Quick Tips: What Not To Do at Infocomm 2013 as a First Time Attendee

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Quick Tips: What Not to Do at Infocomm 2013 as a First Time Attendee

Do Not Over Commit

You’ll drive yourself insane if you are the type of person who lives and dies by the hands of the clock. Just remember that there are 35,000 attendees all with the same goal. The best way to prepare for the show is to develop a flexible schedule and a “must see” list.  Prior to the show try to book one appointment in the morning and one in the afternoon for each day by contacting the product reps. Most booths are very well organized with their appointments. Be sure to check in at your scheduled time and if it’s running over make sure to let them know that you plan to reschedule. In between those previously scheduled appointments, visit as many booths as you can. The show can seem overwhelming with so many products to see and places to be. Try to enjoy the ride and soak in as much as you can.

Do not Limit Yourself to a Specific Area

Explore! One of the biggest mistakes you could make is to limit yourself to one particular area or niche. I get it … you’re all about “Audio” but why limit yourself to just one area of technology. Try branching out to an area that you may not be familiar with. The show can be a great place to learn about all the different technologies that make up the AV industry. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people and network as well. You may want to consider joining an Infocomm Committee or Council such as the AV Technology Managers Council or the Independent Programmers Council. Try taking a class, participate in a seminar or attend a product demo to broaden your show experience.  Venture outside of your comfort zone and you may find that your time at the show may become more enjoyable and rewarding.

Do not “Write off” the last day of the show

I find that the last day of the show is a great time to see the booths that were overcrowded or overbooked. By Friday the crowds typically thin out and the atmosphere seems more relaxed. Chances are you will be able to get into those hard to reach booths that were packed the first 2 days. Seize the opportunity to visit those popular booths or carve out some time to visit the smaller booths tucked away in the back. You may come across some great products or solutions at those smaller booths. Plan your travel accordingly and if possible try to use Friday to your advantage, book some appointments and check them off your Bucket List. You will be glad you did.

What Tip do you have for the Infocomm First Timer? Post in the comments section below.

Chris

Comments

  1. My first any show was NAB. From that experience I took in Infocomm a little differently. As Christopher says, the show can be overwhelming. Plan on arriving before the doors open and leaving as the security folks herd you out the doors and forget lunch. Look at everything you can but absolutely have a target list of manufacturers or vendors. I like to get my target list done soon so I can wander and learn. Each aisle can have a hidden information nugget that you will miss if you just stay in one area the whole show. I always come back with new approaches to creating solutions because I stopped at every booth I could. I haven’t been to a show in a number of years but they used to give you a choice of catalogue, disc, or follow-up mail. I soon learned that follow-up mail/e-mail is best and much easier to carry.

  2. Mike Tomei says:

    I attended my first InfoComm Show in 2008, and Rental & Staging Systems Magazine asked me to write daily blog posts during the show. After the show was over, they summarized my blog posts as an article in the August issue of the magazine. I was working at Harvard University at the time, and a big part of my job was supervising the live event AV support on campus, hence the rental & staging connection. Since the 2013 InfoComm Show is a couple of months away, I figured I would re-post my article for those of you attending for the first time (or even the show veterans):

    http://miketomei.blogspot.com/2013/04/infocomm-for-first-time.html

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