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Conventions-are they worth it?

2 years ago I became co owner of a RE/MAX office. As part of the responsibilities I was expected to attend the RE/MAX convention. Last year I went to the convention and was totally blown away. It took me a year to totally absorb what I had experienced. Here I am again at the R4 convention, totally wowed and now getting it.

R4

You come to conventions for several reasons:

1). It is a great networking opportunity. The best farming tip I learned this year was from a very friendly agent I met right after checking in. You can see her interview in a previous blog.

 

2). You come to establish and grow a great referral business. As soon as you come up the escalator you are bombarded by people handing you cards and other info. I have 50 - 100 new people to refer to that I now have personally met.

 

3). You come to be inspired. They say that you become like the 5 people you surround yourself with. The conventions are filled with the top of the top.

 

4). You come to learn. Conventions are packed with world class speaker. I found direction with Dave and Gail Liniger, Margaret Kelly, inspired by Joe Theismann, wowed by Gary Vaynerchuk, motivated by Tom Ferry, and moved by Krish Dhanam. I learned new technique marketing with social media, found better ways to steam line short sales, and discovered new ideas for my next office.

5). The cherry on the top is you may even get a chance to visit places you have never seen before.

grand canyon

 Pam Crawford

Pam Crawford, ABR,e-PRO®,CRS,CDPE,LMC

Owner, REALTOR®, Managing Partner, MBA, BSBA
RE/MAX Professional Associates

 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsPam Crawford • March 19 2011 04:29PM

Comments

Planning to attend next year

Posted by Jennifer Dulmaine, Seth Campbell Realty Group (Keller Williams Realty) about 7 years ago

Hi Pam - The real cherry is the fact that your trip is tax deductible:)

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 7 years ago

Pam: Sounds like you're sold on real estate conventions. I go to our state but haven't been to RE/MAX yet.

Posted by Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003 (RE/MAX Concepts) about 7 years ago

Matt,

I go to our state one as well.  When you go to a national or in the case of RE/MAX and international, it brings it to the next level.  They usually have the funds to bring in the best speakers in the world, and the newest technology and trends.  The agents are also more willing to share because they don't compete in your same market place.  I would also like to do NAR convention some day.  The RE/MAX convention is obviously RE/MAX tooled, but NAR would be brand blind.  I highly recommend the RE/MAX convention.  It is in Vegas at the Mandalay Bay again.  The hotel was great.  Maybe I will see you there next year.  First week of March I think.

Posted by Pam Crawford, Owner-RE/MAX Prof. Assoc.,MBA, CDPE, CRS, ABR (RE/MAX Professional Associates) about 7 years ago

I love going to conventions. I just wish they weren’t so doggone expensive! You could spend all your commission checks just going to local, state, and national conventions -- airfare, hotel rooms, meals, rental car....

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 7 years ago

RE/MAX does treat its agents extremely well.  The speakers are top-rate, and the entertainment is the same.  Yes, I agree, attending a NAR convention would be interesting, Pam.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA (Cameron Real Estate Group) about 7 years ago

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