Oct
11

REBlogWorld 2009 Speaker Spotlight: Meet Todd Carpenter

Author Jason Berman    Category Speakers     Tags ,

Todd Carpenter is a panelist for “Branding In The Social Age” a discussion centered on what branding looks like, how to conduct a branding campaign, and the potential pitfalls of branding in the era of social media. He is @tcar on Twitter.

In this episode of REBlogWorld On The Road (1:55), Jason Berman interviews REBlogWorld Co-Founder, Todd Carpenter. Todd talks about REBlogWorld’s beginnings and the upcoming NAR conference in San Diego.

Oct
11

REBlogWorld 2009 Speaker Spotlight: Meet Stacey Harmon

Author Jason Berman    Category Speakers     Tags ,

Stacy Harmon

Stacy Harmon

In this episode of REBlogWorld Radio (13:58), Jason Berman interviews Stacey Harmon. A panelist for the “B2B Social Media” session, Stacey is helping her escrow clients extend the reach of their brand by utilizing using social networking tools. We dive into some of these strategies and discuss some of the benefits for escrows companies looking at this type of communication. We also reminisce about the early morning keynotes at BlogWorld 2008 and Stacey offers a key survival tip for success in Las Vegas.

Stacey Harmon is Principal of Harmon Enterprises, a consultancy focused on helping real estate related businesses develop and deploy digital marketing strategies. Stacey can be found on Twitter @staceyharmon.

[podcast]http://www.jbinfrisco.com/reblogworld/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/StaceyHarmon.mp3[/podcast]

Oct
8

REBlogWorld 2009 Speaker Spotlight: Meet Jeff Turner

Author Jason Berman    Category Speakers     Tags

Seems funny to write that particular post title. If you don’t know Jeff Turner, it’s likely you aren’t coming to REBlogWorld. So instead of adding to the litany of gushes and virtual back-slaps that already exist across the ether about this gentleman, I’ll point to his most recent discussion from Inman Connect in August. Seeing is believing.

Go get a cup of coffee, open a notepad, and invest 15 minutes of your day to watch “8 Ideas To Help You Leverage Social Media” with Jeff Turner. Good stuff.

Oct
8

REBlogWorld 2009 Speaker Spotlight: Rhonda Porter

Author Jason Berman    Category Speakers     Tags , ,

Rhonda Porter

Rhonda Porter

In this episode of REBlogWorld Radio (16:40), Jason Berman interviews Rhonda Porter as she shares her perspective around using social networking in her mortgage practice. Rhonda Porter is a mortgage originator at Mortgage Master Service Corporation, located in the Seattle area. She began blogging in November of 2006 and writes for several blogs, including Rain City Guide, in addition to her own blog, The Mortgage Porter. She credits over 75% of her business, comes directly from social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

We also discuss the recent RE(mini)Barcamp that Rhonda helped organize in Bellevue, Washington and finally conclude with an update on her activities in the Washington Association of Mortgage Professionals. Rhonda is an innovator in the mortgage industry and is a great resource for new originators exploring blogging & social networking as a means for growing their mortgage practice.

Rhonda can be found on Twitter @mortgageporter

[podcast]http://www.jbinfrisco.com/reblogworld/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/RhondaPorter.mp3[/podcast]

Oct
8

How To Kick Ass On A Panel

Author Ricardo Bueno    Category reblogworld     Tags

NAHREP National Conference 2008People think speaking on a panel is easy, and sure I guess it can be. But if you really wanna “rock da house,” leave an impression and get invited to speak again, you best get prepared! Personally, from a presenter’s perspective, I’ve experienced both good panels and bad ones. On the first, I was fortunate enough to have a standing relationship with my co-panelists (I was very familiar with who they were and the work they were doing). Needless to say, each of us were very well prepared. Unlike another panel wherein neither of us knew each other till the day of the event (heck we didn’t even know who the moderator was). This was poor organization on the conference organizer’s part in my opinion (well, some fault was our own too I suppose). At the end of the day, I know we could have done a much better job which leads me to the point of this post: come prepared and ready to rock-n’-roll! You conference attendees expect nothing less from you…

Preparation Tips:

  • Know your session material: what’s the objective of the session? Be able to identify key takeaways for attendees and know your material well enough so that it doesn’t look like you’re searching for the answer (folks are paying money to attend your little shindig of a session, they’re paying for your expertise, so give it to ’em).
  • Know your panelists: what’s their background? What are they doing and what have they done? It would be wise to get on the phone with your co-panelists to get a feel for one another (and your individual presentations styles) before your session.
  • Practice makes perfect: try to identify the kinds of questions your moderator is going to ask you (a good moderator will send you some questions ahead of time). Practice so that you can deliver quick and ready responses. Again, nothing sucks more than staring at the ceiling in search for an answer. But give a quick response, and bam, you rock!

Additional Resources:

  • How To Kick Butt On A Panel by Guy Kawasaki – this post offers some EXCELLENT step-by-step advice for getting prepared. Read it, study it, and execute the steps.
  • Why panel sessions suck (and how to fix them) by Scott Berkun – This post is from a work in progress, a book by Scott Berkun titled “Confessions of A Public Speaker” (definitely looking forward to reading the finished product). It offers an excellent look at the kinds of things that go wrong with panels and then offers some very constructive advice for avoiding the bad and delivering a good session.
  • How to prevent the pitiful panel by Edward Boches – nothing sucks more than a boring panel. This post offers some all around good advice to you as a panelist, moderator and attendee.

Over to you…

Have you presented on a panel before? What advice can you offer to panelists for delivering a good session? As an attendee, what do you expect from a presenter? Come now, what say you?!

Oct
8

Mortgage Loan Place: 2009 Speaker Sponsor of REBlogWorld.

Author Jason Berman    Category Sponsors     Tags ,

About our newest Speaker Sponsor:

Mortgage Loan Place is a consumer focused mortgage portal that aims to educate buyers on all types of real estate financing. We are constantly creating new tools, guides, and other resources to help consumers on our own site and also help other professionals enhance their own web presence for free.

Recently we held a contest seeking “The World’s Best Mortgage Calculator” and gave away $10,000 to the winning entry. Some of our other popular tools include an FHA Loan Guide that has been downloaded over 40,000 times and a “How much house can I afford?” widget that agents can add to their own site. We encourage you to have a look at our site and feel free to embed any of our resources on your own site!

One of the most interesting tools is the new MLP iPhone mortgage calculator. Get on over to Mortgage Loan Place and check it out.

Welcome to REBlogWorld, MLP. Your support in helping REBlogWorld grow is appreciated!

Oct
7

REBlogWorld 2009 Speaker Spotlight: Derek Overbey, Roost

Author Jason Berman    Category Speakers     Tags , , ,
Derek Overbey

Derek Overbey

I had a chance to catch up with Derek Overbey, Senior Marketing & Social Media Director for Roost.

For this episode of REBlogWorld Radio, we discuss the upcoming REBlogWorld panel “Using Social Media in Real Estate”. We also dive into Twitter and hear more about how four Roost employees are sharing one twitter ID @roost. Derek gives us an update on Roost in 2009 & then we wrap it up with the backstory on how the 100-interview project got started.

[podcast]http://www.jbinfrisco.com/reblogworld/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/REBW09_Doverbey.mp3[/podcast]

Oct
1

Hashtags: It’s all in how you say it #REBW09

Author Jason Berman    Category Conference Info     Tags ,

What is a hashtag?

From WikiPedia
For an event: An official tag is a keyword adopted by events and conferences for participants to use in their web publications, such as blog entries, photos of the event, and presentation slides. Search engines can then index them to make relevant materials related to the event searchable in a uniform way. In this case, the tag is part of a controlled vocabulary.

The official hashtag of REBlogWorld 2009 is:

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