Trade Show Vacation

Hay Bale

So the past few months have been pretty hectic and pretty awesome. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel for work and go to some trade shows around the country. I sell weather stations, satellites and other agricultural technology to farmers across the US. For the most part that means sales calls, conference calls, WebX meetings, regular meetings and a lot of emails finding the right solutions for my clients. However, a few times a year (when farming slows down) we attend what are called seasonal trade shows. This is where hundreds, sometimes thousands of companies descend upon some coliseum, stadium or other outdoor venue to present, share, and sell merchandise. This winter I went to a convention center in Fort Wayne, Indiana for my first trade show. The experience was tough but educational. Tough because you stand for 8-10 hours a day (without so much as leaving for lunch) and sell sell sell. Educational because you really get to know what real people are saying across the country about the state of agriculture. Next we packed up and went to the National Farm Machinery Show one of the largest trade shows in the world (look it up) This show was even crazier as it takes up space over a 1.2million square foot monstrosity of a venue in Louisville Kentucky.  After that I packed up and headed to Phoenix, AZ for the Commodity Classic. This travelling trade show is the classy upscale version of a farm show and focuses more on large farmers and agribusinesses. Its worth mentioning that between the National Farm Machinery Show and Commodity Classic I sold almost as many weather stations and products as I had the entire year previously . This is amazing because it starts of your sales year and quarter with a huge boost. Phoenix was a little underwhelming but when I was about to leave my flight was cancelled so I had to stay in the desert for two more days. Having a free hotel room and company credit card in Phoenix with nothing to do reallllly isn’t too bad 🙂 I made my way downtown and checked out the ASU downtown campus. This along with plenty of 5 star meals and my trip was definitely not a waste.

In the wake of all that company travel I realized just how lucky I am to have a job that not only pays the bills but gives me the ability to travel around the country not only to see new cities and visit new places but also to sell more and meet more of my clients. Not many people can say they are able to have a job they love let alone one that actually excites you. I feel very fortunateand actually get a little giddy about just how lucky I am to be where I’m at in life. Life is short and enjoying it moment to moment is the greatest success anyone could ever ask for.

(I also went to the Ozarks and kayaked 15 miles down the Upper Iowa River within the past two weeks but I’m much to lazy to write about that now. I will get to it soon though!!!)

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