Knock it out of the park with new insights and knowledge to improve your sales and marketing skills. Warm up with a full day of education before the big show starts. Sessions are right on the show floor, coached by the heavy hitters in the industry.
Get in the game and meet your fellow players at our networking events, from lively receptions to thrilling prize drawings. Connect with new faces and form relationships that'll carry you through the Q3 and Q4 sales seasons.
In just two days on the show floor, you'll become a promo pro by discovering the hottest new products and diving deep on trending markets.
Creating the right connections at the right show yields results!
"I found a lot of new products that I was able to take back to my clients. I quickly made sales from the show."
"It opens the market for people who've never heard of existing vendors and are excited to find new areas/supplies to offer to their clients."
"I learned things from my education sessions that are helping me reach my career goals."
"The opportunity to speak directly with suppliers to gain knowledge from their experience is invaluable. Learning supplier processes oftentimes helps me as a distributor manage client expectations from the start."
"I'm new to business, and an area that I struggle with is having a good idea of what is out there to offer clients. It can be overwhelming. The show provided great insight into products and how to position myself in various markets."
"This was my first ASI Show. I saw some exciting new products that I was not aware of. I immediately pitched them to my customers and landed a huge opportunity. Definitely worth my time!"
Thursday, July 25, 2024 • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Free Coffee & Hot Tea
Everyone craves connections with other people – a warm smile, a firm handshake, a big hug. But in this age of technology innovation, that connection is often reduced to a smiley face in an email, an emoji in a text or a funny video on social media. The trick is for sales pros and business owners to build and maintain human-centered relationships with buyers who they may rarely meet in person.
In this high-energy keynote, entrepreneur and best-selling author Ramon Ray will show you how to expertly reach and interact with prospects and clients using LinkedIn, smartphones and DMs … without sounding like an AI-generated robot. You'll discover how to add authenticity, empathy and other human elements into your content and your transactions, and leave no doubt that your team is made up of real people offering real promo solutions.
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 • 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Sales and persuasion expert Carolyn Strauss knows how to make buyers desperately want the items she's selling. In fact, as a premier clothing designer on the Home Shopping Network, she sold over $160 million in merchandise to people who never actually expressed interest in making a purchase.
In this dynamic keynote, Strauss will share the 5 secrets she used to move HSN viewers from apathy to action, and how she built incredible rapport that kept them coming back to her company – and to her. You'll learn how tap into the part of the brain that makes decisions and how to light a fire inside your clients and prospects, ensuring that every pitch ends with them saying, “I want THAT!”
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 • 7 - 10 p.m.
Make memories with your friends and colleagues at the ASI Gala at the famed House of Blues Chicago Music Hall. Located in the heart of Chicago's Marina City complex, the House of Blues combines music, art and cuisine into an immersive and unforgettable experience. Network with industry colleagues as you indulge in unique cocktails at the open bar and delicious Southern soul food (with a modern twist). Explore Southern Vernacular Art from over 150 artists, which covers the walls of every room, and don't forget to hit the dance floor for live music and karaoke with the most talented musicians around. Plus, you can capture the fun in our ASI Photo Booth. Be there for a night to remember!
Dress code: Casual
During this first-come, first-served event, you'll enjoy lunch and conversation with your distributor peers and see the latest products and trends from suppliers. Plus, you'll learn the best ways to pitch them to your clients.
The night before the show floor opens, enjoy light snacks, beer and wine during this exclusive preview of NEW products (and ONLY new products) that suppliers will highlight in their booths on both Exhibit Days.
The best way to end your ASI Show Chicago experience is at the Closing Celebration, where you can collect new friends' business cards and relax before heading home over beer, wine and other beverages while enjoying live music.
Exciting prizes will also be given during the ASI Passport drawing. Winner must be present to receive the grand prize and first prize.
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