Well, we had some hiccups, but we had a great time presenting seminars for the fine folks that attended the Atlanta RV Show this past weekend at the International Convention Center.
You see, we submit contracts and our seminar schedule months in advance so that the show promoters can include the schedule online, in their printed show programs, and on their signs showing the topics and times at the show. In a perfect world, the schedules match in all four places - contract, online, show program, and show signs. Unfortunately, that didn't happen this past weekend.
We check the online schedules and can make sure someone updates those, but we have no way of knowing what we will find at the shows in the programs and on the signs.
Sure enough, when we arrived on Friday, the seminar schedules on the signs were completely different than the schedule we submitted and that was posted online. The signs matched the printed program except the seminar times on Sunday were off by an hour. Sheesh.
So, we had to change to go with the already-printed schedules because it was easier for the promoter to change the online schedule than the printed versions. It certainly caused some confusion among those that had seen the schedule online prior to the change and showed up expecting different seminars at different times. It makes us look bad when these schedules don't match up, but we make it work.
Also, our seminar room was completely separate from the RV exhibit hall, which we actually prefer; however, they had no signs pointing the way to the seminar room, no one inside the show itself knew where we were, and even the ticket takers and many on the show staff didn't know where the seminars were being held. All weekend, our seminar attendees told us "No one could tell us how to find you".
Our turnout was light on Friday, but even with the confusion, we had standing room only on Saturday and pretty good crowds on Sunday. We get paid the same whether anyone shows up at the seminars or not, but it's a lot more fun presenting to a full room than mostly empty chairs.
In the end, it all worked out and we met some fantastic people including some that have been following us a long time that we hadn't met before. We understand that our seminars are a small part of the overall logistics of putting on a show, so we go with the flow and don't get too bent out of shape. But getting the seminar schedules correct should be a piece of cake especially since they are submitted months in advance.
Hopefully, we won't have these issues at the rest of the shows.
Fortunately, the freezing rain didn't arrive Monday morning so our flight was on time. Also, we got out of Atlanta before the President arrived, although parts of the airport we're already being shut down. We fully expected to be delayed, so we were quite pleased when that wasn't the case.
It was a nice smooth flight back to Phoenix and we arrived a little after 1:00 p.m. mountain time. We got our luggage, made our way to the Jeep, and headed back to our rig outside northwestern Phoenix.
Though it was overcast and weren't getting much sun, our solar panels had fully charged the batteries over the weekend.
We have a week and a half here and then we'll head out to the Greater Chicago Area RV Show in Schaumburg, IL.
In the evening, we watched the College Football Championship and called it a night. Congratulations Alabama, although I have to say we were persuaded to root for Georgia while we were in that state.
Well, that's it for now. Until next time.