On Friday at the conference, my experience encompassed a full course load of classes that included Global Perspective & Opportunity, Communicating Globally, Technology Tools For Cross Border Transactions, and Commercial Economic Issues and Trends
It was extremely interesting to understand the trends surrounding the topics, and expand my knowledge and awareness regarding specific segments of the market. Increasing my level of global awareness is something extremely critical within real estate, to aid in grasping the bigger picture.
Attending conference classes allows you to deepen your connection with people you work amongst in the industry. During the breaks I visited the expo and interacted with employees of the REALTOR® University and National Association of REALTORS® at their booth. I was happy to finally meet Cynthia Fauth from NAR Global in person, who I have been in contact with in the past with regards to my international REALTOR® membership.
The Young Professional Network (YPN) was the next exciting thing to look forward to during Friday’s events. It started with an award ceremony recognizing successful YPN committees and celebrating their achievements to date. YPN’s mission is to “help young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in the REALTOR® association, the Real Estate industry, and amongst peers & the community.” This was the centric theme surrounding the YPN event, hosted by Rob Reuter of NAR, who is instrumental in the development of the program and expanding YPN to Canada. He creates a support system to aid young professionals in the industry, and remains avaliable to those who wish to start a local YPN.
Throughout the evening I was able to meet the 2009 Greater Tulsa Association of REALTOR® Sales Associate of the year, Kasia Olek of Keller Williams Realty Advantage. Kasia and I briefly discussed the importance of attending conferences and the high level of information received by them. Kasia said “NAR every year is a great opportunity to network with agents and business owners from all over the workplace. It gives us an opportunity to step out of our local market and think outside the box, because we are out of our routine.” This is exactly what NAR and YPN do. Create the ability for other professionals to step outside of their comfort zone and build networks from a local to global market. She finds the information gathered during these conferences allows us to build more successful sales teams, by soaking up the industry knowledge provided by those attending.