I belly up to the bar just to give my aching feet a much needed break. The SHOT Show will do that to ya, you know! Okay, maybe the rest of me needed some relaxation in the form of an adult beverage, but the point is I started a conversation with the bartender. It went something like this…
“Oh, you bet!” was his quick reply. “Heck of a lot better than last week here when the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was in town.”
Puzzled, I asked, “How could that be? The CES is the largest trade show probably three times the size of SHOT?”
“No doubt,” was his quick reply, “…but those high-tech geeks come into town, go to their show, maybe catch a bite to eat in a restaurant afterwards, yet they are more likely to hole up in their hotel room playing with their electronic toys ordering in room service. They don’t sit in a bar to unwind.”
Shaking a cocktail in his hand, he continued on, “You probably think the gun folks like to drink and have a good time (after hours), hell, you should see the cement guys when they come in for their trade show in a few weeks. Now, those guys know how to have a great time!”
As I brought my beverage to my lips, I pondered the possibility of how different trade shows attract different personality characteristics. I had no clue the nice folks in the hospitality industry profile all of us patrons quite that way. As for party animals, it appears SHOT Attendees are merely “middle of the road” when it comes to knowing how to have a good time when the floor hours end.
And that’s okay! The daytime hours might be very business-oriented, but the after hours can combine a bit of fun along with business, in many circumstances. It used to be finding a party to attend after the show each night was somewhat of a challenge without certain “connections.” Well, no more. Finding places to go or people to mingle with is as easy as joining social media.
In recent days I have seen more than a dozen different invites to private parties extended to folks who dare to venture on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and other similar social mediums. Still at a loss for how to have some fun when the SHOT Show is not currently experiencing business hours?
Come to the Tweet-up below:
I’ll be there and I’d love to meet you in person. Besides, if that isn’t enough…my understanding is the Sportsman Channel will be giving away some SWAG and you might even find a free beverage or two. No promises on the last statement, but past experiences has proven that it pays to get out of your hotel room and rub elbows with your SHOT Show peers during the nighttime hours.
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