I went to the Greater Ocean County Chamber Business Expo yesterday. I met a lot of business owners that paid good money to be there, plus shelled out more for their give always and any printed materials.
I always feel bad about taking the give away stuff when I have no intention of using their services. I have done many of various business shows myself and I refer to them as trick-r-treating for adults. They get their bags and then they take any thing that's not nailed down, and you know when they get home they'll chuck out most of the stuff. But the kick in the pants is they don't care what your services are or how you might be able to help them with a business need, they are there to sell you!!
For the first time that I've attended one of these events there was a sign on the door that read.
No soliciting - business card exchanges only. I though this was great and it was about time too.
I think they did everyone a big favor by doing this. When you take the time to listen and learn what others have to offer with no agenda it allows you to be seen in a light that a possible client may have never have gotten to see. The few cards that I did take was only from those I have interest in learning more, or they wanted to know what I did and they asked me to send them info. What a
Congrats to the Greater Ocean County Chamber for pulling off a great event. I