How To Get The Most Out of The NAR Convention 2011

Education & Training with Advantage Solutions Group

The Fun and Excitement are about to begin in Anaheim as 20,000 real estate professionals converge for the annual convention!

This will be a week for me to see friends, old and new! It'll be time to network, learn, laugh and look at all the new tech stuff at the meetings and the EXPO. I have attended every Convention since 1988 and it is one of the highlights of my year. I find it helps me understanding the BIG picture and get a chance to hear from people what IS working.

Here are a some tips that have helped me and hopefully if you are coming will help you! 

The first, I'm sure won't surprise you, coming from me....

Have a plan!

Include these:

  • Know 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.
  • Make a list of specific items or resources you need to be more focused in the EXPO.
  • Really important....... Create a budget for the EXPO. You will see many possible resources to spend money on!
  • Make your "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!

You can also follow the Twitter Stream at #narannual or follow the Facebook Page at Realtor's Conference and Expo.

Several of my coaching clients are having their best year ever and I also hear stories from people at the National Convention about how to thrive in these challenging times. Lots of reasons to be enthused! 2012 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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Comments (4)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Again, you have come up with great suggestions to get the most out of convention. Take lots of notes and photos to share. You are going to have so much fun....but you always do.


Nov 08, 2011 12:25 PM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Thanks Margaret! Wish you were here!

Nov 08, 2011 12:53 PM
Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Between workshops (CRS, REBAC, NAR and so on), committee meetings and "mixers", it's hard to imagine running out of things to do here in Anaheim this week!

Nov 10, 2011 03:41 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID
Broker / Owner - Progressive Realty Corporation

Another worthwhile convention for me.  I have been to at least 20 conventions between various franchises I have worked for and the NAR ones as welll.

Nov 20, 2011 05:07 AM