We are 5 days away from the most anticipated and what will be epic MBLV20!!! I’ve been attending Mobile Beat Las Vegas on and off for 12 years and I think this may be the one that I’m MOST excited for. Not only was I blown away by the production level and content of last year, this year will surely follow suit, but also will go out with a BANG! I’m also excited that a good number of my DJ buddies from all over are attending this year, some that haven’t been in awhile, and a lot of newbies will be joining the mix! I personally think it’s neat to see a DJ experience a DJ convention for the first time. I do everything I can to make sure their experience is unforgettable. That being said, I thought it may be a good idea to give some pointers to those convention rookies on what to pack besides the obvious bling, money, toiletries and clothing essentials. Speaking of clothing, the only thing I’ll mention to you guys is, if you plan on going out to a nice dinner or intend on getting into a Vegas club, please remember it is Viva Las Vegas folks and not Sitka, Alaska. Vegas clubs do enforce a dress code of some sort and they favor the ladies, so guys need to step it up a notch. 🙂
Here are some suggestions on what else to include in your luggage:
1.Note Pad, iPad/tablet, Mac/PC – a huge part of MBLV is the educational aspect. You will be listening to some amazing speakers who will fill your ears with good nuggets of wisdom and advice that you will want to remember and refer back to when you go home. So bring your choice of a note taking device.
2. Recording device or Camera – If you don’t want to take notes, then you can always record the seminars, and/or take photos of the slides to save you time from writing it all down. Of course your cell phones or tablets can serve as this function as well.
3. Portable battery charging unit for your phone – this is a lifesaver. you will thank me later.
4. Business Cards – probably a no brainer, but this is essential to bring. You will be a networking beast and need to give your new buddies a way to get a hold of you and connect post show. Also, not a bad idea to bring something to store all of the business cards you collect so you don’t lose them.
5. Questions – You are going to be surrounded by some of the industry’s leaders and talented people from all over US/Canada. If there is someone you look up to and would love to ask them advice while you have them in person, do it! Be prepared and bring that list of questions.
6. Set up lunch/coffee/dinner meetings ahead of time – Okay – this you don’t really “pack” but it’s more of a “think in advance” type of thing. Reach out to those you REALLY want to spend quality time with while you are there. Try scheduling a 1-on-1 or group time in advance, because let me tell you, there is always so much to do and so many people you want to see and hang out with, and time seems to slip away fast! Then you are left at the end saying to yourself, “Oh man! I didn’t get to really kick it with so and so!” Happens all the time. Things do change and people get pulled in all different directions, so don’t be hurt or upset if some of those ideal meetings don’t happen. Just go with the flow and do your best! There’s always Face Time.
7. Backpack – Or some type of bag to carry brochures, giveaways, etc. that will be passed out at the exhibit hall or in some seminars. Some vendors pass out free bags, but I always found it to be convenient to walk in with my own from the start! You don’t want your hands tied up, because you’ll be doing a lot of hand shakes, maybe waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care, and wanting to play with all the cool gear of course!
8. Protein Bars and Snacks – You need the fuel and sometimes need something on the go when you are going from seminar to seminar or talking to friends in between. It can be a far walk and long wait in line if you just want something quick to satisfy that hunger strike in between big meals. It’s also expensive to buy snacks in Vegas! You’ll see me nibbling away all the time. 🙂
9. Gum/mints & Antibacterial gel – Jim Cerone reminded me of these! Definitely must haves! Also, make sure to bring a water bottle to refill or buy bottled water when you get there. It is the desert and it will suck you dry.
10. SMILE – do I need to explain why??
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions…otherwise, I’ll see you at the Little White Chapel…I mean Tropicana!!!!
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