I want to let everyone know why I have been absent for a while from the blog. I have been in complete trade show and convention mode for the last 6 weeks and it has been quite an experience. I talk about a lot of things that are part of our industry, such as travel, meeting venues and trade shows that are occurring but never have I given real life experiences that I have had. That all can change now as I went through that process last week in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We had a three day conference with a two day full on exhibited trade show at that location and I was in the heart of the show and its inner workings. I have much to discuss as it relates to the real inside of a trade show and convention. There were some good, bad and ugly stories and I want to share all of those with you.
I had to deal with vendors, exhibitors, speakers, attendees, location managers, and staff and everyone else involved with the show. From the planning to the inner workings, to the post show analysis debriefing I was involved from start to finish. The good news is I have been invited back to do it all again next year, and for some that might even be bad news.
I want to thank the folks at Conventions.net for giving me the latitude for some real inside research and participation. I am hoping to pass on some of that knowledge I learned, some funny stories, and perhaps a nightmare or two. Stay tuned here as I go through the process. I am afraid I still have one event left and that will be at the Marriott Waikiki in beautiful Hawaii. It’s not a bad gig but still it is working on a conference and convention.