In the words of Dorothy Gale, “There is no place like home”. Despite the 1941miles (3132km) between Toronto and Las Vegas we couldn’t have felt closer to home, thanks to the 6,500 RE/MAX Associates from around the world that were in attendance last week at RE/MAX R4. From the Opening General Session, which began with a spectacular performance by The Silhouettes, to the very final moment when the famous Keith Urban took a bow, after this year’s Party With a Purpose, the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre was buzzing with all the latest and greatest in Real Estate and at RE/MAX!
When it comes to takeaways from events like this, it’s always a difficult task to narrow them down to just a few. This year we found it even more of a challenge as not only did the breakout sessions feature amazing local talent, but also each and everyone one of the keynote speakers had a very important message to share. So with that, we present our topic 4 takeaways from RE/MAX R4 2014 (let’s just call the couple extra points ‘hidden’ within each takeaway an added bonus):
- Choices have consequences:
On Day 2 of the convention, key note speaker Darren Hardy, Publisher of Success Magazine, shared his life story and how it influenced his outlook on, what he calls, ‘The Compounding Effect’. Essentially, in life, we are all presented with choices — The choice to have a burger or a salad; The choice to spend money or save; The choice to take the short cut or go the extra mile with clients. Each of these choices has an impact on a long-term result and it is up to each of us to make the better choice. That’s not to say we can’t enjoy things along the way, rather it is important to be aware of our choices so that one day we see the power and overall impact that our chocies have!
- Global is power:
Attending an event like R4 highlights the true value of a global brand. Seeing the passion, professionalism and willingness to share amongst delegates from over 60 countries is a truly inspiring. We were especially proud to support a fellow Canadian, Michael Thorne, who has taken a simple dream – to share RE/MAX greatness – and turned it into an amazing resource, touching thousands of RE/MAX agents around the world each week. If you haven’t had a chance to join MobileAgentTV online yet, be sure to check them out!
- Stay on the hustle:
Thanks to Magic Johnson, Day 3 started off with a bang! A man who has experienced great success in addition to many years in the limelight had such a humble message to share – You can do good and do well at the same time! Magic’s segment during the super session on Wednesday morning was filled with a plethora of meaningful takeaways, but there was one in particular that stood out. When asked the question, “How do you stay on your game during times of struggle”, his answer was simple “Always stay on the hustle”. No matter how successful you are or how many deals you may have on the go, continue to look for opportunities to not only grow your business but also you as an individual. Magic left us with a simple reminder: Believe in yourself and what you do.
- It’s not too late:
So many of the conversations this year – both in break out sessions, as well as on the main stage – revolved around staying current with tools and technology. With Millennials entering the workforce full speed, and with continuing focus on going paperless, the need to stay socially connected and tech savvy becomes even more of a focus. While some are further ahead in adopting these trends, it’s not too late to get on board! The first step is to figure out where you need to improve. Have you ‘Googled’ yourself lately? Are you easily found in an online search? It’s time to determine what your customers are finding when they are searching for you. Check out our Social Media Help Guide on BestAgent for some tips on where to start.
Weren’t able to attend RE/MAX R4 this year? The recap video below will make you feel as if you were there!
Co-written by your friendly RE/MAX OA Regional Office Staff:
Valerie Garcia – Senior Technology Coach & Shelby Schneider – Director of Public Relations and Communications