You may have heard about the 2017 annual NC REALTORS® Conference, XCHANGE ‘17, and wondered if attending is worth it. In fact, what is the benefit of conferences in general? Is it all just people standing in a circle, making awkward small talk with each other? Or is there an actual benefit?
Answer: Conferences are a great professional development opportunity. Here’s just a few of the reasons why:
Both personally and professionally, networking is extremely important. At a conference, you’ll be able to meet and speak with dozens of people. You could rub elbows with some very influential people or make a new friend in the industry!
Keeping Up to Date
Conferences are a great way to keep up with and even get ahead of some of the hottest trends in the industry. Since influential people typically provide the presentations, you can count on them to give you the information you need going into the next few months.
Learn New Things
Do you know how to use social media to promote your business? How about creating YouTube videos? Conferences often have workshops to help you conquer some skills you may not have had a chance to work on. Take the opportunity to broaden your horizons and learn some new techniques.
Whether it’s Club X at XCHANGE ‘17 or another activity, most conferences have some fun events sprinkled into the professional schedule. This is a great opportunity to go as a team with some coworkers and bond or work on team building.
The nametags and awkward ice breakers can make conferences seem unappealing, but in reality, they are a great opportunity for personal and professional growth. So do it for yourself. Try just one, like XCHANGE 17 in September, and see how you like it. You never know until you try!