Trade show events can be fun and exciting but also very stressful especially with larger custom or rental exhibits that display equipment and machinery. Long days on your feet, late night dinners, and lack of sleep can create stress. You can reduce your trade show stress by reading the following the advice.
1. Delegate?. Don’t do everything yourself. Rely on your trade show exhibit company for your exhibit transportation, installation/dismantling, service ordering and fellow employees for setting up product demos, hospitality events and lead management.
2. Confirm your services ahead of time. ?Confirm ahead of time with the show association, show contractor and exhibit hall that your electrical and plumbing services, card readers, and other services and have been received. Bring along a hard copy of your ordered services just case there is an unexpected issue.
3. Have a company a representative in your booth for the move in.? By scheduling a company rep. in your booth during the show move-in, you can avoid many potential problems. The rep. should also have the cell phone number of your trucker bringing in the exhibit and displayed products in case there is a delay or issue. Your rep. can also confirm that electrical, plumbing and carpet has been laid before the exhibit and equipment arrives. If exhibiting equipment, the rep. can show the riggers where it needs to be set in the booth.
4. Store items important items in your booth or close by. ?For example, if you exhibit machinery, keep a set of tools, and machine locks inside the booth or in easy access storage. Once the show closes, you can start packing up your equipment right away without waiting for crates to come back from storage.
5. Don’t wait to the last day of the show to make your move out arrangements?Start making your move out arrangements at least two days before the show ends. The last day of the show is always chaotic as people are eager pack up and leave the show. Move out arrangements include paying your show invoices at the convention hall service desk, obtaining your bill of lading (which is your pass to get out of the show), and scheduling company personnel to pack up your machinery or exhibited products.
Exhibiting at Chicago’s McCormick Place can be a bit overwhelming since it’s the largest convention center in the United States. This presentation contains tips for navigating your way around McCormick Place's 2.6 million sq. ft. of exhibit halls.
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