7 Passionate Ways to Fall in Love With Your Tradeshows

Let me ask you, are your tradeshows getting enough of your love and attention?
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, love and affection is in the air, and it makes me wonder how much heart exhibitors really put into their exhibiting efforts.

I doubt that many of you take your displays into your arms and whisper sweet nothings, or gush your loving sentiments.

Chances are quite the opposite. For many companies, tradeshows are viewed as a necessary evil.  You participate because your competition does, and are scared not to, for fear that the marketplace assumes the worst – “oh dear, the XYZ company must have fallen on hard times because they’re not exhibiting.”

Well, my thought is that if you feel compelled to exhibit for whatever reason, you might as well embrace it, and give it all the love and attention it deserves.

Here are 7 ways to help you fall in love with your tradeshows:

1.  Review your show schedule, and make a vow to only participate in the shows that are worthwhile – the ones that give you a certain ROI, whatever that means for you.
2.  Reverse engineer your success, and consider the end result you’re looking to achieve. Then plan your strategy to achieve it.
3.  Fall in love with each show and make a commitment to do whatever it takes to make this union a true success.
4.  Share the love. View each and every show as the best possible opportunity to hug – make a good solid connection – with your customers and prospects.
5. Choose team members (intimate companions) who share your exhibiting passion.
6. Share the essential booth staff training skills needed.
7. Embrace all lead follow up so that your prospect union turns into a marriage made in heaven.

Wishing you a long, healthy and loving life together!

Susan Friedmann
For 25 years, Susan Friedmann, The Tradeshow Coach, has helped companies ramp up their trade show results with her unique ExhibitSmart (TM) Training System. International best-selling author of "Meeting and Event Planning for Dummies," "Riches in Niches: How to Make it BIG in a small Market," and many other titles.
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