Tom Murphy – Murphy's Law

Tom Murphy blogging about PR and other things since 2002…

Tom Murphy – Murphy's Law header image 2

Well it’s Friday… Tradeshows

January 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Off-topic

Have you spent days on end, standing on your poor sore feet, talking about things you don’t understand, to strangers who are really only talking to you on the off-chance you’ll give them a t-shirt?

I remember my trade show days all around the US and Europe very very well.

Digression: Once attending a UNIX trade exhibition at the Jacob Javits Centre in New York during the Winter in the ’90s – this was when there was no pre-registration, you could just walk in off the street – and the organizers were having problems with unfortunate homeless people who were wandering through a UNIX trade show (you can bet they weren’t there by choice!) to get out of the cold. 

Anyway my boss at the time briefed all of us to escort any homeless interlopers off the stand.

I avoided this duty for the first two days as I was doing presentations on UNIX development (don’t ask), but on the last day this massive homeless guy was thumbing the literature on the stand and I was despatched to politely ask him to leave. 

He was your typical steroetype of a homeless person.  Mad matted hair, big coat, huge bushy beard, plastic bags, sandals in Winter…

I put on my nicest smile and very nicely asked if he wouldn’t mind leaving the stand.  Then I spotted his delegate badge, he was a college professor….

There’s a lesson there somewhere.

As someone who used to make "presentations" on C++ development I can honestly sympathise with the victims of Gizmodo’s CES prank.

image

But it’s still pretty funny – and not a homeless guy in sight (see digression)…

Tags:

4 Comments so far ↓

  • Elizabeth Albrycht

    God, I think I was at that Unix Expo. Then there was UniForum in Dallas where all it did was pour rain and the conf. center was leaky. Ugh. Thrills a minute. Such memories.

  • Stuart Bruce

    And it never changes. I spent yesterday with a client tramping around BETT, a big education technology show at Olympia. The only thing that is slightly different is that now I’m the MD I didn’t have much to do – one of my account managers had already done a client interview with The Guardian before I got there. But you’re still shattered by the end of the day.

  • Tom Murphy

    Elizabeth – It was UNIX Expo :-) Time flies, it was a busy show as remember!

    Stuart – Hard life – how things change :-)

    I see that people are beginnign to give out about the Gizmodo stunt giving bloggers a bad name… purlease.

    Spare me. They’ve done everyone a service, I guarantee you anyone who has seen the video will put some gaffer tape over the infrared reciever in future :-)

    TM

  • Kevin Dugan

    Just got back from my annual Javits pilgrimage. Probably ate some of the same food you had back in the day.

Leave a Comment