Yeah, I'm pretty stoked about this. I'm a lot more involved in the planning than I was last year. Heck, we all are a lot more involved. Last year's event was a huge success that just sort of fell together, likely at the energy and expense of Brent & Michelle. This time there are more of us putting in serious sweat equity. And we very much know what we want -- and how to get there. In short: it's going to be hella cool.
If you are within reasonable driving distance (I'm looking at you, southern California & Albuquerque) you really need to make the drive. Or if you are a bit further, see what sort of specials Soutwest has on airfare. I'm serious. This is going to be a very special event and you'll kick yourself for not being here.
Oh, and it's not all about podcasting. Yeah, I know the name is Podcamp AZ and we'll talk plenty about podcasting, but it's much larger. We're billing this as the Relevant Media Unconference and are planning on covering a lot of ground over two days.
Great hotels have been picked out within walking distance to the venue and fantastic rates secured for our attendees. For those unfamiliar, Phoenix is a (pun not intended) hot-spot destination in Novemeber. Why? It'll be in the 80s. How's THAT for incentive, Michiganders? Heck, most of your parents will already be here. Ah, snowbirds.
So... you coming? Register now. It's worth it. And if nothing else, you get to see ME!
As you might have guessed, I'll be tailoring this topic to the needs of real estate professionals. I don't know if you know this or not, but the market sorta stinks right now. Hello, economic downturn! My goal is to provide a sort of new media overview to the attendees, plus give them some real ideas on how they can leverage new media (not just podcasting) to improve their business.
So while I have some notes and a general outline here, I'm always open to suggestions. If you are a real estate pro, what have you seen work? What have you seen fail miserably? What questions do you have about leveraging new media in your business? Help me help you... if you are going. If not, help me help them!
This new podcast wouldn't have happened without the following:
My lovely wifeSheila Dee. When she learned of the final-final shut down of Wingin' It! (I left well over a year ago), she immediately suggested that I start up again and fill the void in the podosphere. The ever-helpfulDebbie Walker. One stipulation I had on this show was that I be allowed to do what I do best: show up and talk. That means I needed an engineer to handle all the "work" that goes into recording and editing a show. And after some very quick and dirty training sessions, Debbie handles it all. Yay! Gangplank. The second stipulation on the show was that I not do it from home. Derek asked me to set up a community podcasting studio with some donated equipment (props to Jade) in an office at Integrum. Watch for more podcasts coming from there, too.
All of that means that I effectively had no reason to stay away from the podosphere. Of course, you may listen and find your own reasons you wish I had stayed away. Anyhow... the first four shows are live and available for your listening pleasure. We'll do one a week -- probably -- until we run out of things to say.