professional development

The dog whisperer

Kirsty Dunphey /

Our real estate agency Elephant Property has an unofficial staff member – Terry, our maintenance man. He’s a constant source of lightness and unbridled energy in our office and I love him.

He’s also one smart cookie. Just recently he told me how he always carries a pocketful of dog treats because he often has to go into properties that have dogs. He’s been called the dog whisperer by one of our tenants recently after he charmed their two large dogs.

It’s such a simple but effective idea. You encounter lots of dogs each day, many of whom aren’t so happy about having you on ‘their’ property, so you carry a treat or two with you.

Is there a person you encounter daily who isn’t so fond of seeing you? What could you carry in your pocket to charm them with?

Maybe you have crayons or a cool stuffed toy in your office for calming noisy toddlers while their parents sign important documents? For the older ones, perhaps it’s an iPad they can play with while mum or dad is occupied? Perhaps you drop off a mini chocolate bar with your tax invoice? Or, and I love this one, you’re the hairdresser with an awesome chair for the kids to sit in while getting their hair done.

Who do you need to whisper to?

From broke at 19 to retired at 27, Kirsty Dunphey is an entrepreneur, mother and author, and lives by the motto Memento Vivere (remember to live).

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