The Conference Continued

Well, Lady Luck was not my friend. I did not win an IPad, IPod, Kindle or anything. ;-(

I attended the rest of the conference and listened to sessions about Interactive polling, Non-profit housing organizations and Twitter. All in all it was a very good conference and I learned at least one new thing in each session. This is typically my goal.

Check out the Facebook Page for AREEA, pictures are posted from the conference.

Next year the conference is in Louisville, Kentucky. We need to have a delegation from AL since it is so close to home.

Won’t you join us?

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REEA Conference

The REEA Conference officially started yesterday. There were two afternoon sessions and  the opening reception of the Expo. The Expo is a little smaller but the opening reception was a time for meeting, greeting and networking.

On Monday, there was a day full of sessions. The opening session was ” A Sure Bet for Your Future: It’s All about YOU, Reinvented!” This session was presented by Julie Garton-Good.  Julie discussed determining your uniqueness quotient; maximizing your effectiveness; kicking your presentation up a notch and living your legacy now. The session ended with a mind mapping exercise. My map was so good, I won a book!  The book is titled All About Mortgages and is written by Julie Garton-Good.

There were some morning and afternoon sessions and we ended the day at Margaritaville (thanks to Dearborn). Readers were given away as door prizes by Dearborn. Tomorrow the IPAD will be given away.

I hope Lady Luck is with me!



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e-Pro Class!

I am in Las Vegas for REEA 2011.

Today I attended the e-Pro class taught by Amy Chorew. So much information in so little time.

We learned about connecting with the modern consumer; the social media revolution; reputation creation and management; intellectual property and ethics on the web and social networks. The class is full of information! If you have not taken the class, you should. This class will help you understand the “do’s and don’ts” of social networking and keep you out of trouble.

The student manual is full of information. I will have to dissect it a section at a time when I get home. I promise I will not put the book down and let it collect dust like we all do when we return home from a class or conference.

If you have not taken this course, you really need to. I think the course will help you understand the “new” real estate consumer and how to connect with them.

When I return home, I will take part II. It will provide more useful information for me and my office.

The REEA conference starts tomorrow afternoon. I am looking forward to it.

Thanks Amy Chorew for a great class!

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Need New Skills?

These sites provide some valuable information.
* – free courses on accounting, business, computer networking and adult literacy.
* – offers free online job training and resources on Microsoft and Adobe products
* – has useful information about online computer training courses, foreign languages and personal finance
* – Goodwill Community Foundation site that provides online learning opportuinities to anyone who wants to improve their technology, literacy and math skills.

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Social Media and Informal Learning

According to T&D (April 2011), social media is a good way to enhance valuable informal learning efforts.
Tips include:
* Choose the appropriate tools for your organization
* Create a code of conduct for social media
* Host social media lunch and learns

Do you think this will be a good trend for real estate offices?

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The Dynamic Duo

There is a new Dynamic Duo on the training front. Becky Ellis and Don Mayes have teamed up to teach the “new and improved” ePRO Certification Class.

This is Don’s take on his experiences:
What are other people saying about you on the web? How effective is your Social Media presence? New ePRO candidates in Mobile have those answers, as well as a cadre of tools to help them expand and monitor their influence on Web 2.0. NAR’s ePRO Certification Day 1 is a fast-paced, information-filled day that will challenge your ideas of effective marketing, and give you skills to survive and even flourish in this brave new world! Becky Ellis and I had a blast presenting this course in Mobile last week, and look forward to teaching ePRO wherever we have the opportunity – Birmingham (May 5), Tuscaloosa (May 6), Enterprise (June 1) with other cities under discussion. Let us help you become an ePRO! — Don Mayes

Becky had some comments as well:
I have the pleasure of teaching Day 1 of the new NAR e-PRO Certification Class with Don Mayes. This course is designed to present the Theory of Marketing online and provide an introduction to some of the online tools available. Learn why it is so important to market to consumers the way the want to be marketed to and most importantly, how to market to them. After being certified, agents will have access to online tools and continuing education of the changes in technology. If you are working toward other NAR designations this might give you the elective credit that you need. I look forward to seeing you in class soon! — Becky Ellis

Two enthusiastic instructors, an updated certification course, hopefully coming to your city soon.   Remember, it is all about collaboration and working together!

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AREEA Annual Spring Meeting

Come join us at the WindCreek Casino and Hotel for our Annual Spring Meeting on March 30-31, 2011.

We will meet on March 30 and select new officers. The Real Estate Commission will present and inform us of “new” happenings.

On March 31, 2011, we will have instructor training (6 hours of instructor CE!) on Advanced Training Techniques. Cherolyne Fogarty will be our presenter.

Registration for the meeting and training is $75 for members and $99 for non-members. Call the WindCreek directly to reserve your room. Call 1-866-WIND360 (946-3360). Mention AREEA to get the reduced rate.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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