Author of the best-seller The Ultimate Book of Influence Chris Helder will speak at AREC 2018 on the Gold Coast in May.This year’s keynote speakers include Australian business whiz Chris Helder, Canada’s inspirational speaker and New York Times best-selling author Amanda Lindhout, and Tom Ferry, the leading real estate trainer in the US.Attending every single AREC since its inception, James Tostevin will give a keynote presentation at AREC 2018. In the past four years Mr Tostevin has ranked as one of the top two performers in Australia. “From my presentation I plan to give delegates an understanding of the importance of articulating their points of difference in a listing presentation, both their own and that of their company … the ability to differentiate themselves, given the similarities and competence of most of their competitor agencies,” he said. GC Good Health Guide Suburb Aerial Photography of the Gold CoastTHE cream of Australia’s real estate industry will descend on the Gold Coast next weekend for the Australasian Real Estate Conference.In its milestone 21st year, the line-up of more than 30 speakers at AREC 2018 has proven to be a major drawcard with 3450 registrations from Australia and New Zealand and as far away as the UK, South Africa and Hawaii.The two-day conference, set to focus on real estate strategies for the future, returns for the seventh year to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoGold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said securing signature conferences such as AREC allows the Coast to take centre stage. Picture Glenn HampsonGold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the Gold Coast economy was forging ahead following the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a range of commentators speaking positively about the real estate, tourism, health and knowledge and tertiary education sectors.“Securing signature conferences such as AREC allows our city to take centre stage with some of the most influential minds in the real estate business,” Mayor Tate said. “It is a coming of age for the Gold Coast — bring it on.” John McGrath (left) and Bob Wolff at AREC 2017. Picture: Matthew Foster“Last year we achieved our largest attendance in AREC’s history and the momentum from that has carried over into this year’s event,” Nichola Byrne, general manager of Total Real Estate Training, said.“We believe we have our best line up of speakers in our 21 years, as we are seeing and feeling the excitement and anticipation from our delegates, and we are on track to break last year’s record attendance. “With such diversity among the speakers, agents are going to walk away with such varied and valuable content which will set them up with strategies that can enhance their own businesses and service to their clients.”NSW and Victoria are leading AREC registrations with 38 per cent and 31 pre cent respectively.Queensland follows with 12 per cent while New Zealand has 10 per cent of delegates registered.There are also four registrations from UK, four from South Africa and one delegate from Hawaii Gold Coast agent Michael Kollosche, of Kollosche Prestige Agents, is attending AREC 2018. Picture Mike Batterham Gold Coast agent Michael Kollosche, of Kollosche Prestige Agents, is attending AREC 2018 and said it was a coup to have the conference in his backyard.“It’s fantastic having it here on the Coast and I’ve encouraged my entire team to attend,” Mr Kollosche said.“You’re never too good in this industry to learn and it’s always good to hear from the leading agents around Australia.” AREC 2018 will be held on the Gold Coast on May 27 and 28. For more information or to register visit www.tret.com.au or call 1800 335 336.