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ARCHIVES BY YEAR: 2010

Managing Your Emotions at Work

Posted on December 8, 2010 By Editor in Your Career

We’ve all been in one of ‘those’ situations before. You know … when your favorite project is cancelled after weeks of hard work; when a customer snaps at you unfairly; when your best friend (and co-worker) is laid off suddenly; or your boss assigns you more work when you’re already overloaded.

Yes, Virginia, You Can Get More Done During the Holidays

Posted on December 7, 2010 By Editor in Your Career

During this festive time of year, it can be hard to concentrate on work. With the abbreviated work weeks of both Thanksgiving and Christmas along with other holidays such as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and New Year’s, there is a lot going on and the office is probably the last thing on your mind. How does one stay focused on deadlines, mergers, and other business protocol while being swept up in the joy of the season?

How to Avoid Booth Staff Duds

Posted on December 3, 2010 By Editor in Features, On the Show Floor

Booth staff selection is the single most important factor in your exhibiting success. More than graphics, signage, literature, giveaways or any other variable, the people you put on the show floor influence each visitor’s opinion of your organization. They are your ambassadors, representing your company for the whole world to see.

Let There Be Light(ing)

Posted on December 1, 2010 By Editor in On the Show Floor

When your to-do list is already longer than Lil Wayne’s rap sheet, adding something as simple as “order new show shirts” can send you over the edge. And if you tack on a task as monumental as “master the art of exhibit and event lighting,” you’re likely to go Lindsay Lohan loony.

Your Dilemma Answers: Should presents be a thing of the past?

Posted on November 2, 2010 By Editor in What's Your Advice - Answers

During the holiday season, vendors sometimes send me presents to thank me for the opportunities I’ve given them throughout the year. Management allows me to accept these gifts, but some other people at my company don’t seem too happy about them. Should I share food items and maybe divvy up other gifts among my coworkers? Keep everything for myself? Or is there another way to handle this situation?

— Polly, Senior Conference Manager

How to Find a Mentor Online

Posted on November 1, 2010 By Editor in Your Career

Whether you’re new to the exhibit industry or a long-time veteran, having a mentor is a good idea. A mentor can give you an informed perspective on the business and pointers on ways to do your job better. But in your position, a proper mentor may not be available. So where should you look for this vital resource?

Canon Focuses on Image

Posted on November 1, 2010 By Editor in Events & Meetings, Features

Every five years, Canon holds a colossal exposition showcasing its entire portfolio of existing technologies — from cameras to printers to medical devices to video and more — while giving attendees a sneak peek at future products. Due to the sheer size of this year’s Canon Expo New York, a worldwide council of Canon partners in advertising, marketing and public relations conducted its planning and strategy. And while one design firm was hired to create the look and feel of the event, the execution required the talents and expertise of contractors specializing in lighting, rigging, A/V and a variety of other areas.

Networking Made Easy for Introverts

Posted on October 29, 2010 By Editor in Your Career

Everyone seems to agree it’s necessary to get ahead in today’s business world. But what about if you’re an introvert? Does this characteristic spell your professional doom? Or are there ways around being a shrinking violet?

Trade Show Exhibit Booth Staffing Tips

Posted on October 28, 2010 By Editor in On the Show Floor

You spend a lot of money getting your booth ready, paying for transportation and ponying up exhibit fees. But without properly trained, professional staff to man your exhibit, you could be courting disaster. What are the 10 most important things you can do to have a boffo staff?