Archive for the ‘Event Recaps’ Category

This Blog Has Moved

December 2, 2008

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This new blog has more information than the one you are looking at right this moment.  You can find free technology tips, tricks, FREE stuff, see my available seminars, schedule me for your next event, and see the integration of social media in its purest form.

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See, notice, and feel the difference between hosting a blog at WordPress, or hosting on your own.


Build Organization Value Using Low Cost Methods – CRS Leadership

November 8, 2008

This entry is a summary from the CRS Chapter Officers Networking Session at the National Association of REALTORS Convention in Orlando Florida.

This workshop was for the Chapter Leadership and RVP’s. to save money, save time, and add value to their local, state and regional CRS chapters. This high energy – high tech session will help them market their activities, member benefits, and create excitement using FREE to low cost technologies. Topics covered were blogging, podcasting, social online networking, Google Docs, and other FREE tools that will boost exposure and communication to members. Retool leadership with cutting edge technology that is easy to use and implement right away. Raise money from sponsorships, classroom attendance, and vendor relationships by allowing them to contribute to the bottom line.


Answers to Survey

Sponsorship Ideas to Offset Education Expenses

View Sponsorship Letter Here

Feedback from Presentation

Instructor Development Workshops – National Association of REALTORS Convention

November 7, 2008

I was blessed to be able to teach some of the best real estate instructors in the U.S. and world this week during the National Association of REALTORS convention in Orlando, Florida.  These two information packed sessions were for both the Certified International Property Specialist instructor (CIPS) and Real Estate BUYER’S AGENT Council (REBAC) cadre.  If you missed the session or want a quick recap please review the PowerPoint, see some pictures, handout, and videos.

Survey answers in spreadsheet

Downloadable PDF handout

Market Yourself for FREE – TV Show

November 1, 2008

I have been researching new ways to market yourself and real estate business for FREE and now I have the perfect solution on how to deliver this education. Welcome to www.DougDevitre.TV. We will be hosting live discussions, classes, and how to demonstrations in both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments.

Tune into the show at pre-set times and interact with me live using the instant messenger. Ask questions for more explanation about advance technology applications or clarification on complex subject matter.

If you miss a show then do not worry. These live sessions will be recorded to play back anytime, anywhere. All you need is a high speed internet connection and visit www.DougDevitre.TV.

We had a great show last week.  There were more than 42 viewers at one time and the feedback was awesome.  Click on the video below to see the live broadcast and the link below the video to see the interactive chat messages.  Stay tuned for future shows.

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Florida Association of REALTORS Education Directors Workshop

October 17, 2008

Video of YouTube Demonstration

Download Handout Here

Frequently Asked Questions Here

Survey Answers

Attendee Testimonials

FREE Teleseminars by Doug Devitre

September 29, 2008


Every Monday morning at 8 a.m.
unless otherwise noted in schedule

FREE advice from real estate technology guru Doug Devitre

Conference Dial-in Number: (218) 339-4600
Participant Access Code: 205756#

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Pacific Rim Convention 2008 – Hawaii Association of REALTORS

September 22, 2008

This has been one of the best experiences of my life. Many mahalos to the Hawaii Association of REALTORS members, sponsors and staff for an exciting event.

What did other say about the 2008 Pacific Rim Event?

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Here are the slides as promised.

Please give us feedback on what you learned from this presentation.

Long Island, New York – Movie Theatre

September 14, 2008

Thanks to Dean Hartman of Continental Home Loans, Inc., I was able to present my 6 Ways to Build Your Online Brand.

Here is the PowerPoint Presentation

Here is the handout that will help you create your online social networking profile.

Are you Tech Strong?

Are you Tech Strong?

Farmingdale Cinema

Farmingdale Cinema

What was great about speaking in a movie theater was that everyone could see the screen, questions could be answered, and there was parking.  Shows don’t typicaly start until the afternoon so meeting planners, associations, and companies should consider this as an alternative in selecting a proper venue.

The challenge in teaching technology is that there are so many things to cover in such a short period of time is that we really don’t have much time do dig deep in the details.  The range of skill sets varies tremendously so we must make it make sense to the beginners and not bore the techies.

The 6 Ways included:

  • Online Social Networking – LinkedIn, Facebook, and Myspace
  • Blogging – software, RSS, reading blogs, comments, risk
  • Podcasting – software
  • YouTube – TV Channel, links, types, editing software
  • Widgets – Plugoo, WidgetBox
  • Text Messaging –, email to text message

Not bad for a one hour presentation??

You will be seeing “Doug in a Disc” Series for live video based tutorials to learn how to use these websites in more detail specific to the real estate series.

Doug Live in Columbia, Missouri

July 25, 2008

to watch this video please turn up the sound

Thank you to Chris Lunn with Chapel Hill Mortgage for sponsoring my debut in Columbia, Missouri.  My program 6 Cost Effective Ways to Build Your Online Brand was a smashing hit.  We had someone in our class, Sean Moore say, “I set up a profile in LinkedIn and didn’t do any networking.  Someone found me and hired me to find him a 350k house and was referred 3 million in sales from him.”  The truth been told we explored other social online networking sites and tools that will save agents thousands of marketing dollars and make more money in less time.  I was asked to put some of the sites on my blog so here they are:


How Adults Learn to Use Technology Effectively

July 16, 2008
Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's Taxonomy

The trouble with teaching technology that I have found we only have a limited time to work with individuals in courses, training programs, and keynote presentations.  The attendees catch quick step by step actions, websites, and tools to implement but what happens when they return to their busy life post class? If we cannot move individuals up the ladder on the Bloom’s Taxonomy pyramid then the information will lead to inaction.  Inaction favors less clients, poorer service, and deceased profits.  Action procures direct results, infinite growth, and positive attitudes.  Let’s see how adults learn specific to real estate technology using Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Knowledge.  When new ideas or technologies become releveant to the real estate industry first must know that they exist.  If we don’t know they are available our ignorance may limit our ability to communicate with others, limit the service we provide, or not have any effect of all.  The cost of not knowing may be greater than we can even perceive.  That is why it is important to take proactive steps to find what is new and has a direct impact on our professional and personal life.  Best way to absorb knowledge are books, audiobooks, trade magazines, and asking questions of thought.

Understanding. You may know that it is important to have a contact management database but until you know why, it means absolutely nothing. Instructors can help students understand new concepts by giving examples on how it relates to their personal experiences.  Also individual or group exercises

Here is where the trouble is in taking action in using technology in the classroom

Application. I have had students that say the information was awesome but because they didn’t have their laptop they could not perform some of the new ideas learned.  This is the challenge.  If we were to have laptops present during exercises we would go as slow as the slowest person in the class.

Analysis. If you can perform functions on your laptop that is great but how can you earn more money.  Examining why you should do something and being able to support it with facts or statistics will help develop a clearer understanding of the concept.  For example if we know what a blog is and know how to set it up we can now put together evidence to support the direct impact is has on our bottom line.

Synthesis. Once we are able to support our knowledge with data we can now apply what we know to more intense applications and practical solutions.  This will help us derive an advanced plan for execution of the basic understanding of the knowledge we possess.  For example, 65% of people search online communities before they choose a vendor we know that we must be able to participate in multiple online social networks.  That means we have to create a LinkedIn profile, Facebook profile, MySpace page, YouTube, etc.  We also may have to add syndication feeds to each profile so people can stay in touch with us on our business activities.

Evaluation. I once heard that the only way you really understand a topic well is when you can teach it to others so that they understand.  This involves explaining the same topic in several different ways, answering questions and become one with the material.  Expertise in subject matter will cause someone to become opinionated based on their own personal beliefs and past experiences.  People have a variety of opinons on the effect that technology has on their own business if they have taken the time to learn to use what they know.

Once the evaluation of the information has taken place then the full cognitive learning process is completed.