I wrote this post a while back but I love rereading it. It's all about navigating the halls of a large conference (such as next week's ISC West) with the least amount of physical and emotional pain. Sometimes I follow these suggestions and sometimes I don't, but I pledge to all of you that I will abide by the rules while in Vegas ... maybe. Anyway, enjoy:
For the past two days, I’ve been looking at my schedule and panicking more than a little bit. I always have good intentions to not book continuous back-to-back meetings, but once again I have. Figures … If you meet with me at 4 p.m. one day and my eyes are glazing over, I greatly apologize.
So, with regrets in mind I give you my recommendations on how to work the (ISC West) show this week. Otherwise titled, how I would ideally plan my conference if I weren’t an idiot.
*Plan accordingly. Do not overbooked yourself — you are not doing anyone any favors. If you squeeze in that extra 20-minute appointment instead of having lunch, for example, you are not going to be in the mindset to focus on business and you’re going to hate the people who talked you into this mess.
*Network and have fun, just not too much fun. A colleague of mine once eloquently said, “There is nothing worse than walking a trade show floor with a hangover.” Having experienced this first-hand, I wholeheartedly agree. Alternate cocktails with a glass of water, enjoy in moderation and we’ll all be much happier in the morning.
*Reinvigorate. Take 20 minutes out of your day to get outside. The sun will help energize you. Florescent lights? Not so much. Also, try to get some kind of ‘normal’ sleep in. Whether that is nine hours or 40 minutes, you know what you need. Don’t ignore it.
*Walk the floor. I never have a chance to walk the floor because I am running around taking meetings with exhibitors that want to show off their latest and greatest wares. But if you take some time to walk the floor, you’ll probably see some new vendors that have some pretty cool offerings. Even Axis had to start somewhere.
*Attend as many educational sessions as possible. You're here, why not? Additional education is always a good idea. This year's session topics are interesting and the speakers are top-notch. Take the time out to hear just one, I promise it’s worth it if only to get off the exhibit floor.
*Sightsee. This is another thing I rarely do and I always regret it. When my hairdresser asks me what was cool about a city, I want to be able to answer him without saying something about the hotel. Also, I can’t tell you how uninteresting photos that are taken from the window of your hotel room are. My family and friends certainly know. Get out and see some sites — what good is traveling without taking in one local attraction? Come on, it's Vegas.
*Take it slow. Sure you may be five minutes late for an appointment, but you’re not the only one. Take your time with meetings, walking, lunch, etc. and you’ll find yourself much happier and relaxed in the long run.
*Stop by booth #1129 to pick up your latest issue of Security Director News and watch some SDNtvNews interviews occurring. Heckle if you wish.
*Be there: Treasure Island bar on Thursday, April 2 at 10 p.m.