Earlier this week, I attended the ASTD conference in Chicago. As I worked in the Kevin Eikenberry Group booth, I noticed an interesting dynamic happening at the booths around me.
Where someone was willing to stand on a platform and speak, other people were willing to stop and listen.
In fact, it looked to me like people were not just willing to listen; they wanted to listen.
Likewise, at the booths where people sat and waited for the conference attendees to approach them, nothing happened.
So, here's a big lesson I learned while working an exhibit hall booth at ASTD 2010 in Chicago:
If you've got something to say, stand up and say it.
If you stand up and say it, other people will probably stop to listen. They might not like what you have to say. They might not agree with what you have to say. They will listen to what you have to say.
I'm not advocating the use of a platform to harrangue, harrass, or irritate people. I am suggesting that to be heard you have to have the courage to stand-up and speak.