Interesting Things You See at a Conference

You see some pretty strange shit as a meeting and event professional… That is a fact.

From walking through McCormick place at 5 am and seeing the garbage guy empty the recycle bin into the regular trash to the unusual reasons attendees decide to undress in the conference center bathroom, the meetings and events industry is a den of weirdness.

There are times though when people do things that are shocking and make you smile. Such is the case with a conference that I was privilaged to plan this past weekend in Southern California.

After the keynote gave her speech, she took a little Q and A. Her eyes fell on a guy who was waving his hand a little too enthusiastically and you could see her hesitate as she called on him.

“What is your question?” she inquired. As the microphone runner reached him, he paused and said, “I don’t really have a question but I met this fine lady at the conference two years ago and I would like her to be my wife”.

He then got down on one knee and popped the question.

It was a room full of 500 people! Glad she said yes! It happened so fast that the camera guy could only get this shot, but you get the idea….


Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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