I should preface this post by saying that Techweek Chicago was the first conference, as either an exhibitor or attendee, that I’ve ever been to. Days prior to the event, I made a small list of goals and objectives to keep in mind as I stalked the floor or helped out at the booth. Items such as “generate quality leads” and “meet as many leaders as possible” were peppered amongst “don’t embarrass yourself” pep talks.
What I wasn’t prepared for, however, was how tiring the whole ordeal would be. Yes, I loved every second of the event and it hardly felt like “work,” but it did kick my ass.
What I’ve decided to share with you is a survival kit that would have came in handy:
1.) A HUGE water bottle — While this one seems like a no-brainer, I was foolish enough to forget this life-saver every single day. Dehydration leads to headaches. Those headaches will lead to irritability, and grumpiness is the last trait you want your listeners to remember about you. Not to mention that after two days of incessant talking and networking, your voice will disappear faster than the free beer at happy hour. Long story short, you’ll need water.
2.) Deodorant — You don’t want to know what you smell like after you’ve chugged your third caffeinated drink of the morning and you’re sweating bullets as you haul ass to set up before showtime. Best to be safe.
3.) Advil — Do I really need to explain this one?
4.) Pepto-Bismol — When your four-day bender ensures you a daily diet of junk food, oppressively stale air, gallons of coffee, and a dozen or so gin and tonics, your stomach will declare WWIII without warning. Play like a champion regardless.
These four items would have been a God-send. Alas, I had none of them when I needed them the most. Do you have any items that you don’t go to any event without?