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Head Count Fiction · When con­fer­ence or­ga­niz­ers count peo­ple, the num­ber they care about most is reg­is­tered pay­ing at­ten­dees; they track that ev­ery day as the con­fer­ence ap­proach­es. Sup­pose you are an out­sider, con­sid­er­ing at­tend­ing or spon­sor­ing or ex­hibit­ing at the con­fer­ence, and you in­quire as to the like­ly at­ten­dance. You will nev­er be giv­en the re­al num­ber; in­stead you will be told a num­ber which is at least twice that, and usu­al­ly high­er. This is jus­ti­fied by in­clud­ing trade-show exhibitors’ staff, the con­fer­ence organizer’s own peo­ple, PR folk and jour­nal­ist­s, the food ser­vice crew, and is ba­si­cal­ly pulled out of a monkey’s but­t. Just thought you’d like to know.
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