Sunday, June 6, 2010

How to survive the week at Posidonia

Are you here in Greece for Posidonia? Is this your first time? Perhaps you are a seasoned Posidonian. Either way we have a few tips that may make your stay at the most vivacious shipping expo a success.
  1. Drink plenty of water! There is ample time to enjoy the local flavors of Glyfada, Piraeus, and Athens. If you get behind the eight ball you may never catch up.
  2. Pace yourself- Rome (or Athens) wasn't built in a day. You may not be able to see everything. Look at the exhibitor book and make a list of several contacts you want to make. Often the best encounters happen purely by accident.
  3. Exercise. Despite Athen's reputation for pollution and traffic you can still get out early and enjoy a nice run. Make sure you sweat a little before you head to the show.
  4. Make friends with a taxi driver! The taxi situation at Posidonia is epic. You won't be able to find one when you need one and when you do find a driver he will extort more money from you than you can imagine. Find a good company, get their card and use them.
  5. Crash a party or two. Posidonia is known for its parties. Often more work gets done at the social gatherings than on the show floor. Dress well and show up confident. Keep a glass in your hand (water, cranberry juice, cocktail) and begin to mingle.
  6. Remember not to be "that guy or gal". People don't want to hear about you. They want you to learn about them. Don't come to Greece to tell people all about what you to offer, come to Greece to learn how you can help people. Learn more about being that guy here.
Finally, remember to have fun. Posidonia is a remarkable opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new connections, and find solutions for people.

Want to learn more about trade show "stuff"? Check out my friend John Wall's blog post asking why you are at the show.

Don't forget to stop by the Amver booth. We would love to say hi and hear what you are doing. You can find us in the United States Pavilion, booth 450/11.


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