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by Melissa Zimbelman, PMN

MelissaNational Meetings Are a Real Business Booster

With the REALTOR® Party Convention in Washington, D.C., just around the corner, it is a great time to start planning to make the most out of the experience. I have been attending the meetings for nearly 10 years and have found that it can be a real business booster, with the right planning and focused involvement at the meetings.  

The networking and business-building opportunities at Women's Council events are unsurpassed. Where else can you find so many like-minded people in one place? I have always said that I have given my referrals to Women's Council members first because I know that each member is as concerned with caring for my clients (the referral) as I am. Many great friendships and business relationships with members from all across the country have first developed during these Women’s Council meetings. We have some great "intentional networking" opportunities planned during the meetings, so come prepared!

Please, bring more business cards than you ever think you could need. Order more now, if needed, to ensure you are prepared. You just never know who will end up thinking of you for their next referral after meeting you at a Women's Council event. You can also be thinking of something interesting to hand out, along with your card. I used to hand out gummy poker chips and dice, because I am from Las Vegas and also wear a "sparkly" Las Vegas sign pin – no one ever forgets where I am from.

Meeting and networking with members, who hold the same chapter leadership position as you, is another great way to take advantage of travelling to the meetings. Who better to discuss/brainstorm with than someone in your same position? They are probably having the same challenges as you are, but may have also found a solution you haven't yet considered. Share the knowledge and experience you have – that is truly the Women’s Council secret weapon.

I would also recommend you start looking at the meeting schedule now and decide what you want to attend and when. It is an action-packed schedule with dynamic speakers and topics! If you have multiple members travelling from your chapter, consider dividing up the schedule to make sure your chapter gets the biggest benefit from having members and leaders at the meetings. I know that none of us get enough time off in this business, and it is fun to get to travel to these great destinations, but keep in mind that you need to be accountable to your chapter for the investment they are making in you. Please attend the sessions, focus on the content during the sessions and see what you can bring back that will help your chapter and your personal business.

I look forward to seeing each of you in May. Plan well, travel safe and enjoy the journey!

Melissa Zimbelman, PMN 
Recording Secretary
LUXE International Realty
Las Vegas, NV

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