I raised myself out of bed at 4.15am so that i could get my head into DC for a Focus Group session at 8am yesterday morning. I live a good 1 hour+ outside of DC on a good day with no traffic so figured the middle of the week I better not try to go with the traffic flow as i was positively not used to it. I took the metro rail, which i may add is a 25 minute drive from my house! And I am no expert at riding the metro either as it became perfectly clear! I may have purchased 1 or 2 tickets in the last 2 years but not so I would know what I was doing yet all the time trying to look like i did... i parked my car in a spot i felt sure i would remember at the end of a long day, bought my ticket and proceeded to the entry gates of my mission, but NO I could not get through the gate-no matter how many times i fed my ticket into that receptacle it would not open the gate. I stood there totally helpless soon to find out i had purchased a "day pass" that went into effect at 9am, and it was after all only 6.45am and i would have to wait !!! Huh...NO WAY! give me another ticket let me though anyway please do something!!! suddenly a knight in a suit and tie holding a briefcase came to my aid and popped his all day and all night pass into this gateway to gain me access, whew i was so relieved, then of course he mentioned to me as we were moving down the escalator together, OK that was great but now you have to get out the other end!! My sense of victory was quickly diminished. So i sat on the metro, this unfamiliar mode of transportation already quite concerned i would miss my station or get totally confused because i had to change trains somewhere and all these people were pushing and shoving trying to get to work that simply had no time for little me and now i had to worry about how on earth would i get out the other end....HELP!!!! So i get to my other end and there is a sweet Metro person just waiting to assist those of us in a total state of confusion and concern and he just ushers me out the emergency exit and says have a nice day!!! This was going to be a GREAT day after all
I had been invited by *** company to be part of a discussion for NAR. No idea how or why they chose me out of the 1000's of attendees but it mattered not i was honored to be included. The group consisted of 8 Realtors/Brokers from different states across our nation, different ages and length of Licensing. We were asked to give our opinion of the varying aspects of the "shopping" area of Realtor.org, how we liked it, how we used it, how would we make it better etc. It was so interesting to listen to other Realtors opinions and hear thoughts about social media, how it works for them what they would change etc and also to give my opinion. It was good to learn that most of us thought in the same vein and when there was a different thought process we each listened and probably had a lot of takeaways to use for ourselves in the future.
To know that I may have been a valuable part in contributing to the development of Realtor.org/shop makes me feel proud and privileged. In addition i met some wonderful Realtor's from across the country that I know i will keep up with on Facebook, twitter and activerain as i am very interested in learning what it is that they do or will do after leaving the DC Metro area and leaving me behind! The journey to the event was worth all the worry (i am not generally a worrier!) The expo was good though almost every vendor, with exception perhaps of the plastic shoe bag dispenser company, I knew of already so there was really nothing new coming to the table in there but of course i picked up as many squeeze balls, pens, sticky notes and pins as i could!
I will be at next years NAR legislative Meetings and Expo