I had missed SHRM16 but had not missed blogging about why I thought large conclaves like the ones organized by SHRM are great social selling opportunities after reading about the power of social selling later that year.
SHRM18, too, has a carefully curated list of service providers who will be showcasing their wares at the Exposition, which will be open from 4 pm on June17th - immediately following the opening general session, which will be featuring Johnny C Taylor, Jr., the new CEO of SHRM, and Jeb Bush. There will be over 600 exhibitors and I have realized, with each of my 4 previous conferences, that there will be exciting stuff which will keep attendees glued to most exhibits.
Here are some tips that I found useful as one attempts to traverse this maze-looking thingy that we can call the exhibition floor!
- Identify at least 25 exhibitors based on your current role or your company's immediate needs by speaking to your colleagues about the opportunity that you are heading to at SHRM18.
- Reach out to them via social media - looks like Instagram will be very popular this year. Twitter still remains a hit, as always. This will save time.
- Keep 30 minutes of your scheduled visit to the exhibition floor to roam around with a smile and prepare to greet curious exhibitors beyond the list you have made for yourself.
- Follow the social media feeds from fellow SHRM18 attendees via the SHRM mobile app - this will ensure that you will not miss any special updates and events that exhibitors would be planning at their stalls.
Here is a link to the Vendor list - to get you started with Step No. 1
You may even get to bump into me on the exhibition floor seeking to expand my connections via #shrm18Selfie, among other things I get to do as an official SHRM18 Blogger.
Originally published on Delving Deeper blog.