All in Convention Runner Tips
I’ve worked my fair share of convention booths, and there have been good and bad experiences. I’ve also seen a huge range of set ups, goals, and things that work (or don’t). The bottom line is that your convention booth is like a foreign exchange student, and everyone will be judging their first impression of your convention by it. Below is a list of things to keep in mind for your convention’s booth at your next outreach event!
All conventions have something in common, panels. Panel content, presentations about everything from the history of Sci-Fi, to the latest blockbusters from Hollywood, to the evolution of pop culture are a common element of today’s conventions. While the content will vary from convention to convention, that content is the result of hours and hours of work on behalf of the programming department, the presenters, and the convention as a whole. But with every convention having panels, how do you ensure your convention has unique and interesting panels that your attendees will love? First you must know what your attendees want.
Conventions and events often run into the problem of not knowing where to get volunteers and staff. Social media, schools, friends of friends and general word of mouth are the go-to methods for finding new, able-bodied, staffers. Many conventions even have great perks for their staff, like hotel room discounts, t-shirts, lanyards, and more. So why is it so hard to get great staff? Is your convention really exhausting every avenue? Here are some great ideas for where else to look for staff!