Aws Amro - February 2020

Emails are a time suck. As you read through the subject lines, you wonder how your time can be better spent. Kevin Rose, entrepreneur and founder of, discovered an interesting way to limit the time he spends replying to emails, and it’s extremely simple. All you have to do is end all emails with “Sent from my smartphone.” 3 Tips to Make Emailing a Breeze Why does this make a difference? According to Rose, he found that people have different expectations based on whether emails are sent from mobile devices or computers. Presumably, any email that doesn’t include the tag “Sent from my smartphone” is sent from a computer with a full keyboard and your full attention. As it turns out, people don’t mind short, to-the-point emails if you reply on the go. The best part is that you can add the “Sent from my smartphone” from any device. You can add the signoff manually when you need a quick fix or add it to your signature. You no longer have to waste time writing paragraphs in response. Instead, you can limit your responses to single words or short phrases. This is helpful when you need to send someone a quick answer to keep things moving but you’re not interested in getting into the details then and there. In other words, you can buy yourself time until you can focus on a more thought-out response. Leo Laporte, host of the “This Week in Tech” (“TWiT”) podcast, has another suggestion: Tell people you don’t read emails. Of course, you do read emails, but the world doesn’t need to know it. This is a great way to cut down on the number of emails waiting in your inbox. Finally, set aside time to do an email purge. Look at the people and businesses that are sending you emails, decide which ones you don’t read anymore, and unsubscribe. Depending on the size of your inbox, this can take time, but it’s worth it. You’ll receive fewer emails, which means you won’t spend hours scrolling through your inbox, and that can save you time and money in the long run. NO MORE SPAM EMAILS!

I grew up in Jordan but came to Canada in 2001 when I was 18 to go to university. From a young age, I was interested in money, so I majored in finance at the University of Ottawa. One day, I was reading “Rich Dad’s Increase Your Financial IQ” by Robert Kiyosaki, which poses the question of why banks lend millions — sometimes billions — to some people and not others. I couldn’t shake my fascination with this question. Beyond wanting to know how bankers look at things, I also wanted to hone my sales skills. Since my passion is connecting with people and building genuine friendships and lasting trust, I read all kinds of books about first impressions, body language, personality types, and influence. When I graduated, I was determined to get a sales job in a bank, and sure enough, I started as a teller then a personal banker at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), where I spent my time opening bank accounts, issuing credit cards, referring mortgages, and overseeing investments. I was getting paid to learn all about credit applications and finances. It was a dream job. When a client walks into an RBC branch, meets with a banking advisor, and inquires about a mortgage, that advisor refers the matter to mortgage specialists. The advisors don’t do it themselves. This is different than all the other banks out there because typically, personal bankers at other banks do mortgages that come their way. Because I referred a lot of files to the mortgage specialist in my branch, he took me out for lunch one day to show his appreciation and asked me about my future plans with the bank. To my surprise, he told me the next day that My Journey to Mortgages MY ORIGIN STORY

he thought I would make a great mortgage specialist. “You’re good with clients, and they listen to you,” he told me. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do it, but it was a big jump because I would be going from a steady salaried position to a job where my income was 100% commission.

In the end, I decided to take the leap, and what a fantastic journey it has been! I’ve been a mortgage specialist for eight years now. My goal is to get clients approved as smoothly and as quickly as possible. I don’t own golf clubs or a boat; my hobbies include processing mortgages and answering your and your clients’ calls on the first ring. Give me a call — I am always available.

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