In this installment of our Different Mindsets of a Tradeshow Attendee series, we're focusing on the Explorer and Pillager, two of the best mindsets to get into for Vision Expo West. We were in awe the first time that we attended Vision Expo because we had no idea how big it would be. There are so many aspects of the industry on display and there's truly something new to discover at every corner. The size of the show quickly taught us one important thing for any explorer, and that is comfortable shoes. And if you're a pillager, make sure you grab a bag from one of the booths to carry everything!
Something that we really think is great about exploring the show is the chance of running across a celebrity appearance. Seriously, we LOVE this aspect of walking around the show. Last year, we were just wandering around with our "Efficiency Cowboy" (he was attending to help us promote a Sweepstakes) when we spotted Randy Jackson! Not only did we spot him, we also jumped on the chance to get some video with him and our efficiency cowboy. Only a few steps away from that, we ran into none other than Lisa Loeb! We took photos with her and chatted her up, and now we even receive her newsletters because she took our cards and made the effort to keep us in the loop. (How cool is that?) These would have been missed opportunities if we hadn't been roaming the floor with the mindset of an explorer. We don't mean to brag, but check out this photo and video:
Now, if you are ready to spot a celebrity, you won't be disappointed at Vision Expo West. Celebrities attending the show include Marie Osmond, Lisa Loeb, Vicki Gunvalson, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Danica Patrick. There could be more, because we always seem to find out about new appearances as the show gets closer. But you can check out the Celebrity Appearances Page on VisionExpoWest.com to find out when and where these celebrities will be appearing at the show.
Are you hitting the floor in search of new swag to bring back to the office? Well, you are in luck. There's lots of great stuff to pick up on the show floor. You can start by heading over to the VisionWeb Booth #MS7053 where you'll find our always colorful PD Sticks, eco tote bags, pens, and I <3 VisionWeb.com wrtistbands. (as an added benefit, we'll walk the show floor periodically looking for people wearing the wristbands and give them a giftcard, right on the spot!) You can stop by the iCoat Company Booth #20051 to get free AR cleaning cloths and cleaning solution. Live Eyewear is going to be giving away dry erase boards in Booth #21065. If you head over to the Signet Armorlite Booth #LP7065, a professional artist will do a line drawing of you! These are really cute and our team took a moment to have theirs done at Vision Expo in New York:
These are just a few of the great giveaways. Walk the show floor and you'll be sure to find more. But, we encourage you to take a moment to talk to the exhibitor while you're there picking up a free item. Chances are you'll learn something about the company you never knew! The Optical Vision Site is also posting information on giveaways in their "Swag, Steals, and Deals" series and we definitely suggest checking that out!
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