I am a self-proclaimed social butterfly. I would prefer to stay awake all night and socialize than to sleep. I’m not sure why I was built this way, but I was. Perhaps it was my very social parents… maybe living abroad… I’m not really sure.
I am sure that some people attend conventions to learn all the latest and greatest trends. Some people probably go to reinforce past lessons. Surely there are many reasons for attending career-related conventions like SHRM. My reasons, however, revolve almost entirely around meeting new people and sharing new experiences together.
This was the first time that I had attended the SHRM conference. I didn’t really know what to expect or what to look for – no real comparative benchmark I suppose. So, I went in to it with a child-like curiosity.
I wasn’t interested in learning about the nitty-gritty of HR since I’m not an HR practioner, but I was interested in learning about the personalities that make up the HR world. I was also really excited to meet the Blogger and Twitter friends that I had made over the past four months!
The Blogging/SM Crowd
The most common question I’ve received since returning home has been about the blogging group that attended the conference. It seems that there is some real interest in who this group is and what they are like in person. My answer has been and will continue to be simple.
The group that is involved with social media as it applies to HR and Recruiting seems to be, for the most part, very down to earth. My quick take… in alphabetical order:
- Cheesman seemed like a pretty chilled out kind of guy
- Franny… well, you just want to give her a hug… big smiles and very nice!
- Jennifer was always very focused (she had a bunch of interviews to do)
- Kris and Jessica are both very ambitious and have a lot of vision for their site
- Lance is very easy-going and fun to chat with – very intelligent
- Laurie does not go around biting off people’s heads (in public anyway)
- Mark is about the coolest individual anyone could hope to meet – seriously
- Mary Ellen is wicked smart and easy to have a conversation with
- Mike knows his stuff and is a lot of fun to bounce ideas off of
- Sharlyn is very smart (I wish I could have chatted with her more)
I sure hope I didn’t forget anyone… hmmm. Did I?
Anyway, the moral of this story is a pretty simple one. There is some talk about conventions becoming virtual in the future. A time and a place when we won’t have to meet in person, in a foreign city, thrown out of our “norm,” to sit through days of convention stuff.
I don’t want it to go there. There is way too much value in spending time with new and old friends… reconnecting and creating new stories together.
What’s To Come
I have a bunch of things to write about from the SHRM conference… but, I know that everyone does as well. So, beyond the 2-3 “must write” topics that I’m going to put out, is there anything that you want to know about from my experience at SHRM? Were you left wondering about a particular aspect of the conference? If so, drop a comment and ask.
It was great meeting everyone in person! Thank you for adding new stories to my life experience. Hopefully we will have more great times ahead!
Photo Credit, Kristi Jones