It’s good to be back home in Michigan. Even though much of the glorious color of the fall leaves now carpets our lawns, it’s still beautiful.
So, it’s now time to reflect on the experience I had in Orlando. It was an extraordinary experience in so many ways. I had the opportunity to speak about CQ. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a practical form of intelligence which predicts our abilities to adapt and adjust across differences in multi-cultural settings. Multi-cultural settings include: multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-geographic, and also differences in organizational contexts as experienced by different groups. The response from those who attended was great! Many asked for additional information, and I was interviewed by REALTOR® Magazine.
This was also my first opportunity to participate in the Leadership Luncheon for the 2017 Leadership Team. It afforded much background insight into what it takes to facilitate a high level of volunteer engagement within an organization like the National Association or REALTORS®.
Working with the Chairperson of the Ideas Exchange Council, Mary Terry, Nick D’Ambrosia – NAR Liaison, and the very capable staff of the Association was a good experience in effective collaboration. The council session attracted almost 300 participants and covered topics like: best social media practices, exit strategic planning, CFPB closing timeline updates, and information highlighting how brokers can take advantage of the ‘calls for action’ and protect themselves from online fraud.
AFTER IT’S OVER:
Here are some tips that I’ve found help ease the turbulence which can be a part of returning back to ‘normal life’.
It’s very easy to simply leave things lying around while trying to put out fires which may have erupted during your time away. Unpacking is not just about clothes, but includes items like notes, papers, and business cards. This small but vital chore can bring chaos into disorder.
- Organize business cards so you know who you need to re-connect with and have their information readily available.
- Make folders to store important papers or notes (physical or electronic) that need to be stored for future reference.
Conference Playback: Schedule time into your calendar now to re-visit the conference. Conference Playback allows us to listen to sessions we may have missed.
The REALTORS® Conference & Expo is such a treasure trove of information that it’s impossible to take it all in within the small window that we are physically present. Simply putting these two simple tips into place can ensure that your education and networking experiences are fully maximized!