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Susan RoAne's Ten Top Tips For Mingling at Trade Shows, Meetings and Conventions
By Susan RoAne   Printer Friendly Version


The Event is the Reason.
You already have something in common -- meeting colleagues in your industry.
Focus your conversation on the event. This is a party with a purpose. Here are potential discussion icebreakers:
The venue (location, food, entertainment)
The sponsor
The workshops, trade booths, seminars or speakers
Initiate conversation with attendees.
Treat spouses with grace, interest and respect (yours and theirs).
Have a trade show plan, whether you are an exhibitor or an attendee.


  1. Don't over-indulge in liquor at meals, hospitality suites or after hours.
  2. Don't presume the office, company or business hospitality party is purely a social event. It's still business and requires the appropriate behavior.
  3. Don't touch inappropriately. Keep your hands to yourself -- and handle with care.
  4. Don't have your party go up in smoke! Smoke should come out of your chimney, not your mouth.
  5. Don't forget to follow up and follow through.

Based on Susan's book How To Work A Room

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