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The Be Better podcast, hosted by Kim Haynie, aims to provide the knowledge and advice to help you own your future (and yes, to be better.)

This podcast, created by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, will give you the tools and knowledge to be the best version of yourself. Through in-depth discussions with successful people from all walks of life, we will uncover insights and inspiration to help you build your own story, achieve your goals and live your best life.

Join us each week as we dive into a new topic, everything from healthy habits to entrepreneurship and wealth management; we've got you covered. Subscribe now to make sure you never miss an episode!

Be Better - BHGRE Kim Haynie & Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate

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The Be Better podcast, hosted by Kim Haynie, aims to provide the knowledge and advice to help you own your future (and yes, to be better.)

This podcast, created by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, will give you the tools and knowledge to be the best version of yourself. Through in-depth discussions with successful people from all walks of life, we will uncover insights and inspiration to help you build your own story, achieve your goals and live your best life.

Join us each week as we dive into a new topic, everything from healthy habits to entrepreneurship and wealth management; we've got you covered. Subscribe now to make sure you never miss an episode!

    Veronica Romney | Huge Mistake Most Solopreneurs Face

    Veronica Romney | Huge Mistake Most Solopreneurs Face

    In today’s episode of the Be Better Podcast, Kim and Donald are joined by “the dream team architect” Veronica Romney. She and Donald discuss her approach to entrepreneurship and the struggles entrepreneurs face in their daily lives.
    Veronica’s introduction to entrepreneurship:
    Once Veronica had her first son, she and her husband wanted to center their work lives around their family rather than the other way around. She launched a digital marketing agency, modeling it based on what she knew (a corporate environment.)  She ultimately blew up her expenses before answering the critical questions - understanding her business’s niche and what it offered to her audience. She’s made many entrepreneurial mistakes:
    There’s a spectrum all entrepreneurs face, building too fast or too slow and draining profitability. Learning when to bring in help became an integral skill. It can be scary to hand control over to others; nobody knows how to manage your business like you do.  If you notice you’re spending more time on the business rather than communicating the efforts you’ve made to reach your mission and vision, you’ve crossed the line. Outsource the elements you don’t have to know:
    A business has three lanes of nurturing: the prospects, the customers, and the company. While many outsource the marketing, sales, and content, this is a mistake. After all, how do you know a message will resonate with your audience if you aren’t there to see it? Don’t outsource messaging until you’ve finalized it and know that it works for you. Instead, outsource elements you know you’ll never do long-term, like technical work, bookkeeping, and financial components.  Create KPIs for yourself, not just your team:
    Whether you’re a YouTube star, content creator, or any type of entrepreneur, be conscious of your KPIs.  One of those KPIs is your number of weekly messaging moments. How many days did you share a message on behalf of the company? It could be a conference, a podcast, anything. If those activities are declining, the business is also losing revenue. Time is the greatest resource we have, and we never have enough of it. 
    If you think you don’t have enough time, you aren’t spending it in the right places.  Bring in help to buy back time and focus on the KPIs that matter to you. For many people, our brains work the best at certain times. So, safeguard your creative time over your admin time. Veronica’s final takeaway? Some of the most significant sources of her early wins came from the humble act of asking for help. So have humility, put your ego aside, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
    Be Better Episode Resources:
    Connect with Veronica on social media by searching @vronmey on Instagram and LinkedIn or visiting her website, veronicaromney.com. Read The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, available on Amazon. Like, subscribe, and listen to the Be Better podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else podcasts can be found. You can help build a better world.
    Help Better Homes and Gardens fight homelessness across the world by donating at bhgre.com/newstory. With a goal to raise $100,000 by the end of 2022, your contributions will go directly to supporting those affected and helping build a world with homes for everyone.
    This episode is brought to you in part by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate.
    Looking for a new role that allows you to become your own boss, create your own schedule, and have excellent income potential without the headache of starting a new business? Become an agent with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, an American icon trusted in all things related to the home. Explore career options at bhgrecareer.com/.

    • 32 min
    Carson Arthur | 5 Things You Can Start Today To Go Green At Home

    Carson Arthur | 5 Things You Can Start Today To Go Green At Home

    Interior remodeling isn’t the only way to invest in your property; your outdoor space is valuable realty as well! In today’s episode of the Be Better podcast, Kim and Donald are joined by garden designer, TV personality, small business owner, and author Carson Arthur. In this episode, he shares his recommendations for going green at home and cultivating your outdoor space for a long-term investment. 
    Make the most of the opportunities you have with your land.
    When it comes to renovation, first-time home buyers think about paint colors and kitchen appliances. But outdoor renovation is the only renovation that increases in value over time - trees and plants grow!  Landscaping is a great way to make a great return on investment. Green living should be a passion for everyone.
    When Carson started talking about low-maintenance outdoor spacing, he noticed less and less of the spaces he featured actually had plants - they were patios, decks and living spaces without the greenery that inspired the idea. Homeowners are unfortunately part of the problem - we remove trees because they’re an inconvenience.  Trees and plants help your lifestyle, add value to your space, and help your pocketbook. When first-time homeowners think about a property with trees, they immediately feel more welcome in the space. Just one tree can improve a home’s value by 5-8%. How Carson views generational approaches to gardening: 
    Baby boomers were the original gardeners. However, Gen X hired landscaping companies because they didn’t want to do the work themselves.  Those companies realized it’s far cheaper to hire regular workers over plant specialists, and they used the same plants repeatedly because that’s what people wanted. Millennials didn’t have the money to pay for landscapers, so they did it themselves. Upon doing so, they noticed there were better options for their land. Gen Z wants to be part of the solution, so they’re following suit.  Many of us want to make our homes more appealing and sustainable:  
    Internally, there are tons of options like recycling and solar energy. On the outside, you can get creative. For example, use organic fertilizer to help your local environment. Cut back on concrete and cement used in outdoor spaces. Those heat-retaining materials create environmental hot pockets.  Incorporating plant material to provide shade helps combat excessive heat.  Using plants native to the area requires less maintenance because they’ve been adapted specifically for your environment. Growing vegetables isn’t just for adults; kids love it as well! If a kid is reluctant to try vegetables, they’ll be far more likely to try something new if they grow it themselves. Growing your food is more sustainable, but how else can gardening improve your life?
    It’s a known stress-reliever.  Gardening is an investment. When you grow the food, you save money. As you continue to build equity in your home, add outdoor space to expand the living area.  This topic is addressed further in Carson’s latest book, Vegetables, Chicken, and Bees: An Honest Guide to Growing Your Food Anywhere. Be Better Episode Resources:
    Visit carsonarthur.com to learn more about Carson’s landscaping and gardening work. For more great tips and content on gardening, there’s no better resource than Better Homes and Gardens. Find Carson’s book, Vegetables, Chicken, and Bees, on Amazon. Like, subscribe, and listen to the Be Better podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else podcasts can be found. You can help build a better world.
    Help Better Homes and Gardens fight homelessness across the world by donating at bhgre.com/newstory. With a goal to raise $100,000 by the end of 2022, your contributions will go directly to supporting those affected and helping build a world with homes for everyone.
    This episode is brought to you in part by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate.
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    • 32 min
    Ruben Alvarez | How To Dominate On Instagram

    Ruben Alvarez | How To Dominate On Instagram

    Success on social media is largely correlated to one sole platform: Instagram. While other platforms are important, Instagram is the primary medium for anyone looking to build their brand and grow a following. In today’s episode of the Be Better podcast, Kim and Donald are joined by the founder of The Marketing Hunters, Ruben Alvarez, to discuss Instagram best practices, tips, and how you can use it with success. 
    Why is Instagram so important?
    Every platform has a unique ability to brand its user, but Instagram (at least for now) carries more weight and credibility than other platforms. Instagram’s influence developed because it went uncompeted for years. However, due to Tik Tok, that influence is slowly being chipped away.  Common Instagram mistakes:
    Don’t assume: What some people do to find success won’t automatically work for you. Not using new tools and technology within the platform before it's past the early adoption point. Instagram is entirely perception-based, meaning once someone starts commenting, more people will follow. Do things that encourage commenters. Master the Instagram Reel:
    Ruben’s major tip: Create more videos. Every popular video has a three-second hook to draw the audience, and you should master yours. Almost every single video you first create will look stupid to you, but keep going. As you refine your skills, you’ll be able to make more professional videos while retaining the creativity and authenticity you had in the beginning. Decide on your brand before making content.
    Understand what you’re comfortable creating, and recognizing that boundary will prevent you from creating content that compromises your brand and values. Remember, content needs to entertain. You can take simple steps to make your content more watchable and entertaining.  Do things the way you want, but your content should resonate with the people watching it. When you follow a variety of people, you’ll see inspiration and ideas that can help you think of more content to grow your brand. Ruben’s advice for his younger self? Adopt faster; you never know if you’re going to get one or 10,000 followers as a result. With branding, you should never compete with anyone. If you’re trying to grow an account, do things differently than other people.
    Be Better Episode Resources:
    Connect with Ruben on Instagram at @iamrubenalvarez Like, subscribe, and listen to the Be Better podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else podcasts can be found. You can help build a better world.
    Help Better Homes and Gardens fight homelessness across the world by donating at bhgre.com/newstory. With a goal to raise $100,000 by the end of 2022, your contributions will go directly to supporting those affected and helping build a world with homes for everyone.
    This episode is brought to you in part by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate.
    Looking for a new role that allows you to become your own boss, create your own schedule, and have excellent income potential without the headache of starting a new business? Become an agent with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, an American icon trusted in all things related to the home. Explore career options at bhgrecareer.com/.

    • 30 min
    Nicole and Jamie Hilderbrand | Service: The Key Ingredient to Record Shattering Sales

    Nicole and Jamie Hilderbrand | Service: The Key Ingredient to Record Shattering Sales

    When it comes to real estate, customer service is everything. In today’s episode of the Be Better podcast, Donald is joined by two women who set themselves apart with this key ingredient to more sales - exceptional customer service by putting the customer first. Nicole and Jamie Hilderbrand are a sister-in-law duo married to identical twins. Find out how they match business and family relationships in today’s episode.
    Why is customer service so important?
    Clients express to them their experience with past realtors is a lack of communication- not giving information or responding to emails. Nicole and Jamie wanted to avoid that mistake, so they decided to make their communication the best it could possibly be. As a family-owned business, they know firsthand the importance of interacting with one another. They just extended that notion to their clients. They often represent the builder, not the buyers. Despite this, they make a concentrated effort to connect with buyers, even once the transaction is complete. Little things make a huge impact:
    Learning people’s backstory will build the relationship. Understand why they’re coming to the area and what they hope to get from living in the community. As a realtor, you can help guide and support the buyer to find a house that matches those goals and dreams.  Realtors must have a level of vulnerability when working with others. Honesty is everything, and clients can tell when you’re withholding information. Putting the client first makes a good realtor; don’t work purely for the transaction. A service mindset leads to financial success:
    Jamie and Nicole eat, breathe, and sleep service - they want to make their work help others. That dedication and discipline bring them success. It’s a learning experience. They’re open to learning new things and trying new strategies because the available technology and resources are constantly evolving. Maintaining family ties within the business:
    Their husbands’ parents instilled in them to put their families first, and Nicole and Jamie agreed that they were both taught to work for what they wanted. However, when arguments arise, they come together and work through the issue. To them, there’s no other option - if there’s a problem, they’ll take care of it. Remember, you have to take care of yourself before taking care of others. With anything, walk in with confidence and do what you need to make something happen. If you’re too uncertain, that’s a sign you need to educate yourself more on your product.
    Their parting advice to their younger selves? Set high standards, have a plan and don’t be afraid to fail. With hard work, you can achieve any level of success. 
    Be Better Episode Resources:
    Visit their website at refinedrealtygrouplincoln.com/ to find their social media pages and contact information! Like, subscribe, and listen to the Be Better podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else podcasts can be found. You can help build a better world.
    Help Better Homes and Gardens fight homelessness across the world by donating at bhgre.com/newstory. With a goal to raise $100,000 by the end of 2022, your contributions will go directly to supporting those affected and helping build a world with homes for everyone.
    This episode is brought to you in part by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate.
    Looking for a new role that allows you to become your own boss, create your own schedule, and have excellent income potential without the headache of starting a new business? Become an agent with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, an American icon trusted in all things related to the home. Explore career options at bhgrecareer.com/.

    • 29 min
    Sarah and Josh Bennett | Creating Wealth With Your Partner

    Sarah and Josh Bennett | Creating Wealth With Your Partner

    Working with your significant other can result in an exciting workplace. Josh and Sarah are a married real estate team located in Columbia, South Carolina. After the birth of their second child, Sarah decided to join the real estate industry, and her husband Josh helped accomplish her goal. In today’s episode of the Be Better Podcast, they discuss how to create wealth as a team.
    The secret of working with family:
    Recognize your strengths and weaknesses. Sarah and Josh pair their strengths together to deliver the best results. Because they have defined duties and responsibilities, staying in those defined roles prevents conflict and focuses their efforts on what they do best.  When differences arise, they regroup to focus on the bigger picture. At the end of the day, they work together towards a common goal. Creating wealth with real estate:
    Real estate is a great space to build generational wealth, whether in sales or to invest. The traditional college pipeline is not the only route to wealth. With real estate, there is no ceiling; however hard you work is what you’re going to make. Last year, Sarah started her real estate team. To them, moving beyond a family business and adding team members was a huge responsibility.  There are more systems, more technicalities, and the knowledge that their employees' livelihood depends on the business is a challenge. The Bennett’s marketing philosophy: 
    Marketing has dramatically changed over the years, and it will continue to do so. Being adaptable in your efforts will help create a sustainable strategy. Social media is a powerful marketing tactic for realtors. They predominantly use Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube, with Instagram being where they generate the most engagement. When it comes to content, don’t be boring. They try to take their life and make it interesting, using everyday opportunities as a time for content.  Sarah’s advice for her younger self? Hone in on the one thing you want to excel at, and keep working to make it happen. Josh’s advice is to marry Sarah, which might be difficult for you to implement in your own life. Regardless, we love the sentiment.
    Be Better Episode Resources:
    Visit teamsarah.com to view their real estate website. Follow them on Instagram at @bennettjoshua and @sarahbennettrealtor Like, subscribe, and listen to the Be Better podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else podcasts can be found. You can help build a better world.
    Help Better Homes and Gardens fight homelessness across the world by donating at bhgre.com/newstory. With a goal to raise $100,000 by the end of 2022, your contributions will go directly to supporting those affected and helping build a world with homes for everyone.
    This episode is brought to you in part by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate.
    Looking for a new role that allows you to become your own boss, create your own schedule, and have excellent income potential without the headache of starting a new business? Become an agent with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, an American icon trusted in all things related to the home. Explore career options at bhgrecareer.com/.

    • 23 min
    Mallorie Denmon | Making your Plan B your Main Plan

    Mallorie Denmon | Making your Plan B your Main Plan

    Sometimes in life, you have to adapt. Whether that’s because of a change in the market or a global pandemic, adaptability is key to pivoting your career. In today’s episode of the Be Better podcast, Kim and Donald are joined by Mallorie Denmon. As a salesperson in live entertainment, she had to switch up her career aspirations in the face of COVID, and we learned just how that transition led to her real estate success. 
    What was Mallorie’s plan A? 
    Mallorie’s original aspiration was to be a businesswoman. She had studied, interned, and prepared to join the business world upon graduation.  She ultimately found a position at Altria in Pittsburgh, Kansas, and Mallorie worked there for about a year before moving to Kansas City.  A new entertainment venue was built in Kansas City, and Mallorie got a job selling premium products and suites to business owners. Because of this position, she even had the opportunity to go to the Grammys in 2019!  But then, the pandemic hit.
    On March 31, 2020, her boss told her to take her laptop and go home. She was furloughed. Mallorie wasn’t worried yet, because she was told they’d come back in July. But July came, and 90% of the furloughed workers were laid off. The final 10% (including Mallorie) were now furloughed until September to November.   Mallorie couldn’t take the unknown anymore. 
    She thought real estate aligned with her personality, skill set, and identity. So, she signed up for classes and got to studying. During that time, she wondered whether she should be applying for positions in the job market or if she was genuinely doing what was best for her situation.  But she kept going and later passed her exam. She didn’t start making money right away.
    Mallorie needed to establish a brand. She got her social profiles together, launched a website, and learned to trust the process. Finally, she was ready to get clients. The first sale was special. A nail tech she’s known for over ten years asked to be her client. And thanks to help from her broker and her mentor, Mallorie was able to help them find their new home. When the dust settles, impacting her community makes this career worthwhile to Mallorie.  Mallorie’s advice to her younger self? Don’t wait. If you have a goal, make a plan and execute it.  
    Be Better Episode Resources:
    To connect with Mallorie, visit her website at picturesqueproperties.com or Instagram. You can also fill out the contact form on the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes website. Like, subscribe, and listen to the Be Better podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else podcasts can be found. You can help build a better world.
    Help Better Homes and Gardens fight homelessness across the world by donating at bhgre.com/newstory. With a goal to raise $100,000 by the end of 2022, your contributions will go directly to supporting those affected and helping build a world with homes for everyone.
    This episode is brought to you in part by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate.
    Looking for a new role that allows you to become your own boss, create your own schedule, and have excellent income potential without the headache of starting a new business? Become an agent with Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, an American icon trusted in all things related to the home. Explore career options at bhgrecareer.com/.

    • 40 min

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