I have always wanted to go to an Inman Connect conference, but sadly being here in little old England has always meant I've followed the event from my computer screen...desperately waiting for the next tweet or blog post with all the hot RE gossip, tips and tricks.
Through platforms like ActiveRain I've come to know hundreds of US based RE folk over the past year and a half or so, and I was starting to think I'd never actually meet them 'IRL' (in real life).
This weekend, my luck changed dramatically :-D
On Friday night I entered a competition on Jay Thompson's popular real estate blog 'Phoenix Real Estate Guy'. The prize? A conference pass for the entire duration of Inman Real Estate Connect NYC (sponsored by the guys and gals at Inman News) and a whopping $1500 worth of travel expenses (kindly sponsored by the great team at HomeQuest).
When I entered Jay's competition I never thought I'd win, I won't lie and say 'I've never won anything before in my life' but the things I have won have usually been crappy things like pens or book tokens. A trip to New York? Unlikely.
I actually went to Brighton (on the English coast) for the weekend and wasn't even online when the draw for the winner took place, I was probably watching the sunset over the sea when Jay's daughter Lauren picked a name out of the hat for the prize. Just before midnight I checked my emails on my cellphone as I didn't have access to a computer, I was really just checking to see if I had any new Twitter messages or comments on my YouTube videos but there were a couple of direct messages through Twitter saying things like 'Congratulations'. The penny dropped when the next message said 'Can't wait to meet you in NY!'.
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <------my reaction as I realise I must have won the competition.
I managed to find a friend with a dodgy internet connection where we were staying and logged on to Jay's blog to confirm the good news. I can't tell you how happy I am and how grateful I am to Jay, Inman and Homequest for making it possible for this loudmouth girl from London to hop on a plane to New York and attend Connect.
So I guess all that's left to say is that if you're going to Inman Connect...see you there!
If you're lucky, I may even bring British candy ;-)