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I will be at the PGA Merchandise Show this year once again. Send me a note via email (if you know my email), or use the site contact page to send me a message and I’ll try to arrange a visit with you at the show.
I’m going to be doing things a little different this year. In analyzing the way the shows have gone for me in the past I’ve decided to try some new things.
Every year at the show I bring back about 100 pounds worth of catalogs, photos, booklets and all sorts of printed promotional materials. Honestly, when I do my research for articles, I never use those “paper” materials. I always go online and look for the information digitally. Those papers sit in my office for about six months, then I recycle them.
This year I’ll be only accepting business cards and small digital files on flash drives or CD/DVD. I will get my info all via the web.
Thursday & Friday Only
The last few years, Saturday at the show is quite a bust. So many people are hung over and tired from the show that not a lot of work gets done that day. In fact, surprisingly after all the expense and preparation that goes into the show, many people start packing their booths up half way through the day.
Because of those reasons, I’ve decided to cut my trip a day shorter and come home Saturday night instead of Sunday night. I will not be at the show Saturday. I plan on kicking ass Thursday and Friday, and kicking the asses of my fellow bloggers on some Orlando golf course Saturday.
No Set Appointment Times
I’ve gone through a lot of hard work in shows past to schedule appointments. I’d bet that 50% of those appointments never happened. Due to my going over on time with appointments, or showing up to appointments with people at their booths only to find that they are busy, I’ve decided to NOT book a set schedule. I plan on walking the whole floor and getting to everyone on my list, but not via set times. If we have a really important meeting, like if Greg Norman wants to talk to me, then I’ll set up an appointment for that.