There are hundreds of ways to learn online in today's digital world. Whether through blogs, webinars, or digital training programs, online learning has never been easier. Without the hassle of traveling and the ability to learn on your own time, why would you bother attending a live event?
While it may be tempting to forego an industry conference in favor of digital options, it’s important to remember the unparalleled value that a live conference brings to your professional skill set, your network, and your business. Live events—conferences, workshops and lunch and learns–provide unique learning and career building opportunities that you simply can’t find anywhere else.
Below you’ll find five reasons why you should attend a mortgage broker conference.
1. Network With The Industry’s Major Players
Industry conferences provide individuals with the opportunity to network with like-minded people. This type of environment is difficult to find elsewhere, but a mortgage broker conference is specifically designed to help you connect with the industry’s thought leaders and most successful brokers.
Networking can lead to valuable relationships and even future job opportunities. At a networking event you can meet the people who have helped shaped the industry, and who can help shape your business. Take a selfie with someone who inspires you or share your business ideas with someone you admire - all of this is possible at an industry conference.
2. Become an Expert By Learning From Experts
No matter how much you think you know about the mortgage industry, there is always room to grow and learn. The speakers at industry conferences are often seasoned veterans and very successful at what they do. They often have many more years of experience than those in the audience and will offer exclusive success secrets that they wouldn’t share on social media. It is extremely valuable to learn from not only their successes, but from their failures as well.
The best part about conferences is that they offer several speakers throughout the day, giving you a wide variety of thought leaders and industry veterans to hear from.
3. New Tools To Help Grow Your Business
Conferences and live events are often packed with exhibitors. Not only are these exhibitors great to network with, they’re often promoting and using tools that you haven’t seen yet. Whether it’s an app that lets you work faster, an email platform that allows you to capture and communicate with your borrowers better, or a social media tool that saves you time and energy, the exhibitor floor is yet another learning opportunity.
It’s not everyday that you’ll get to see a live demo or hear from a rep first-hand about how a tool directly helps you, so this is a great hands-on way to dig deep into products that can elevate your business.
4. Break out of your Routine and Embrace New Ideas
Conferences are not all about business - they’re fun too!
Most conferences will host parties or happy hours that allow you to network in a more relaxed social setting. This laid back portion of a conference or live event allows you to break out of your day-to-day routine and embrace your peers. Forge partnerships, make friends, and create opportunities.
5. Invest In Yourself
When you’re constantly working on your business growth, focusing on your team, and delivering first-class service to your borrowers, it can be easy to overlook the personal investments that you should be making.
As a mortgage broker, you need to invest in yourself. Attending a mortgage broker conference is admitting that you’re worth the investment. It’s admitting that you still have a few things to learn and that you can grow in your career. Attending a conference is an investment in your brand, your company, and your own growth.
Now that you know why you should attend a mortgage broker conference, the next step is to find one that offers you exactly what you’re looking for.
If you want to learn about emerging, broker-specific technology, hear insider tips and tricks for marketing yourself and your business, and network with the industry’s top-performing brokers, mark AIME Fuse on your calendar.
We’ll be in Las Vegas on October 20th with over 1,500 mortgage experts from across the country. We hope to see you there!