BETT week can be really quite gruelling, even on a day visit. Here are 6 rules of BETT to help you at the show.
One – Wear comfy clothes. You will literally walk miles. Make the most of this by using the activity features of your smartphone to track your efforts on the day. Your step count will be huge! In addition to the comfy clothes have a decent bag with you too. A visit to BETT for the day is more akin with an expedition. Have a decent bag that you can carry evenly on your back for comfort and posture.
Two – Bring your phone because you’ll be likely to want to be online. Do not rely on wifi. If you can, bring a tablet as back up. I repeat, do not rely on wifi and get your juice pack fully charged. You’ll need it! If like me you’re active on social media these are essentials.
Three – Plan your trip. It is a brilliant opportunity to catch some great speakers, but also to speak with those companies you think you might want to work with. Get the show map and try to block those meetings in close proximity. You can easily cover half a mile between meetings every meeting if you’re not clever with your planning. Use your meeting tool on your device although if you’re not using Google Calendar you’re missing a trick for ease of access on multiple devices. Even short distances take time at BETT too because of the volume of attendees. Leave plenty of time between meetings to ensure you get where you need to on time.
Four – Think about how you manage your time whilst at BETT. I find snapping images of things I didn’t realise were there that I want to see later a helpful visual reminder. As is taking snapshots of business cards with their owners holding their card. Keep that phone handy and don’t get bogged down with paperwork either. If you do talk with a rep that you’re interested in working with then ask them to send you PDF copies of the things you need to save you having to lug it around. You only need so many pens and mugs too. You probably already have plenty so think carefully about what you pick up.
Five – Try and fit in a visit to some of the Learn Live theatre sessions. These are often delivered by passionate teachers and school leaders who are at the top of their game. I always learn something when I attend one of these sessions. If you’re visiting BETT over a few days then plan a few of them in. They’re also a good opportunity to use your time wisely after grabbing a drink while you can take a break.
Six – You absolutely must stand at the front of the ExCeL with your friends – new and old – and grab a selfie. Tweet it then using the #BETT2017 and #UKEdChat hashtags. I’m sure the community will enjoy your tweets about the event. Why not make a nice video summarising your day on your journey home using quik.gopro.com.
In all seriousness, I hope you have a great time at the BETT Show. You can catch me in the Apple Village all week presenting and sharing in a number of ways. It’d be great to see you!