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23 conversation topics to help you look smart when prospecting

May 15, 2017

Finding new contacts and building relationships is the lifeblood of a commercial real estate broker. You need to know exactly who your prospects are, and more importantly, what to say to pique their interest and gain their trust.

We've said it before and we'll say it again: to capture a prospect's attention and earn their respect, you need to be interesting, relevant and timely. You need to offer them information from the start to convince them that you know what you’re talking about.

Top-performing brokers have a dedicated approach to starting these conversations. For example, many have a list of potential conversation starters on hand for their prospecting efforts, which can generally be broken down into these categories:

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If you have a good database and know the players involved, you can contact them with concrete information that’s relevant to them. The expertise is yours, but technology can make it easier to find the right people and start the right conversations at the right time. 

To get more specific, here are a few examples of ways to approach prospects with these topics.

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For more tactics and strategies to be a better broker, read The Commercial Real Estate Best Practices Toolkit. 

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Topics: Best Practices

Russ Duncan

Written by Russ Duncan

Russ is Apto's Product Marketing Manager and helps drive product direction through customer discovery, consulting, research and advocacy. Russ is a CRE tech industry veteran and has held several positions at Digital Map Products, including Product Manager, Customer Success Manager, & Solution Engineer. He's a serial observationalist interested in understanding the built and natural environments, systems of engagement and movement of information; and moreover how people use and interact with them.

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