Active Rain September 12, 2010

Thoughts on ReBar Camp Rye

REBar Camp Rye 2010ReBarCamp Rye was held today at the Rye Town Hilton, and it was my first ever BarCamp. I am typically rather cynical about seminars, camps and such, due mainly because I am tired of being recruited and I abhor being sold to. However, like Raincamp, there was no “product.” The sponsors weren’t hawked, and the subject matter was enlightening, relevant, and helpful. I also connected with a number of people in the offline world for the very first time and caught up with others. 

Lucky Strikers was prominent in the organization of the event, which was held ahead of the annual NYSAR meeting, also in Rye the next 3 days. If you have never been to a REBarcamp, you should go. It is a very fluid day, and the format is ad hoc- the participants are often the purveyors. I gave a session on short sales and anther on blogging, which was dubbed “BLUGGING- Putting the U in Blogging.” Michael Daly coined the phrase, and I love it. Chris Smith, author of Tech Savvy Agent gave a fantastic session on advanced social media, and I was floored by how much I do not know. 

Among those I met up with were 


  • Marilyn Katz, and Active Rainer from Connecticut.
  • Steve Hubbard, a Remax broker whom I knew from my days selling real estate in Rochester, NY 
  • Sonja Lovas, author of Westchesterisms, a wonderful tagline for a blog
  • Dawn Bricker, who presided over a lively session on managing your online reputation
  • Debbie Gartner, queen of Westchester Flooring and prolific contributor here on Active Rain
  • Suzanne Welch, a broker in nearby Croton on Hudson. 
There were a number of others, some of whom I hadn’t seen for years or never met in person, or both. But what really impressed me was how much I have yet to learn- the nuances of a Facebook page for business are multi-layered, deep, and impressive. It is my homework this week. 
Nikki Beauchamp gave a very good opening, with a moment of silence for 9-11 (this is after all, New York) and her personal vow to live her life to the fullest in the wake of the tragedy. She was compelling. 
The next REBar Camp in New York will be this January, and I’ll blog ahead of that so more people will take advantage. 
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