Real Estate Sessions Rewind – Sean Carpenter, Sean Speaks, LLC

We head back to Jan 19, 2021, for this Real Estate Sessions Rewind with Sean Carpenter of Coldwell Banker and Sean Speaks, LLC. One of the most popular guests on the podcast, This was the first episode where I brought a guest back on to catch up. This has now evolved into Short Cut Sessions as I catch up with previous guests. Thanks for always helping other innovate, Sean!


Our guest has been recognized as one of Inman News 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate and lives by the philosophy to build relationships, solve problems, and have fun! Our guest is Sean Carpenter, CEO and Founder of Sean Speaks, and a Coldwell Banker agent in Columbus, Ohio. I am thrilled to have him back on the podcast after being one of The Real Estate Sessions’ first guests. 

In this episode, join Sean and me as we dive into the world of training and presentations as Sean shares advice for aspiring speakers. We also discuss some great Inman stories and the changes that Sean has implemented during the global pandemic.

Top Takeaways: 

  • Sean Carpenter’s Advice for New Agents
  • “The stock answer would be to build relationships, solve problems, and have fun. My new answer for this new episode is to make it a point to listen to every episode of The Real Estate Sessions because if you do that, you will get a mixture of some of the coolest people in our industry.”
  • “Anyone that is not in the industry who Bill has brought on, you can learn from the podcast as well. What they talk about, how they grew, and where they’re from. Probably my favorite part of every episode, Bill, is when you get the backstory of people.” 

“I started in my branch office doing ‘How to Do an Open House.’ I started to get invited by our Director of Training at the time to come up and teach that little segment of new agent training on open houses. I started getting good, and people started asking more questions. What was half an hour visit turned into an hour and a half visit.” – Sean Carpenter [13:25

“Attention is incredibly important. If you want to grow, having attention is huge. I always talk about the attention economy – on the other side of attention is trust. If I can get your attention, hopefully, I can earn your trust, or if I have your trust, I can get your attention.” – Sean Carpenter [37:25

Episode Highlights:

[00:30] Intro 

[00:56Meet Sean Carpenter – Sean Speaks 

[01:55] The StareDown Podcast 

[03:49] The Buzz Around Genuine Relationships 

[05:48Who Is Sean Carpenter?

[08:30] The King of Presentations 

[12:55Sean’s Advice to Someone Who Wants to Be a Speaker 

[15:03] Inman Ambassador 

[19:01The Story of O’Hara’s 

[23:11] Life’s Standstill During the Pandemic 

[26:40Sean Speaks Goes Virtual 

[29:35How Sean Has Been Thinking Outside the Box 

[35:40] Sean’s Thoughts and Insights on Clubhouse

[42:26Sean’s Advice for New Agents 

[45:15] Connect with Sean 

[46:35] Closing Thoughts 

[47:13] Outro 

Episode Notes: 

Joining us today is Sean Carpenter, CEO, and Founder of Sean Speaks. In Episode five of The Real Estate Sessions, Sean appeared as one of the first guests over five and a half years ago. In this episode, Bill and Sean catch up and discuss how the nation’s current changes have impacted the real estate world. 

Sean Carpenter graduated from the University of Florida before becoming a golf pro working at a resort in Brooksville, Florida. Sean moved back to his home state to work for a private golf club in Cleveland, Ohio, before leaving the golf business and returning to his hometown. Back in Columbus, Ohio, Sean became a beer salesman for Coors Distributor. Eventually, Sean Carpenter found himself at the Ohio State University campus working as a beer salesman, where he enjoyed the relationships he built and the product he sold. 

This work led Sean Carpenter to the real estate industry, where he became an agent for four and a half years before becoming a branch manager. Sean found that he loved the coaching and training aspect the most in his position and decided to take a position as the Director of Training for the Central Ohio area for over ten years. Spending his time in front of a class of agents, Sean found his passion for speaking and decided to retire from the director of training role and jump back into sales. Sean founded his company, Sean Speaks, and travels national talking to real estate audiences big and small. Sean continues to actively work with the buyers and sellers in Central Ohio to understand the current markets and hold credibility for his audiences on the topics he is discussing. 

Having around fifty detailed presentations, Sean can personalize and modify the presentations according to the audience he is speaking to. Sean found himself inspired by a mentor’s storytelling style and used the advice to lead him to his speaking career. Sean Carpenter works under his philosophy to build relationships, solve problems, and have fun! Sean’s advice to someone who aspired to be a speaker is to get in front of the room more. The more that you present, the better you will get at doing so. Take opportunities as they come and know that a small audience is just as important as larger crowds. 

Before Coronavirus hit the nation, Sean Carpenter was spending around seventy-five to one hundred nights on the road with Sean Speaks traveling all over the country. Sean compares the global pandemic’s impact to driving down the interstate and realizing that the traffic you see ahead is at a standstill. Weeks and months went by with the world not returning to normal; people learned to improvise and pivot to continue to do the things they needed to be accomplished. Sean highlights the importance of the real estate industry as an essential trade as it contributes significantly to the economy. 

With the pandemic, Sean explains he still had to find ways to continue to build relationships, solve problems, and have fun doing it. To keep Sean Speaks going, Sean began to use Zoom for conferences, presentations, and training sessions. Sean even began to reach out to companies who he previously did speaking for to offer a virtual discussion he calls ‘How to Keep in Touch When You’re Not Supposed to Be Touching.” He has presented this discussion at least 35 times and is still a relevant discussion at this point in the pandemic. 

Sean Carpenter’s advice for new agents is to build relationships, solve problems, and have fun. To elaborate on that, Sean advises new agents to listen to every episode of The Real Estate Sessions as it gives a great mix of fantastic advice from some of the best in the industry! 

Resources Mentioned:





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Bill RIsser, Bill Risser

Bill has been producing The Real Estate Sessions Podcast since July 2015. Passionate about learning the backstories of Industry Leaders, Bill seeks out established professionals as well as up and coming stars in real estate.

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