#CEDIA12 Bucket List
I’m honored to have been selected as one of ten #CEDIATweeps this year at EXPO.
Finding the perfect balance of education, show floor appointments and entertainment has always been the challenge for me. If this is your first year, you’ll hear over and over again that you need to plan for the show. (CEDIA even has an App this year that allows you to do just that.)
But what do I really want to see at the show? What is on my Bucket List this year?
Opening Keynote: It has been a few years since I’ve attended the Keynote, but I’ve never been disappointed. Dr. Michio Kaku will present “the Intuitive Home of 2016” on Wednesday at 5:30. He will talk about what will happen as the Smart Home transforms into the Intuitive Home. If you can’t make it, I’ll be tweeting about it! Follow the #CEDIA12 tag so you don’t miss a thing.
Education: I have five classes on my roster this year with a few manufacturer-led classes thrown in as well. (I would recommend at least 2-3 great classes every year, but especially your first.) Since this isn’t my first CEDIA, I’m not on a specific “track,” so my classes this year range from “Selling Networking” to “Service Contracts with Teeth.” I also believe that if you’re not attending any Networking classes this year, you’ll be missing the boat.
Show Floor: There is really nothing like it. Walking the floor at times can be like stepping into the future. (Heather’s golden nugget: Pay attention to how components are displayed and demo’ed for your show rooms and home shows!) Make time for the floor. I also like to wander around to the back and find the small booths that may be the big booths of tomorrow.
High-Performance Experience Rooms: You have to make time for the demo rooms. We so often get bogged down in the everyday of our work and running our companies that we forget that what we do is really cool. Demo rooms bring it all back. You can experience the latest and greatest technology and if you’re really smart you’ll pick some tips on how to do a great demo. Plus it’s a great way to rest your weary feet. (While being inspired, of course.)
Meet With Your Reps: Sure, you know today’s products, specs and features, but what about tomorrow’s models? CEDIA is famous for having engineers and marketing people at the booth. It’s a great place to ask that obscure question and to give your feedback. You never know what you might find out if you pay attention.
Find the Best Swag: There is always FREE stuff at CEDIA. One must stock up on pens and mints and maybe even a t-shirt. It also doesn’t hurt to find something to bring home for the kids!
Find the Best Party: Yes, the floor is mind-blowing. Yes, the education will give you tools for the future, but one must also relax and have fun! We need a place to network and socialize. This year there is the After Hours Party Thursday at 6:30 right outside the Convention Center. (Thank you SkyWalker for the sponsorship.) And there are others. Keep in touch with your reps for special invitations.
Electronics Lifestyles® Awards: I will admit, this will be my first year, and I’m excited to attend. A chance to get dressed up, and honor those who are doing the best job. This is another great place to get ideas for your future. And maybe one of those ideas will lead to you being up on stage next year! These are just a chosen few. There is a lot to do in just a small snippet of time. Hope to see you there, and remember if you have NOT registered for some crazy reason, do it for FREE by using code CT09! (Consider it your free gift for reading this entire blog!)
About Heather L. Sidorowicz
Heather L. Sidorowicz is a Project Manager/Designer at Southtown Audio Video and was a member of the 2012 and 2013 #CEDIATweeps social media teams. Follow Heather on Twitter at @tech_chi.