I have had such a busy few weeks. I spoke at the Dallas Holiday & Home Expo at the end of June, presenting my color and trend forecast for Christmas first, and a day later a home décor trend overview. Within a week after visiting Dallas, I was on my way to Atlanta to present a different set of trends at the summer Gift market. Twenty four hours after my Atlanta return I hopped a plane for Melbourne, Australia where I presented a global color and trend forecast for furniture (the picture below was taken at Furnitex). And after just a few days back from Australia, I took a flight to Las Vegas to give my semi-annual trend overview at the Las Vegas Market.
In advance of my seminars in all these cities, promotional materials were sent out, web sites were populated with my headshot and descriptions of my talks, banners were printed and signs were made. It all worked. In each venue we had amazing crowds. We exceeded expectations, broke attendance records and got great reviews.
I love discovering, forecasting and reporting about trends, and it’s easy to feel good after such a public string of successes where I have had the opportunity to do exactly that. But it didn’t have a chance to go to my head.
To make my point, here are images I took in Atlanta, trying to get a quick snapshot of my picture on a giant floor sticker. Since I am not the world’s best photographer, I take most shots twice in hopes that one of them will work. As I focused my camera to try a second time, a market attendee walked into the frame and over may face.
It’s things like this that keep me balanced.