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An exhibit is something on display for others to view. At a conference the exhibits are set up on tables in a common area and typically have information from organizations that is related to the topic of the conference. Sometimes an exhibit provides information only. Other times there might be items for sale at an exhibit. In addition to items on display, an exhibit table will typically also have a person available to talk to you about what is on display on the table. These people are referred to as exhibitors.
Sometimes it is difficult to look at an exhibit and hold a conversation with the exhibitor at the same time.
When starting a conversation at an exhibit table, it is important that you have the exhibitor’s attention first. If the exhibitor is talking to someone else you can look at the items on the table until he or she turns to you or stops talking to the other person. Once the exhibitor is free you can get his/her attention by saying hello and looking in his/her direction. You may want to introduce yourself and explain a little about yourself first so that the exhibitor has an idea of what you might be interested in on their table. Here are some examples of what you could say:
When there is a pause in the conversation about 3 seconds long and you can’t think of anything else to say to the exhibitor, it is probably time to end the conversation and move on. Here are some example closing statements:
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.