Dissed at the Financial Forum

Is it me or is the show getting smaller and smaller?

I have been going to the Financial Forum in Toronto for years.

I usually go on Saturday (I seem to recall that they used to have it on Sundays as well…maybe I’m hallucinating) but I decided to spend my lunch attending what turned out o be a very underwhelming talk on the day it opened. I had a few extra minutes so I decided to check out the booths…

A woman at the CDIC booth turned and was on the verge of asking if I was interested in doing a survey, got a good look at me and did a 180.

I am used to getting ignored at the forum. I look younger than my age (wearing make-up would probably help) , I dress casually and I am short- triple whammy. I was wearing my bear coat so I anticipated the shunning to continue but I did not expect it to be this blatant.

I went again this morning because there were a couple talks I wanted to check out- they ended up being pretty good. I will likely start trading currency, sign up for a contrarian newsletter, start using technical analysis, set up an account with a discount broker and start using options, whew.

My brother arrived and he showed me this cute piggy bank from the CDIC booth. The talk hadn’t started yet so I made my way to the booth. I stood there for a minute and finally had to ask the woman (the same person who ignored me the first day) what they offered- she handed me a survey and turned to someone else immediately. I ended up giving the completed survey to someone else (perfect score, thank you), grabbed my spoils and left.

I hate playing the race card but I think it could be an Asian thing…Maybe she was from HK and could smell (not literally) that I was a CBC. Oh well, that is okay- there is only so much I will do to force the issue when it doesn’t really mean that much- in this case anyway.

There was a bit of time between the first speaker and the second speaker so I had a chance to read a bit about his background. He writes a successful investment newsletter, writes a column in The Globe and Mail, is often seen on BNN and also happens to be a slightly scruffy jeans wearing a playwright. It was a bit of a relief to see someone in this industry who does not feel obligated to do the suit and tie thing. I know he was trying to sell me but he didn’t try to beat me over the head with a sledgehammer.

Serves as a reminder (you know who I’m talking to) that clothes don’t necessarily make the man (or the woman) and setting aside the assumptions based purely on appearances may be beneficial financially and otherwise.

I don’t mind being underestimated. I’ll just use it to my advantage and one of these days I’ll be in the position to have my cake and eat it too.

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~ by angryegg on January 17, 2009.

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