Music keeps Amy Bennett on the right track

Amy Bennett has always been a massive music fan.

Whether it’s chilled tunes to relax at the end of the day or cranking up the volume in the car as she prepares for a busy day, the McGrath Caloundra sales agent sets her life to music.

It’s an essential part of her daily routine and it helps keep her mentally healthy as much as it helps her achieve her work and life goals.

Ms Bennett explained her love of music and the important role it plays in her life in Close-Ups, a series of video interviews with industry leaders compiled by real estate software specialist Rex.

The first season of Close-Ups focuses on tips for health and wellness in the demanding real estate industry.

“Music has always played a really big part in my life,” Ms Bennett said. 

“All genres, but from concerts to getting ready in the morning, it’s there all the time for me.”

Ms Bennett loves indie alternative music, which can range from high-volume rock to chill-out grooves, so there is always something that suits the occasion.

“I have a ton of different playlists,” she said.

“Even on my drive down today, it was sort of positive, hardcore, empowering music to get ready to beat the traffic. Right through to Icelandic, quiet and relaxing music.

“I have music before I go to an appraisal or a listing so that I arrive with a smile on my face, a pep in my step and just feel really confident in my conversations.”

It is all part of creating a welcoming environment in what can be a daunting experience for clients.

“It is our day-to-day so sometimes we don’t realise that for other people this is a huge transition for them,” Ms Bennett said.

 “It can be a really tough time for them.”

Ms Bennett grew up on the Sunshine Coast and lived in Brisbane and Melbourne before she realised she missed the more relaxed lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast.

She joined the McGrath team in 2016 as an operations and marketing manager. This gave her a solid grounding in the industry before she moved to a sales role, specialising in the Kawana Island area between Caloundra and Maroochydore.

Her years of experience in an office role gave her the chance to observe people she admired at work and their routines.

She saw how important holidays were in maintaining the healthy work-life balance that is essential for continued success.

“Make sure you have a goal in mind of where you’re going to go,” Ms Bennett said.

“Switching off and relying on your team to support you in that process is really important.”

Ms Bennett has her “accountability partners” who tell her when it is time to take a break from work.

“My husband and my mum are the two people in my life who say, ‘That’s enough real estate talk’,” Ms Bennett said.

“You have to be flexible in a sales agent role with where that time is. So that may be a 3pm movie with my husband because he’s asleep by 8pm and then that means I do all my social content once he’s asleep.”

After a busy Sunday morning with house opens, she likes to spend Sunday afternoon on the couch with her husband and her dog.

“It’s my dream to be able to do that each week,” she said.

“It doesn’t happen every week, but we do try and make that our special time together as a family.”

Find the Close-Ups series on YouTube here.

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Noel Mengel

Noel Mengel is a freelance journalist and author based in Brisbane.

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