Well this post has been on the boil for a year, I’ve only just go around to posting it. I can do it now, because no one can imagine it’s inspired by them. BETT is a beautiful thing. It is a place where people under pressure to keep their “people” employed for another year can do up to 50% of their annual business. It is a place where the focus is on networking and sales. It is high pressure. It also has no minimum entry age.
For the purposes of this definition, consider “kids” to be human cubs under the age of 14.
Why are you bringing kids to BETT ?????
It’s a trade show where deals are done and work is discussed. It’s not a playground. It’s not a place for them to learn!
Why bring kids and pedal their “achievements” on a stand to buy yourself a day out of school? Who benefits more? You or them?
Why bring them to demonstrate a tool for a company? You are allowing them to be exploited in order to sell. I assume they are not paid. Who benefits more? You or them?
It’s an insurance, health and safety, risk assessment nightmare. At best the little kids learn that pilfering off stands is cool.
Think on, if you bring young kids, are you exploiting their cutsy value to allow you to fulfil your own agenda of networking, deals and self promotion?
Give over, it’s awful!
It imposes constraints on people going about their professional lives, you assume that everyone will be happy and make it impossible for the ones who are uneasy to object. Think of the impact it has on others. Those under such huge pressure have further pressure heaped upon them by having to be in kid friendly mode, not knowing when they might be visited upon.