Last Minute Tips for #SHRM14

Here are 14 tips as the countdown begins for #SHRM14.  Most will be useful for SHRM Annual Conference newbies and some will be great reminders for those of us who are SHRM Conference veterans.  Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

1.  Be prepared to walk!

Pack tennis shoes because you’ll need them.  No one will make fun of you if you’re wearing your HR lady pantsuit and a pair of tennis shoes.  Bonus: bring compression socks, you’ll thank me later.

2.  It’s HOT, stay hydrated.  Water is best!

3.  Eat for fuel.

Your body needs energy and the best way to maintain it is to eat the right food.  Food is always tricky on the road, I would suggest staying away from foods you don’t normally eat to avoid stomach ache or food poisoning.

4.  Bring a sweater or cardigan.

If you’re usually cold when you attend meetings at convention centers, it’s a good idea to pack a light sweater in your laptop bag.  You’ll thank me later!

5.  Don’t wear yourself out too early.

It’s a good idea to do a self-check around 3:30 each day of the conference to see if you need water, fresh air or a nap.

6.  Bring plenty of power and a power strip.

There is always a shortage of outlets in every convention center and by the time you find one, it’ll be full.  I received a three outlet power strip from my friends at Talentbin a couple of years ago and I don’t attend a conference without it.

7.  Ladies – Pack a small wristlet style purse.

A large laptop bag is nice to carry around during the conference day activities, but it’s easier and more convenient to carry a wristlet with your ID, credit cards, some cash and your hotel room key at night.

8.  Expand your horizons.

You likely know several people that are attending the conference and also meet up with some every year.  This year, set a goal to meet 10 new friends from across the world.  It’s so easy to stay connected via social media and email across borders so make a point to meet some people that are outside of the US.

9.   Have actionable items, thoughts, process changes, ideas and enhancements you can take back to your office.

10.  Party!

Some of the best networking (and dancing) happens during the parties at night.  Party rock is in the house tonight!

11.  Relax a little.

Lay out by the pool for an hour, get a massage or pedicure in your hotel or sleep in one morning.

12.  Shop – Orlando’s outlet malls are like Disney for adults.

13.  For the love of country music, don’t miss Tim McGraw!

14.  Leave the conference with no regrets!  On the flipside, don’t wake up on the roof of your hotel.

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