Posts Tagged Networking
Every year at the SHRM National Conference, you see all sorts of blog posts about how the content is great, but it’s really about the people you meet and the relationships you build. Hell, I’ve even written that blog post.
I’m blessed again this year to be attending the SHRM Annual Conference. Yesterday, I spoke with a friend who I haven’t seen at a SHRM event in a while. I asked him about what he was most looking forward to, and he had a quick response for me: the people.
Yes, the content is good.
Yes, the general sessions are motivating.
This past week I attended the SHRM Talent Conference and it was spectacular !! The keynote speakers were all solid and the concurrent sessions had depth and relevant content.
I love that people come to conferences to learn, gain skills and get professional development to do their jobs better. I also dig hearing speakers that motivate me, make me laugh and allow me to have a release from what I do on a daily basis. All of those facets of attending a conference are needed. Chances are you’ll even be asked to give a report back to your boss about the takeaways you had.
M*A*S*H* was one of my favorite television shows from many years ago. How could someone not love the antics of Hawkeye, Hot Lips and Trapper John, among the many other interesting characters in this show?
One of the key actions that always took place in the hospital was to use triage to establish which patients needed immediate care versus those who could hold on a little longer. Triage is defined as follows:
Human resources professionals have a new role in their workplaces—they are now the social architects of their organizations.
I was reading an article on crowdsourcing, and it prompted a thought about crowdsourcing and its use by HR professionals. Many HR professionals are single or small departments that may struggle with handling innovation or even thinking through new ideas.
Every so often I am fortunate enough to travel for HR. I’ve been an active volunteer for SHRM for over 15 years now and it’s always cool to me to get to go to a place away from home and see my peers. I never take it for granted and I’ve been able to venture out to places I may have never gone to on my own.
I don’t know if you’ve attended HR conferences or SHRM chapter meetings. I have a feeling that many HR pros want to do this, but they may have not gone to them . . . yet. There may be great reasons that you haven’t taken this step yet, but I want to challenge this (and some other things.)
Hello and Happy New Year! You may have heard that the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition is in Washington, D.C. this year. For many of you, this will come as no surprise but this meeting is my favorite time of year. The reason for that is plain and simple--There is no bigger learning, sharing, and developmental event in HR than #SHRM16. I encourage everyone to see what #SHRM16 and the future of HR are all about
This past week I was fortunate to attend one of my favorite events – the SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit. It’s a great event for many reasons, but the main draw for me is being with other HR volunteers. We have a common bond. It doesn’t matter if you are attending for the first time or have been attending for several years. There is an instant recognition and affinity because we share some commonality in our experiences.
I’m a fairly tall HR pro. I’m 6’4″ tall and have always been one of the tallest folks in a crowd all the way back to Kindergarten. I mention this because I notice this more when I attend HR conferences. As I lurch down the hallways of the conference centers, I see the crowd mill around me and I wonder what they’re thinking and experiencing as they head from session to sessions.
. . . shouldn’t stay in Vegas !!
I admit - I love Vegas. While I’m at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference, I do plan on checking out the latest restaurants and maybe even taking in a show. But the most fun I have during the SHRM conference is spending time networking. It’s really fun to meet people I’ve only traded tweets with or connect with longtime friends from my days as a volunteer leader.
Going to a conference can be intimidating especially if you are first-time attendee. Not knowing where to go and not knowing another soul at an event can be lonely so here are some tips that will not only make your conference experience more enjoyable but also hopefully less stressful!
1. Have a Plan. To make the most of your time at a conference it is important to have a plan for example, what sessions do you want to attend and/or what exhibitors do you want to talk you.
As I navigate the treacherous waters of the professional career world, I’ve collected a few nuggets of knowledge along the way. Many of them have been from strangers I’ve met along the journey. There have been three that I’ve always been reminded by, that influence my career and ultimately make me excited for those strangers I will meet in the future.