Posted by Bill on October 24, 2017
I have been asked to attend some events. Most, I have politely declined for some reasons. And, in giving some thought to the distance and area I will travel for events, I have a rather large area from home that I will travel. Most of this are covers a lot of the larger metropolitan areas within a 3.5 hour drive.
- Louisville, Lexington and most of Kentucky
- Nashville, TN and a fair portion of Tennessee.
- Indianapolis, IN and most of Southern Indiana.
- Columbus, Cincinnati, OH and a good portion of Ohio
Most of the time I have a few criteria that covers most of my acceptance into events:
- How long has the event been around for (first or 50th event)?
- How many people typically walk in and pay for the event? 100 or 1000 (or 10,000)? I will ask for real numbers, not estimates.
- Are these one or two day events?
- Is the event indoors or outdoors?
- Is the event easily reachable? Can I drive there within 3.5 hours on highway without a lot of back-road travel? (I frequently have a trailer and driving in the country may not be possible)
- Does the event let out early enough so I can get home in time to unpack, get to sleep and wake up without dragging the next day? (closing at 7, 2 hours to pack, 3 hours to travel, 1 hour to unpack and hopping a time zone gets me home pretty late)
And, a few more things I consider, and I will usually consider your event. If I decline, there is usually a reason why. Most have been the following:
- I have a prior commitment – I may have an event already scheduled. I don’t double-book for events as it is rude to “find something better” to do. There is no integrity in that.
- You are too far – while I do travel about 3-4 hours to events, I am not able to travel an additional 3-4 hours for events. (Pittsburgh is still a 6 hour drive for me even though Columbus, OH is three hours from there.)
- I have lots of things to cart in, is the facility easy for vendors? A lot of my equipment is heavy and cumbersome. Stairs don’t work too well for me and a facility with one elevator, a long walk from the parking lot, to the door, then down a long hallway, up two steps and take the elevator to the 3rd floor (true story about a hotel’s convention center) doesn’t support me or our customers
- Is the event outdoors and is it in the summer? If the answer to both are “no”, I will decline. I had an event with a scare. In mid-June, we had an event where we set up our canopy and unpacked. The event was good, but the time after the event was bad. My husband returned to work the next day and was shaky. We checked him into the hospital and he had very elevated high blood pressure at unhealthy levels, and was kept overnight for observation and sent home with a prescription. We did everything right, but being in an open field, no shade outside of the canopy, in 90+ degree heat for two days, there’s going to be something that breaks. Unfortunately, it was him. So I have made the “executive decision” to stop all of my summer outdoor events.
Otherwise, I look forward to your events. If you are looking to find out when and when I am going to be, I am already starting to fill up my 2018 event calendar.