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As SHRM18 wrapped up, I thought about the event by listening to music on my drive home. I heard an old song called “It’s Over” by Boz Scaggs, I thought that’s it, it’s my metaphor for an event wrap up. However, the song is really about a failed relationship so that didn’t really capture the moment. 

June 23, 2018


This year at SHRM18, podcasting continues to be a growth area in social media. Last year, there was one company making a serious effort to do podcasting. Caleb Masters, webinar and podcast producer/host of Paycom’s HR Break Room, was the one person I noticed doing this at SHRM17.

June 20, 2018



OK, you’re in HR, so you should get this.  You don’t continue to get return engagements unless you produce good work or a good product. 

June 14, 2018



I have been in the game so long that I often choose to hear speakers and don’t really give topics much consideration, because I know who is good and who delivers the goods. 

June 12, 2018

Another February and another SHRM Regional Council Business (RCBM) meeting is in the books. The SHRM RCBM #SHRMBiz/#SHRMVLS is the annual conference held in early February. Those attending are State Directors, Director Elects and another Core Board member.

February 12, 2018


At the SHRM Annual Conference there is a lot going on.  You can see most of it right in front of you. The sessions, the exhibit hall, the SHRM Store and the like.  But what you may not know, because you don’t see it is this. Pretty much every day the SHRM Government Affair’s team is working to represent our collective business interest in Washington D.C.

June 20, 2017


June 14, 2017

The SHRM Annual Conference is one of the best networking events in the world if you are in the Human Resources space. I do not say this tongue in cheek, as I have literally met several folks from around the world at different annual conferences over the last few years. The SHRM Social Media Team has been adding an international flavor for several years now, and will do so again this year.

June 13, 2017


This is version v9.0 of this post. As best as I can come up with this will be my ninth SHRM annual conference. In front of many of these events, I have written a post about what I have learned along the way and tried to share some of the things I have learned and share how to get the most of the event.  I am sure others have covered this, so all I can tell you is if you read something repeatedly it’s probably pretty close to the truth.

June 12, 2017

The evolving workplace is the reoccurring theme we are hearing at the #SHRM16 conference.  Issues like workplace flexibility, health insurance or overtime.  Most, if not all, issues that are arising in the 21st century workplace are HR issues.  How we deal with them is where the rubber meets the road.

June 21, 2016

It's happening - now, people are arriving for #SHRM16.  Pre-conferences events are underway on Saturday.  The journey has begun for many. But, what is all of the buzz, the excitement, the hype?  I have been asked by so many folks, "So, what is the big deal about this conference?"  I am not really sure how to answer this.

June 20, 2016


There are but a few days until the Big Show opens up in Washington D.C.  If you are attending, you better have your plan assembled very soon if not already.  Boys and girls this is bigger than a trip to Disney World. There are so many attractions, if you don’t have a plan, you are going to spend a lot of time staring at shiny objects. If you are in HR you have heard the old line, Plan your work, work your plan.

After some consideration, these are the reasons I have come up with as to why people would attend the SHRM Annual Conference.

June 15, 2016

On Monday morning after the opening keynote by Amy Cuddy, SHRM is offering up a plethora of sessions (the 10:45 a.m. slot).  You will find me in room 207 and I will be attending T Minus 90 days and Counting to the General Election.

June 14, 2016

Many of us on the Social Media team have been talking about our breakthrough moments in #HR. I have read many of them and found them to interesting and entertaining.   So now my insecurities kick in here, is my story as interesting, as good, as captivating as others?  I doubt it, but I will chime in on the theme of Breakthrough moments.

June 13, 2016

This is the third post I have written about some of the upcoming breakout sessions at the SHRM16 Annual Conference.

Today I am excited to tell you about a session on Manager Onboarding.  The person presenting this session is a good friend of mine (full disclosure here) and her name is Sharlyn Lauby.  If you have ever delved into HR Blogs you might know her as the HRBartender.

June 6, 2016

The SHRM Annual Conference, or The Big Show, as I prefer to call it, has a huge number of program offerings, it can make trying to decide what sessions to attend mesmerizing. So hopefully reading a few of these blogs posts about some of the presenters and/or some of the sessions will help give you some insight as to what might be a good session.

May 31, 2016


Is it the right thing to do for you Compensation and Rewards HR types?

May 23, 2016