RainCamp Made Me Uncomfortable

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Home Inspector with Sherlock Homes Inspections

Social MediaI'm not sure what I was expecting out of RainCamp, but I can say for sure that it was much more than I was anticipating.  SOOOOOOO much more.

Even now, 24 hours later, I am still on intellectual overload - organizing my ideas, researching and refining my social media strategies, and reconsidering fundamental questions about how I reach clients. 

If nothing else - it took my blinders off and showed me the almost limitless possibilities that exist.  I learned more than I ever wanted to about integrating Twitter (still feels awkward to me to tweet), blogging, SEO, and Google rankings.  It was at once impressive, exciting and slightly daunting.

It's clear that if I want to reach the next level in my marketing efforts, I must create a comprehensive strategy that crosses the boundaries of my comfort zone, and I commit myself to succeed.  I need to let go of preconceived notions and prejudices and push myself to try different things (I'm tweeting, effective today) with a single purpose in mind.  I have to be willing to be just a little bit uncomfortable, to really move forward.

For much of the last 10 hours, I have been online reasearching many of the tools that so many of you seem to use with such style and ease (tweetdecks, hootsuite, etc). I am trying to figure out how to use my contact list to reach out to make new Facebook fans and Twitter followers (harder than I had hoped).  It's a frustrating stumbling slow start, but I'm a quick study and I am committed to this, so I WILL make it work.

I am sure I will make some mistakes and progress will be uneven at first, but the volume of information and community of support at the RainCamp has given me the kick in the pants and support network I need to move forward.  And I'm looking forward to hearing all the tips, tricks and advice my AR friends have to offer.

In short - do it.  If you are on the fence - just go.  If you are not sure it is for you - I promise you will take away more than your fair share of information, motivation, and new friends.  And if you have go down a couple of pints afterwards with the other RainCampers just to catch your breath, well - there's nothing wrong with that!!

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Hi there Joseph. Very nicely written! One thing I think is important is to network with agents in other states.  I network with agents that sell Lake Travis real estate, homes in New York City, L.A. and so on to become friends on a more personal level. I think people are more willing to help you out when they've spoken to you on the phone a couple of times versus tweeted with you, but I do completely understand the value in tweeting.  Although, like you I feel a bit uncomfortable with it. 

December 03, 2010 02:53 AM
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Simone Bercu
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Thanks for the excel sheet.  It is much better to have the list of the Rain Camp agents in one place.

December 03, 2010 04:56 PM
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Joseph Michalski
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James - thanks!  It is a lot of work just to get up to speed, let alone implementing new things from my "to do" list.

Hannah - RainCamp was really a total education that I was underprepared for.  Hope to see you out there in the "field" in and around town!

Jeff - working on making the spreadsheet go.  That's my little contribution.  Now I have to follow all the links....I know what I'll be doing tomorrow evening (sorry, Karen!)

Annie - DO IT!  Thanks for the comment!

Richie - if you leave a RainCamp without at least one solid to-do item, you weren't paying attention.  I have a million of them....

Evette - I love networking and tend to do it by email, but I am getting into this tweet thing.  For those who use it a lot, it's like more effective texting. 

Simone - hope it is useful.  Thanks!

December 04, 2010 10:23 AM
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Joseph, no matter how many times you go, there's always something new to take away. 

December 04, 2010 12:23 PM
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uncomfortable is a GOOD thing, keeps you on your toes.

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