It’s only a few days until the start of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois. Many of us will have been to IMTS more than once by now, having made it a valuable tradition as part of keeping up with industry trends and networking with peers.
But some of us (like me, for instance) are facing down our first-ever pilgrimage to the biggest manufacturing technology trade show in the United States. And, to be quite honest, the prospect of meandering through McCormick Place’s 1.3 million square feet among thousands of exhibits and well over 100,000 attendees is daunting, to say the least.
So I went on Twitter and asked if anyone had any tips for an IMTS newbie like myself. I got a few responses and found some others as the week went on. I collected them under the hashtag #IMTSProTips and thought I’d share what I found.
1. Don't get overwhelmed
2. Wear comfortable shoes
3. Take horizontal video rather than vertical
4. Take business cards
@mms_jeddcole don't forget to bring business cards! ; D— Russ Willcutt (@Russ_Willcutt) September 1, 2016
5. Bring your digital and analog devices
What's in your suitcase for @IMTS_2016? This year I'm packing a camera, smartphone, notepads/pens, biz cards...and a fitness tracker!— Stephanie Hendrixson (@AM_StephanieH) September 2, 2016
6. Don't forget to eat
7. [I think the message here is 'drink responsibly']
A machine builder gave me advice for IMTS this year.. "Bring your appetite but definitely leave your liver home" welp sounds good to me— Andy Max (@AndyMaxxxx) May 11, 2016
8. Mind your dress
IMTS tips! B) Dress casual but NEATLY and PROFESSIONALLY. This is CRITICAL! Leave the gym clothes at home. This is BUSINESS.— Doosan Machine Tools (@DIAMT1) September 2, 2016
9. Pick up a copy of the ShowDaily every morning
If you’re a seasoned IMTS veteran, what are some other “pro tips” you might share with newer attendees? Share them in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #IMTSProTips.