YPN Reception, Tons of Sessions and Some Good Resources

For some of us, it’s well past the midway point of the conference, since quite a few members have been in Orlando since Wednesday, Tuesday, or even Monday. And some of you may be leaving the Big Orange today. But for the sake of easy math, let’s just say most of us are past the midway point on the meetings.

So, how is it going for you? If you are one of my conference virgins, are you surviving the sensory overload? Have extra coffee and 5-Hour Energy been keeping you alive? You did read my blog post on this, right?

Many, many, many of you made it over to the Groove at Universal Citywalk on Friday for REALTORS® Night Out and the YPN Reception and Awards Night. It was a phenomenal time, with great networking and new connections being formed at every turn. We also recognized some of our hard-working networks across the country, such as the Seattle-King County Association YPN, which won the Small/Midsize Network of the Year, MetroTex YPN, which was our Large Network of the Year, and the Illinois YPN, who took home the honors of the State Network of the Year.

Congrats to all of our Networks of the Year! I’ve been involved with YPN since these receptions were small, intimate affairs, so to see over 500 of our members turn out Friday has really been the highlight of my convention so far, and our receptions always re-energize me. If you missed it, here’s a link to some great pictures taken by our members. Make sure to sign up for the Midyear YPN Reception really early. These things move faster than U2 tickets!

Now, for those of you that are getting ready to lug some extra weight home-and I mean in your suitcase, with all the materials from those great sessions, not the extra pounds from one too many receptions-here’s a couple of great blog posts I want you to take a look at. I like this post by Eric Stegemann discussing InfoCentral, one of the least-used (IMHO) resources available to you as a member. I also love this post by Kerri Hartnett on what she calls the 3 L’s of the Convention.

Speaking of lugging home too much paper, why not save your back and use a cool tool to reduce some of that weight and help your organization efforts? How about scanning some of your pile into Evernote (iOS, Android, Blackberry) using your phone’s camera? Another favorite of mine is Genius Scan (iOS, Android). Not quite as powerful as Evernote, but good nonetheless for snapping photos and converting them to quick PDF documents.

Well, it’s off to more sessions, meetings, caucuses, and more. Wishing you a wonderful day today, and I look forward to seeing you soon or at the Board of Director’s Meeting tomorrow morning. Ciao!


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