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How Do You Do That? Poetry & The Sales Profession

Words are previews of things to come.  What you say will likely become what happens.  Here's a unusual exercize to expand the part of your brain that has to do with the structure of thoughtsWrite a poem.  Let a phrase rattle around in your brain, then put it on paper.  Here's how it works for me; read slowly, and tell me if it works for you:

It starts with a thought,
But the thought's just a seed.
It lies dormant in plenty,
And then sprouts when there's need.

Need is the seedbed
Of poems, it seems;
An essential component
Of versified dreams

That flow from the tip
Of my Pelikan pen,
Take shape on the paper
And surprise me.  Again!

For each poem complete
Has a soul of its own;
An expression of promise
From neediness grown
     © Michael W. Jones

In my 40's, I realized that words take on a life of their own, both in business and in the mind.  If you're serious about your blogging, you'll know what I mean. For the business person, Richard Bayan's Words That Sell is worth buying and keeping next to your keyboard.  Let words and phrases rattle around your brain for a few minutes a day.  Your use of the written word (in letters, contract addenda, blogs, email, advertising, etc.) will improve as you stretch your mind. 
Your career will benefit.  Your clients will too. 
Who knows?  You might find poetry in your soul.


Mike in Tucson
 

 

Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Comment balloon 20 commentsMike Jones • September 15 2007 01:06AM

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Beautiful and creative....maybe I'll try that ....again. I used to write love sick poetry...now I blog. ha!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago

Sally, I was thinking of you while writing yesterday's blog about Moving to Tucson.  I imagined the sun slipping over the horizon on its way to Hawaii, with shadows dancing on the edges of lava-like cloudbanks.  See if you don't think the photo of that cloudbank looks like your lava.  It's not surprising that you have a poet's soul.  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

Mike - you're the second person who has suggested that book! I guess NOW I'll have to get it! Thanks for the reminder!

P.S.  Do you ever sleep?? I notice your blogs are always very early morning!

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 12 years ago

Very nice! Thanks, I will look for the book!

It's a Good Life!

Fran Rokicki, Clubnet~Mentor

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) almost 12 years ago
Nice post Mike. I will check out the link to the book. Thanks and have a great weekend.
Posted by Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Mike ...I enjoyed that very much. You are extremely creative!

As far as creative language with contracts...that's a no no here(NH). We even have a list of "lawyer approved" language we are supposed to use...we are definately encouraged NOT to use our own words!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
I don't use "creative" language in my contracts, I save that for my blogs, but I do know the importance of having every inch of your backside covered with a well written contract :)  One little sentence in my last contract saved my clients 2000 dollars, even though we had to go through mediation to get it.  Great poem Mike!
Posted by Lexa R. Montierth, Real Estate Sales Agent and Marketer (NextHome Complete Realty) almost 12 years ago

Okay, I'm on vacation in Surf City, NJ, and internet access is $12. per hour at an internet Cafe.'  But two of my favorite readers, Joan in New Hampshire, and Lexa in Tucson, AZ, mention "creative" language in their comments above, so I had to go back and read my post from beginning to end. 

I was looking for that word "Creative," because "creative" isn't at all what I intended to convey as being necessary.  And the word's nowhere to be found in my post! 

I think I'll go back and edit this, though.  The part of the brain that needs nourishment is the vocabulary/usage part of the brain.  So many business people neglect this part once they're established and successful.

With appreciation for all my readers,
Mike in Tucson (actually, Surf City, NJ at the moment)

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago
Mike:  Good post and interesting comments.  Your last one before mine is right on regarding the vocabulary/usage part.  Very good.
Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) almost 12 years ago

Thanks, Donna.  I appreciate the give and take that the comment format allows. 

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

Mike, You're making me work.  I wish it was a "link" to the book. See how  this Internet thing has made us lazy and expecting to have everything handed to us? But I need a book like that so I guess I'll just gave  to go find it. Thank you.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Bill, like it says in the NT, "ask and ye shall receive."  Here's a link to the title on Half.com, where you can buy the book for as little as $7.00 brand new. 

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

Mike, thank you very much. This lazy guy appreciates your effort.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Mike - I have had a love affair with words since I was a child.  One of my favorite books was the dictionary.  What an excellent reminder your post is that we must be able to clearly articulate what we mean through the spoken and written word.
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Thanks, Marlene.  I have the seriously thoughtful side of me, and it comes out quite often in the form of poetry.  On the other hand, I post things like this about redneck birdfeeders...  Go figure.  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago
Mike-  I appreciate this post.  Although I got lured by the rhyme of the poem, I think the point that resounded for me was this " Well written contract addenda require thought, and an acquired ability to structure those thoughts clearly.  Anyone who's ever tried to decipher an addendum written by someone without forethought will appreciate the point!
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sandi.  I think I'm in the same camp as Marlene Bridges, who commented above that she has "had a love affair with words" since she was a child. 

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago
A very nice post, makes me think we can all do better if we try, and use the tools that are available!!
Posted by Mike Norvell Sr, Norvell Consulting Group (Morris Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

Thanks, Mike!  You're a new "face," and I'm off to read your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

I've edited this and reposted it; it's one of my favorite posts.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 11 years ago

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