Tuesday, July 23, 2024




The Spring Cleaning That Moved Into Fall

Author: Steve Moskal

I was on a Zoom conference the other day where one of the attendees (an exhibit house employee) remarked that there was so much dust on the machines in their shop they couldn’t see how any more could possibly pile up.




A chilling realization for many in our industry that trade shows and face-to-face meetings remain, for the most part, at a grinding halt. By all indications, with a very few exceptions involving business-to-consumer or private events, the United States will not see events coming back until at least Q1, 2021. A few shows have already pushed back dates to July and August.


Simply put, one cannot sugarcoat anything about the physical and economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic to anyone or any organization in the hospitality, meeting and travel industries. Doing what you can to hold on until there is an effective treatment or vaccine, is of the highest priority. From what we have seen, that has taken many forms.

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Prepare Yourself

Author: Steve Moskal

A few months ago, I did something that I had been meaning to do for years. I joined a local Toastmasters club.


Toastmasters is an international organization with local clubs, where members give speeches that are in turn evaluated and critiqued by their fellow members. It’s been around since the 1920s. Some of the more famous Toastmasters have included actor and comedian Tim Allen, former Boston Celtics player and coach K.C. Jones and the venerable Dr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy. There have also been many noted politicians and business leaders, including the founder of Mrs. Field’s Cookies. Sweet!

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It's Cooler by the Lake

Author: Steve Moskal

If you live in or around Chicago, August is often referred to as the “dog days” of summer.


There’s usually a week or two of hotter weather and higher than normal humidity. For my friends and family out west, humidity is the thing that makes it feel like you have 50 extra pounds on your shoulders as you walk down the street, curls your hair, and makes seats at a Cubs game stickier than normal (even before you drip a Frosty Malt on it).

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Winter Blues and Convertibles

Author: Steve Moskal

Every February in Chicago, when the winter doldrums start to really take hold and everyone is sick and tired of cloudy, gray days, the Chicago Auto Show moves into McCormick Place for a 10-day stay. The Chicago show is billed as the largest in the world and has been going on for over 100 years.


The 2013 version took over both the north and south McCormick buildings. For those of you who have never been to a consumer-attended auto show like this, it’s really quite a different experience from a traditional “business to business” event.

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