We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexa Conomos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexa, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson I’ve learned throughout my career as a broadcast journalist and a real estate agent is the power of emotional intelligence (EQ). It took me a lot of years to realize the true value of EQ. Emotional intelligence runs so much deeper than just pure book smarts. It’s the ability to delve deep and truly understand your own emotions and the emotions of those around you. Once you have that insight, you can better manage your emotions and the emotions of others. The result? Less anxiety. The ability to defuse conflict. The strength to turn intention into action; to take risks. The power to empathize with others, to forge deep connections and to effect change not just in yourself but in those around you. So my advice to others in any industry or career is this: develop, nurture and respect your emotional intelligence, because with that gift, you can do just about anything.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have finally achieved a wonderful balance in my professional life that allows me to be Mom first, while still being a provider for my family. I write articles, conduct interviews and produce videos for various corporations, emcee charity events and host podcasts. I also enjoy a career in residential real estate through my family-based business, Anderson Conomos Team. Brokered with industry leader Keller Williams, I’m currently the #1 producer at the Urban Dallas office for the year. I love using my broadcast background to produce videos of my listings. It’s a really fun marriage of the two careers that have brought me so much fulfillment.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visit Dallas, we’d hit all the great eating spots. I’d start with the spectacular view of downtown Dallas at 560, then take them to dinner at Boulevardier in the Bishop Arts District. Throughout the week, we’d also make stops at Rapscallion on lower Greenville, Steel City Pops, a glass of wine at Veritas Wine Room, maybe catch a football game with some awesome wings at Hillside Tavern. A walk on the Katy Trail, a bike ride around White Rock Lake, a trip to the Dallas Arboretum are all musts. Definitely outdoor brunch at the Mansion. A trip to the FW Stockyards, maybe a daytime trip to Fossil Rim!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give a shout out to the most empowering, wise, brave and emotionally intelligent person I’ve ever known – Penelope Conomos. My grandmother passed a few years ago just two weeks shy of her 108th birthday. She was seriously like the 8th wonder of the world! She still lived on her own in her home, grew her own vegetables, walked every day, and occasionally flirted with fire fighters! My beloved “Yiayia” was a Greek peasant girl born in the village of Agia Anastasia on the island of Kythera, Greece, who evolved into a westernized woman who amazed all those around her. She sacrificed, struggled, endured and made incredibly remarkable strides as she bravely left her family and emigrated to this country, then built a new life for her family during WWII and beyond. Above all, with her incredible faith – in the face of a lot of loss over her lifetime – she was incredibly faithful and a true witness to God. She never surpassed a third grade education in her homeland of Greece, but she was the wisest person I’ve ever known. Yiayia always told me that “education was the key to everything” and that “change is good”. By her example, she taught me that in the face of fear and uncertainty, you can always find the courage to endure and succeed.
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