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Posted by Zac on February 21, 2002 at 13:18:49:
In Reply to: Re: How do successful shows succeed? posted by Chris on February 21, 2002 at 13:01:10:
First off, sorry about my tone in previous posting, time to start anew!
The first show I attended with the TSHS was the July/August show. I witnessed something there that was truly unique to our show…education. In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m kinda big on that:) I think if we advertised it more as an “event” than a traditional herptile show that would help us tremendously. Ever since that show I noticed that numbers were down a little bit, and that’s to be expected because the show with the most amount of people was during the summer time. However if we advertised to the newbie herpers about how to maintain herps, build setups, and other new stuff like that we could get them when they started into the hobby. Then in a way we become the portal of info. I know when I started maintaining herps back in high school I was shy and intimidated by the all-knowing dealer. I would have loved to have just watched someone give a talk on the basics of snake keeping. That way I don’t have to confront a dealer, and I get a little bit of confidence. That confidence can go a long way! When I began to feel comfortable was when I started asking questions, and I certainly asked a ton! I think the talks would get people to the comfortable stage much faster. These talks also seemed to keep everybody there longer, I know they kept me there. Then at the end of the talk we ask them if they want to become a member and voila..we have a new herper. Just a suggestion.