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REALTORS® Conference & Expo: 7 Tips for Global Attendees

December 5, 2013

The National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo is the best U.S.-based event for meeting and building business with global practitioners from around the world. But getting the most from this meeting requires understanding how it operates and where to invest your time. Here are several important tips.

Don’t miss any of the major global events:

1. International Night Out

A lively black-tie event that includes the CIPS Awards Ceremony followed by a reception, dinner and live music.

2. International 2nd Home & Resort Pavilion

Located within the Expo trade center, several countries and numerous other global organizations host booths around the perimeter of the International Networking Center.

3. International Networking Center

Each of the 50 countries represented at the conference will have a one-hour time slot when many of that country’s delegation will be on hand, often including NAR’s President’s Liaison and representatives from the cooperating associations. This is a great gathering point for those with shared interest in a particular country.

4. Global Day/Education Sessions

Beyond countless networking opportunities, the convention also offers extensive information sessions targeted towards international attendees where you can learn about key developments in a wide range of topics

Before you go:

1. Plan Your Schedule

Take advantage of NAR’s online tool, which makes it easy to pinpoint international programming sessions, related events and each country’s hosting time in the International Networking Center.

2. Reach Out to the President' Liaison

Introduce yourself and inquire about unofficial events. Sometimes meetings and social events are planned, apart from NAR’s conference agenda. To make even stronger inroads, consider offering to host a dinner of VIP delegates from a particular country.

3. If Desired, Make Translation Arrangements

All Global Day sessions will be translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese, free of charge. In addition, foreign delegations can purchase turnkey translation services for the entire conference.

To learn more: Complete details on all aspects of the REALTORS® Conference & Expo can be found at realtor.org/conference.