Are you going to Vegas?

or more interestingly, are you going to my presentation on Tuesday morning?

If so, I’d love to know. I’m just finishing up the presentation now and would love to include a few screenshots of people’s blogs who will be in the audience.


By the way, the impetus for this blog post is that I like to localize my presentation. But considering most of the people in the audience will not be from Vegas, I’m looking for another way to personalize the show… Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t… but it won’t do much harm to try.

And there are lots of clues for what the talk filed under the seminar tag

I have no intention of turning this into…

a blog about southern California real estate, but I do have a non-fire related update from Southern California.

Brad Inman and I are going to be speaking at Beverly Hills REALTOR Association’s Head of High Office Tea this Thursday afternoon. From everything I can gather, it is going to be a pretty posh set-up at the Peninsula Hotel. The plan is for Brad to speak about the status of the industry for about an hour, myself to speak for about an hour and tea and conversation making up the last hour.


Tickets are $40 and just about sold out.

Also, I shouldn’t admit this, but I honestly have not given much thought about what I’m going to say just yet… Conveniently, back in August I did a presentation on using blogs to build up an online brand for the KW Mega Technology Camp that came off well (and took about 45 minutes including questions from others who were on stage). I think I’ll adjust that presentation a bit but go with that general outline. If anyone who was at that presentation wants to give me feedback, I’d love to hear it! 🙂

New seminar in Los Angeles this week…

Last time I ran a seminar with Russ Cofano, I mentioned that I was considering creating a new seminar by slightly adjusting the topic… Instead of the seminar being “all about blogging”, or a “bloginar”, I really wanted to focus on the bringing an understanding to how online technologies are radically changing the industry and how agents can not only adapt, but thrive in this new environment.

After a few conversations about this idea with Errol Samuelson of Top Producer, he also showed a huge amount of excitement in the idea and offered to organize, promote and sponsor the entire thing. The result is that this next Tuesday and Wednesday I’ll be giving the new presentation (50% how the competition is changing the industry, 50% how agents can use online technologies to build up their online brand) in Los Angeles. We have tentative dates set for the end of the month in both Oakland and Seattle (to be announced soon) and assuming the seminars are well received, there’s no reason I couldn’t travel around the entire country giving advice to agents on how to enhance their existing business with social networking technologies.

If you are in the LA area, then consider visiting the seminar website to sign up (or the blog I created for the seminar). The event has already been picked up by both Greg and Brian, and from the comments on both sites, it looks like there should be more than a few people from ActiveRain and the in attendance! 🙂

Hope to see you there!

Bloginar in Vancouver

Russ and I finished up another enjoyable Bloginar in Vancouver, WA today! I know that both Russ and I enjoy the opportunities to share our blogging passion with a larger audience!

If you attended, please feel free to use this post to give us some feedback.

BTW, I have an idea for a new set of seminars that has less to do with the practicalities of blogging and more to do with giving agents advice for remaining relevant on the internet (blogging being on of the many tools in the toolbox). I find that the most interesting questions at these blogging seminars have to do with understanding “how” the web works, and I think I could create an interesting presentation with this slant.

Would you attend a 2-hour seminar that dealt with the intersection of web2.0 and real estate?

Blogging at Ed.Con 2006

Yesterday, Russ Cofano and I gave another blogging seminar, this time in Seattle as part of Ed.con 2006 put on by the Washington Realtor Association.

[photopress:elvis_and_liberace.jpg,full,alignright]I thought the day went over really well and considering it was the first seminar we’d given to the “home town

Break’n My Heart

I try to stay away from too much self-promotion over on RCG, but the last 24 hours have been too much and my head is starting to spin…

Greg Swan of the BloodhoundBlog:

This is actually our third swing at a real estate weblog. It was the example of Rain City Guide that showed me how I wanted to approach this.

Never doubt it: I’m in your debt.

Chris Bubny at Real Blogging:

Today’s great real estate blog post focuses on Rain City Guide which might very well be my favorite real estate blog. Dustin Luther, now the Director of Consumer Innovation for and a heck of a guy to boot, started Rain City Guide over one year ago in an effort to market his wife Anna’s real estate business. Rain City Guide is focused primarily on the Seattle market but can also be a great resource for the occasional off topic post. There are 10 Rain City Bloggers who talk passionately about the market from their respective and specialized point of view. Rain City Guide combines a wonderful blend of intimacy, intelligence, passion and fun technology. A few key reasons why it’s one of the most wide read and interactive real estate blogs in the sphere.

Joel lists us as one of his top 3 most influential real estate blogs.

To top it off, the president and COO of Coldwell Banker Los Angeles says she wishes every CB agent could attend our bloginar:

Dustin and Russ,

I wish every agent in Coldwell Banker had been present last week. Exciting, thought provoking stuff. Touching life at new points!

Where and when is your next appearance? You are a dynamic duo!

Thank you for the energetic, informative session.

Thanks to SoCal Agents for Another Successful Bloginar

Russ and I just returned from giving a Bloginar in Bel-Air today and it was a blast!

I’d call it a success as the audience seemed engaged and there were lots of side questions and side discussions during the breaks. It is obvious to me that blogging in real estate is still in its infancy, and while it may not be an appropriate tool for all agents, the technologies involved are here to stay. Personally, I have a lot of fun at the seminars as I enjoy engaging others in a conversation about how real estate professionals can use blogging to create a community around real estate.

Note that if you’re looking to see how a blog post can generate a fascinating discussion around a real estate topic, check out Russ’ post from two days ago where he inspires people to discuss real estate commissions with a simple two paragraph post (and a link!).

By the way, if you were one of the attendees at today’s seminar, please consider leaving some feedback on how you think it went. Your feedback is crucial for us to know how to improve the seminar into the future!

Thanks again for everyone who showed up for making it a success!

Free Bloginar in L.A. for 200 Agents!

Russ Cofano and I are giving our 2nd Bloginar for agents next week on how to use blogs to effectively generate leads. Interestingly, the sponsor of the event, Coldwell Banker, decided to open up our seminar to all southern california real estate agents and not just Coldwell Banker agents (WOW!)… Not only that, but they decided to make the even free (Double WOW!).

The catch is that the facility can only hold 200 people and they’ve decided to offer seats on a first-come, first-serve basis! The only place to register is on this fancy flash page they created for the event! (A little bird has told me that there are already over 50 people 70 people 80 people 100 people registered for the event, and the organizers are expecting a full house!)

The event is scheduled to start promptly at 9:30am and last until 12:30 on July 19 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Brentwood.

Last time, we ended up rushing things (and skipping one of two planned breaks) because we really have four hours worth of material we’re trying to condense into three hours. I’ve attempted to filter things a little more this time, but with the inevitable (and valuable) questions that real estate blogging encourages from the audience, I’m sure we’ll be rushing to cover everything in the end this time as well!

Some of the reviews we had from our first bloginar were very encouraging…

Dale Crockatt:

Dustin and Russ, your first bloginar class was awesome! I have not been so excited about a new idea in years. We have been searching for an idea for the fourth generation of our website and I am convinced this is it! I was surprised you were not selling something at the end of the “show