The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is just a week away (May 14-19) and we’re looking forward to an informative and entertaining gathering in Washington, D.C. Whether you’re able to join us in the nation’s capital or not, the events and activities surrounding Midyear should not be missed. With thousands of attendees, three hotels, six days of meetings and courses, and the much-anticipated Rally to Protect the American Dream, we’ve put together a guide on how to get the most out of Midyear 2012.
The Scout Motto
Be prepared. Target the meetings and courses you want to attend and don’t stretch yourself too thin – don’t forget – Midyear is spread over three separate hotels. Prepare lists of forums and gatherings you definitely like to attend as well as attendees who you know you’d like to meet. You can use the Event Planner to help create your own custom schedule or check the left sidebar for suggested schedules and a speaker directory.
As for your own personal toolbelt, bring extra batteries for your phone or a charger, something to write on and multiple things to write with. Pack more than enough business cards and be sure to carry enough on your person so you don’t run out before you can replenish. And perhaps most important, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water. A well-rested and well-hydrated REALTOR® is a successful one at Midyear.
Keep Up on Social Media
Whether you’re in D.C. or can’t make the trip, social media offers a great opportunity to follow Midyear. Midyear has its own dedicated Twitter and Facebook account as well as an event on LinkedIn. The hashtag #midyear is being used for the conference as a whole. The REALTOR® Rally on May 17 will be covered on a separate Twitterand Facebook account, with the hashtag #realtorrally designated for the Rally to Protect the American Dream.
You can follow much of the conversation on these accounts and through these hashtags, either interacting on-site with attendees or asking questions and keeping up from your home base. It’s a great way to interact with REALTORS® on-site and share your opinions on meetings, forums and during down time.
Midyear will be an opportunity to meet a number of new people, reconnect with others and perhaps meet some for the first time who’ve you’ve corresponded with online or through social media. Be sure to take the time to enjoy these interactions, share contact information and learn about your colleagues’ professional and personal lives.
You’ll have a chance to interact with your colleagues during meetings, courses and during social time, so don’t be shy. Take advantage of these occasions to ask for opinions and get information that will make you a better REALTOR®, while meeting new people with interesting backgrounds. There are a number of social activities scheduled throughout Midyear, including Martinis at Midyear and the REALTORS® Young Professionals Networking Event – mingle with your fellow REALTORS® and get to know them personally.
Check Out The Expo and Visit the Hill
The trade expo is a great place to see some of the latest products and services in the real estate industry from leading companies like DocuSign, Lowe’s and RISMedia. You can view a floor plan, exhibitor list and read exhibitor information to circle the booths you don’t want to miss. REALTORS® also have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill on May 16-17 to see the sights but also meet your local Senators and Representatives to help the overall mission of NAR.
What are your expert tips on attending Midyear and other major NAR events? Share your thoughts in the comments below to help us all get the most out of this year’s event.