Day 3 – Goodbye SIWW…
As quickly as it started, we arrived at the final day of the exhibition. We got rid of the lounge suits and put on our pit crew shirts, a refreshing change to eye for the visitors. Decked out in our florescent green and black pit crew shirts, we would have probably looked more at home at the F1 track just down the road instead.
From past statistics, we were expecting a large crowd during the last day of the exhibition but for some reason, the turnout was not as great as anticipated. It must have been the heavy rain, I guess. Regardless, it was a long day for us because all our displays had to be taken down the same day.
At about 5:30pm, like a hungry pack of wolves, many of the contractors, geared with tools and gadgets, were already gathering in front of the entrance, waiting to tear down their client’s booth. Of course we did not have the luxury of engaging contractors in the setting up and tearing down for us, D-I-Y was our middle name. Since we reuse our wall structures, we had to painstakingly take every piece down, taking care not to damage anything.
In contrast, we saw other massive booths being destroyed into pieces in just seconds. those booths were built just for the show and were not reusable. Then a thought struck me, how painful it was to see a piece of work that took months to plan destroyed in the blink of an eye. For those disassociated from the set up process, they will never get to understand this at all which probably explains why we saw so many people sitting around their booth and trying to look awake.
I can proudly proclaim that our team made full use of the 3 days trying to reach out to as many visitors as possible, developing new relationships. Not a single minute was spent idling. We did not even have chairs at the booth and the simple reason behind was that we wanted to make a difference.
Behind that glamorous lounge suit, each of us were willing to get our hands dirty to go through the whole process of planning, setting up and running an exhibition. Through this process, we realized how much money and effort it actually takes to set up a simple booth like this and this makes us cherish every moment! Once again, kudos to our people!