Last weekend was the Real Estate Staging Association convention and 9th annual Home Staging Industry Awards in Las Vegas, where the best home stagers in the world gather to network with each other and grow in their knowledge and skill.
2016 RESA convention
It was so much fun to attend with several stagers that I have trained over the last couple of years. There were seven Expert Psychological Stagers™ who made it to Las Vegas, here are six out of seven of us on the red carpet:
I set up a sponsored table this year for the first time, and boy, was that a lot of work! I had to ship a bunch of Psychological Staging Paint Color Toolboxes prior to the convention and bring a 50-pound box of books on the plane. Unfortunately, we were unable to find anyone available at either the airport OR the back entrance of the hotel where the taxi dropped me off to help me carry that little beast of a package (along with luggage)! Things seldom go according to plan . . .
Thankfully, after getting to my final destination where the convention was being held, all the boxes and products were successfully delivered and unpacked! You’ll never guess who my first sale was to? The bellhop. That’s right – as soon as we unloaded the boxes, she asked if she could purchase my book, Psychological Staging – Home Staging Secrets of The Decorologist. She told me that she runs a management company and has been staging some model apartments – she wanted to learn more and continue to move in the direction of staging as a career.
Isn’t that awesome??? Most people didn’t start out in home staging – it’s a relatively new industry. It’s usually their second (or even third) career! I started 13 years ago, which was in pioneer days.
Those who succeed in this career do so because they follow this formula:
1) educate themselves,
2) do what they love,
3) and persevere.
Having the sponsor table allowed the stagers to see my Paint Color Toolkit up close – from the painted boards, to the instructions on the backs of each board, to the system that enables you to choose the perfect paint color palette for an entire home in about 20 minutes. Did I tell you I was up for product of the year?
RESA had some really great speakers this year. One of my favorite speakers at the convention was Egypt Sherrod from HGTV’s Property Virgins. I got to speak with her a couple of times over the course of the convention, and she is just an amazing person. She heads a very successful real estate group in Georgia. She’s the real deal and a class act! I bought her book, which she signed, only to LEAVE IT ON THE AIRPLANE on the way home . . . argh.
While in Las Vegas, I was fortunate enough to get to see Olivia Newton-John perform:
Olivia at The Flamingo in Las Vegas
AND, because I have friends in high places (thank you, Music City Staging), I actually got to go backstage to the green room and meet her!
Awards night was Saturday evening and I was more than excited to win the award for product of the year! Our Psychological Staging Paint Color Toolkit was awarded The RESA 2016 Innovative Product or Service of the Year. The award was voted on by my home staging industry peers, which is such an honor to me.
In a two day period, I got a total of seven hours sleep (I’m waayyyy too old for that). I got back to Nashville and was sick for two days. I suppose that’s what jet-setting will do to a girl.