COVID-19 is a storm that blew in, seemingly without a forecast or warning, it has brought a great change to our businesses, but not a change that we can’t and have not begun to prevail through.
With COVID-19 limiting our face-to-face communication and interactions, online meetings are more prevalent than ever.
Realtors have the modern tools and knowledge at their disposal to do virtual showings, and we’ve had the use of modern technology on our side since day one of the pandemic.
These modern tools have helped us facilitate remote interactions, such as virtual tours, video conference calls, and digital signing.
Zoom has become the saving grace for many businesses and people.
Schools are still conducting classes, businesses are meeting with their employees, and Real Estate is still going, all of these through the nifty Zoom application.
Zoom Video communications is an American remote conferencing services company that provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.
Change is always a frightening concept, but once this crisis is diverted, companies will learn this is the way to work.
Working from home makes sense, many companies will begin to allow employees to work from home, maybe once a week, once this storm blows over.
Previously, a lot of businesses didn’t even want to try, but now they will see, with collaborative tools like Zoom and Asana, you can track your progress and meet to delegate tasks while in the comfort of your own home.
Presenting with Zoom
One of our Kathleen Black Coaching and Consulting (KBCC) clients actually present an offer, online, using zoom to eighty-year-old sellers.
Our client found Zoom to be extremely helpful while not being able to see his sellers to discuss the offers. He says if he were to use his cell phone audio instead of Zoom’s features, he would have found things to get very confusing.
He was able to share his screen and show the sellers the multiple offers that had been received and he had compiled into a PDF.
Our client describes it as basically being together, without running the risk of getting together with clients and potentially exposing each other to the existing health risks right now.
The wonderful thing about Zoom is that whether you’re doing a listing presentation, a buyer presentation, an offer presentation, or a multiple offer presentation, every session can be recorded.
If there are any questions or discrepancies after the fact, you have it all on tape.
If we are offering our clients the opportunity to connect over Zoom to continue our business, nearly as usual, they will more than likely graciously accept.
You have to explain what the platform is, whether they’re 20 or 80, how it will all work and how this will connect you now, but also the future.
Networking with Zoom
Another one of our KBCC clients took this social-distancing movement to create an online social networking platform through Zoom.
Aside from the presentation side, people have been using Zoom for network meetings. These meetings are collective calls which include all of their stakeholders in one place.
In these calls, we have a realtor, a lawyer, a mortgage specialist, an appraiser, a home inspector, a virtual stager, the calls take place once a week and are appropriately called huddle meetings, as they are quick and to the point.
All participants of the call are communicating and networking the level of expertise they all have together in the current situation that the market is in.
As pointed out, each person in this meeting talks for no more than five minutes each. All participants will speak on how the market is changing the real estate industry and how a realtor or real estate clients can move forward right now.
The realtor is hosting this collection of wisdom so they can send it out to their clients who are interested in real estate right now.
There are some clients who aren’t real estate focused, but there are those who still want to know information and keep their eye out on the real estate market.
The objective of these Zoom meetings are to keep your clients in the loop, and to create an email or a message to keep them informed about any changes or developments.
To move online, all you need to do is take the initiative to create your Zoom account, and take your meetings and presentations virtually.
We practice what we preach, KBCC has been officially working remotely since March 17, 2020, we all communicate through emails, Zoom and Asana. We’re also hosting webinars every week day on Zoom for the public and our clients to give insight into what can be done, especially now, to optimize your businesses and stay in control.
While in the past, we might have thought moving our businesses online was next to impossible, it turns out that it’s beneficial and simple to form our businesses onto an online platform.