As you all know, I love conventions! I had a great time at the NBM show in August and next week, October 13-15, the SGIA show will be here in Las Vegas! I am really looking forward to seeing everyone from Ryonet of course, and I am looking forward to learning even more about the business. I am trying to get my schedule figured out for next week to be able to make the most of my time at the convention. I usually only have about 3 1/2 to 4 hours each day that I am available, but the Las Vegas Convention Center is about 25 minutes away so that leaves me even less time actually at the show. But I am sure all of that will work out.
The shows are a great opportunity to find vendors, see new techniques, and for me, learn about the business side of screen printing. I try to go to a variety of seminars that include garment decorating and sales and marketing. I learned so much at the NBM show that I am even more anxious for the SGIA show to get here. Going to a show really helps me get inspired and see what is possible for me to do and to learn. Trade shows really help me see the possiblity of our business as far as both design and growth. I learned a lot from Graphic Elephants’ Lon Winters, and am looking forward to see what all I can pick up from him at the SGIA show!
I am actually multi-tasking right now as I write this. SGIA has a preview webinar that they offer to participants and it is on right now. Hearing that there are Sales-Free Demonstration Zones at the show is pretty cool! There are demonstrations in the exhibit hall throughout the day and if you want to go, you just show up at the time of the demo you want to see! No extra seminar fees! Pretty awesome! Most of the demostrations are designed for beginners so being free is even better!
I will of course have my Flip camera and notepad, so I will make sure to give updates as to how things are going!