Industry tradeshows are a fun way to get away from the workplace while diving into the latest trends, products, and technologies. However, in some peoples’ opinions, tradeshows lost their luster over the past five years or so. Yet, many PROs depend on industry events for education and training purposes.
Hands-on learning sessions such as those at the PSAI Convention and Trade Show can be invaluable to portable restroom operators and staff. With that in mind, we want to know why you attend conventions and how you tackle training requirements. Check out the questions below and send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org or message JohnTalk on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. You can also leave a reply at the bottom of this page!
Tradeshows are a prime way to connect with other portable restroom operators and excellent sources of information for business and training purposes. Likewise, PROs attend local conventions to generate leads and rub elbows with community and state business leaders. But rising costs and shrinking budgets make it more important than ever to understand the benefits of attending tradeshows.
Do you have a specific reason for attending a convention? Look at the following motives and let us know which ones apply to your company and mindset:
Although conference space increased, attendance at many popular shows stagnated or grew more slowly than in previous years. There was an uptick in 2019 in the number of tradeshows attended or sponsored by business professionals. This came to a sudden stop in 2020. Since then, budget and safety challenges have further reduced attendee and vendor participation.
According to the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry’s Global Recovery Insights 2021 report, “demand has returned to pre-pandemic levels for both exhibitors and visitors, and 72% of existing visitors say they plan to attend tradeshows with the same or increased frequency in the future.” Yet many questions remain whether hybrid or digital-only versions can replace some in-person events.
Did your travel and tradeshow activities change in 2020 and 2021? If so, do you expect to attend more conferences in 2022? Drop us a line and let us know if you’ll change your approach to tradeshows in the future.
Depending on your location, you may need to complete a certain number of training hours to maintain your license. Different tradeshows provide various certifications, educational courses, and exams. In addition, many states and provinces offer continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs) at conventions.
For example, you can complete basic service training for certification as a Portable Sanitation Apprentice or a Portable Sanitation Professional at the PSAI tradeshow. Some states, like Georgia and Illinois, require documented certification every three years. The National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT) and National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) also provide certification courses at various events.
Do you try to maximize your tradeshow attendance by squeezing in certification or training programs? If not, how do you meet your region’s requirements for portable sanitation and wastewater professionals?
Will you head to one (or more) of the best tradeshows for pumpers? Undoubtedly, the PSAI event is a memorable experience, from hands-on training to certification exams. But, if you’re not attending, then what’s holding you back? Let us know by emailing email@example.com or connecting with JohnTalk on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. You can also leave a reply at the bottom of this page!
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