Getting The Most from the NAR Convention

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I am SOOOO excited.

And, of course, if you know me, you know I get enthused pretty easily! My reason today is that I am getting ready to fly to San Diego to spend a week with old and new friends, to network, learn, laugh and look at all the new tech stuff at the meetings and the EXPO. I have been to every Convention since 1988 and it is one of the highlights of my year. It is my way of really understanding the BIG picture and hearing from people what IS working. There are a few things I have found make my experience even more valuable.

This won't surprise you, coming from me....

Here's my advice: Have a plan!


•·       Knowing specific people you want to connect with. Make a list. Contact some of these people ahead of time and decide when and where you can connect.

•·       Making a list of specific items or resources you need to be more focused in the EXPO.

•·       Create a budget for the EXPO

•·       Make a "wish list" of new techniques or ideas you want to find out more about in the educational sessions or breakouts! Would your business thrive next year if you knew more about Going Green? Or working Short Sales? Or 2nd Homes?

•·       Keep a little journal with ideas you get and come back afterward and pick the next 3 (Joeann's Rule of 3) items to implement into your business. Prioritize the other ideas and time frame them or move to your "Maybe, Someday" list

•·       Pick the education sessions that are most relevant and then order the MP3 recordings of the others you can't go to. (If you aren't going to be there-you can still order these!)

If you aren't already's not too late! Hop in the car or on a plane and come!

A few places we could meet and hug...

  • As Vice chair, I'll be at WCR's Business Development Steering Committee presentation with 4 Amazing Women sharing what IS working and a motivational segment with Deb Battersby on Thursday morning at 8:30
  • Vicky Cox Golder's Installation! I am so lucky to know this woman! She inspires me.
  • I am presenting an ePRO Presentation on the EXPO stage on Sunday morning at 11 and a full presentation with tech tips on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM
  • I am signing my books, Conversations on Success and Profit from Technology at 3:15 on Sunday at the Bookstore

Several of my coaching clients are having their best year ever and these are also the stories I always hear from people at the National Convention. Lots of reasons to be enthused! 2010 is going to be an amazing year. Are you ready? It IS your choice how it is going to look! Give yourself the advantage.

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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Would love to be in San Diego  giving you a hug, listening to your presentation, sharing your enthusiasm, and learning with you.

So many people are touched by your generosity, your caring, your sharing and your passion to enjoy all that you do. Have an awesome week, my friend!

Nov 10, 2009 07:36 AM #1
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

I know the week will be awesome, though a little less so, my friend, without your wonderful presence. Wish you could be here too, but know what you are doing is important! Lots of love and hugs, Joeann

Nov 11, 2009 04:26 AM #2
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI


Great tips for networking and getting the most out of a seminar.  Good for any event.

Nov 16, 2009 01:05 PM #3
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

  Unfortunately I missed NAR 2009 convention, but am looking to go to the 2010 convention. My association already made plans to have a buspool down there where the trip would cost us only a few bucks. I am hoping to go there to see what it is like and meet other agents.

Jan 02, 2010 04:58 PM #4
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