The dust has settled, the food has been eaten, all of the table and chairs have been hauled away and the real estate stagers from all across Indiana have made their way back home. Even though our accessory warehouse is just a room with racks, shelves and things; it sure came to life the day of the 13th when it was filled with people with the same dream. There was a time not long ago that I could not have imagined there being 25 stagers in all of Indiana, let alone there being that many all gathering in one place for a group discussion about topics surrounding our industry.
Needless to say the event was a HIT. Many of the Real Estate Stagers had felt fairly isolated until this Round Table event and many were excited just to be in the company of others that have a passion for staging homes to sell. One tell-tale sign was the exuberance that everyone put into simply exchanging business cards with each other. Everyone walked away from this event feeling that they now had 24 new friends in the business. Small groups of stagers gathered afterward to learn and share and the smiles on their faces told me that indeed this is was a great day.
Our group had quite diverse backgrounds and affiliations; there were RESA's, ASP's, IRIS's, HSR's, ASHSR's and a few naked stagers as well as some fresh out of training... But for those few hours of sharing and learning and discussing our industry, there were only interesting conversations, great questions and a sense of belonging.
As you can tell by reading this that there were enough warm fuzzes to keep even an Eskimo warm all winter...and if I didn't know better, I would swear that it made my heart grow 3 times bigger.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our event.... A Big, Big THANKS to all of our sponsors, RESA, SIF, IRIS, ASHSR and a HUGE, HUGE, THANK YOU TO OUR LOCAL LUNCH SPONSOR.......PACK-RAT OF THE GREATER INDIANAPOLIS AREA...