Keller Williams Mega Camp Survival Guide

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Are you heading to Keller Williams Mega Camp 2012? This can be a scary few days with so much going on.

ActiveRain wanted to save you the confusion so we brought you an expert on the event, Chad Hyams. Take it away Chad!

Chad HyamsMy name is Chad Hyams, and I have attended Keller Williams Mega Camp in many roles…

  • Agent
  • Team Leader
  • Vendor with IMSD 
  • MAPS Coach

Let me start by congratulating you on making the wise business choice to attend Mega Camp 2012.

Mega Camp Survival Guide!

If you are reading this and you have not yet registered, hurry! No hotel rooms? Find someone to bunk up with. No flights? Start driving now! No money? Put it on the credit card, as it will pay dividends forever! If you are still choosing not to go, make sure you still check out what you are missing so you can start planning for next year.

Now that we have that part covered let’s jump into what to expect from a Keller Williams Mega Camp event.

The first thing to know about the event is that there are actually three conferences that make up Keller Williams Mega Camp 2012.

Mega Leadership Camp
Mega Technology Camp
Mega Agent Camp

Which conferences should you attend? All three!! That’s right, if possible and applicable you should plan to attend all three of these events.

Mega Leadership Camp

The Keller Williams Mega Camp week starts with Keller Williams Mega Leadership Camp. If you are a leader in the company you don’t want to miss this event. If you are interested in becoming a team leader in the company, you don’t want to miss this event.

Mega Tech Camp

The next event in the Mega Camp lineup is Mega Tech Camp. This is a newer event that has been added in recent years and has been growing in attendance as more and more agents understand the power of and the need for technology skills. You'll want to take a lot of notes and enjoy drinking from the fire hose!

Mega Agent Camp

Finishing up the lineup is the highest attended session (more on how to deal with that later on) Keller Williams Mega Agent Camp. Gary Keller will host Mega Agent Camp and lead panel after panel of real estate agents talking about their success. Panels will include topics such as:

  • Internet Lead Follow-Up and Conversion
  • Craigslist
  • Expired/FSBO success
  • Expansion into New Markets
  • Social Media
  • Open Houses
  • And so much more

These panels and speakers are changed each year depending on what topics MAPS, Dianna Kokoszka and Gary Keller feel the agents need to learn more about.


Make The Most Of Your Time at Mega Camp

Plan on some organized chaos. There will be in the area of 10,000 real estate agents running around the Austin Convention Center with all of the events in one space.

Mega Camp Brad KornIn the morning, you'll make your way through the maze of exhibitors (more on them later) and head for the main room. Stake out your seat and make sure you are comfortable as you will be there awhile. Arrange in advance where you are meeting your office, your friends or anyone you want to sit with.

Unlike Family Reunion where you move around all day, Keller Williams Mega Camp will have you in one space and the panelist come to you. Each and every panel is worth its weight in gold as these are top producers speaking and sharing with you.

To get the most out of the sessions at Keller Williams Mega Camp you must have an open mind. The agents that walk away with their notes and saying things like “I can’t wait to give this a shot” are the ones that will grow their business. The agents that walk out with their notes saying, “this will never work in my city” are the ones that should have just stayed home. Open your mind and be ready to learn from those that are making it happen.

The biggest challenge that many attendees have is that they get so many notes and ideas that they just don’t know where to start. At the lunch break and at the end of the day, quickly look over your notes and circle the one thing that jumps out at you. Only implement a small batch of new ideas when you get back and you will have much better focus. Agents who attempt to put everything they learn into practice can end up worse off then where they started!

Mega Camp Exhibit Hall

This is a tough one as unlike Family Reunion there is not as much time for the Keller Williams Mega Camp exhibit hall.

As soon as you get to the exhibit hall, do the quick trick or treat walk. What is the trick or treat walk? That is when you zip up and down the aisles to each booth and grab whatever they are giving away (anything from pens to magnets to candy) and make sure you grab their information handouts. Just like on Halloween you always remember the house with the big candy bar to tell the other kids to visit! Make notes on which vendors you want to visit later. Don’t forget to say hello to the companies you’re already using!

The best times to meet with vendors are early in the morning (many booths open at 7AM), over the lunch break since everyone else will run to eat (more on that below), or where there is a panel that just isn’t something you click with. If you don’t plan to work with banks, then hit the exhibit hall when the REO panel starts.

Decide what your budget is for new services, software, marketing, and other items at the show and have a plan as to what you are looking to take home with you. 

  • Are you needing KW branded clothing? Leave room in your suitcase
  • Are you wanting some great reading? Hit the KW bookstore
  • Are you looking for some outside training opportunities? Come visit us at the IMSD booth

Realtors are all looking for the new magic bullet. Listen the experts invited to speak on panels and you will recognize that there are no magic bullets. The principle is work, work work and you should keep that in mind as you shop, shop, shop. Find things that work and generate more business for you... those are the things to invest in on the exhibit floor.

When Sessions Are Out

Mega Camp Kristian PeterLunch break at is a madhouse! The best thing to do is bring a power bar and take advantage of the quiet time on the exhibit floor instead of waiting 45 minutes for a table when you only have an hour lunch break.

The event never ends as Keller Williams Mega Camp just turns into a 6th Street Pub Crawl. Remember that while you are out, you still have more to learn the next morning and anything that happens on 6th Street probably ends up on Facebook before the night is over! Be smart and be safe. If you want to avoid the crazy scene at Pete’s Piano Bar or any of the other popular spots on 6th Street, just stop by the Hilton hotel lobby as the place to hang out.

A Few More Tips

One of the things that Keller Williams promotes is sharing and Mega Camp is no different. Use the power of Twitter and remember the hashtag #KWMC. Share with each other, find each other and share with those that were unable to join the event in person.

Make the most of this event by setting goals for Keller Williams Mega Camp.

  • What do you want to learn about?
  • Who are you hoping to meet and get a moment to talk with?
  • What do you need to find out about in the exhibit hall and what should you avoid spending money on?

Bring business cards, hand out business cards and remember the lessons that Gary Keller has been teaching us since Keller Williams began…it is all about collecting business cards to add to your database! You'll also want cards to enter all of the iPad drawings on the exhibit floor. 

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If you found this blog helpful, please share it with your Market Center, share it on Facebook and Twitter, or email it on to other Keller Williams agents.  You can send out:

We know that you've got some veteran conference tips, too, so please be sure to add your advice in the comments in below for Keller Williams agents who have never attended Mega Camp.

I can’t wait to see you all at Keller Williams Mega Camp 2012 and hope you will come find me to say hello! If not, I will see you online! 


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Darren Kittleson
Keller Williams Realty - Madison, WI

Great Post Chad!  We are expecting over 13,000 agents to roll in to Austin throughout the week.  That will make it the 2nd largest real estate gathering in the US this year behind NAR in Orlando in November. 

Aug 10, 2012 09:47 PM #1
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA

Thanks Ken,

The push I needed....working on the details to get there.....

Aug 10, 2012 11:12 PM #2
Renee Helten
Helten Institute of Real Estate Development (HIREDSchools) - Denver, CO

Chad-Great Blog! I have to Mega Agent Camp for MANY years and I love it more than Family Reunion, but for different reasons! FR more social, MC more specific education. I would suggest attendees download "Evernote" and use it to record the sessions, and take notes as to where in the recording they need to go back to later. It is truly drinking through the firehose! Remember to breath and swallow! IT IS FOR ALL AGENTS! It's an AGENT camp at the MEGA level! See you there! Renee Helten Denver

Aug 12, 2012 12:10 AM #3
Chad Hyams
Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region - Johns Creek, GA

Darren, can't wait to see everyone - I think I might have all the names memorized this year (ok probably not!)

Dan, not an event to miss!

Renee, great advice to add. It is a firehose that doesn't slow down the whole time they are there!

Aug 14, 2012 09:07 AM #4
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

I'll be there for Mega Tech and Mega Agent.  Another tip, comfortable shoes and a sweater or jacket, not for outside but inside the AC is cold! :)  

Sep 04, 2012 11:14 AM #5
Select Realty Group Scottsdale Real Estate Team
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Scottsdale, AZ
A Name Friends Recommend

This Scottsdale team will be there again this year!  Wouldn't miss it.  Wear comfy shoes and network with agents from around the country and Canada.  Get your referrals ON!

Sep 13, 2012 03:02 AM #6
Sanna K. Thomas
Sellstate Next Generation Realty - Ocala, FL
PA GRI, E-Pro, SFR, AHWD, LH Ocala Florida Luxury

Oh I agree with Jen, shoes, shoes... Loved the guide to Mega Camp, great idea.Catch those lunch break session, very valuable information on a smaller scale.

Great town for dinner and music! You'll enjoy it all!!!

Sep 13, 2012 03:37 AM #7
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Chad, excited to be there and attend 2 of the 3 (not sure if I am a leader

Thanks for the guide and guidance.

Sep 13, 2012 04:02 AM #8
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I'm  not a KW agent, but have heard great things about Mega-Camp. Seems well worth the price of admission.


Sep 13, 2012 08:44 AM #9
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

I am not a KW Real Estate Agent.  However I have been hearing about Mega Camp for the past two years or so and I hear nothing but great things about Mega Camp and even Family ReUnion that happens around February I believe. Who knows I might be there next year. :-)

Sep 13, 2012 09:53 AM #10
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Never heard of it before but the structure looks like you all will learn a lot and have some fun doing it.
Sep 13, 2012 04:41 PM #11
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

This another great annual event that differentiates KW from the pack !!!!!!!!!

Sep 13, 2012 10:56 PM #12
Chad Hyams
Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region - Johns Creek, GA

Here is the great thing about the training at these events, you don't have to be with KW to attend! Check out Mega Camp or Family Reunion (in February and in Dallas this year - it moves each year) and just learn, learn and learn more!

Just like the ActiveRain community, it is all about sharing and learning!

Sep 14, 2012 01:46 AM #13
Bill Baker
The Baker Realty Group, Inc - Madison, WI
Bill Baker

Chad I can't wait.  I have not missed a Mega Camp and the education is awesome.  What is even better, is the referrals that I have received from attending and meeting people.........


Bring on 6th St. and MAYBE some Monte Montgomery..

Sep 14, 2012 10:33 AM #14
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

This was everything I needed before I head to Austin- is there an Active Rain meet-up? Are they a vendor?

Sep 16, 2012 10:13 AM #15
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

SOunds like a must see event and I have yet to go, but this year sounds like a great time to start.  Any tips on hotels as all look sold out! 

Aug 20, 2013 11:22 AM #16
Jenna Weinerman
Updater - Manhattan, NY
Your ActiveRain moving & relocation expert

Great blog post even a year later! Thank you for taking the time to post it.

I'm attending Mega Camp for the first time this year and this will be extremely helpful. 

Aug 22, 2014 12:23 AM #17
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