I worry too much. I beg you…don’t.
This will be the third national SHRM conference I am attending. The first time I attended, I was pretty caught off-guard with how big this thing was. It wasn’t impossibly big, my imagination just failed me on how big it could have been and ultimately was.
So… you do need to spend some time planning what you want to do. Hell… 4 planning hours total should do it. If you need a little help with this, check out China Gorman’s post Maximizing Your Conference Investment. Spend a little time creating a basic map of what you want to hear, what you want to see and who you want to network with…
Read the whole post over at The HR Insomniac (an FOT contributor blog).
Dawn Burke, Sr. Consultant for Recruiting Toolbox and founder/advisor for Dawn Burke HR, is an HR leader, speaker, and writer specializing in new HR practices, engagement and workplace culture. Her HR/recruiting/leadership career has spanned the last 20 years, with past gigs including a foundational role as VP of People for Birmingham, AL’s award-winning technology company, Daxko (And yes, Kris Dunn and Dawn are making Bham the HR capital of the world! Who knew?). You can also check her out at DawnHBurke.com and a variety of other interesting places. Google her, it’ll keep you posted on what she is up to.
Most importantly: She is addicted to TV, knows most of the lyrics to Hamilton and West Side Story, loves to cry at movies (check out Cinema Paradiso for a cry fest!), thinks wine, a wheel of Brie and Milk Duds make a well-balanced dinner, and sings in her car daily. Her husband and cat are the Yin to her Yang.