Starting today I’ll be skulking around Chicago for the next 4 days. The annual Motivation Show is in town and I’m making the annual pilgrimage to motivation mecca.
According to “inside sources” there should be over 8,000 people (some say as high as 10,000 – some say lower – but who cares – it’s a bunch!) – either as exhibitors or looky-loos. I’m in the latter category.
I am not exhibiting. I am speaking at two different places…
Tuesday - I’m talking social media at the IRF education day summit. Only one of many speakers – but I’m sure it will be the best (kidding – they are all good.)
Wednesday - I have a solo gig called “Responding to the Assault on Incentives” where I’ll walk through how to talk to clients and your own folks about incentives and their effectiveness and need – even in today’s more “enlightened” business world (think zappos and “if-then” awards coexisting.)
Then – during my free time…
I’m really hoping to do more (some) video this year of the show floor with some interviews and commentary to post either at vimeo or youtube. I keep saying I’m going to do this but it always turns out to be harder than all the articles on video blogging say it is. Maybe I’m just video-challenged.
I’ll be tweeting – hopefully during my presos with the help of a PowerPoint plug-in – and during the times I’m wandering the floor. I’ll for sure be using the “official” hashtag #moti – but I’ll throw in a #good, #bad, #ugly tag now and then as I run across stuff. Unfortunately for you all – my snark instincts go on high alert at the show so expect me to tweet out some rather snide remarks. If I don’t it’s ‘cuz I’m either busy or I just didn’t find anything you’d find interesting.
Pay attention on Wednesday afternoon!
I (we) have an announcement – one that smart incentive companies will jump on – and not-so-smart ones will deride. But I’ve got thick skin and I know when I’m right (even when I’m wrong.) I think it could change the industry (or is that just hyperbole to get you to watch for my announcement – probably both.)
So – as you read this – I’m “en-route” to Chicago – the city of big shoulders, hog-butcher to the world, and for a few days in October - home of cheesy swag, gift cards, chocolate pillow gifts in the shape of corporate logos and all other manner and madness associated with “motivation.” Abe Maslow would be proud.
It should be fun… it should be funny… it should be interesting.
See you in Chicago!