The Secret of the New Movement… REBarCamp
In the world of conferences, there is a new vibe… the UN-conference… and leave it to the real estate industry to lead the way. As loan officers, we have been marketed to and pimped to product-wise more than any other industry. UGH… can you feel me? [I feel more hip just saying that!] SO how do we go from a numb, battered industry to the super-sponge that we need to become in the “new world of real estate”… an attitude the the writers on this blog, including my Florida Mortgage Blog, have vigilantly tried to maintain?
Simple - take a play out of the Realtor play book. REBarCamp is the ultimate UN-conference of conferences. I had the privilege of attending a recent barcamp in Miami put on by Ines Hegedus-Garcia, Todd Carpenter, Jeff Turner and others in South Beach. [aka REBarCamp Miami – #REBCMiami] with none other than the Mortgage Cicerone himself, Tony “Mortgage Genius” Gallegos.
So there I was, walking into the Temple House, the venue for REBarCamp Miami, wondering… “What the heck is this all about”. As I walked around and saw the set up, I thought to myself this is gunna suck. There were multiple sections set up with groups of chairs – nothing like a real conference to be sure. “There is no way that this is going to work,” I quipped under my breath.
Then it started.
Average Joe’s filled out little cards stating that they wanted to facilitate a group about “x”. [snicker] As more and more folks did so, there was a projector that showed different facilitators hosting different topics in different sections within the venue. After the mingling, the sessions began. I reluctantly picked one thinking, once again, there in NO WAY that this is going to work.
Well – IT DID.
After the completion of the first session I attended [ about 45 minutes long], I thought to myself, ”Holy Crap -this works”. The first session I chose was hosted by Bill Lublin about Social Capital.It was a home run, and I was convinced… this is the future of busines conferences. The time of speaker-audience is so 20th century. The BarCamp set up is much more content-rich and participatory [I think that is a word]. The whole group participated and offered insight and input to the topic at hand… more so than I have ever seen before – and i have been to my fair share believe me!
So what is in store for the mortgage folks out there? A “MortgageBarCamp”? Hmmm. Possibly in format, but not in name. It is quite likely that the lead dog for the new vibe of mortgages conferences is the upcoming Mortgage Revolution. In addition to the Mortgage Revolution, however, visit an REBarCamp close to you and, not only will you witness the future, but will also network like never before – with people [like Realtor, Tim Kinzler] that GET IT!
I have drank [drunk? drinked? drankenen?] the Kool-aid!