Pacific Union GMAC REALTORS® Talk Their Way to Success

Posted by Karen Monroe — August 26, 2007

Growing Number of Agents Attend REALTORS® Toastmasters ChapterSAN FRANCISCO – (Aug. 27, 2007) – If you’re walking the walk, you’ve also got to be talking the talk. That is precisely why a handful of agents from Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate’s headquarters office in the Presidio keep attending weekly meetings of REALTORS® Toastmasters. Offered through the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® (SFAR), this industry chapter of Toastmasters International helps agents improve communication skills in a supportive setting designed to increase confidence and public-speaking abilities. Maria Marchetti is the most-recent Pacific Union sales associate to join the group.“At her very first meeting Maria won the Table Topics Award, which requires the ability to think and speak quickly without advance preparation,” said Richard Sax, a Pacific Union agent and former president of the SFAR in 1985 who advocates the benefits of Toastmasters to his colleagues, trying to encourage increased membership. “I am most pleased she has decided to join REALTORS® Toastmasters. It is the place to go to improve your speaking techniques and stop using ‘you know,’ ‘ah’ and ‘so’ when you talk.”Marchetti joins Sax and other Pacific Union agents Linda Harrison and Ellen Anderson of The Harrison Team as members of REALTORS® Toastmasters. Anderson is one of the advanced-level super stars of the SFAR chapter. She joined Toastmasters in 2003 to prepare for her role as president in 2004 of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR), and it worked.“Ellen has also been an inspiration to many of the Toastmasters who followed her in the chapter, including her significant other,” said partner Harrison. “She showed up most Mondays at the SFAR noon Toastmasters meetings and, as a result, her installation speech for the WCR was a knock-out.”REALTORS® Toastmasters meetings are held every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. the SFAR office at 301 Grove Street in San Francisco. According to Sax, “All you have to do is come, listen, meet some of the members and enjoy.”Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate – PresidioAs a global headquarters with more than 200 sales associates and employees, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate Presidio office is located at Letterman Digital Arts Center in the San Francisco Presidio. Since 1975, Pacific Union GMAC has thoughtfully matched generations of buyers and sellers throughout the Bay Area. As a leading, locally managed real-estate company with knowledgeable, experienced real-estate professionals, Pacific Union focuses on a global vision, using technology and superior service to deliver a quality experience to a full spectrum of sophisticated clients. Pacific Union is a member of the Christie’s Great Estates network and is a GMAC Home Services company. For information, call 415.929.7100 or visit

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