Sales Consultant, Dalton Partners Real Estate
Stephanie started her career as a HR advisor in the mining construction industry after completing a Bachelor of Business at the University of Newcastle.
After working away on various remote construction sites, Stephanie’s focus returned home where she made the decision to change careers and spend more time with family and friends. When choosing the next step, her friends encouraged her to explore property as she had already purchased and renovated homes for herself and this quickly became a love of hers.
Since then, she has not looked back. Stephanie now specialises in residential sales and spends much of her time getting to know her community. Stephanie is an author, the current president of a BNI networking group, Junior VP of the Newcastle Business Club & a New Lambton Chamber of a business committee member.
1. How do you manage your work/life balance?
This can be difficult so I try to have non-negotiables in my week. For example, I meet my grandfather for coffee Mondays after his exercise class, family dinners once a week, regular exercise and social time. Having time locked in for family, friends and yourself is my key to balance.
2. What is the one thing you cannot live without?
I cannot live without my support network. I have always been very lucky to be extremely close with my family & friends. Without them there is no way I would be able to achieve what I do.
3. Where do you see your industry heading and how have you positioned yourself to benefit from these changes?
Innovation and accessibility are definitely huge drivers for the Real Estate industry right now. To me, Real Estate is a service industry and having more options has only highlighted the gap between more traditional agents and those more innovative in how they operate. People are no longer walking past a shopfront checking out the new listings and we need to move with them.
Social media has been a significant platform I have been working on positioning myself to benefit from these changes as it has already enabled me to begin educating the community on what really goes into selling a home, have larger audiences see who I am as a person and advertise homes in different ways.
Our team is continuing to trial new technology aimed at future ways selling can be easier and more efficient. We have introduced a program that allows us to effectively bid online and communicate instantly with buyers, sellers and agents. With the majority of us spending so much time on our devices, being there with clients at all hours of the day with easy access is extremely important.
4. How do you define success?
Success in a professional sense to me is having a reputation of respect from my clients and colleagues achieved through being content with who I am and where I can provide value. This doesn’t necessarily mean being the biggest name in my industry!
5. What advice would you give someone five years younger than you, in any industry, to help them achieve success?
There are a few things I truly believe will help anyone achieve success even if they may sound cliché:
- Love what you do and the rest is easy.
- The good stuff really does happen outside your comfort zone.
- Be consistent. It will take more than one go at something to get results.
- The little details matter.