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I have a confession to make. I am not what you would call the big conference-goer. In fact, if you were to stack all of the conference program guides and swag I have amassed over the years atop my keyboard, I could still see the cursor. That's not to say that professional conferences don't have value; they do. Depending on the content, they can instruct or inspire. For me, simply mining the halls -- attaching myself like an unwanted barnacle to others who are brighter, better, more successful -- is worth the price of admission. I pick up a few things here and there, some I can use and others I can't, and I make valuable connections and friends in the process. While I don't schedule my career around the conference circuit, I have been to that rodeo a few times in the past couple of years -- five to be exact. Not so coincidentally, four of them where hosted by a guy named Brad. The fifth and most recent conference was this year's National Association of Realtors annual conferen...