Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything

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Hey there!

I’ve heard actors arrogantly ask why in the world they should, if their agent had no part in the booking of a particular job, commission them on the work for that job.

Let me be blunt: it’s the very least you can do for your sales manager, given how little work you get.

Hope this helps!



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  1. David thank you. I have always thought that it was only right to commission my agent as well. Thanks for the confirmation.

  2. To live with generosity, in my opinion, is a good way to be. Now about your being crazy ……. that’s a whole ‘nutha matter – hahahahahahaaa

  3. I have a friend and her partner who own one of the most successful real estate firms in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area. All commissions from all their agents as well as their own, are shared with their staff from the receptionist to the title people to the brokers. It’s about appreciation of the team. Everyone shares in everyone’s success because they all have a stake in it. Simple. And gracious.

  4. I have never been in a position to need or have an agent, but what you day makes perfect sense to me. People seem to forget that you need to prime the pump before you can get the water. Good practical info as always. Thanks!

  5. Thank you, David. I have loved this concept since I first heard you share it in my VO2GoGo lessons. This too is my goal. But here’s a question. Should we wait to cut these checks on an annual or semi-annual or quarterly basis, or can a slow starter like me send a commission each time I get paid? The dollar amounts might be small at first but I’d like to surprise my VO agent soon. Thanks for your time!

  6. Great minds David. Giving 10% of everything to your agent is 100% the right thing to do. I have always done the same. I believe it is a manifestation of grit.