The noise. The smells. The overly expensive food court food. And the hundreds and thousands of people all crammed into a giant room. This is a convention. And no matter where you work, there's a good chance you'll end up at one of these some day.
In the industry that I work in, the nerd/geek/fanboy industry, there is no bigger convention than Comic Con. Once a year, almost 130,000 Star Wars fanatics, Lord of the Rings lovers, and comic book hoarders, descend on San Diego for a full four days of pandemonium. This year will be my 3rd visit to Comic Con (July 22nd-25th), and I believe my ability to survive this event can be utilized at any convention out there. So whether you're stuck going to that annual meeting of brain surgeons you love so much or elated to be checking out the latest cars at your local auto convention, here's some pointers to help you get the most out of your experience.
1. Comfortable shoes- All you do in conventions is walk or stand in line. Sometimes, if it's a really long line, you can sit on the debatably clean floor, but beyond that, you're on your feet all day. Yes, lots of times we're at these conventions for work so it's important to look good, but this is not a situation where it's okay to sacrifice your comfort for style. I'm looking mainly at the ladies and their stilettos here, but men, this can apply to you too. 8-12 hours on your feet in bad shoes is enough to put anyone on edge, so what good are you doing your business if you're uncomfortable and agitated? Comfortable shoes are key.