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This is where I size up my travel options. And you’re welcome to look over my shoulder while I do it.

The show schedule that I list in the Shows & Events – List section of my website identifies whatever is catching my eye. It’s here, in Notes, that I talk about it.

Shows, of course, can be valuable for catching up with friends or learning about what’s developing next, but I’m sure you also know how shows can eat up your time and your money.

The Shows Schedule demonstrates how events can sometimes cluster together. Great for keeping costs down. I’ve literally walked out the door from one show, across the street, and on into another.

And big isn’t always better. One of the tiniest shows I’ve ever attended turned out to be wildly productive.

It’s a changing scene. Associations team up, split apart, or go off in different directions entirely. I try to follow who’s doing what, because it’s such a great way to forecast what might be developing in our industry.

So here’s my best shot at figuring it all out. I’ll slip in some side trips once in awhile, just to give you a Heads Up where I’ll be.

I’m always open for better suggestions, and I’d be real pleased to say, “Hi” if we happen to be in the same town.

All the Best,


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IMTS 2022 – From The Front Lines


Last week, I shared positive reports from IMTS 2022 organizers.  However, the show’s exhibitors may remember things a little bit differently. I’m guessing bad location, lost momentum, and deepening recession all took a toll.  A very good friend was kind enough to share his picture of IMTS, from an exhibitor’s point of view.  We can…

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IMTS 2022


Inside McCormick Place, IMTS 2022 kicked off show season with a massive 86,307 attendees. And outside, stock markets went down hard.  Inflation is climbing, there are worldwide energy shortages, and supply lines are nearly crippled.  What gives?  Industry shows, almost by definition, are insular events.  A bunch of sales guys descend on a location for…

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What The Rockwell Show Tells Me


The Rockwell 2021 Automation Fair in Houston made the important statement that we’ve got work to do, and we intend do it.  This industry fully expects to grow.  The Automation Fair hasn’t held its show since 2019.  Knocked out by last year’s COVID-19 regs, Rockwell doubled down on caution and pre-cautions.  You may recall my…

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Show Time


Do I stay Or do I go Do I watch the video?  Here we are at the height of Show season.  Event producers are fighting their way back from lockdowns and irrelevance.  Industry Shows are live.  Yes, Friends, live.  Or live with a video link, just in case.  There’s certainly a fondness for the good…

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This is where I size up my travel options. And you’re welcome to look over my shoulder while I do it. The show schedule that I list in the Shows & Event... Read More