Stepping Out to Move Up ~ REBlogWorld

Real Estate Agent with The Berkshire Group Realtors

There are many things in life that puzzle me, but one of the most perplexing are real estate agents who never attend another class to improve their skills. As a life-long student of learning, I've garnered more initials after my name than letters in it. My intent wasn't to get top-heavy in designations, but to improve my skills and challenge myself. After the first decade and a half in real estate I found I was too focused on the business to be able to see beyond it.

That was a mistake, a big mistake.

In 1997 I went looking to build a website to generate real estateBig Dog business. Today making that statement doesn't sound so far-fetched, but trust me, in 1997 when I said it people stare back at me as though I had a third eye in the middle of my brow.

My quest to accomplish this goal pushed me beyond the borders of the real estate industry. Lucky for me at the time there was no one who knew much of anything about what I was trying to do so off into the real world I wondered.

As luck would have it, stepping out was the first step in moving up for me.

Since that time, whenever I've endeavored to learn something new, I've made an effort to learn it outside my industry.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trashing the real estate industry, I just found there's more to learning then listening to the people who teach and not actually "do." I really like learning from those who are actually in the trenches, tweeking and refining things to make them spin smooth. There's an immense credibility attached to the reality of being success yourself before you teach others how to be.

That's my short shory on WHY I AM GOING TO REBLOGWORLD, Blogworld & New Media Expo. If you haven't heard of it or haven't decided to attend it's not too late to consider.

One month from today it starts, September 19, 20 & 21, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

You will be delighted to know the speakers are the movers and shakers of the real estate industry who are actually EXPERIENCING the success not just talking it up! Read the list below and tell me who so far has taught you the most...

* Dan Green
* Daniel Rothamel
* David Smith & Rich Jacobson
* Dustin Luther
* Jason Berman - Event Organizer
* Jeff Turner
* Jim Duncan
* Kelley Koehler
* Mariana Wagner
* Matt Fagioli
* Meet our moderators. Jan O'Brien, Kevin Boer, & Pat Kitano
* Michael Price
* Mike Mueller
* Morgan Brown
* Teresa Boardman
* Todd Carpenter - Event Organizer

Each and everyone of these speakers has the depth of experience and is willing to share with those who are willing to listen. A day with any 3 of them would be worth the price of admission alone!

Day 2 and 3 are both filled with Internationally acclaimed personalities from outside the industry plus an exhibition hall filled with more blog fodder.

Hope to see you at REBlogWorld!

Register Here 

and don't forget to come introduce yourself!

Kristal Kraft sells Denver


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Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

Keep up the great work and wish everyone the best with an awesome lineup like that you cant go wrong!

Aug 28, 2008 04:35 PM #22
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Kristal... Great post.. Looks like this is going to be a great class

Aug 28, 2008 05:02 PM #23
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Really looking forward to the addition of the real estate track to this year's BlogWorld. Last year opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities, and I'm hoping to do a lot of live blogging as well as some great RE networking. See you next month!!

Aug 28, 2008 05:47 PM #24
Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

Kristal, I am counting the days! :-) This is going to be a great learning experience as well as a great chance to have some fun with a bunch of great people. See ya in Vegas.

Aug 28, 2008 06:14 PM #25
Todd Carpenter - Denver, CO

Kristal, thank you so much for postin this. You are so right about, " A day with any 3 of them would be worth the price of admission alone!". I've been lucky enough to have met all but one person on that list in real life. They are all the real deal.

And as much as I wish to go on about how great REBlogWorld will be, you just hit it on the nail with that quote. Sure, their will be a bunch of great content at the show. But that's not the best part. I still count the evening you took Jeff Turner and I to dinner as the most eye-opening, entertaining, and fufilling moment in all of my dealings with "".  It was the sort of conversation that can't take place online. That can't be expressed in a You Tube video, or podcast. Those are the type of learning experiences I look forward to at REBlogWorld. Not just with those speakers, but with everyone who will attend.

Oh, and because I am shameless.


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If you have a question about coming to REBlogWorld, feel free to email me, or even call. 303-747-6913

Todd Carpenter

Aug 28, 2008 08:05 PM #26
Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Hi Kristal,

I'm with you on the idea of learning from contemporaries who have actually 'been there, done that' and succeeded!  This event sounds amazing!  Even though I am not a realtor, I recognize a few of those 'powerhouse' names from here on AR!

Have a great time!


Aug 28, 2008 11:21 PM #27
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

There is so much to learn and everyone can always learn something new. I won't be able to make it but will be looking forward to hearing about it.  That's wonderful Mariana is going to be one of the speakers!

Aug 29, 2008 04:59 AM #28
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Todd and Kristal... I love networking online, but nothing takes the place of dinners like the three of us shared. Nothing. Those who will get the benefit of the tweets and updates to blogs and other social media will certainly get a flavor of the event and learn vicariously. But the real learning, growing, sharing takes place live.

Aug 29, 2008 07:17 AM #29
Barbara J. Morley
John R. Wood Realtors - Naples, FL

It's the first time I've had the pleasure of reading your blog.  Great info!  Additionally, I'm impressed with your page layout, colors and use of the puzzle pieces.  Like you, I love to keep learning.  After 23 years as a Realtor, there is more to learn than ever. 

Aug 29, 2008 07:53 AM #30
Dione Sage
Nova Home Loans - Gilbert, AZ

I registered...cant wait to be there

Aug 29, 2008 07:59 AM #31
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate

Kristal, can't wait to finally meet you!  I've signed up for REBlogWorld awhile back. 

I am also very interested in the non-real estate portion of the conference.  Hoping to pick up a lot of great ideas.

And, by the way, we absolutely need to have an AR Party!  RIGHT???

Aug 29, 2008 09:23 AM #32
Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

I like the idea of reblogging. I am trying to work on integrating some into my site.

Aug 29, 2008 10:44 AM #33
Susan Hilton
CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc. - College Station, TX
Texas Aggie Real Estate, College Station Bryan Texas Real Estate

Won't make it this year but I'll put on the calendar for next year! Keep blogging about it for the rest of us though.

Aug 29, 2008 01:45 PM #34
Latonia Parks
Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV - Fayetteville, NC
Certified Military Relocation Expert

I also attend alot of classes but not the ones that offer designations....yet.  My priorities are difference at the moment.  I try to make all of the classes I can just to continue to hone my skill.  Great job and congrats.  Enjoy!!

Aug 29, 2008 02:26 PM #35
Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

I wish I could go....the blogging seminars i've been to in the past have been fantastic with a wealth of information learned at each of them

Aug 31, 2008 01:31 AM #36
Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Sounds like a great event. Keep up the good work Kristal.

Aug 31, 2008 03:53 AM #37
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

Kristal - have a wonderful time there. I'm signed up for RE Tech South in March in Atlanta, so I'm hoping to corner 3 experts as well.

One of the things I really like about the annual Leaders in Luxury conference put on by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing is that they bring in speakers from outside the real estate industry. It's been a big WOW every year I've attended.

Another good event, as you know, is when like-minded productive real estate agents get together and share ideas, like CyberProfessionals.  Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando. 

Stay a couple more days in Florida so that you can come over to St Pete and stay with us!

Aug 31, 2008 11:45 AM #38
James Wexler - Scottsdale, AZ

great advice about taking the time to better ourselves. especially during what are for most slower times than we would like. take advantage of the down time to educate yourself and better your career.

Sep 04, 2008 05:17 PM #39
Sandra McCarty
Keller Williams - Southlake, TX
Sandy McCarty your Relocation agent for Iowa

Thank you for the post!  I specialize in Relocation and have found if beneficial to real as many blogs as possible.


Sep 06, 2008 05:44 PM #40
Aida Pinto
United Associated Brokers - Downey, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 916-3237

I wish I could go---any plans on coming to Los Angeles?

Sep 08, 2008 12:42 PM #41
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