The only way NOT to get anything from a REALTOR event is to NOT show up…

The only way NOT to get anything from a REALTOR event is to NOT show up…

At the close of the week of meetings, well attended and less attended sessions, CE and more I wanted to offer an observation about the best aspect of Legislative & Conference and REALTORS in my view.

Of all things that have impressed me about the Virginia Association of REALTORS and this conference, their connectivity is what stands out the most. Whether through blog-talk or conversations at the dinner table, I don’t think I’ve seen a group ‘conference’ so ‘effectively.’

Some groups convene for the sake of having a get together; but, this week I watched the largest trade association in Virginia convene and offer every attendee (REALTOR or not) something valuable to take away. From sessions on getting your website attention to AE2AE where a small group offered candid feedback on how state assn actions affect locals, the whole event was like a flood of useful information. So much so that I was on overload by day two.

I’m not a REALTOR and I walked away with feedback (both criticism and praise) that helps me perfect my craft, a new contact for graphic design, and information on RE and contacts that will never lose their value.

This made me think about President Pat Jensen’s Inaugural speech back in November. When I first watched it, it seemed like another well-written script with a great mantra at its close “Together We Can.”

But after meeting VAR members, local AE’s and other conference participants, I‘ve realized this organization isn’t just phenomenal on paper because of it’s size, but it’s also practically impressive in that whenever it assembles every attendee benefits.

Examples: At the blogger happy hour Candy Lynn taught me about ‘tumblers’, hanging out with Ben & Jim I learned a ton about the MLS proposed evolution and the ripple affect it could have on Realtors and consumers, and last but not least Tony & Danillo taught me that bloggers are most impressive (and maybe even most dangerous) when they come from behind the keyboard.

The smallest bullet in the brochure and simplest aspect of an event like this is perhaps the most powerful part of it all; Networking.

Maybe we should make a bigger deal about this in the marketing?

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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2 Responses to The only way NOT to get anything from a REALTOR event is to NOT show up…

  1. Brian Block says:

    Jovan,

    Every time I’ve ever attended any REALTOR event, be it a conference, a class, or even just a party, I always walk away with some new knowledge and new contacts that will help me in my business.

  2. Jeremy Hart says:

    Jovan, you’re exactly right. As someone who had purposefully avoided what I saw as rah rah sessions and a waste of time away from income-producing activities, I learned this week that I was COMPLETELY wrong. I’ve been focusing on the day-to-day income producing things, when I failed to realize attending VAR events are truly going to advance my career (and earning power).

    Good thoughts, thanks for sharing. And welcome to VAR – I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to work with you!

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