Keller Williams Mega Camp Survival Guide 2015

Education & Training with Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region

Here we go again! Time to update the Keller Williams Mega Camp Survival Guide 2015 style!


What has changed since last year that you should note?

  1. The KW Events App that is available for Apple has the schedule and more for you! Is it available on Windows phones? Don't know...didn't look. You should just make the switch to Apple!
  2. The event is now in August, so if you haven't planned to attend HURRY and get a Mega Camp ticket. Good luck with the hotel room!
  3. Check out what Keller Williams Realty International shares on the KW Blog about Mega Camp.
  4. I have less hair (it wasn't hard to have less, I did manage though)


Now let's look at the event that is called Mega Camp. This can be a scary few days with so much going on. 

Chad HyamsIf you don't know me, my name is Chad Hyams, and I have had the opportunity to attend Keller Williams Mega Camp for many years in many different roles...

  • Agent
  • Team Leader
  • Trainer and vendor with IMSD 
  • MAPS Coach
  • The ONE Thing Certified Trainer
  • Growth and Productivity Director for the Southeast Region
  • and The Voice of Reason (read on and you will find that voice in this blog)

Congratulations to you on making the wise business choice to attend Keller Williams Mega Camp 2015.

Mega Camp Survival Guide!

If you are reading this and you have not yet registered, stop reading and register now!

If you can't find a hotel rooms in Austin, don't panic. Find someone to bunk up with or watch on Facebook as people start posting that they have an extra room. Still no luck? Get creative and look at renting a house with a few others.

Making the choice to not attend this year? Make sure you get your Market Center to broadcast the live feed for The State of the Company and Gary Keller's Market Update!

Then, go register for Mega Camp 2016!

Keller Williams Mega Camp 2015

What can you expect from this powerful event?

The first thing to know is that there are actually three conferences that make up this event, known as Keller Williams Mega Camp.

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 (August 17-18)

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.
  • If you are a leader in your life (hint hint - you are!) then you don't want to miss this event.

This year the Keynote Speaker at Leadership Camp will be Jim White. The coach played by Kevin Costner in the movie McFarland USA

Mega Tech Camp (August 19)

The next event in the Mega Camp lineup is Mega Tech Camp. This event has grown in popularity each year 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 of information that will be shared. 

Hint - watch for yours truly to be presenting during this event!

Mega Agent Camp (August 20-21)

Finishing up the lineup is the highest attended session (more on how to deal with that later on) Keller Williams Mega Agent Camp. Led by Gary Keller this is where the best in the business reveal the specific systems and strategies that are bringing their results in today's market.

The 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. This is a chance to hear from the best of the best at what they do best!

Mega Camp Speakers

The stage will be filled with Keller Williams Realty International Leadership such as Gary Keller, Mo Anderson, John Davis, Chris Heller, Cary Sylvester, Jay Papasan and Dianna Kokoszka. There will also be the opportunity to hear from top agents and leadership from around the country. 


Now that you know what you are getting into, what should you do when you get there?

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.

In the morning, you'll want to quickly 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.

Mega Camp will have you in one space and the panelist come to you instead of moving from space to space and fighting for seats at Family Reunion. Each and every panel is worth its weight in gold as these are top producers speaking and sharing with you. Choose your times to step out of the room wisely! 

Bring snacks with you to keep your energy and focus up while you are learning and taking notes.

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. Come to Keller Williams Mega Camp with your question in mind already. 

Figure your question in advance and ask EVERYONE you meet. Collect the answers you are given with the information coming from the stage and you will walk away from the event with focus!


***Need to visit the restroom...if someone is on stage that is not answering your specific question, take that moment and run! You want to be back in time to hear the next speaker!


Mega Camp Exhibit Hall

Time is limited for you to visit the Keller Williams Mega Camp exhibit hall due to the short amount of time this event takes and how full the agenda is.

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. The exhibit hall opens at 8AM except for Friday where you get 30 extra minutes with a 7:30am opening. A great time to talk with the vendors is 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 Expired Listings, then hit the exhibit hall when this is the topic of conversation.

BEFORE you even arrive in Austin decide what your budget is for new services. From software to marketing, to knives and signs, 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 way to expand your marketing efforts? Say hello to our friends at BombBomb and Contactually (as well as others)

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

Lunch 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.

If you are planning on making time for breakfast, lunch or dinner, make the most of that time and set a meeting with someone that you don't see in your own Market Center. Take the time to Mastermind, share and grow your business as well as your waist line!

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 drawings on the exhibit floor. 

Keller Williams Mega Camp 2014

Please Share This Blog and Add Your Comments

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.  

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 2015 and hope you will come find me to say hello! 


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Lori Mode
Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale - Elk Grove, CA
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Chad - just sent your tips to my daughter, Rachel.  It will be her first Mega Camp. She joined us 2 months ago and is doing great!  I'm so excited for her to experience Mega Camp!  See you in Austin!

Aug 10, 2015 01:54 PM #2
Scott Fogleman
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Chad- I am glad to be coming back again this year and looking forward to seeing you present..

Aug 10, 2015 09:27 PM #3
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