âConsider the topics that can improve your business or inspire you as an artist. Select four or five classes, and
using the show program, map out your schedule prior to the event,â says John Galietti, owner of Xenaâs Beauty
Company in New York, New York. âShop the show floor early before the crowds. After two or three hours of
shopping, have an educational class scheduled, and take a break from the floor.
âNext have lunch and network with other stylists in the convention center cafÃ©. After lunch attend another
educational class or performance on the main stage. Take a final lap around the show floor to pick up all the
tools, DVDâs, etc. that inspired you. If there is a second day, repeat the process adding one
more educational class, having covered the show floor on day one. Finally, pick up any last
minute items, your final chance for any show specials.
âWhat are my six tips for show-shopping success? Get a good nightâs sleepâyou will
need your mental and physical energy. Look fashionable but be comfortable so you can
cover the convention hall floor. Bring business cards to leave with manufacturersâso
they can send you follow up information on their products or a representative to your
salon. Bring cash, checks, credit cards and a Tax ID# in the event you want to purchase
products and tools at the show. Gather literature and business cards from companies you
may consider ordering from in the future. But most of all, have fun!â
ââI wish I would have known about that class and now itâs filled upâ¦â If that sounds like
you, and you want to get the most benefit out of a trade show, make sure to plan ahead and
formulate a quick game plan of what you want to see and do,â says Damien Carney, Joico
International Artistic Director. âMajor shows are filled with great beauty manufacturers,
platform artists, and education to take your career to the next level.
âIf you are investing the time to attend a show, take a moment to look at the showâs
website beforehand and see who is coming and what classes/events you want to hit. This
will save you so much time and allow you to shop and experience the show floor without
having to worry about where you should be next. Additionally, attend a class beyond how
to cut, color or style hair. Shows now offer so many other education options ranging from
marketing to using the latest technology. You will be surprised at the things you learn and
can incorporate into your business. The additional money youâll make will be a nice benefit. Lastly, make sure to have fun, smile and remember what a great industry we work in.â
âLots of people travel all over the U.S. and the world
to attend a hair show. They leave exhausted and disappointed
wondering why they just spent so much money
and time to go to a fl ea market. Thatâs because they
didnât do their homework,â says Vince Smith, owner of
Vince Smith Hair Experience in New York, New York. âIn
order to get the most out of a show, there are things you
must know and things you must do.
âPlan your day! Most trade shows get packed, and
most convention centers are huge, so planning is important.
It takes time to get from one place to the next.
Also, get there early! Most hairdressers I know are not
morning people. So the early classes are less crowded.
There are also usually free performances on the âMain
Stage,â which is on the main exhibit floor. You could grab
a seat, stay in one place all day and let the education
come to you.
âStudy the website for the show in advance. There is
usually a lot of free education available that is not on the
main floor of the show. There are also classrooms where
excellent free classes are taught by some of the industryâs
best and most famous talent. One class with any
one of these people costs way more than the admission
to the show for all the days combined. Registering online
will save you money on your entrance fee.
âWait until the last day to buy products and supplies.
The vendors and exhibitors are exhausted by then and
they donât want to have to pack up and carry a lot of
inventory back with them. Itâs the best day to haggle and
get bargain prices.
âMost convention centers are kind of isolated with
no restaurants nearby. There are food vendors inside
but they are a usually expensive, crowded and limited
in selection. Make sure you bring your bottled water and
snacks, so you can keep your brain working while you
absorb all the great education.â