If you’d like to speak at the 2021 Texas REALTORS® Conference, here is some background as well as guidelines to submit your proposal. Please note that the conference is being planned as an in-person meeting from September 9-12  in Houston. Circumstances may dictate that the meeting transition to fully virtual or a hybrid event. Should circumstances force a fully virtual event, conference dates could change. Contracted speakers must be prepared to deliver session content live or via broadcast. Instructors will be notified of any changes in format no later than July 1, 2021.

About Texas REALTORS®

Texas REALTORS® was established in 1920 and has grown to become the largest professional membership association in Texas. One of the many member services offered by the association is the education provided at the annual conference.

Audience

The conference attracts real estate salespeople, brokers, owners, and managers. Most members focus on residential sales, but specialists concentrating on appraisal, commercial, global, land, resort and relocation are also represented.

Education Focus

Educational classes are scheduled for two-hour increments throughout the conference. The association likes to offer members a wide variety of course topics tailored to the real estate practitioner’s interests. The areas of interest identified for 2021 are outlined below. Speaker considerations will be based on the ability to deliver a qualifying CE course that is relevant to one of these topics. Two or three courses may be offered concurrently. Class size may vary from 50 to 200 attendees. Speakers are encouraged to submit multiple course topics within their area of expertise.

  • Broker management
  • Building your brand
  • Building your client base
  • Buying trends
  • Commercial real estate
  • Daily activities that attract results
  • Diplomacy in real estate: how to hold your ground gracefully
  • Disaster planning for your business
  • Goal setting for 2022
  • Member-benefit courses
  • Millennial buying trends
  • Negotiation
  • Property management
  • Risk reduction
  • Structure your business for profit
  • Succession planning: start with the end in mind
  • Tax strategies
  • Fair housing/diversity
  • Global clients/transactions

Budget/Speaker Fee Criteria

Speaker compensation will be negotiated with the speaker or their designee at the time the speaker is contacted regarding availability. Speaker fees are inclusive of all expenses as the association does not compensate or reimburse separately for travel and meals. Assuming the fall conference is in-person, Texas REALTORS® will place the speaker’s reservation at a hotel of the association’s choice for one night’s lodging, and the room charge will be placed on the master bill. Additional nights may be covered depending on travel availability and course scheduling. Texas REALTORS® will not pay for or reimburse a speaker for alternate accommodations, incidental expenses, or fees for internet or phone calls.

Speaker Promotion

Texas REALTORS® encourage speakers to promote the event on their websites, on speakers’ bureau websites, in press releases, and through any other means of advertising the speaker deems appropriate. The association will grant permission to photograph while at the event, including the speaker, attendees, and the members of staff who may be present. The association will give permission for the speaker to use these photographs in, but not limited to, various marketing pieces such as websites, brochures, fliers, press releases, and published articles.

All of the speaker’s materials are copyrighted. Except as needed for attendee handouts, the association agrees not to reproduce or use any materials without the express written permission of the speaker. Written permission will be obtained from the speaker to use excerpts, articles, and other printed information in Texas REALTORS® enewsletters, website, press releases, fliers, and other print media.

Handouts

All documents for attendee distribution must be received by July 23, 2021. Each speaker is limited to 6‐8 impressions (3‐4 pages front and back) for printed handouts at conference. Permission from the publisher must be included with document submissions. The association reserves the right to approve session materials. PowerPoint slides and additional course materials may be offered electronically to attendees before and after the conference through the conference portal. Materials will be made available for individual use only and will not be granted reproduction or copying options unless permitted by the speaker.

Qualifications for CE Approval

All courses must qualify for Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) credit according to Section §535.71(r) of TREC rules. All submissions for CE credit will be requested by Texas REALTORS® at the association’s cost, under the association’s provider number. Speaker permission to submit course descriptions approved by TREC for continuing education must accompany the contract agreement at the time of execution, as well as a timed outline based on 100 minutes of instruction. The speakers will also need to complete a one-time instructor application, unless the speaker has taught for the association since October 2019. Texas REALTORS® will waive the $75 fee for out-of-state speakers. Lastly, TREC prohibits personal promotion during course instruction time. Five minutes at the conclusion of the program will be allowed to mention books, tapes, or DVDs the speaker has authored. Texas REALTORS® allows the sale of approved materials after the conclusion of the class so long as it doesn’t interfere with the next class.

Submission Packets

Submission packets should include proposed topic(s) and course description(s) (up to 100 words), and proposed speaker fees. Course descriptions should be a paragraph in length and should explain the benefit to the agent or broker while emphasizing the benefit to the consumer. Remember: Speaker fees should include the speaker’s estimated cost for travel, minus hotel, since the association does not reimburse for personal travel expenses.

Submission packets should be sent to 2021_speakers@texasrealtors.com no later than March 10, 2021. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

Timeline

  • Speaker submissions open February 1, 2021
  • Speaker submissions close March 10, 2021
  • Initial selections made on or before March 26, 2021
  • Contract negotiations finalized April 9, 2021
  • Final contracts sent out on or before April 16, 2021
  • Contracts with any additional documents due back April 23, 2021
  • Texas REALTOR® magazine conference publication deadline is May 3, 2021