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I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

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Frequently (once a month or more, say)
85 votes / 0%
Regularly (once a quarter)
  338 votes / 2%
Once or twice a year
  2756 votes / 21%
Rarely - less than once a year
  6918 votes / 52%
Other choices aside, whenever I can
  587 votes / 4%
Other choices aside, whenever I can't escape
  2413 votes / 18%
13097 total votes.
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I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

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  • Huh? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 02, 2012 @10:20AM (#42160929)

    What's a trade show?

  • Only if I'm paid (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bungo (50628) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @10:25AM (#42160947)

    I'm always offered to go, represent the company I'm working at, and do a brief afterwards.... but as I'm a contractor, it's very rare that they'll also offer to pay me for those days.

    If I'm not going to get paid to go, then I'm not going. I'll always find out any useful info sooner or later, so it's not like I'm missing out on too much.

  • missing option (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tverbeek (457094) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @10:27AM (#42160951) Homepage

    Never.

    I've been to a couple professional conferences in my career, and the occasional fan convention, but an industry show dedicated to people trying to sell stuff? Nope.

  • by conrad_halling (1335699) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @11:38AM (#42161293) Homepage
    There are two benefits for me for going to trade shows: (1) Learning quickly what's new in the trade. In a good trade show, you can get a good demonstration of a new product, and sometimes you can even talk to one of the developers. (2) Networking. I often run into former colleagues at trade shows, which gives us opportunities to update one another and re-establish contacts.
  • NEVER! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Zadaz (950521) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @01:11PM (#42161739)

    Why would anyone go to a trade show?* It's me, going out of my way to be advertised to. I can think of few things less enjoyable.

    Conferences on the other hand, I love. A chance to talk with the people who actually made the stuff the trade shows are advertising â" That's incredibly valuable and well worth the time and effort.

    *The most common excuse I see is that it's a free trip to Las Vegas or somewhere, which is why they hold them there and not Des Moines. But if that's the cost of a trip, I'm not sure it's worth it. (Then again I live in my favorite city. Traveling out of it is a step down.)

  • by Kittenman (971447) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @10:26PM (#42165159)

    I'm always offered to go, represent the company I'm working at, and do a brief afterwards.... but as I'm a contractor, it's very rare that they'll also offer to pay me for those days.

    If I'm not going to get paid to go, then I'm not going. I'll always find out any useful info sooner or later, so it's not like I'm missing out on too much.

    I'm a contractor, and fly myself down to the trade shows representing myself, rather than the company I currently contract to. Gotta rub shoulders with like-minded people, sink a few beers, eat some good food and (most importantly) catch up with what's happening in the field.

    Contracting rule #1 - always have a parachute in sight.

"If I do not want others to quote me, I do not speak." -- Phil Wayne

 



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