Managing at a big show – our pacing tips


We know it’s a long day at big shows, so we wanted to give you some of our top tips to get you through the day.  With many shows 6 or 7 hours a day, you can be forgiven for wanting to see as much as you can.  If you don’t look after yourself, you could do some damage – so when it comes to managing at a big show – our pacing tips can help you get through the day.

1. Know where your toilets are

There’s is nothing worse than being caught short when you’re trying to get around a big hall.  So before you head around, make a note of where your nearest loos might be.  Many shows we attend will have a Changing Places, so everyone and anyone could easily have access to a decent toilet, with hoists and changing tables as needed.

Managing at a big show - toilets

2. Keep some water with you

Those exhibition halls will get hot – so don’t forget to keep some liquids with you.  Drinking coffee all day might be one way to get through a show – it’s a diuretic though, meaning it will dehydrate you.  Try and alternate drinks if you can.

3. Plan some breaks

A rest is a great idea – we have a rule here that after three hours driving you must have 15 minutes rest.  It’s a good rule that we apply to trade shows too, with a break every now and then being essential to being able to function all day.

Lots of shows will have seating areas and many stands will have a bit of seating too.  You can also find places at some shows where you can lay down and take 5 minutes if needed.

4. Have food in mind

Catering venues at many shows won’t have much variety or offer much towards those with dietary needs.  If you know you have specific needs when it comes to your lunch, it might be best to bring your own.  Fruit and snacking foods will only get you so far through the day, make sure to plan something to keep you going to get home too!  Managing at a big show - biscuits

Biscuits, like those above, should not be offered to our team!

5. Know what you want to see

It’s great to have a mooch around a show.  If you know what you want to see though, then make sure you’ll get to see it, as there is nothing worse than getting round before finding that you’ve not seen that one stand you want to see.  With websites (like this one) keeping you updated about who will be there, it’ll help you get an idea of who will be showcasing the latest products.

Every show will have some form of map or show guide, so try and see it before you set off around the show.  5 minutes well spent!

Managing at a big show – your tips

When it comes to managing at a big show, our tips are all well and good – what are yours though?  What do you do to get through the show?  Let us know in the comments below.  Sign in with your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share with us your top tips for managing at a big show.

A wheelchair user for 20 years, Dominic looks at how a wheelchair works for its user base, not the brochure. Dominic is our lead editor.

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