Will you be a newbie at Connect Marketplace 2016 in Grapevine, Texas, next week? Have no fear: These tips from the event’s veterans will help you make the most of your time there.
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“Don’t judge a city without learning more about it first. You never know what potential exists until you talk through the details and possibilities.” —Beth Hecquet, CMP, CMM, Scripps National Spelling Bee
“I made excellent connections with vendors at the lunch table that I didn’t have appointments with. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation before the speakers start. It turns out we are going to do business with my lunch connection!” —Barbara Price, Association of Mailing, Shipping, and Office Automation Specialists
“Be sure to attend at least one of the contract seminars. The industry is always changing, and the information from the seminars can help make sure your contracts are up-to-date.” —Sherry Eschenberg, PCA Administrative Committee
“Come prepared. Suppliers appreciate it when you have an info sheet listing all the basic specs for your events.” —Page Adams, Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority
“Leave room in your bag for swag—you’ll get lots of good stuff. If I get duplicates or things I won’t use, I use them as prizes [back at the office]. Also, never miss the receptions Connect throws! They are great parties.” —Gloria Kermeen, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning