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Ok, so you have known about the 2016 NADA Show for quite some time now, yet you find yourself freaking out a day before you leave. How did that happen? I'm not in college anymore... I thought procrastination and I were on good terms. I guess not...
FROM THE OFFICE
First and foremost, let's think about what I need to get from the office. Some things will be accessible via email, Google Docs, flash drives, etc. when you are out in Vegas, others not so much. Let's take a minute and think - we wouldn't want any Home Alone, mid-flight, "Kevin!" moments now would we?
Alright, I have my shoes, my jacket, shirt and tie are on point, where's my belt? My belt! Son of a $!+@&!!! How many of you have been there before? I know I have. Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination, only to discover a must-have pair of shoes didn't make it to your bag. Let's not let that happen this year, what do ya say?
As dumb as it may sounds (yes, you too men) make a list of things to make sure you have last minute from home. Cell phone, wallet, charger, medications/vitamins, toothbrush, etc.
As far as clothing and what to wear over the next few days - try this.
View each day as basically 2-3 outfits needed. One main outfit for during the day, another for the evening (more dressy) and a comfortable outfit that could be worn to relax, hit the gym, or maybe do some sight-seeing. Try and use combos and colors that are interchangeable. What looks good in the "I'm going to hold this up to my chest and look in a mirror for approval," sometimes doesn't turn out too stylish. Have a backup plan.
Last but certainly not least, make sure to tell your loved ones goodbye before you leave. With all the huss and fuss involved in business, we often forget about the little things in life. NEVER go out of town in a fight. I know, you think you will kiss and makeup and the both of you will get over it once you get back. What if you never came back - think about that. Get in as many last minute, "I love You's" as you can and not just in a text either. Try and lighten the mood a little as you depart - a nice inside joke or a quick funny remark will work. Put a smile on their face before you leave, it does more than you think.
HOTEL & TRAVEL
Now, the fun part. For many of you, flying to the event will be your means of travel. Enough said. The hassle of the airport and actually getting to your hotel or destination - post airport - is a headache waiting to happen. But not being prepared or forgetting your ID in your pants pocket from $2 Tuesdays can be an instant migraine.
One thing many business professionals forget about these days when they travel is the amount of available apps that are perfect for traveling. Here are some apps that should make traveling a little less hectic -
PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE
This is where things can get a little tricky. It is much easier said than done to have a nice fancy schedule before arriving at the strip. But let's be honest with ourselves, I think we both know that schedule could get altered some upon arrival. With that said, let's find a nice medium balance while in Vegas, ok? The slot machines aren't going anywhere, I assure you.
SOCIAL MEDIA AT EVENT
For those of you that have not followed NADA Convention & Expo on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn yet, definitely do so. On top of staying in the loop while out in Vegas, this will allow you to be part of the action. Let your voice be heard!
Link up with the person in your company in charge of Social Media before you head out to Vegas. I know Social Media in general is a little silly to some, but let's face it, it's sort of taking over the world as we know it whether we like it or not. Especially an Expo like the NADA Convention, this is prime time Social Media Marketing time. Simply reach out to your Digital Marketing Coordinator (or whoever handles your Social Media) and get on the same page before departure.
Also, for some of the real-deal Social Media guru's in the audience, stop by Booth #401C for the - Social Connection Zone. Daily presentations and workshops will be conducted for those very familiar with the evolving Tech aspect of the Automotive world, but also those not as Tech-savvy. Very beneficial to all! (Oh, and they will have a charging station to get a quick charge in before the slots.) I mean workshop...
The official hashtag for both Twitter and Instagram will be #NADA2016.
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