Less than 10 days from now, Atlanta will have its second rebarcamp event.
If you haven't been to one of the rebarcamp (rebc) events around the country, you REALLY need to change that. rebc events are billed as the "unconference". Unlike a traditional conference, there aren't a bunch of vendors running sessions that are thinly disguised sales pitches... and sometimes they aren't even thinly disguised. If you've ever been to the NAR Convention, you know exactly what I'm talking about. It seems like every "education" seminar ends with "and you can get my DVD set at booth 347, for just $199."
At rebarcamp, you talk with other real estate professionals about things that each of you are doing to build your businesses. Small groups get together and share ideas around specific topics. There aren't any "presentations" or lectures, but rather crowd sourcing solutions.
One of the coolest things about the rebc movement is its flexibility. Unlike a traditional seminar, the schedule isn't preset. It makes it seem a little crazy at first, but there is a HUGE advantage. Participants come in with needs and questions, and they have a much better chance at finding solutions and answers.
We are bending the "normal" rebc conventions a little bit. The first round of sessions in the morning will be set before the event, but after the first hour, anything goes. When we have the opening remarks, we will call for ideas on sessions. They could be anything from "Better Leveraging FaceBook Pages" or "Twitter for Non-Twits" to "Short Sale Disaster Avoidance" and "How Should I Spend My Advertising Budget... like I actually have one".
rebcATL2011 is only $17.50... for a FULL day of learning and networking. This year's event will be held at the Mansour Center in Marietta, GA.