I guess we have all heard the Latin proverb that “fortune favours the brave” or to quote Del Boy, “he who dares, Rodney, he who dares”. Both of these could be said of Peter Knight and his team at the Property Academy who organised the biggest event for estate agents ever held in the UK last week – the EA Masters.
I know I am not alone in the doubts I originally had as to whether they really could pull-off such an event, and I’m pleased to say I was wrong. Maybe this shows I am not that brave! In reality I think it shows that the Property Academy has its finger on the pulse and can sense the temperature of the industry in which they work far better than I. To give up a relationship with the Sunday Times indicates he knows when a winning formula has reached its sell by date.
To assemble a number of internationally acclaimed speakers that hold their audiences’ attention throughout the day is no mean achievement, and to see a professional master of ceremonies such as Gabby Logan at work was a real education. Of course Gabby is a trained lawyer, so I was quick to offer her a job, but it was quite clear that sport is her passion and Sky her main employer.
The highlight however was having the opportunity to “show and tell” about our new eWay system for estate agents and brokers – something that has been the culmination of an incredible amount of work from a dedicated team, working within our IT Development group.
A year ago I was full of ideas that started along the lines of “if only it could do ……..”, and here we are at the point of a pilot with the vast majority of my wish list fulfilled. Along the way we sought the advice of some of our introducers to establish what they would like to see – and I think we have done it. Nobody has done anything quite like it, and it fulfils one of the original objectives of My Home Move when we started up 17 years ago; provide transparency to our introducers.
Possibly then bravery isn’t just about the big public moments of our time, but the quieter revolutions which make things simply work better, challenging the way things have always been done. As such we will pin our hearts to our sleeves and say we think our new eWay system will change the way you do business, probably forever. A brave statement for sure.