For any of you who have worked tradeshows, you know it's not rocket science.
Installation day is all about putting out little fires. Finding missing shipments, managing the ornery guys erecting the booth, getting power to run properly, making sure you get the furniture you ordered, testing all the internet connections, negotiating invoice payments, stocking the booth with just the right amount of literature and chotchkees and cleaning supplies. I could go on and on.
Worked from 8 am to 7 pm today. Everything went smoothly. And I remembered I am good at this type of work. Damn good.
Haven't done it in a few years but it was easy to fall back into it. After all, I am thorough and detail oriented. I am good at improvising and problem solving. I know how to work with strangers. I know how to get them to want to help me.
I just wish I was doing all this for something that really mattered to me. Sigh.
Forever 21 tunic
Fuchsia wrap sweater
Nine West flats
Comfort was the name of the game today. When you are going to be running around a tradeshow floor dealing with teamsters all day, jeans and flats are critical.
I tested out the "Katie Holmes roll" on Saturday with some AG jeans I have. Bought them resale for $12 but never wear em because they are just a tad too short.
Think the new fad looked OK but wasn't ready to rock them quite yet. No one knew me from Adam today so they might think I'm nutterbutters with high water pants. Stuck with the Madewell jeans. They are flattering but comfortable. Exactly what I needed today.
Opted for the sparkle on the top and the bright pop of the wrap sweater because I was going to be around men all day. Men who for the most part would be inclined to resist helping me. I wanted to look memorable. Distinct. I wanted to be feminine. Pretty. I wanted to look like someone people would want to help.
A female boss (who was our VP of Sales and a rocket scientist and gorgeous and hilarious) once told me there was nothing wrong with using everything you have to get the job done. And I agree. 110 percent. That means your sense of humor, your looks, your smarts, your personality - all of it, all of you comes into play with certain jobs.
Today I used everything I have - including my appearance - to get the job done. And it felt good.
p.s. Have you noticed wrap sweaters are everywhere lately? Michelle has. She sent me this article and this one and this one. She says my " influence is all over the internets." Hee hee hee.