Tradeshows can be very informative. They can provide you with valuable connections, and introduce you to the latest advances in technology. They can open up worlds of opportunity and even give you a leg up on your competitors through exclusive deals and insider intel.
They can also be boring as hell.
Whether you're a tradeshow veteran or only go to the ones that come with a free lobster dinner, you've undoubtedly come across certain situations that are less than stellar. Uncomfortable seats, buffets that look as old as time, coffee that could melt steel, delegates with breath that could also melt steel, and speakers who make jokes so bad it hurts your soul are just some of the not-so-awesome experiences that tend to mar these necessities of business.
Here we've listed a few of the best (worst) examples we can come up with. If you can top them, tell us in the comments. We'll give you a warm round of gentle applause and a free lobster dinner. (Actually, scrap the latter offer.).
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— The Staff, Light Reading