I have been a bit of a lurker but plan to change that. I thought I would start with what might seem to be a controversial question.
With Confex coming up (which sadly I have to miss this year), I was reminded of the two tradeshows that have approached me about speaking at them … only to be told that because I was a supplier, I would have to pay for a stand if I were to speak.
What do you think of this “pay to play” mentality? I have actually written a blog post, where I try to give an honest account of it. I do wonder whether it is anything more than a good way to sell more stands. We have all seen those sessions that are attended by three people, one of whom only wants to find the toilet, and we have also seen those talks that are obviously poorly hidden sales ploys. Might both be a symptom of pay to play?
Anyway, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Here is the post link, if you are interested: http://www.integritylanguages.co.uk/2018/02/26/should-suppliers-pay-to-speak-at-tradeshows/