Crane and Hoist Canada

Monsters, zombies, horror and … CONEXPO?

March 6, 2020  By Jay Koblun

Illustration by Nelson Dewey.

I’ve been on a horror movie kick the last few weeks. Zombies, ghosts, haunted forests, creepy neighbours; I’m covering all the genre has to offer. Maybe I’m preparing myself for the end of the world. Maybe I think it’s important to know how to kill a ghost with unfinished business living in a Polaroid camera. Who knows?

Useful or not, I’m learning a lot. And it’s keeping me entertained during the little bits of downtime I find as Crane & Hoist is preparing CONEXPO-CON/AGG. I’ve heard it’s big. So big and monstrous I’ll need all my fresh-learned skills as a vampire-hunting, virus-escaping editor to navigate the massive show floor and experience all the trade show has to offer.  To be honest, I don’t think any of that will help me in Vegas aside from following the rule, “avoid dark alleys”.

So, I did the next best thing. I asked for help. I talked to previous editors, colleagues and friends, all who’ve been to the show before, to share some pointers on how to make the most of North America’s largest construction trade show.

1. Have a plan: And bring at least one pair of comfortable shoes: These tie for being the top-tip shared with me. Mark out the booths and sessions you want to see ahead of time. And wear comfy shoes.

2. Break it up: Don’t just sit in on sessions. Don’t just walk the miles of trade show. Don’t just look at new machines To get a broad experience, make sure you see the show from all angles.

3. Stay hydrated: And stay cool, fed, sun-screened, capped. Temperatures in Las Vegas last year only averaged out around 20 C. Manageable, but with all the walking and talking you’ll be doing it will be easy to forget a meal, or how sunny it is.

4. Download the CONEXPO-CON/AGG app: I got this tip from the event’s website. Physical agendas and planners are great, but the app will have updates on the fly. And you will want to be as up-to-date as you can be at the show.

5. Have fun and network: Remember that you’re all there to learn, and meet, and grow as a professional in your field. Part of that growing is networking and making connections. Get out there and make a friend or two. I’m looking forward to being there and meeting as many Crane & Hoist Canada readers as I can. With these tips we’ll be ready for anything.

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