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Bronze Contributor
Jul 25, 2007
Just got back from the CES in Vegas
and thought I'd share a story about it.

There was an event that I wanted to attend,
a very exclusive event
limited to 60 small business owners with an American Express Open Card.
Now being from Canada,
I didn't have the card (not available here).
I couldn't apply for the card (no social security number).
However, I still wanted to attend.

I ask some of the folks working the NBC booth.
No one would help me (said it was very limited)
but I did hear when and where the event was
and made some contacts.
I emailed the moderator.
He emailed back, saying basically "good luck with that"
to which I replied "no guts, no glory."

I showed up at the event, hubby in tow,
dressed to impress,
and went to talk to one of the organizers.
She said "look, I can get you into the cocktail party before
but I can't promise you anything else."

Went to the cocktail party.
Hung out with Fortune 500 CEO's and some small business folks,
yapped with the moderator,
making some awesome contacts and getting the laughs.
By the time the event rolled around,
we had reserved seats.

Why am I sharing this?
Because if you want something,
really, really want something,
then there are always ways to obtain it
but none of these ways include sitting on your duff,
waiting for it to come to you.

I'd love to hear your own stories about being shameless.
If you don't have any...
well, then odds are
you're playing it too safe.

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New Contributor
Dec 3, 2007
Central Florida
Excellent story! It's always a rush doing things like that. Sounds like it was worth the effort. I've always been an advocate of the "just show up" mentality when the event is supposedly full or off-limits and I feel that it would be beneficial.

Good topic! +rep



New Contributor
Jan 11, 2008
Jacksonville, FL
I own a few restaurants and work with large vendors.. USFoodservice, Sysco, Cheney Brothers etc...

I have a very good relationship with all my salesmen..

routinely i ask for tickets for sporting events.. most of these companies have blocks of season tickets or a superbox...

i usually will get a few tickets to at least 2 professional sports games per year from each company..

I also ask mall management if they have any tickets i could "buy" from them (i lease from shopping malls)

i usually get free tickets from them as well

when going to 'food shows' i usually get comped free hotel for 2 nights.. makes for a quick vacation (bring the wife)

the thing is nobody ever offered these freebies.. but I always figure if you ask, the worst they can say is no..

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