Here are some do's and don'ts of booth etiquette, as prescribed by Unique Venues (www.uniquevenues.com), Avon, Colo.

Do

  • Be outgoing and enthusiastic.

  • Be aware of body language — no hands in pockets.

  • Stand, don't sit. And stand in front of, rather than behind, any obstacles, such as a table. It's less confrontational.

  • Smile.

  • Listen and ask questions.

  • Be neat.

  • Be confident.

  • Be early. Arrive at your booth and be ready to go before the show starts.

  • Acknowledge everyone and start conversations.

  • Offer a little something — candy or useful giveaways — to attract people to your booth.



Don't

  • Eat in the booth.

  • Talk to co-workers when customers are in the booth.

  • Tear down the booth before the show is over.

  • Waste time (yours or your potential client's).

  • Run out of business cards.

  • Have too much staff — it can be intimidating to attendees.

  • Wear uncomfortable shoes.