in real estate. Telling you the facts about living on Saba*
Saba (+599) . 416 . 2777 / USA +1 . 631 . 604 . 4435 / Skype: saba.island.properties
Email: Albert@sabaislandproperties.com or Michael@sabaislandproperties.com
Michael Feeley, Life Coach:
After living and working in New York City for 40+ years I leaped right out of the rat race of corporate America; leaving behind the relentless stress and competition that was wasting me; to rediscover what really matters to me in life.
We went looking for a new home all over the world - the Azores, the Maldives, France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Malta, the Caribbean and by pure luck, found Saba.
Saba gives me peace, joy, freedom and a community where I feel I belong. People are respected here; living free and open, in the heart of deep nature and incredible beauty. It's a remarkable change.
The work we do enables us to care about other people. Helping them find a new home with practical empathy for their needs and dreams. It's an emotional investment. To listen. To understand. It's work that matters to us. Work we're proud of.
Maybe you have similar yearnings for change. Wanting a better way to live.
A place where you feel at home, with yourself and with the world.
You might just be looking for a new spot to vacation. Unique. Unknown. Crowd-less. Safe. Friendly.... Hello Saba.
Or... you're already hooked on Saba and keep coming back year after year because you love it! Booking your favorite hotel and room or renting a Saba cottage or villa.
Or... Saba's lifestyle makes you dream of a bigger change. A more personal connection to this exclusive, wonder of an island. Something lasting. Just yours and investing in a home is fixed in your mind and heart.
Feel free to email me and let's find out exactly what you want and see - Is the Caribbean island of Saba right for you? Let's make those thoughts and wishes a reality and then... they won't be thoughts and wishes anymore.
I look forward to saying to you one day --'Welcome home!
Be it for a week or... a lifetime.
*And yes, it's true. I was a professional actor, singer, model (actually working) in New York City and noted theatres throughout the United States: The Actors Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Syracuse Stage, Elitch Gardens, Ogunquit Playhouse -- working with John Raitt, Howard Keel, Allan Jones, Howard Da Silva, Tovah Feldshuh, Bobby Van, Ford Models.
(I even sang for President Jimmy Carter).
I transitioned from acting (because I wanted to) into the travel industry and later, working as a headhunter for over 20 years in NYC with: The Marriott Corporation, Jones Dairy Farm, Cotton Incorporated, The New York Post, Spike Lee DDB, MetLife, Sullivan & Cromwell, Peter Marino Architect, Reliance National Insurance, Black Rock Financial, Parachute Publishing, Burberry, Asprey Jewelry, The Hunger Project, Macklowe Real Estate.
I'm an Akimbo Workshop Coach for Seth Godin and a certified Life + Career + Change Coach; working with all kinds of people around the globe: creatives - human resources professionals - executives - artists - musicians - gardeners - college deans and teachers - doctors - hotel owners - computer wizards - other coaches... helping them create the change they want in their work and lives; to do better, to be happier and even discover what they really want to do with their lives.
Please take a look at my Coaching website and see how I can be useful to you:
My favorite quote is by poet Mary Oliver because it truly says what I want to know about you in such an unforgettable way:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
I'm also proud to have my writings about real estate and coaching published at: Thrive Global - The Huffington Post - Maria Shriver - Michael Port - The Fordyce Letter - LinkedIn - Medium and others.
You can email me: Michael@sabaislandproperties.com
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