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I think I will start every morning by watching this.

Completely off-topic, but definitely worth 55 seconds of your day. I present to you: Little boy gives epic inspirational speech (via PR Daily)

I see a long and successful coaching career in this kid’s future.

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Some days I think that my list of professional skills could include ‘party pooper’ and/or ‘nit-picker’

I work in exhibit hall management – one piece of the complex puzzle that is a medical society’s annual conference. If you are in the event or tradeshow industry you are probably aware of the fact that the usual tradeshow gimmicks, entertainment and general fun just are not appropriate for these type of meetings.

Just ask the lawmakers, compliance officers, association leadership, media . . . you name it.

Now that we’ve got the general background out of the way, let’s move on. I’ve had a particularly . . . trying . . . day. It may have taken all day, but I’ve decided to not take it personally and have a sense of humor about it. So here goes.

Warning – extreme sarcasm and dramatic over-exaggeration ahead!

There are some days where I am concerned that I could easily add ‘professional bearer of bad news’ to my resume. Why, you ask? On a day like today, I get at least one call an hour that goes a little something like this . . .

Caller:

We’d like to have Elton John in our booth, he wouldn’t sing, just smile and sign autographs. You see, he’s a big advocate of insert slightly relevant but worthy cause here and he’s from insert city where convention will be that is also said celebrity’s hometown. You know? It’s the messaging that we are going after. So . . . would that be allowed?

Me:

. . . No.

Caller:

Well, we’d like to have a really educational and fun game. Think . . . . Double Dare meets  . . . Jeopardy . . . meets Slip n’ Slide!! You know?! Scientific questions with a side of slime – if you’re not up to the challenge that is! Heh, heh! So . . . would that be allowed?

Me:

. . . No.

Caller:

OK, so we have this really interactive presentation planned. Just imagine it – what better way to demonstrate a healthy lifestyle than . . . really attractive, fit belly dancers. AND, it would benefit the exhibit hall as a whole if they were allowed to perform not just in the booth, but in the surrounding aisles. Or heck – even throughout the convention center! So . . . would that be allowed?

Me:

. . . No.

Caller:

Alright, I get it . .  So. We have a cash machine. Wait, wait, wait – you didn’t let me finish. Each dollar can be turned in to go to insert good cause here – OR – for an educational giveaway! – it’s genius! I mean – talk about a WIN-WIN! Education and cash – can’t go wrong. . . So . . . would that be allowed?

Me:

. . . No.

Caller:

Hmmm . . . Well, we’d really like to give attendees a one-of-a-kind, amazing experience. We have a unicorn. We noticed that the guidelines don’t specifically address mythical creatures. Or awesomeness for that matter. We’d like to have a branded unicorn walk the exhibit hall, and the convention center and surrounding streets, with your approval, of course. So . . . would that be allowed?

Me:

. . . No . . . But, have you considered a centaur?


Caller:

Well, no . . . would that be allowed?


Me:

. . . No. But, I’ve just always wanted to see one.

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