Hopefully it isn’t too late for you to register to attend RE BarCamp DC being held on October 27th, 2009 at the NVAR Herndon Center near the Reston Town Center. It’s free for attendees but you need to register right now. To see who is coming, you should check here.
Let me be clear; this is not a conference with a featured speaker, there will not be a special web site “deal” for those who attend, you will not sit in your seat for any length of time, and you will be asked to participate in an open conversation about blogging, Twitter, the Internet, social media, using video, Google, WordPress, Blogger, SEO, YouTube, Viddler, hosting, web 2.0 and whatever you decide to discuss that day. I will pass along suggestions put in my comments section.
How does that sound? Like an “ad-hock” gathering… here is a link to the RE BarCamp mother site!
Maybe there is another side of the real estate business you’ve been missing?
The group is really going to be up to speed as we have a lot of “cutting-edge” people in our area who you may not know but are recognized across the country as leaders… and it is going to be really exciting to hear them share their knowledge in round-table style discussion groups.
Again, no one is a featured speaker… no one is going to recruit you… and no sales pitches!
If this event is going to be your first step into this arena, do a little homework first and you will get a lot more out of the experience called RE BarCamp.
The following suggestions are from an earlier post:
Here is my Prep-Workshop for beginners (newbies):
It seemed like the room was 46% people who had a clue, and 54% people who were hoping to buy a web site, circa 2002. If you fall into that 54% (beginners) and want to go to RE BarCamp, then you should do a little homework beforehand so you don’t feel totally out of your element. It may get your creative juices flowing!
Look at some blogs:
- Read through mine, or look at my “Blog Roll” on the right side since these are some of my favorites. Most people write about their lives and experiences, real estate and personal.
- Start writing “comments” on the posts that you enjoy and appreciate. It’s like a practice blog for you without the actual blog work, and it’s easy!
- See how people are using video… go explore YouTube or Viddler
- Take a look at Facebook.com (free), Twitter.com (free), LinkedIn.com (free)
- Get an idea how Google works (type that phrase into the Google Bar)
- Google the just mentioned social media list too. There are lots of good tips to get you started and most will take a minute or three to read.
Online News sources:
- Read and start following online mags like Inman News.com or AgentGenius.com
What is a blog anyway?:
- Look at WordPress.org or .com, or Blogger.com, or GoDaddy.com
I hope people will add to this list, and it is a good start that will help the 54% learn about blogging, Google, and social media. Plan to spend a day, two days or a week for this prep-work and you will get much more out of the experience of being around great people at your next RE BarCamp.
Maybe this will give you an idea…