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IREM Chicago Chapter Officers Share Insight,
Memories from 2014 Leadership and Legislative Summit

Representatives from Institute of Real Estate Management chapters met April 5 to 9 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington to learn, listen and lead dialogues regarding the state of the commercial property industry. Of course, we’re referring to the 2014 Leadership and Legislative Summit; and of course, IREM Chicago Chapter 23 was very well represented at this important annual event.

Below are some personal thoughts from some members of the Chapter 23 delegation.

Kris Haskins

Kris Haskins, CPM®, 2014 President
This was my fourth time attending the Capitol Hill visits. It’s always an amazing experience because you feel as if you are really making a difference. This year IREM and CCIM Institute gathered 250 participants who participated in 160 meetings with legislators from 31 states. We advocated for reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, funding for federally assisted housing, and sensible real estate tax policies. In fact after we returned to Chicago, we received word that that a bipartisan group of senators had reached a deal to extend TRIA into the next decade by negotiating an increase in the amount private insurance companies would have to pay. Read more...


Expert Offers Sound Recommendations on
Effective Speaking at April 2 Chapter Luncheon

The common wine bottle cork has more uses than one would expect. In fact, placing a cork in one’s mouth while practicing for a speech or presentation can actually help a speaker improve diction.

That was one tactic offered by Lynne Magnavite during “Put a Cork In It! Public Speaking Tips and Techniques,” her April 2 presentation during the IREM Chicago Chapter 23 luncheon.  The Senior Director of Education at IREM International, Magnavite provided a wide range of common-sense advice designed to help the infrequent or professional speaker do a better job on the podium.

Here are some suggestions:

Prior to the Speech. Before a presentation, speakers should prepare a checklist that addresses such issues as: Who is the audience; why is the presentation being made; what’s the message that’s being delivered; and how should the speaker convey the message.  It’s also advantageous to analyze the venue and learn about the event sponsor, where and when the presentation will take place and the kind of audio equipment that will be used. Read More...