Overpriced Continuing Education

There’s a story about Admiral Hyman Rickover, the famously intimidating Navy Admiral (mentor to Jimmy Carter, among others), and a particularly harsh interviewing technique that he supposedly employed.

Namely, Rickover would offer the candidate a chair opposite him that sloped forward uncomfortably, and commence the interview.

If the interviewee did not speak up within 30 seconds to request another chair . . . Rickover summarily ended the interview (I suppose this was back when authority was still respected, and failed candidates couldn’t exactly tweet the world about their humiliation, even if they were so inclined).   

Cont. Ed Self-Selection?

What recalls this anecdote is a continuing ed course on negotiation being aggressively marketed to us Realtors of late.

With the annual June 30 deadline approaching, now is when Realtors are getting serious about fulfilling their 30 hour requirement.

Except that the going rate for such credits is about half what the negotiation course is charging.

Which makes me wonder:  if you sign up for the class without challenging the fee . . . maybe you need the course.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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