Are you awkward in real life? I am…and I’m “okay” with that. After all, it’s a trait that makes me, me.
One of the main reasons I’m so awkward is that I get intimidated in certain social situations, especially if I don’t know a lot of people. This is why I tend to stick with my own “group” at a party, rather than striking up a conversation with someone I don’t know.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been getting a lot better at straying from my comfort zone, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for me (or that I’m not awkward)! That said, the other day, I went to a trade show on my own. It was kind of a big deal for me.
Usually, I go to trade shows with my colleagues. I always love going to trade shows, because it’s fun to check out the new products and to chat with our suppliers. I also really enjoy seeing some of the creative trade show banner designs. My favourite thing, without a doubt though, is the product giveaways and free items that many traders have. I’m always on the lookout for freebies, whether it’s products I’ve been eyeing for a while or simply promotional products – I’m happy with anything! I highly recommend that companies going to trade shows take advantage of it to give branded materials out and get people talking about your brand. You could promote your brand with wristbands for example, or perhaps branded bags or something like that.
The exhibitors really do like to go all out to make sure that their trade show displays stand out from the crowd! Normally it is easier to go with other people because I can hide behind my colleagues if I’m not sure how to contribute to the conversation. As cheesy as it probably sounds, it was really empowering to go alone this year! I find trade shows a really useful thing to go to so I’m super glad that I plucked up the courage to go on my own. I even managed to give a few black metal cards out to a few people that I spoke to. I’m usually really shy, but this time I put on a brave face and gave out some business cards! I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal but it is to me!
Do you know what else I did that fell outside of my comfort zone? I wore a fitted skirt… and I never wear fitted skirts. I’m always too self-conscious about my bum sticking out in the back, and looking sausage-like. A-line is my usual go-to, but I couldn’t resist a faux leather skirt I found over the holidays. And you know what? I’m glad I pushed my boundaries.
What I’m Wearing:
Cardigan – Old Navy (Similar)
Top – Zara (Similar)
Skirt – LOFT (Same)
Boots – Steve Madden (Same)
Purse – Roots (Same)
Necklace – DIY (Tutorial Here)
Sunglasses – Ray-Ban (Same)
What have you done lately to push your boundaries?