Camaraderie at the RESA conference made it exceptional thanks to AR and Shell

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The camaraderie at the RESA conference made it exceptional, thanks to AR (ActiveRain) and Shell

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If you are shy or an introvert or find it difficult to be in crowds of "strangers" this blog post is for you.  If you are not one of those people, then this post will probably puzzle you and you may find it difficult to understand.  SO, we are seeking understanding. 

                        Ever since I can remember, I've been painfully shy. Dream Home Stager Training, Fresno, California

I would hide behind my mom even when visitors came to our home.  Piano recitals were unbearable.  Selling Girl Scout cookies door to door was traumatic.  Difficult encounters with people, stay with me for a LONG time. 

I normally do not barter with people.  I'm straight forward and wish that everyone was the same. Discovering, as a young adult that the title Introvert was me and that there are many others like me, was somewhat reassuring but still didn't make encounters much easier. 

If you KNOW me here on AR, are you surprised?   If you met me at the Portland Raincamp or the RESA 2011 Conference, are you surprised?   

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Before leaving for the convention I told an AR friend "I just want to sit in a corner, at these events and disappear."  I'm uncomfortably happy sitting back and watching the goings-on.  This friend confided in me that she often feels the same but she becomes "an actor" at these events and can thereby go outside of her comfort zone.  I wasn't convinced that I could do the same but I promised myself that I would try...again.  I had done it before and failed miserably. 

 

HOWEVER, when I walked up to the RESA convention registration desk people recognized me from ActiveRain.  Conversations started to flow and I felt more at ease than I had been at any such event in the past. 

As the convention progressed I found each meeting with another AR member, to get easier and easier because we felt like we already knew each other from this relationship building platform.  I even managed to seek people out that I wanted facetime with since I already KNEW them from AR.  This was not like me.   

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see everyone that I felt a connection with here on AR.  Fortunately, this stellar event will undoubtedly take place again next year. 

So, if you didn't come to the conference this year, partly because these events are painful for you, then take heart.  Knowing that your AR pals will be there can make a BIG difference.  Hugs from AR pals are so much better than the handshakes. 

THANK YOU Active Rain and Shell Brodnax for creating an environment that ALL of us can enjoy. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
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Ginger:  Like many of your other friends here on AR, I too am surprised to hear you say you are shy!  I learned some time ago to put on a certain guise that helps me with similar situations, giving presentations, corporate events, etc.  I'm a natural introvert, but this guise, while still reflecting my true self, helps me be more extroverted.  I've found it usually helps to be the first one to say "Hello", and introduce myself.  Perhaps this guise needs a name...Hope to see you in 2012!

Feb 01, 2011 05:08 AM #28
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Ginger: Like many above, I would have not thought you were shy, based upon your blog posts and responses on AR. The internet is a great equalizer! I'm glad we got to say hello, but sorry we didn't get to talk more.

Feb 01, 2011 05:12 AM #29
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Kathy Burke
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S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Ginger....I'm right there with you when I'm not in my element!!  The A/R connection was a life saver for me....was great to put a voice, smile, etc with the picture!  For those non-A/R's there....I kept hearing "what is this Active Rain thing??"

Feb 01, 2011 06:47 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

I would have never guessed either Ginger! so glad we met and you stepped out of your comfort zone to attend & to say hello!  I tell you it's amazing to me to have the awkward "first encounter" social barrier removed by the social network we've created online. REAL connections in REAL life... it's truly awesome!

Feb 01, 2011 07:32 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Julie, that technique is very similar to the one offered by another AR friend and I do think it helped, but "knowing" people in advance was the real kicker for me.  Thank for commenting. 

Michelle, yes there just wasn't enough time for more chatting, but there's always next year.  Thank you for stopping by.   AND I'm going to say it again...I love your new look...I want one!

 

Feb 01, 2011 11:51 AM #32
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Kathy, I know that we have this in common.  I think that many people do because I observed a lot of sitting without mingling going on.  Sometimes others see it as snootiness or being uppity so I'm just here to help them understand why we act the way we do.  Thanks for hanging with me and I hope we'll hang together again soon, I hope.  Should we be keeping AR a secret???(-:

Karen, it is awesome.  A built in network of friendly faces and now friends.  Everyone's receptiveness is what made it great!  Thanks again for commenting. 

Feb 01, 2011 11:59 AM #33
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

hahaha!!  Unlike Ashley... thinking of the audience naked would NOT give me confidence.  It would only probably make me stutter...

Feb 01, 2011 01:25 PM #34
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Shy, never would know that from the conversation we had.... You seemed quite comfortable.  I am very happy we finally got to meet.  Your a delightful lady and I look forward to seeing and talking the shy right out of you next year.

Feb 01, 2011 03:09 PM #35
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Ginger, I would not have guessed anyone here on AR was shy. We all take the time to put ourselves out there to be judged on our work with every post. AR members are awesome, having met some in person and having talked with many on the phone I can attest that the conversations flow freely as we feel we already know them.  I too was incredibly shy until I reached my late teen years. Glad you attended the RESA conference, now you know that you are a star amongst the staging world and have much to share with everyone. If you write like you talk then you will always be comfortable where ever you are.

Feb 02, 2011 01:14 AM #37
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Melissa, I'm with you there.  Nodding heads (up and down) are what I like to see. 

Feb 02, 2011 02:48 AM #38
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Thank you Gary, I too enjoyed our conversations because YOU are easy to talk to.  See you next year! 

Michelle, didn't mean for this blog post to be so much about me.  It was meant to be encouragement to other shy stagers that didn't attend the conference for fear of the unknown.  Thanks so much for your kind words!  Hope to see you in 2012.

Feb 02, 2011 02:52 AM #39
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

My Friends...thanks to all of you for the encouragement and kind words.  I meant this post to be encouragement to others to attend the convention next year because of the relationships that we build here on AR. 

Feb 02, 2011 02:56 AM #40
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Kym Tarr
Prep This House Interiors Inc. - Kelowna, BC
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Ginger,

It was so great to meet you in person!  I love your blogs and seeing your smiling face in person made my own nervousness go away!  I can't wait until next year, when I can hang out more with the wonderful people that I have met here on Active Rain... what a great community!

Feb 02, 2011 02:43 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Kym, you too?  Seems like there are many stagers in our introvert boat.  Good getting to know you better too.  See you in 2012 or sooner. 

Feb 02, 2011 04:32 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

I wish that I could have made it...what a great time that I know that everyone had...

Feb 03, 2011 11:36 PM #43
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Mary Lou, you just have to put this on your must do list for next January.  Start setting aside the funds now and plan on it!  Thanks for commenting. 

Feb 04, 2011 05:16 AM #44
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Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Surprised me too!...and Melissa Marro an introvert too...NEVER!!! I wish we had more time to chat but I am glad I got to meet you in person...you were a bit elusive...LOL! I am not going to let you live down switching from our table you know...I did miss not getting an opportunity to chat more with you. there were so many AR friend there that I didn't even get a chance to say hello to many of them!

...next year!!!

Feb 04, 2011 09:05 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Valerie, the table move was ackward to say the least and I'll let it be at that.  YES, next year!!  I think that a couple of us should go in together and get a suite and host an AR member cocktail party one night.  What do you think? 

Feb 04, 2011 02:48 PM #46
Rainer
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Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Sounds great ! Kathy Burke suggested the same thing. We all go the day before and have some time to "hang out". There were so many AR friends there that I didn't even get to meet this time around!!

Feb 05, 2011 02:26 AM #47
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Valerie, will have to keep that in mind for next year.  I was in several of the T.I. suites and they were quite nice. 

Feb 05, 2011 03:59 AM #48
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