Archive for the ‘GIE+EXPO’ tag
If you’re not in Louisville now for the GIC and GIE+EXPO (which start today), you can follow along with us throughout the week.
We’ll be sending out e-newsletter round-ups to readers starting tomorrow. They’ll have the latest product introductions, news from the show and the editors’ commentary. Watch your inbox for those.
Are you making the road trip to Louisville and putting together an awesome playlist (or mix tape/CD for those less-advanced technology-wise). Well I heard this song this weekend, and forgot how awesome it is. Too bad the band only put out two albums, one of those after Roy Orbison died. So enjoy and add this to your Louisville mix.
Our great contributing editor Kristen Hampshire put together some strategies for contractors to get the most out of a conference or trade show after they get back home. After all, a few days out of the office is nice and all, but the idea of heading to a national or regional event is to bring back some knowledge or tactics or ideas that you can actually use in your company.
So, as the industry gears up for the trade show season, here are some of those ideas:
Conferences, trade shows and small-group meetings with industry peers can become a huge brain dump. You’ll take notes on more ideas than you can count. With your motivation and mojo for the business completely stoked, you head back to the office – and deal with the daily fires.
Sound familiar? All of those great ideas are filed away for “later.” The problem is, that time to implement never comes. John Rennels, president, A Plus Lawn and Landscaping, knows the feeling. “You get bombarded with ideas,” he says. “Your list is so overwhelming that you do nothing.”
There’s a constructive way to deal with that list of 50 things so you actually take action on ideas that will better your business. “Boil your ideas down to three or five action items,” Rennels suggests as a starter. “Work through them one at a time.”
Prioritize the ideas. Go through your notes and decide which ideas could be implemented in the short-term, and which are more visionary, long-term concepts. From there, choose a few ideas you’d like to implement right away.
Ask for feedback. Consult with trusted advisers, whether industry peers or an informal board – talk to your banker, accountant, fellow managers. Gather their input on the priorities you selected. How feasible are they to implement? What must be done to take action? “Evaluate those ideas and decide which ones will have the biggest impact right now,” Rennels says.
Set some deadlines. By sharing your ideas with others, you create a system of accountability. Ask those individuals to hold you to your promise to implement the ideas, and set a timeline. “Perhaps you meet with them regularly in person or over the phone to discuss your progress,” Rennels says.
Watch for your November issue in the next couple of weeks to learn more about how Rennels and other contractors make the most of their time away from their companies.
This is why we’ve been hard to reach for the past few days – above is the L&L editors’ schedule for the upcoming GIE+EXPO and GIC in Louisville.
Granted, I may go a little overboard with the color-coding, but we’ve got a big team down there and this is the best way I’ve found to keep track of everyone.
See you down there!
As the weather starts to cool and the leaves fall, our minds turn to the upcoming GIE+EXPO in Louisville. Our planning is already in full swing for the green industry’s biggest show, and so it was fortunate that we stumbled across this great poster for the Bluegrass State.
(I’d always wondered where horses were invented. Makes sense, I suppose.)
The early-bird registration deadlines for PLANET’s GIC and the co-located Hardscape North America are this week, so if you’re planning a trip to the home of bourbon, baseball bats and burning couches, don’t wait.
Kansas will headline the 2012 GIE+EXPO. That is all.
Here’s a round-up of the best stuff our editors have found online this week.
- We’ve written about New York’s High Line park before, but this video and accompanying Google Street View tour are pretty amazing.
- A landscape crew member was killed when he used a mower to try and keep warm.
- Try this list of great interview questions from Seth Godin.
- EPA removes the 40 percent turf restriction from its WaterSense program.
- The GIE+EXPO will be in Louisville until 2018, and won’t have Saturday hours next year. Miss our coverage? Find it all here.
In a story from today’s New York Times, we hear from Eddie Miller (pictured above) who uses sheep to mow lawns in the
hippie enclave college town of Oberlin, Ohio.
Mr. Miller, 23, is the founder of Heritage Lawn Mowing, a company that rents out sheep — yes, sheep — as a landscaping aid. For a small fee, Mr. Miller, whose official job title is “shepherd,” brings his ovine squad to the yards of area homeowners, where the sheep spend anywhere from three hours to several days grazing on grass, weeds and dandelions.
Now, I didn’t see any sheep on display at the recent GIE+EXPO in Kentucky, but I must say I like Mr. Miller’s take on things. It’s probably a lot easier to hire ruminants than mower operators.
The L&L team drove down to Louisville from Cleveland today, and successfully arrived with no speeding tickets or other traffic infractions. So far, the show is a success!
We’re gearing up for for the GIC and GIE+EXPO, and I wanted to pass along a few things I’d recommend you check out if you’re in Louisville for the shows.
- In our September issue, associate editor Carolyn LaWell put together a great piece on how to make the most of a trade show. It’s a quick read with some very valuable tips for anyone attending a conference.
- Stop by our booth (#1084) Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a chance to win an iPad 2. We’ll also be announcing the winner of our year-long What Kind of Reader Are You? contest, as well as our Environmental Business Awards. You can also pick up our October issue, which contains our annual must-read State of the Industry Report.
- Follow the L&L team on our various social media platforms: this blog, twitter (@lawnlandscape) and Facebook are the best ways.
- Come to our tweet-up Thursday at 8:30 at Champions at the Louisville Marriott. You can finally meet all our editors – and our awesome followers and friends – in person.
With all the new products, great sessions and networking opportunities, there’s enough going on in Louisville during the next few days to fill up two weeks. We’ll be reporting on all the news from the show during and afterward, so stay tuned here, at www.lawnandlandscape.com and our December issue for updates. And good luck out there!
I know it’s only April, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the fall lately, especially this year’s GIE+EXPO and GIC in Louisville.
Registration for the EXPO is open, and you can book your rooms for the GIC already, too. We’re working with both groups on developing some of the programming for the show and conference this year, and they should be great events.
(Register by May 31 and you could win tickets to the Quaker State 400 in Sparta, Ky.)
One thing I hear from a lot of contractors and suppliers is that the show has been in Louisville for so long, they’re tired of going. I can understand that — it’s tough to head to the same city and the same hotel and the same bars and restaurants to see (pretty much) the same people every year.
But, if you look a little beyond Fourth Street, there’s a whole lot of cool stuff to see.
Like fast horses? Lay a few two-dollar bets at the Fall Meet, which opens Oct. 30. Like fried chicken? Visit Col. Sanders grave and leave a spork. Like really good meat? Book a table at Proof on Main.
Coming down to the show in the fal is a great way to learn more about what’s new in the industry, network with your colleagues and develop your skills. Don’t think you’ve seen everything the show – or Louisville – has to offer.
(image courtesy the Big Map Blog)