Getting the Most Out of a Visit to The Office Show

It has been a few years since I last visited The Office Show and my visit on Thursday, 12 May 2016 showed me just how things had grown.  The general atmosphere was as buzzy as ever with lots of keen, career-focussed individuals in abundance.  There were many more businesses represented, more stands, larger space take up and The Business to Business Show  next door was also a new addition as most visitors to The Office Show also attended The B2B Show too.  This was a definite added bonus.  There were fantastic workshops and speakers at both events, each offering their own professional take on business today.  It was great to see my VA friend, Janice Gilbert from Wordperfect VA and Amanda Johnson, from VACT.  I also got to make new connections which is always a fantastic by-product of these events.

In the past, I tried to attend as many seminars under one roof as possible and talk to as many people as possible.  By the time I got home it was all a blur. This time I had a shopping list and I stuck to it.  It was only a very short time but I did actually achieve everything I set out to do.  So how did I do it?

  1. Research – I spent some time reading the programme in advance of the event.
  2. Primary Focus – I decided what my primary focus was and I wrote it down BEFORE leaving home.
  3. On arrival I quickly located the stands and speakers of interest to me.
  4. Planning – I planned what order I would visit each area.  Skipping this step could mean the difference in missing out on a golden opportunity.
  5. I did not allow myself to be easily sidetracked by the offers available – and there are an amazing array to work through (including cocktails on one stand!).
  6. On my return home I sorted through the goody bags and the papers I had collected.  I checked through my notes and clarified as needed.
  7. I sorted through the business cards collected and noted the contact details in my database – what’s more I had collected far less than I had in previous year but the cards I had were relevant.

With this approach I found that my head was calm days after the event and I could recall important tips and tricks learnt and now I believe I can and will apply this knowledge usefully to my business.  Now I am looking forward to the book writing course I signed up for in September!

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