By Nobu Hata
What would it take to get you to MidYear this year?
It’s a serious question.
And no, I’m not going to use any replies in some insidious way.
Seriously though, what is it about NAR MidYear that makes it so abhorrent to the average REALTOR®? What makes the alternative shows so much more appealing in comparison? Is it boring? Intimidating? Does it have zero value in our business?
InmanConnect, RE Tech South, REBarCampMongolia, Triple Play — the list goes on and on and each year we pick and choose which of these trade shows to spend our hard-earned credit card miles on; sometimes a combination of them, almost all in consecutive years. I can’t help but think that the niche’ness of these events is the draw. But how much social media information or tech training or blogging workshops can one attend before the content becomes, well, boring?
Then again, I see the same thing happening at MidYear. Every year I go I – literally – see the same the same REALTORS® and Association Executives hamming it up. And to be honest with you, the biggest appeal of going to Washington, D.C. in the spring for MidYear was that –ahem– I was going to D.C. in the spring. (Beautiful city and the food rocks, in spite of my allergies.)
But tell you what, talk of “Raise the Bar” and increased REALTOR® activism has lit a fire in many, including myself. Whispers of a first-time or return to MidYear has been pervasive in the REALTOR® socialwebs with the realization that it’s moot to talk about change in a WordPress seminar. Not only that, but the possibility of a formal BarCamp to go along with all the Committee Meetings/Forums this year is going to be the best of both worlds.
Toby Boyce’s “Above the Bar” blog post from last week mentioned an internship/mentorship hybrid. What better place to talk about it than at MidYear? Are you a newer agent looking for a mentor? Find him or her at MidYear – it doesn’t have to be a local mentor, right? Vet or newbie: how about sitting in on a couple of the committee meetings and forums at and learning something. The insight gained from the melding of these groups of REALTORS® this year will be a sight to see.
It’s May 10-15. The schedule: http://www.realtor.org/convhome.nsf/pages/midyearsms. There, now you have no excuse. Book your ticket. Heck, some of you can even drive. Split a hotel room and save the niche camp for another year. Besides, it’s D.C.! It’s a beautiful city and the food rocks! In spite of my allergies.
Nobu Hata is a sales associate for Edina Realty in Minneapolis, and a founding member of the Minneapolis YPN group, the YoPros. Visit his Web site at www.nobuhata.com.