What do you think truly defines our generation?
Is it the fact that we are the biggest and most powerful financial force in the nation?
Could it be that we are the most knowledgeable and informed generation on the planet?
Maybe that too.
Or is it the case that, because we are living longer than ever before, encountering more rapid change in technology and society than ever imagined and experiencing a completely new model of senior life that, we actually are interested in and care about the world around us?
I think that's it.
This was the first “local” Baby Boomer event I have ever attended.
I had no preconceived ideas on what to expect.
Did you know that there are over 500,000 Baby Boomers living in Las Vegas?
In my past professional life I “worked” a lot of trade shows.
We would design our booth, create a theme, pick the products we were going to highlight and order in some swag to hand out to the attendees.
Most of the time it was pretty fun.
You met some interesting people.
You developed some camaraderie with your fellow exhibitors.
And sometimes you learned something new from your fellow exhibitors.
Now I have seen trade show life from both sides.
That was a big, national event.
Folks came from all over the country to attend.
Last Saturday’s Expo was a small, local event.
And although there were only about 100 vendors at this show it still shared 3 key ingredients with its bigger brother, the “Ideas After 5o+” show in San Diego which showcased close to 10 times more products and services.
2. Most of the vendors seemed to be truly interested in talking with and helping the visitors at their booths rather than just “hawking” their products.
3. The attendees were genuinely interested in finding out if there were any interesting and new products or services available to meet their concerns about the complications and complexities of getting older.
Oh ya, did I mention there was a free concert by “The Four Tops” afterwards?
After visiting the first few booths, I found myself getting engaged and actually talking with the vendors and the attendees.
Sure, there were some stupid products being pitched by your typical “used car salesmen” types like solar cell phone chargers, miracle ion magnetic bracelets and electro-therapy pain relieving devices, but in general the products and services being displayed were genuine and useful.
- CorCell – A company that “banks” your DNA for your future testing so that your kids will be aware of any adverse hereditary conditions you might pass.
- Vegas Charter Tours – A company focused on bus tours that combine art, music, health and personal development for the 50+ crowd.
- AARP Las Vegas Chapter – Hosting a senior community employment program and a “Generation 55+ Job Fair” in November
- Senior Discounts Las Vegas – A company that hosts an online discount directory and news magazine strictly targeted to the 50+ demographic.
If you get a chance to visit one of these events when they pop up in your town, I highly recommend that you check them out.
You may find an answer for something that has been bothering you.
At the very least, I bet you will find yourself engaging in some interesting conversations and possibly even making a few new friends.
And take a second to forward this blog on to your friends.
The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!
Thanks for joining me..........................................................