RainCamp Dallas - DAY 2 Was THE BEST!

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RainCamp Dallas - Day 2 was THE BEST!



RainCamp Dallas

I noticed when I arrived at RainCamp Dallas this morning that a LOT of people that were there yesterday were not present today.

Having just been to RainCamp Houston in December, I thought that I would show up today... see what was going on.... and then head south.


If you missed RainCamp today.....

you missed out BIG TIME!

We  went over how to write to specific audiences.



Other Agents

Sphere of Influence


How to create interest, promote your blog,  and what to do when you can’t think of anything to blog about!

Now you may be thinking, I can read a ton of posts about that without going to RainCamp.  ABSOLUTELY. You can also learn Spanish with a CD while driving around in your car. But spending time in a Spanish speaking environment is how you REALLY learn Spanish.

Today RainCamp taught me that  for the past  9 months that I have been on ActiveRain, I have really just been playing around. I’ve not been focused. Now it’s time to get serious.


It’s been fun....

...that won’t change.

But I can focus and have fun too!

I also found out that I’ve been doing a few things RIGHT. That’s always nice.

But best of all was the ability to hear all of these successful real estate agents share what works for them

I felt really blessed to have the opportunity to sit and chat with Karen Otto, Bob Stewart, and Steve Shatsky.

EVEN experienced bloggers HAD to have walked away with something worth their time and effort for having been there today.

Before I go, I just want to tell you a few things about some of the folks that I met at RainCamp that I subscribed to BEFORE RainCamp.



Paula Hamilton: Her eyes twinkle just like they do in her profile picture. She is transparent. WYSIWYG!

Marilyn Boudreau: is a true Southern Belle. She’s every bit as much of a lady as she appears to be in her beautiful photos!


Teral McDowell: If you’ve ever read one of her posts and wished that you could just reach over and give her a hug. She’s the same way in person. I took advantage of that and got several hugs from this dear friend.

Deb Brooks: Just like her blog, Debra is high energy, positive and just plain fun! And let’s not leave out VERY funny! I love to laugh!


I could go on and on about all the wonderful people that I met that I will soon be subscribed too. But I don’t want to push it over the 500 word thing that Bob talked about.

What’s that you ask?!

GO TO RAINCAMP! Ask Bob! He’ll tell ya!

Who knows what else you’ll get from him when you go!  0:O)

We got a GREAT laugh!


RainCamp Dallas


RainCamp Dallas - Day 2 was THE BEST!


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This has been brought to you by YOUR Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area real estate professional. Before you buy or sell, call Joni Bailey at (936) 650-9017. I look forward to earning your business and exceeding your expectations. Broker Associate with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties. Mike Huff, Broker.  BerkshireHathaway Hom Services is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Each office is independently owned and operated.



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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Joni, I'm SO JEALOUS!!!  I keep trying to bribe the powers that be at Active Rain to hold one here in Scottsdale, AZ.  I LOVE to cook and have promised them all a great home cooked meal.  Maybe I need to up my bribe, LOL. 

I'm so glad you learned even more, got to network and meet some people live and in person, AND have fun.  I'm looking forward to attending my first Raincamp - if they'll come to Scottsdale, LOL. 

May 26, 2011 04:00 PM #63
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Joni you are so sweet, beautiful and smart.  We had a blast in Dallas and now we're all finally home....in the rain....literally!

May 26, 2011 04:10 PM #64
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Joni - congratulations on this feature - and you are sooooo right - Dallas Rain Camp was a blast!  I live in the area and hurried home the first day because we knew the storms were coming.  I can not imagine why anyone would not come back the second day as the first day was good enough to assure me i did not want to miss anything.  I enjoyed the second day more also.  Great people and great material!

May 26, 2011 04:49 PM #65
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Debbie: I plan on going again. Next year I'll try going to one out of town to meet some of the non Texas gang!

Peter and Linda: You are going to have a PHANNtastic time! No doubt! ♥

Frank and Karen: Oh how wonderful! I can't wait to see YOUR post and YOUR pics!!

Thank you Sally. Maybe they will have one in Hawaii next year. Bet it would SELL OUT if they told us to book TODAY!

Steve: I am about to subscribe. I will not be a stranger! Your presentation was AMAZING!

Sid: This was my 2nd one too! It was THAT good!

Peg: You will NOT be disappointed! I am excited FOR you!

Steve: He was so cute. I would react the same way if I were in HIS town and an earthquake hit!

Bob: I am glad that I went to Day 1 too! I wouldn't want to miss EITHER day.

LOL @ Gwynn

Gary: I am a Native Dallas Girl.... I'll be BACK! You can't get rid of me that easy! I grew up there and have friends and family all over the metroplex. Lots of reasons to visit! :O)


May 26, 2011 05:09 PM #66
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer Coun... - Roseville, CA
Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals

Joni, lucky, lucky, LUCKY you...attending 2 Rain Camps in the past 6 months! I'm still hoping to attend my first one soon, but thanks for the sneak preview on what a Rain Camp is like. :)


May 26, 2011 05:51 PM #67
Joye Hollis Ridgeway
AgentOwned Realty, Charleston SC - Charleston, SC
- Homes, Land, Investment, Commercial

Glad to hear things are still going well for AR.  Looking forward to RainCamp in Orlando this summer.  Learning is a continous process, AR is the best community for "down in the trenches" experiences.

May 27, 2011 12:07 AM #68
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Glad you enjoyed it, I love the photos. Best part of Raincamp is meeting the people IRL.

Glad it was focused on how to improve your blogging, that is why most folks go to learn more indepth teaching on blogging.


May 27, 2011 01:12 AM #69
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Ann: Laughing about the 450 thing, We also discussed CHANGE! Guess that changed too! *snicker! :O)

Richard: I wish you could have been there too! :)))

Thank you Debbie. I'm glad you enjoyed it too!!

Loreena: I think you and Mike would have liked it too. I'm a newbie, but I think experienced bloggers would have gained from it as well!

Gita: As soon as I get back to DSL I am going to tell you about Steve's presentation! And then some tips from Bob!

Rob: I hope that you can too!

Kathleen: Thanks! I had good subjects! ;)

Dorie: It was a blast!

Joshua: Day 1 was packed - Day 2 we lost a lot of folks -- and they saved the very best for the last. :(

Paula: It was my pleasure. I'll be coming to see you in The Woodlands soon! :O))) Love you too!

May 27, 2011 02:09 AM #70
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Dawn: I loved Agent Reboot! I got to attend that last year!

Mike: I was hoping to get to meet you and Loreena, so I missed y'all not being there! :( Maybe next time!

Cheryl: I am so glad that I made it a priority and scheduled those days as booked!

Silvia: THAT is the main reason, the infomation is icing on the cake. THE PEOPLE (Members and Staff) are amazing!

Michael S: It sure is!

Michael P: I hope that you do!

Mike: Good for you!! Tell us all about it!

Teral: BIG HUGS back at you! See you next month for our Mini RainCamp with Donna!!!

Lorrie: Me too! :)))

Joan: Isn't that wild!! MARGARET ROME called me first thing this morning to tell me!! :)))


May 27, 2011 02:16 AM #71
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

I was lucky enough to attend Rain Camp in Atlantic City!  Thanks for sharing your Dallas Camp with us.  It was so great to meet folks I'd only met online and I learned so much!  I look forward to reading more from the folks you mentioned!

Maryland Mortgage Mama

May 27, 2011 06:26 AM #72
Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches


I went to the 2 days Raincamp in Atlantic City,NJ!  Both days were fabulous!  I learned soooo much,as I'm sure you did!

May 27, 2011 06:35 AM #73
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Joni--This was a very tantalizing post!  I just can't wait for October/Chicago Rain Camp.  Will finally get to meet the family and learn the secrets!!  I REALLY enjoyed this post and your pictures.  Definitely gold star worthy!!

May 27, 2011 07:28 AM #74
Ray Waisler
Finance of America - Atlanta, GA
NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA

Joni, sounds like a lot of fun and great information, but I'll have to wait until they come to my neck of the woods.

May 27, 2011 10:14 AM #75
Antonio & Alexia Cardenas
Alameda County - San Leandro, CA. - San Leandro, CA
"The Realtors In Motion"

If you are on AR, you must attend the Raincamp. Great value and no pushing you to buy anything, good information from serious people who love to share their experiences and knowledge. Last time they were in my area I was there, next time they come... I will be there again! Yes, Joni, tell us what you learned while there... good blogging material I am sure.


May 27, 2011 10:55 AM #76
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

What do you learn? what's the best information you got out of it?

May 27, 2011 12:44 PM #77
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


So glad you had such a great time and learned so much on top of it!  I went the 2nd one they ever had and was not really very engaged yet so didn't recognize or know anyone yet.  I can't wait to go again when it gets close to me!

Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing!

May 27, 2011 01:44 PM #78
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Joni, it is great highlight of the Dallas Rain Camp. I am jealous that you got to meet Karen Otto in person. I also remember having a brief conversation with Marilyn Boudreau at the Houston Rain Camp. I asked her if her name in Cindy, and she said "No, but it is nice to meet you" LOL

May 27, 2011 03:12 PM #79
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Joni - I can't wait to try out day 2 of the new and improved Rain Camp.

May 27, 2011 03:16 PM #80
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Joni - Make RainCamp sound like I better get on a plane and get to one!  Have been told they do not hold them in Hawaii so will have to travel the great blue!  You touched on some hot topics for me that would make it worth it.  Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

May 28, 2011 03:22 AM #81
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

I am sorry I missed it and can't wait to see your posts on some of the things you learned!  Thanks!  pippa

May 28, 2011 03:37 AM #82
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