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  • 7 Ways You Can Avoid Getting Trampled

    I refuse to participate in Black Friday. (They already have Halloween candy out in stores, so I'm allowed to talk about November.) For starters, I have no interest in being trampled to death outside of a Walmart. That plasma TV is swell and all, but I’d sooner keep my extremities intact.  I also have very little patience for shoppers with very little patience. Additionally, I will never...
  • Rocky Mountain Memories

    Let’s all do a slow clap just for getting up this morning. We know long conference days plus some evening shenanigans—I see nothing, I say nothing—can make for a challenging Saturday, but today’s events are not to be missed. But first, a few notes about yesterday: 1. We have the first female President of the United States! NAA members chose Hillary Clinton over runner-up Jeb Bush for U.S....
  • If You're Not in the Mile-High City, You're Missing Out

    The fifth corn dog was not necessary. (That’s a call back to yesterday’s blog, so catch up, people!) Even so, I had an amazing time at last night’s Opening Party. After a full day o’ learning, including a truly inspiring and good-humored speech from Michael J. Fox, lessons in customer service from two of the industry’s fiercest “road warriors” and innovative products on the tradeshow floor, it...
  • Welcome to Denver!

    With every ounce of energy I can muster at 7 a.m., let’s get excited, people! The 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition is underway. If you’re not in Denver with the best and brightest in our industry, I hope you feel really bad about yourself. No, not really. But maybe a little. This year marks my fifth conference, which is to say that I’m pretty much a jaded old woman who has seen and...

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