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What I Learned on the Way to the Catholic Marketing Convention

  1. When they say get there 90 minutes before your flight, they mean it. I was 50 minutes early and with all the security stuff made it on to the plane five minutes before takeoff.
  2. The security agent who is incomprehensible 30 feet away doesn't get any more coherent when you get closer. I think she said something about putting all your guns in separate bins on the conveyor belt but I can't be sure.
  3. “At least its a DRY heat” really takes on new meaning going from 90 degrees and 10% humidity in Colorado to 100 degrees and 80% humidity in Phildelphia.
  4. Those “fragile” notes you put on boxes? Sometimes they work! When I got to the bagage claim, a baggage handler rode up the ramp and onto the conveyor belt with my “fragile” computer monitor box to make sure it didn't tip over or get squashed by other bags. A big round of applause for Delta Airlines!
  5. When you step onto a plane that could fit in your garage and think “I don't think I've ever been on a plane this small”, God will display his sense of humor by making your connecting flight about half the size.
  6. Always go for the exit row. The seat space from Cincinnati to Philadelphia in the exit row was almost claustraphobic. I can't imagine what the regular seats were like.
  7. “Departing on time” means that you leave the gate on time, not that you take off on time.
  8. Colorado Springs is one of the few airports with free wireless internet access.
  9. I recommend reading both 1776 and Good to Great for in -flight relaxation. The first is a very engaging history of George Washington and the first year of the American Revolution. The second is a study of how companies can go from being typical to outstanding.

If you have a store, you really should consider attending this show. It is the ONLY exclusively Catholic venue to meet vendors. Don't even think about going to Christian retailing shows if you are a Catholic store. I went to the Christian Retail Convention in Denver and amidst the hundreds of booths, there were only five Catholic ones.


  1. Where is the convention?? Do they have a website??


  2. Sheila – Ian is talking about the Catholic Marketing Network’s Trade Show. They do two a year, and the next one will be in January in Birmingham. See http://www.catholicmarketing.com for more info.

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