#Nextchat: Go ‘All In’ at #SHRM17


On June 18, more than 15,000 people will be at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition, including attendees, exhibitors and members of the press. They will converge on the New Orleans Ernest E. Morial Convention Center for four days of learning, sharing and networking.

In his blog post Go ‘All In’ at #SHRM17, SHRM President and CEO Henry G. “Hank” Jackson asks, “When it comes to your life and work, what are you ‘all in’ for?” That is, what are your goals?

One thing is for sure, the pathways to accomplishing your goals at the Annual Conference are numerous! The #SHRM17 conference is a “marketplace” jam-packed with sessions and solutions for every issue that HR is facing in the new world of work. Whether it’s using artificial intelligence for recruiting, global cross-cultural competency, workplace wellness or managing compliance, #SHRM17 will deliver the most up-to-date information in an environment where HR professionals can create valuable connections that will last throughout their careers. Jackson says it’s “where our profession will come together as one to continue the transformation to competency-based learning. It is where we will renew our passion to serve our people and lead our organizations.”

#SHRM17 Blog Squad member Paul Hebert understands the importance of being “all in.” He makes an important point about understanding your goals for conference attendance in his blog post My #SHRM17 To-Do List. Hebert says he has three main goals and that one is to find a way to look inside his organization to find the hidden talent. Hebert says that “Too often we overlook the genius inside our companies. I want to find a better way to identify that genius. Is it a tech solution? Is it a training solution? I don’t know. I’ll be scouting for positive deviants in my SHRM17 tradeshow walkabouts.” 

And while attendees will have varying goals, Hebert agrees that the content and the connections are what brings it all together. Hebert says he has “found this conference to always have a positive payoff—increasing my knowledge and increasing my network.”

How are you creating goals that will help you to get the most out of your #SHRM17 “All In” experience?

Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on May 17 for #Nextchat with the #SHRM17 Bloggers, SHRM staff members and SHRM Annual Conference attendees (past and present). We’ll be “all in” as we chat about the ways to make the most of your #SHRM17 conference attendance.

 Q1. What is your No. 1 goal for attending #SHRM17, and how are you planning to accomplish it when there?

Q2.  What recommendations do you have for attendees when it comes to setting their goals for #SHRM17?

Q3. Thousands of HR pros will attend #SHRM17. What advice do you have for creating networking goals in such a large crowd?  

Q4. What is your pick for a #SHRM17 must-see session or speaker and why?

Q5. What are some important expo hall etiquette guidelines when visiting the SHRM Annual Conference exposition hall?   

Q6. What are the top three things attendees forget to bring, do or take back from a SHRM annual conference?

Q7. What are the best ways to demonstrate the value and return on investment of your #SHRM17 attendance to your organization’s senior leaders?

Q8. What are all the ways you can apply what you’ve learned at #SHRM17 when you return to your workplace?



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