As a blogger I have attended tradeshows in the past and I have attended a couple in my assistant work life that were much more fun than work (but we don’t talk about those.) The thing is there are particular people who are at every tradeshow you ever go to and if you have ever attended one then you know what I mean. Recently I saw this funny article about the ten people you meet and thought I would share my perspective on it.
There of course is that one person who knows every single person there because they have stalked them. I actually had this happen when I attended a tradeshow with Lenore. Even though I was there working for her because I am her assistant the chick came up and knew me by name and not because she follows my blog either. All I kept thinking was…creepy! Okay I was actually thinking more along the lines of “OMG! She is going to kill us later because who in their right minds learns the names of the people who are int he background for the most part.”
Then is the person there just for the free stuff. If you are a blogger and have attended anything you know there is always swag involved. This happens at a lot of other events too. There is always that one person who looks like a pack mule because they have managed to get every single piece of swag possible including things that you didn’t even realize was swag. However hand them a business card or flyer and they look at you like you are the devil.
There is usually a keynote speaker and this could go either way. I have been to some where the speaker was great and I learned a lot. Others I wanted to throw myself out into traffic. However I always make a point of listening to the speaker because you never know when what they say is going to come in handy later.
Of course that is just a few of the people who you meet. You can read the entire “The 10 People You Meet at a Tradeshow” article and find out more about all of the people who you come across. it is really useful and funny to boot.