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Trade shows offer a number of potential benefits to businesses. However, it takes a measurable degree of training and preparation to get the most out of the experience. There are several considerations to make before attending your first trade show. Read on to learn more about the three main things to keep in mind when you want to rock your first trade show. 

Getting There

You should double-check that you have all logistical concerns in order long before the date of your trade show. Some things you should always take with you are business cards, promotional items, power strips, and any media that you plan to use as part of your presentation. Shipping can be a challenge, particularly if you have to go a long distance, so take care of all arrangements in advance. It would be a disaster to show up at your first trade show only to find a key component of your presentation is still in transit. 


The number one reason to attend industry trade shows is to establish more working relationships with customers and vendors. To accomplish this goal, you will need to do a bit of networking. Be prepared to answer questions from interested parties and explain the benefits of doing business with your company. You should also make sure the members of your team are sufficiently prepared to do the same. Finally, do not forget to have fun. Doing so will make it easier to interact with the people with whom you wish to do business in the future. 

Select Staff Carefully

It will take a little extra money to hire workers for your trade show booth, but it is well worth the extra expense. Do not repeat the mistake of many first-time trade show exhibitors by turning exclusively to family and friends to staff your booth. While friends and family may prove useful during the setup and breakdown of your booth, it is unlikely that they will possess the knowledge and experience with trade shows to generate the leads you need for your business. Agencies are available that can provide you with staff for your booth so that you can meet the goals you set for your first trade show experience. 

Preparing for your first trade show will be a time-consuming and labor-intensive experience. It is also an extremely exciting time for you and your company. The tips above will help you and your team get the most benefits possible out of your company’s first trade show appearance.

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