The Many Faces of the Business Conference Attendee
Those of us who have attended a business conference are aware of the diverse types of people present. From the gadget geek to the slick salesman, you can categorize just about everyone in the room - but the big question
is, which one are you?
- #1 I'm the Twitter celeb. Her tweets reach millions of followers, but you still have no clue why she's famous. You can identify her by the throng of fans scrambling to get a photo with her to post on Instagram.
- #2 The slick salesman. He's the one you'll find in the lobby boisterously touting his ability to sell ice to an Eskimo.
- #3 The complacent employee. Her boss required she attend, but it's proving to be a miserable day. Not only did she sit in traffic for an hour and a half to get to there on time, but she training material hardly applies to her
job. She's the one playing Fruit Ninja on her iPhone.
- #4 The kingpin CEO. An aura of light seems to encompass this person as he shakes hands with his google-eyed minions.
- #5 The washed-up rock band. Their days of selling out arenas are long gone and now they're taking any gig they can get, even if it's "headlining" an online marketing conference. After the concert the autograph table is
- #6 The pick-up artist. He has made the personal goal of getting at least three phone numbers by the time he leaves. You can spot him because he spends 90 percent of the time looking at the females around the room
instead of at the speaker.
- #7 The gadget geek. His small satchel, similar to Mary Poppins' suitcase, contains an uncanny number of new gizmos and gadgets. As the day progresses, it's increasingly difficult to determine whether he is actually using
them or just showing them off.
- #8 The business student. He's the happy one because not only will he get extra credit, he's taking a break from his strict Top Ramen diet to feast on the scones and danishes. Look for the one filling a Tupperware container
with pastries and hot chocolate packets.
- #9 The networker. The networker don't care too much about listening to the speaker or reading through the material. They're there to rub shoulders with other industry folk, promote their newest business idea, and maybe
even find a job.
- #10 The familiar face. You've seen his face at every conference you've been to, and it makes you wonder if he has a job or just likes going to conferences. Then again, why are you going to so many conferences?