About SSP-unlock

Steve is the founder of SSP and the creator of Exhibition Mastery and Straight Spaghetti.

What makes a good Stand Hand

By |2020-01-16T17:17:16+00:00January 16th, 2020|Exhibition Mastery, Exhibition Success, Exhibitions|

What makes a good Stand Hand? Good Stand Hands are worth their weight in gold. Especially if exhibitions and trade shows are a key element of your business development strategy. You know a good stand hand when you see one. Their ability to engage with [...]

I wandered lowly as a cloud – the importance of contingency

By |2019-12-21T00:44:05+00:00December 21st, 2019|Business, Straight Spaghetti|

I wandered lowly as a cloud - The importance of contingency I learned a very valuable lesson earlier this week. While stood in front of a room of delegates on client site for a bespoke Exhibition Mastery training course, my trusty old MacBook Pro decided that trying to send the signal [...]

Networking Exhibitions – Are they worth it?

By |2019-11-21T21:01:33+00:00November 21st, 2019|Business, Exhibition Mastery, Exhibition Success, Exhibitions|

Networking Exhibitions - Are they worth it? Absolutely yes! Us 'exhibitionists' all know about the big shows - you know the ones at the NEC or Olympia or other such large venue. These large events require planning, quite deep pockets but can 'feel' unreachable to the smaller, newer, growing company. These [...]

Case studies – really really useful

By |2019-09-17T14:10:57+01:00September 17th, 2019|Business, Straight Spaghetti|

Case studies are one of the most powerful pieces of marketing and sales materials you can have.  Is there anything more powerful than a story explaining how you helped your clients through your products or services? If you have a great relationship with your clients, it should be relatively easy to create one - [...]

Why we use WordPress and Avada from Themeisle

By |2019-08-06T22:49:53+01:00August 6th, 2019|Business, Design, Straight Spaghetti|

Why we use Wordpress and Avada We are often asked why we choose Wordpress and the Avada template from ThemeIsle as our 'goto' website set up. The reasons are many but mainly it comes down to simplicity. "Simplicity? Really, I have heard that Wordpress is hard to use." I hear you say! [...]

3 Counties Expo – November 5th 2019 Guest speaker

By |2019-08-01T18:11:49+01:00August 1st, 2019|Business, Exhibition Mastery|

3 Counties Expo - Guest speaker I am delighted to have been invited to speak at the 3 Counties Expo at their networking breakfast on 5th November 2019.  I will be giving a topic taster covering some of the fundamentals for Exhibition Mastery including: How to ‘view’ your stand Stand do’s [...]

Does the tail wag the dog?

By |2019-07-01T16:39:34+01:00July 1st, 2019|Business, Straight Spaghetti|

Straight Spaghetti - Does the Tail Wag the Dog? There is a risk when you are looking at improving your business, making efficiencies, you automatically look at technology to ‘make your business better’. Without a doubt, technology can be used to make you work more efficiently. When done right, it does!  However, you can end up [...]

Making the most of an exhibition visit

By |2019-04-25T10:11:24+01:00April 12th, 2019|Exhibition Mastery|

Making the most of an exhibition visit Exhibitions provide some great information, inspirational speakers and interesting exhibiting companies providing great goods and services. With all that is on offer, how do you, as a delegate, get the best out of your day(s) as a visitor at an exhibition. 1 - Decide First and foremost, make [...]